A day in the life…
Warning: My schedule is already a little on the crazy side because my husband is a deputy. This is part of the reason we homeschool. Before we started, he would go two or more days without seeing our children because his work schedule conflicted with their public school schedule. This wasn’t what we signed up for when he went into law enforcement. Because this is his calling, we made the adjustment where it needed to be made.
I wake up with the little one around 9 or 10 a.m. because we are on our “night-owl” schedule right now. After a quick diaper change, a new sippy cup of milk, a shared bowl of cereal, I’m off to check emails, Denschool’s Facebook, and handle anything that is urgent. This takes me anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour – depending on the day.
While I am busy with my morning duties, baby plays and wakes up the rest of the bunch. Soon I am greeted with a sleepy smile as they arrive to the table and their folders. They take a quick peek at their Letters from Mommy, make themselves breakfast, and eat while they read over their lessons for the day. By the time the children are finished with breakfast and their morning chores, I am finished with the morning correspondence.
Next, we begin our school day. While the oldest two are working independently I work with my youngest daughter on her handwriting and reading. During this time we read and play with baby as well. Once she is on to her independent studies, I am back to work on whatever is pressing for that day. Be it an article, review, or something behind the scenes. We have a lot of going on within Denschool right now; new reviews, new projects, new writers, new duties, and preparation for two of our main contributors to have babies.
Soon it is snack/lunch and time for my husband to wake up. For the next two, maybe three, hours we have family time.
In the early afternoon hours it is time for me to cook dinner. This can take me an hour or more. While I am busy with this, my children have free time and my husband is off to exercise. The laptop… comes with me to the kitchen. I research for an upcoming article or review. I try not to do anything too attention dependent as I will likely burn our meal if I become too involved. On a good day, I will just be plundering on my homeschooling Facebook groups and looking for Fantastic Freebie Alerts! (This is why they seem to come at you all at once.)
Soon thereafter we are eating dinner, followed by the children completing their kitchen chores. During this time I sneak off for a little quiet time. This may only last 15 minutes, but when you are pregnant, sometimes fifteen minutes is all you need to be able to keep your eyes open again.
After my quick break, I am back to make my husband’s lunch and prepare him for work. We all give a quick kiss and a wave goodbye… and it is go time again.
The children and I discuss anything that wasn’t completed from their lists. If all is well, we complete a project or watch an educational video pertaining to that day’s lessons. Afterwards we complete our evening pickup, baths, and have a quiet activity. By this time, it is normally 9:00.
During this free time, I am back at work… again. This is probably wasted time for me as I am constantly interrupted with household duties or mommy moments, but it helps me get focused on whatever task I will need to complete for that night.
By 10:00 we gather briefly for a daily devotional and the oldest three settle in for bed. Afterwards, the wee one and I cuddle in front of a fantastic children’s movie. If I am lucky, he will be asleep by 11:00… often he is not and we will cuddle for another hour before he dozes off.
Once he is sound asleep, I am back up, laptop in hand and finishing up the evening to-do list for the blog, updating my personal to-do list, preparing the children’s Letter from Mommy, and gathering their materials for the next day.
At this point it is probably 1 a.m. and I am off to complete my household duties. Laundry and heavy cleaning are on the agenda! (Maybe I can take a quick peek at my house… clean and quiet all at the same time.) Depending on the day of the week, I close off with a bubble bath and crawl back into bed with my little one. If I can’t fight the urge, I take one more quick peek at the blog, our numbers, my email, and our Facebook… don’t ask me what time it is at this point. I do know that there are people who call this time of day morning, while I am just saying goodnight.
Just in case you missed it – don’t forget to go back and read Being a Homeschooling Mommy Blogger- Part 1