Waaaay back in early 2010, I did a “day in the life” post, to show my sweet readers what life was like with four kids ages 5 and under. Jaden was about 8 months old, and we were in our very first year of homeschooling.
I can’t believe how much has changed in four short years! With zero kiddos in diapers (can I get a “HALLELUJAH!”?), we’re not in the baby stage anymore. It’s bittersweet. And fun.
Moms with young kids, let me tell you right this moment: Don’t listen to the moms who tell you that “it just gets harder as they get older.” It’s a lie. If you put in the work to consistently discipline and to teach them when they’re young, all those crazy little things that drive you nuts right now WILL get easier. I promise. It takes work, but now my kiddos can all wipe their own bums (Thank you, Jesus!), they can make their beds, and some of them can even cook meals for us (WOO-HOO!)! So, don’t dread the future like the Debby Downer moms want you to. Your kiddos are a joy!
Now, since I’m not bottle-feeding a baby and coordinating naps anymore, our daily life looks different. But with three kiddos being homeschooled, it’s still crazy! So, without further ado, I give you…
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ONE CRAZY MAMA, TAKE TWO!
7:59am – Grace wakes me with a diabetes question. We stayed up till 1am the night before, and I am SOOOO tired!
8:03am – Drag myself out of bed
8:04am – Use the loo, put in my contacts, intend to get in the shower
8:08am – Stop by the scale on my way to the shower and decide to stop eating nighttime snacks…again
8:18am – Done with shower, get dressed, do makeup
8:22am – In the middle of getting dressed, pick up pile of crumpled clothes on the closet shelf, then resume dressing
8:29am – Tidy the bathroom counter, do my eye makeup
8:34am – Done with eye makeup; Change clothes because the first outfit is just not working for me
8:37am – Give up on finding something to wear and throw on a CU hoodie until inspiration hits
8:38am – Comb out my wet hair, put on my socks
8:42am – Notice it’s really quiet and wonder if the kids are still sleeping…Oh, nope! I hear shouting in the basement. Love to wake up to fighting!
8:43am – Put our dirty clothes in the (recently neglected) laundry room, separate all the dirties on the floor, and throw in a load to wash
8:45am – There’s a kid in the kitchen now. I can hear the cupboards opening and closing. Wonder what’s going on down there.
8:51am – Venture downstairs, find Caleb working on a rainbow loom bracelet at the table
8:55am – Add something to my to-do list, work in the kitchen for a few
9:05am – Throw some dirty kitchen towels on the stairs to go up to the laundry room
9:07am – Little hands help me grind some coffee beans, turn on the Keurig
9:09am – Help Jaden blow his nose, then wash my hands
9:10am – Start making crepes for breakfast
9:14am – Take a quick break to make myself some coffee
9:16am – Blow my own nose, and wash my hands again…and hope that I haven’t caught Jaden’s cold
9:23am – Wash a few dishes while the first crepe cooks on the stove (The first one always takes the longest.)
9:25am – Blow my nose (again) and wash my hands (AGAIN)
9:30am – Kids are sitting at the table, get their crepes as they come off the stove…Grace tests her blood sugar and I bolus her (i.e. give her insulin to cover her meal)
9:39am – I eat a crepe while still cooking for the others.
9:49am – All of us work on our Scripture memory while I continue to cook. (Crepes are a hands-on breakfast, that’s for sure!)
9:52am – Run to my computer (Sheila) to print a recipe for homemade wheat bread.
10:12am – Crepes are done, wash breakfast dishes, blow nose again
10:19am – Start history review time in the living room. We’re 3/4 of the way done with our history curricula, so we’re doing a review. Right answers earn an M&M.
11:16am – Finish history review and start a short science lesson about the circulatory system (continued from previous day), including a small experiment to see the iron that is in iron-enriched cereal
11:37am – We’re finished with our group learning, so I send Grace off to do her math on my laptop, while Jaden sits at the table to do watercolors, and Caleb and Ava go upstairs to the school room
11:41am – Teach Ava’s math lesson about subtracting numbers from 10 (an easy one for her) and telling time to 5-minute intervals on an analog clock
11:52am – Finish the lesson, and Ava starts her math worksheets
11:55am – Start Caleb’s spelling lesson while Ava works on her worksheet (interrupting as needed for help) and Jaden plays in the school room
12:10pm – Ava finishes her math worksheet, so she occupies herself while I finish Caleb’s spelling lesson
12:36pm – Caleb and I move ourselves downstairs so I can work on lunch while he works on his spelling words
12:56pm – Everyone’s at the table, and Grace tests her blood sugar again, and I bolus her for her meal again
1:15pm – Send Jaden upstairs to find some clean clothes, give Caleb his last 2 spelling words, check the words, and send the boys to take a shower
1:18pm – Clean up from lunch, put away clean dishes again
1:24pm – Jaden is screaming and crying upstairs. Caleb says J stubbed his toe and tries to comfort him. Why aren’t they in the shower already?
1:30pm – Dishes are done! Luke has been working from home and is leaving for an in-person meeting, so I kiss him goodbye.
1:31pm – I finally remember that load of laundry I put in a few hours ago. Switch it to the dryer and start another in the washer.
1:35pm – Mama needs a potty break.
1:39pm – Sneak a treat from my secret stash, and change Grace’s site because she’s almost out of insulin.
1:49pm – Move to the school room for Grace’s spelling lesson while the boys are getting dressed and Ava showers
1:51pm – Jaden is screaming again. I ignore him. It stops.
2:02, 2:04 – Yelled to Caleb from the school room and got no response
2:06pm – Retrieve Caleb from the living room to help him with his English lesson
2:09pm – Help Ava part her clean, wet hair
2:11pm – Start Ava’s spelling lesson while Grace showers
2:32pm – All done with teaching school for the day! Woot!!! Pick up the school room a little bit.
2:34pm – Fold the clean clothes from the dryer, put in piles on top of the washer/dryer for everyone to put away
2:44pm – Take clean clothes to the kids’ rooms, and then braid Grace’s clean, wet hair
2:47pm – Run down to the office to put my password into Sheila (my computer) so that Caleb can work on his math lesson – give that boy a little snuggle while we’re sitting there
2:51pm – Go back upstairs to switch laundry loads and re-load the washing machine
2:54pm – Wipe down the kids nasty bathroom counter / floor with a Clorox wipe
3:02pm – Put a huge stack of clean towels away in the kids’ bathroom
3:06pm – Run to help Caleb with math, get distracted by organizing my purse and checking grocery money and lists (I’m totally loving my new cloth cash envelopes!)
3:21pm – Take a Facebook break!
3:25pm – Back in the kitchen again, while the kids eat a snack and watch a video (Popeye) in the basement….Work on dishes and cooking…Make 3lb of my Best Ever Sloppy Joe recipe, 1 meatloaf for dinner, parmesan oven-fried redskin potatoes, and 6lb of browned ground beef.
5:00pm – Dinner’s in the oven!
5:06pm – Put ingredients for Homemade Wheat Bread in the bread machine.
5:35pm – Kids come upstairs (done with snack/video), and Ava washes off the table while I work on dishes (so many dishes…)
5:50pm – Luke’s home! Smooch!
5:54pm – Three of our four kids go outside to play for a few minutes. I sit down at Sheila to decompress for a minute.
5:56pm – The girls come to the door and need my help, so I get up from the computer
6:00pm – Dinner’s done! Turn off the oven! Put veggies in the microwave.
6:10pm – Kids are back inside. Sit down for dinner.
6:42pm – Luke leads our family devotions.
6:55pm – Clean up from dinner.
7:00pm – Go on a “date” with Jaden to Sam’s Club and Target.
8:15pm – Home again! Put cold groceries away and do some dishes AGAIN!
8:32pm – We all pray together for the kids’ bedtime. Tuck them into the beds and kiss them.
8:45pm – More laundry!
9:03pm – Venture back downstairs to finish cleaning.
9:14pm – Sit down to watch a movie (Ocean’s Thirteen) with my love
11:11pm – Done with the movie, spend some time on social media
11:43pm – Do my final laundry work for the day
11:53pm – Read Grace’s “Mommy & Me” note that she left on my pillow, and respond. Put the book on her bed while she sleeps. Get myself ready for bed while Luke tests a sleeping Grace’s blood sugar.
12:14am – IN BED! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…….
Well, there you have it, folks! If you made it this far, I’m seriously impressed! Just a side note: I think I was overly productive because I was writing down everything I was doing. I don’t do a million loads of laundry/dishes and prepare 10lbs of ground beef every day.
Okay, your turn! What does a day in your life look like? Tell me in the comments, or share a link to your blog there!