Thursday, February 13, 2014

a day in the life

I decided after reading the series over at SimpleHomeschool that I would join in the fun and document a “day in the life.”  We are still newbie homeschoolers, my babes are 5 & 3, but I still thought it would be fun to see where the time goes in the day.  Our days seem to move past so quickly, and I don’t know where most of the time goes!  So, without further ado, a day in the life of a homeschooling mama to two littles!

5:30 – I am up.  Definitely not as early as I would like to be, and this is going to have to change as soon as our hellomornings group starts meeting again on February 24th.  I need more me time in the morning!

As an aside, registration will be opening on Monday for the new hellomornings challenge.  If you ever wished that you could get through the morning without being crazy with the kids, this would be a huge help, at least it was for me.  You can go here to find out more information.

In the mornings I typically get up, get my coffee, get my journal and devotional and sit for quiet time.  It is really a wonderful way to start my day.  Not rushing around; which is what happens if the kids follow me downstairs in the morning because I didn’t get up early.  I now do most of my Bible reading at night, so it seems like I have a lot more time in the morning for my journal, or just enjoying my coffee – which is a blessing.

This is also the time I try to check my e-mail and plan my day.  I like to have an idea of where we are going throughout the day, instead of just flying by the seat of my pants.  I look over books that we are using for school, and try to get my head a little less foggy so I am ready for my babes, who seem to have an enormous amount of energy as soon as their eyes open in the morning.

6:30 – Everyone is up now.  This isn’t typical though.  Emma is usually my early riser, getting up around 6 (or earlier some days – mainly when she hasn’t gone to bed early enough), while Jack has been sleeping until 8:30 (but typically he gets up around 7), I think he must be going through a growth spurt.  Emma has to eat immediately when she wakes up, Jack wants to wait a while to eat, but this morning they are both starving.  This becomes a pattern throughout the day!

7:30 – Matt is out the door, and I am trying to get the food and water out to the chickens.  I should do this as soon as the sun comes up, but didn’t manage it this morning, and I am ok with that because it is 2 below zero outside, a little too chilly for me to go bounding out to the chicken coop without at least a pot of coffee consumed!  Although, all that cold would probably snap me out of my fog.

Emma and Jack are making birthday cards for Matt up in the play room, and this gives me a chance to get the dishes all done and a load of laundry in the washer.

This past weekend I went through the kids play room and cleaned it out.  I threw away a bunch of broken stuff, I had them decide some things they wanted to give away, and I packed up some things that we don’t regularly use.  I found that yesterday the kids wanted to just stay in the clean playroom and play most of the day yesterday, which isn’t always the case.

8:30 – School starts.  We have been starting our day with CosmicKids Yoga videos on youtube.  The kids really love it.  It gets some of their energy out and they have fun with it.  During this time I am setting up the books at the dining room table.  We did have an entire school room set up upstairs, and it was nice, but I decided I needed to get their toys out of their bedroom and into another room (preferably not the living room).  Now, having the school room also be the play/craft room was not going to work, so now we are using the dining room table and couch again, and it is working out nicely.  I also start preparing the kids a snack – an apple and some carrot sticks with a lemon garlic dip that I make and the kids like.

9:00 – Put the snack out for the kids.  They sit down and I read a story from our Story of the World book.  We are in the first volume, Ancient history.  The kids really enjoy the stories, Emma especially.  After their snack is finished I sit with them and read part of Usborne’s Then& Now book.  It is a cute little book that the kids enjoy looking at. 

9:30 – I put on a Scholastic Kids video – So you want to be President, it is on Netflix.  The kids settle in for that, and I make my breakfast/snack/lunch.  It is almost always a salad, unless I have leftovers that look appealing.  Most people think salad is only a lunch or after meal, but it fills me up and I feel better about eating that in the morning.  Today’s salad consists of lettuce, cucumber, onion and chia seeds – clearly I need to get some more veggies at the store…

10:00 – Emma starts math.  We are starting a new book today, and I am not quite sure she is ready for it, but she blows me out of the water with her understanding it easily.  Jack decides he wants nothing to do with school and instead finds the tv remote and turns on Mater’s Tales on Netflix.  Clearly I need to hide the remotes.  I had only planned to do math for about 15 minutes this morning, but Emma ends up doing math for an hour.

11:00 – At this time she is ready for a break and wants to go upstairs to play.  Jack wants to be wherever I am, which right now is downstairs.  He quickly loses interest though when he realizes Emma is having a fun loud game of make believe upstairs, and rushes up after her.  It is really cute to see how well they play together it isn’t always the case, but most of the time they play well together.  I go upstairs to see what they are going to want for lunch.  Jack wants eggs with ketchup (our chickens seem to be laying regularly again, yay!), and Emma wants oatmeal with strawberries.  I don’t always ask them what they want for lunch, I mainly want them to eat something, and find that making an afternoon meal they want is a good way of accomplishing that.

While the kids are playing, I put a new load of laundry in, and start folding.  Man, this is exciting stuff!

12:00 – The kids come down and are ready to eat lunch.  While they are eating, I spend time reading from the books we are currently going through – Little House in the Big Woods, The Indian in the Cupboard, Harper Collins Treasury of Picture Book Classics, and our current library book stash.

1:00 – It is time for quiet time.  I started this little gem back up a couple weeks ago, and it seems to be working out well.  The kids will stay in their bedroom and listen to an audio book for an hour and a half, while jumping on their bed and yelling, but at least they are staying in the bedroom!  It gives me a chance to sit down and regroup for the afternoon.  I should be using this time to exercise, but I am reading a really good book right now – The Discovery of Witches – and I can’t seem to put it down.  Plus, I borrowed it from the library as an e-book, and they tend to magically disappear from my nexus right before I finish them, so I am determined to get through this one before it goes away!

2:30 – Everyone is up from quiet time, and now they get their “treat” of the day, which is 30 minutes of playing Super Mario Brothers.  I didn’t think that I would get my kids involved with video games so young, but alas, things never seem to turn out the way I plan, so there it is!  They like to watch their dad plow through the levels and get to the end.

3:00 – The kids go back to playing in their play room, and I go back to the kitchen, my favorite place.  I had planned to make chicken, however, when I went to take the chicken out of the fridge, I noticed that the package was already open, so into the trash it went.  The problem with cooking from scratch is that you need to kind of have a plan for the day, otherwise you are scrambling when it comes time for dinner.  I called the husband, and he suggested tuna noodle casserole.  Tuna noodle casserole it is!  I like to make mine pretty much like homemade mac & cheese, just adding tuna and peas.  Overall, relatively easy meal, although making the cheese sauce does take a bit of time.  I listen to the Inspired to Action podcast with Crystal Paine online while I am making dinner.  It was a really good podcast!  I recommend it!

4:30 – The kids come down and are ready to eat.  So we sit down to eat dinner.  After dinner we play for a bit and wait for daddy to get home.

6:00 – Daddy is home late after running some errands for me, and is eating really fast tonight.  Then we all play until…

6:30 – Now we start our bedtime routine.  PJ’s, brush/floss teeth, stories.  We tuck them in around 7:15.

7:30 – The house is freezing – we are totally over winter.  I curl up with my book, and Matt watches some TV.  Overall a very good day, and I am ready to do it all again tomorrow.

Monday seems to be a big laundry day for me, hence all the folding of clothes and changing laundry over today.  But, other days my time is filled with baking with the kids, and knitting.  It is a pretty relaxing atmosphere though.  We obviously have some incredibly insane days; this one just seemed to work out really well!

I would love to see what a day in your life looks like!


  1. Sounds like a good, full and BUSY day! Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a fun post! You have very busy days with those little ones but they sound like happy and fulfilling days! :)

  3. Popping over from Simple Homeschool :) We have insane days too but when it all falls into place like this it is so lovely, isn't it? Sounds like a lovely day :)

  4. Great post! Thanks for sharing your day. What a terrific mommy you are.

  5. Great Blog! I have a 6yo who will love the kids yoga! Thanks!~JC

  6. We love Cosmic Kids Yoga....super fun!

  7. Curling up with a book is how I would love to end every day!!!

  8. Shuddering at the thought of a 5.30 start with chickens to feed in the freezing cold! You are a better woman than I!
    Sounds like you had a wonderful day despite the cold temperatures.

  9. Hummm, I may have to look into that Cosmic Kids Yoga. Your day made me smile. :-) Something about hearing how cold it is there makes me just feel warm and cozy (I'm imagining myself curled up with a warm blanket and a book). I guess I maybe shouldn't mention how warm it is where I am? Yeah, I'll just keep it to myself. We have chickens too. Do yours go out at all when it gets that cold?

    -Laurie @

  10. I loved reading about your day! I got some good iras from you - the Kids Yoga sounds awesome, i really wanted to get my kids on it and this might just get us do it. And I need to read to my kids aloud just a bit more! I like that you do it few times a day - I usually do it only 1x... special occasions more times. Have a great day tomorrow!


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