My friend and former roommate, Chaeli, wanted to see a “typical” day of ours. So, I decided “the day” would be yesterday – Monday, February 1.
But I have to tell you that it wasn’t necessarily a “typical” day. And here are the reasons why…
- Luke was home sick.
- I usually shower the night before, to have a jump on the day. Didn’t happen on Sunday night.
- Luke and I have been trying our darndest to read the Bible in the morning, before the kiddos wake up. That also didn’t happen.
- And more!
I was planning to do this day as “Part One” and a calmer day as “Part Two,” but as Luke said, “That’s like a soap opera with no drama.” Boring. So, I’ll just leave you with this one and say, some days are not exactly like this one.
I did not gloss over the messiness of my house or my ugly pajama selection. This is real life in words and pictures. So, buckle your seat belts. Here we go!
Sometime in the morning – The kids woke up and started playing nicely! (Praise the Lord!) Luke and I were pooped, so we stayed in bed a while longer.
8:50am – Had to discipline Caleb for saying two naughty words. He probably learned them from Grandma Rumley. (HA – I’m TOTALLY kidding, Mom R! I just said that because he’s always telling you, “Grandma, that’s a naughty word!”)
9am – The kids all sat nicely and watched The Tale of Despereaux (from the library) while I showered. Or at least I assume they were being nice. Maybe they were killing each other, but I was having a relaxing time anyway.
9:45am – I started cleaning the kitchen while the big kids finished eating breakfast and got dressed. The house was destroyed from unloading after our weekend away. We also call this day of the week “Messy Monday” around here, because it always seems to be messy from the weekend, no matter what we were doing!
10am – I abandoned my cleaning efforts to get the kids dressed and ready for storytime at the library.
10:25am – I slapped some makeup on my face while the kids got their shoes on and got buckled in the van.
Somewhere in there I had to discipline Ava for hitting Caleb.
10:37am – I lugged Jaden’s h-e-a-v-y carseat out to the car (have I mentioned lately that he’s getting chunky?!), and we left for storytime, which technically starts at 10:30am. (I think the librarians would be shocked if we ever got there early!).
11:47am – While loading the kids up, Grace whacked Caleb, and I promised discipline for later.
11:48am – We started to head home, and then stopped after about 50 feet, because Caleb dropped his favorite flashlight and needed to get out of his seat to get it and then get re-buckled.
11:57am – Called home on the new cell to make sure Luke’s alive. Yep, he even took a shower already!
12pm – Home! Checked the mail, pulled in the garage, and unloaded all the kiddos.
Took off shoes and coats, encouraged kids to put their own outdoor clothing away, and ended up putting half of it away myself. (“I don’t know how to hang up my coat!”)
Put a slumbering Jaden in his room to rest.
12:08pm – A nice perk to having hubby home sick: He disciplined Grace for me while I got to check my email!
12:50pm – Prepared leftovers for lunch. (Did Grace’s diabetes stuff, too.)
2pm – Done feeding Jaden. Put him on the floor to play.
2:07:10pm – Pulled paper out of Jaden’s mouth/hands on the way to the laundry room. (He LOVES to chew on paper!)
2:31pm – Put towels in the washer while Grace worked on a worksheet.
2:51pm – Grace needed a potty break and some discipline.
More school again.
4:16pm – Done with school. I tucked Gracie in bed for some rest, fully expecting Ava and Caleb to be about done with their naps.
4:17pm – I took my first potty break of the day and took some time to think about dinner and check all my online stuff (email, Google Reader, Twitter, other email account, etc.). Yep, basically wasted time online.
6pm – YES, 6pm! – The kids finally woke up from their nap! They must’ve been exhausted from the weekend! This is another one of those *not typical* parts of the day. My kids never take four hour naps anymore! Oh, but I’m not complaining!
6:25pm – Luke and I made tacos and homemade tortilla chips with guacamole and Spanish rice for dinner. Yum!
7:12pm – Finally remembered to put the towels in the dryer.
7:13pm – Sat down to eat my dinner while feeding Jaden his baby food.
7:45pm – Finished feeding Jaden while the other kids got ready for bed (with Luke).
8:30pm – All the kids were down. *Sigh of relief.* So, I got to…
Read the daily Bible reading with Luke.
Clean more still.
Help Caleb fix his covers when he shouted “Mommy!”
And eat some mint M&M’s that I found in the cupboard.
9:40pm – Started budget night, in which Luke and I track all of our spending, pay bills (including a big extra chunk of $ to Sallie Mae to pay off student loans – YAY!), and plan our future spending. This is a Monday night occurrence.
11:08pm – Remembered that Jaden still had to eat his last feeding of the day (oops!), so got him up and Luke fed him a bottle while I showered (again) in preparation for the next day.
Got ready for bed.
11:38pm – Climbed in bed, prayed with Luke, and worked on some ideas floating around in my head for my “frugonomics” website.
Fell asleep sometime before midnight with my pen in my hand (according to Luke). Whew! What a day!
Now it’s YOUR TURN! Show me what a day in your life looks like!