A Day In the Life…

I’ve tried to write a “day in the Life” post before, but my days are so busy I usually forget to keep writing things down after only a couple of hours. Thanks to Moment Diary on my phone, I managed to actually take notes for almost the entire day last Tuesday. I tried not to make any out-of-the-ordinary plans. I know that a lot of homeschoolers feel pressure to only post good days and not giant failures. I decided I’d post whatever actually happened. Happily, it ended up being a pretty good day anyway.

8:30 am
Up at 8:30 and woke up the baby. We’re having a problem with the kids staying up really late and sleeping in so I’m trying to get them up a bit earlier each day. The boy happened to get up at the same time (yay!). He starts to heat up leftover pizza for him and baby while I catch up on FaceBook, twitter, email, and order xmas presents from woot kids.

9:00 am
The girl gets up and also eats pizza.

9:15 am
The girl continues to eat, the boy empties out the dishwasher, and the baby opens the fridge and starts chugging chocolate syrup.

9:30 am
Went down to start laundry and get clothes. They haven’t been put away in a month. We’ll pretend that’s just because of my injury and not a regular occurrence. 😉

9:45 am
Baby and I took a bath, followed by the girl. This involved a lot of grumpiness while the baby ran around and made me chase her. At the same time, the boy gets some computer time before school and he chooses to play some minecraft.

10:00 am
Aaaaand.. the baby still isn’t dressed. Maybe I can tell the boy that’s his first assignment for school….

10:10 am
Vocabulary for the boy! I read about the word grotesque while he draws with our new fine tip prang markers (they are quite inspiring. 36 colors, lots of control. I hope the baby doesn’t eat them.) Meanwhile, the girl plays minecraft and the baby wanders around grabbing markers and harassing everyone.

10:20 am
Grammar for the boy — review verb tenses, learn perfect vs imperfect, review adverbs.

10:25 am
The boy does a couple logic problems in Logic Safari while I clean up markers from the baby.

10:33 am
Girls still playing minecraft. The boy practices writing numbers. I order a new, harder logic book…

10:37 am
Switch! The boy plays “everybody edits”, the baby is sort of on the DS. The girl starts drawing while I read kidpower about checking first with your adult before you go places, pet things, and accept things from strangers.

10:56 am
Trying to read a book, but the baby likes it and is offended that someone else is holding it. We end up giving up.

11:08 am
girl goes back to minecraft. School breaks for my first breakfast and their second. I make vanilla milk, sausage, and chicken nuggets for various people.

11:15 am
Field call from husband about amazon special on something to give baby. Accidentally pour way too much vanilla in milk so we mix all together and repour. I continue to cook sausage…. son is serving vanilla milk while the baby drags around a bucket calling it a potty and the boy fields questions (from his sister halfway across the house) about minecraft. Then the kids take out the trash and recyclables and I rescue another baby mantis from the pizza box and put him in the herb garden. The choas is palpable.

11:30 am
Wednesday is a “day off” of activities usually, even when I can drive, so it’s usually our house cleaning day and we do more school than other days. The kids watch TV while they eat and I try to finish taking out recycling, eat sausage,  do the dishes, and rescue another mantis!

12:00 pm
Had to stop repeatedly to get baby unstuck from chair, to stop eating paper, etc.. whew! Now for a couple minutes rest while I make a grocery list.

12:30 pm
Made two little books with the girl while the boy plays on the computer. Baby tries to eat and choke on stickers. Might be plans for the girl to play with her cousin! whee!

12:45 pm
The sun is out and so are we!

1:00 pm
The kids make obstacle courses for each other. The wind chill is about 34. The girl is wearing a dress and for some crazy reason the baby takes her jacket off. I find gloves.

1:15 pm
The baby decide we’re going inside and nurses to sleep while I check facebook stuff and kids played on computer.

1:45 pm
Help the girl pack for a sleepover at her cousin’s house

2:00 pm
Eating popcorn, drinking tea, coloring with the girl, sending grocery list to the husband, check amazon deals, color some more. Boy still on computer, baby still sleeping. Wow! I get to spend time with the 5 year old for a change!

3:00 pm
Baby demands I help her nap. I inwardly groan — bedtime will be late again…

4:30 pm
The girl went to her cousin’s and the boy makes brownies!

5:30 pm
Husband comes home, we put away groceries, brownies cool, I make dinner — meatballs, bok choi, and pineapple from the 6 lb can.

6:00 pm
Nurse baby (again?!), dinner is done, boy playing with paper airplanes, the husband is making fractal art.

6:30 pm
(the baby got my phone…)

7:00 pm
Watching Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Does this count as history?

9:00 pm
Winding down for bed. The husband is checking email, I’m on the floor being body slammed by the baby, the boy is on the computer while we all watch Psych.

…and I didn’t manage to take any more notes. Baby fell asleep around 11pm…. An amazingly quiet evening since the girl was gone. Bedtime with her is usually a lot of extra work….

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