Have you ever read blogs and wondered what goes on behind the scenes? I have!
Keeper of the Home, where I am a contributing writer and the site editor, is currently running a fun Day in the Life series, where each of the writers share a day from their real lives! Today, I’m over there sharing about a chaotic day we recently had. You can read it here.
I decided to share a sketch of our more routine days with you here:
Our girls are now 5, almost 3, and 13 months. We decided to wait until our oldest turns 6 to send her to kindergarten, so she is currently in transitional kindergarten three days per week. On the other two days, I work with her at home.
I LOVE this schooling model. Most children who attend the transitional kindergarten are there all five days, but we purposely have her in only three days, so I can practice for next year, when we hope to send her to a university model school–which is like a hyrbid, part-time homeschool model.
I’d love to tell you that I am super disciplined and get up around 5:00 a.m. and spend two hours in prayer, 30 minutes in exercise and then shower and am dressed and ready for the day before the girls wake up.
But I’m not.
Normally, I stir just enough to kiss my husband goodbye when he leaves for work, and I then wake up fully when the older two girls come and get in the bed with me–or when the baby starts crying to nurse.
I usually cuddle with all three of them in the bed with me for a while. Sometimes the baby lies on top of me and nurses, and the other girls snuggle up next to each side of me. At times, I think: “If only I could just be more disciplined and have breakfast all ready, etc. before they wake up.” But then…I think to myself: “One day I’ll miss these cuddles, and these early morning moments with my nursling.”
And so I’m trying to not beat myself up too much and enjoy it while it lasts. (Don’t let this make you think this time of cuddling is always peaceful. Many mornings the two older girls end up fighting over who gets to snuggle up next to mommy the closest!)
On Mondays and Fridays, we are usually home all day long. I LOVE being home all day! When I was a newer mom, I ran all over Timbuktu with my girls. I attended two weekly Bible studies, took them to the library, took them to playgroups and whatever free music classes, etc. I could find.
And then I burnt out–big time. So ever since my third baby came along, I’ve committed to stay at home as much as possible.
I want to train them to be in homemaking skills and to instill in them a Christian worldview. I figure if we are always running around all over the place–even if it’s for good things–it will leave little time for me to train them.
When we come downstairs for the day, I usually cook breakfast while the girls either watch some Netflix or color. If they aren’t watching Netflix, I usually blare KLOVE on the Roku. It’s so wonderful to start out the day worshiping through the songs they play.
We spend the rest of the day just living life–playing outside, doing crafts, practicing our letters and numbers, etc. and the Bible verses the girls are learning in Awana, which they just started attending on Sunday nights.
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, my 5 year old is in transitional kindergarten at a small church preschool for three hours. My almost-3 year old also attends on Tuesday and Thursdays.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I usually come home and put the baby down for a nap and then begin work for most of the time the girls are in school. I’m a work-at-home mom who blogs, freelance writes, organizes ebook bundle sales and edits at Keeper of the Home.
It’s busy and often crazy, but I am incredibly grateful to be able to bring in some income from home and be the primary caretaker of my girls!
On Wednesdays, I fit in a little bit of work during that morning time if my middle child is doing a puzzle or something, but I try not to do too much then because that gives the two of us time together while Big Sister is at school and Baby Sister is napping.
On Tuesdays, my mom comes over to watch the girls in the afternoon, so I can either work in our upstairs office or go to a local coffee shop to work.
We usually spend the other afternoons outside or in our school/play room, and I fit in some more work while the younger two are taking afternoon naps and my oldest is having quiet time. I then start to cook dinner. After eating as a family when my husband gets home, we either get the girls to bed (if we’re eating late) or take a family walk (my favorite!) if we’ve eaten early enough and it’s still light outside.
We then get the girls ready for bed. When we’re on the ball, we read a Bible story together, and we always pray together before bed.
What does a typical day look like at your house?
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