In my mind I have visions of what a perfect day in the life of a homeschooling Mom looks like. It goes something like this:
- 5:00am – alarm rings and Mom quickly springs from the bed, wide awake, rested, and full of energy for the day ahead.
- Bible study, prayer, exercise, shower, dress, comb, make-up, cute shoes, some lace and a flower in her hair.
- Breakfast is fixed in a cheery kitchen that was cleaned to a spotless shine the evening before.
- Hubby’s lunch gets packed, with a cute note written and tucked inside, kitchen is straightened and tidied up, fresh flowers in the center of the table.
- 6:30 breakfast is ready.
- Girls come to the table, having dressed themselves after getting themselves up.
- Breakfast is a bright, festive, cheerful time, everyone in a good mood
- Everyone helps clean up, Hubby gets out the door for work after a round of hearty hugs.
- Chore time – beds are made, floors swept, bathroom cleaned up, laundry started, supper started.
- The day is lovely, and time moves smoothly with everything being accomplished in a timely manner and there is nothing but smiles and sunshine. And fresh flowers. In every room of the house.
- Mom grinds some wheat and starts some bread dough rising.
- 8:30 After a time of prayer to start the day the girls can be found sitting at their respective computers, dvds loaded, all ready for some intense learning.
- An occasional break here and there but by noon everyone is finished with school. Grading is easy and quick because they are all just so smart they don’t miss anything and nothing needs re-explaining.
- 12:00 – lunch is fixed, eaten, and kitchen cleaned up once more.
- The girls spend the afternoon helping out with laundry, playing nicely, doing crafts, and the occasional chore here and there. Mom bakes the bread, gets lots of sewing finished, blog posts written, boxes ready for the mail, and any other chores that await her.
- 5:30 table gets set for dinner and final preparations made to the meal.
- 6:00 Dad arrives home from work, is met at the door by 4 females ready to see him, and the smell of dinner all ready to be dished up.
- Mealtime is a relaxed time of sharing and laughter.
- 6:30 dishes are done cheerfully by the girls while Mom and Dad relax on the couch and discuss their day.
- The evening is filled with fun and laughter, the girls helping with any work that needs done,or games are played.
- 8:30 girls head to the shower/bath and get ready for bed, stories are read, prayers are said.
- 9:00 Girls in bed, lights out, all is silent till morning.
- Mom makes sure everything is neat and tidy for morning, spends some quiet time reading or blogging then heads to bed for a solid 10 hours of sleep. To start the wonderful process all over again the next morning.
- alarm rings at 5:30. Hubby turns it off or hits the snooze. Since my sleep has been interrupted I lie there thinking I should get up. But I really don’t want to – it feels so good to snuggle down under my down comforter for ‘just a few more minutes’. (actually, at this point I’m telling myself I don’t have to get up for at least 2 more hours.)
- at 6:30 hubby finally gets up. Unless he’s really tired and waits till 7. Which is not pleasant because waiting till 7 to get up puts him very far behind schedule.
- some mornings hubby asks for his lunch to be packed if it didn’t get packed the night before. Most times when he asks I silently get up and pack the lunch then head back to bed. Some days he has to pack it himself – because
I’m too selfish and won’t get up and do itI fell back asleep.
- The kitchen is seldom spotless – at any point during the day. Neither is the rest of the house.
- At 8:30, or 9, or 8, or 10, or 7:30, I do manage to pull myself out of bed. Grab a cup of coffee, doctor it up with milk and maple syrup and head to the couch. Since the girls will sleep late it’s easy to convince myself to have quiet time.
- Most mornings I read my Bible. I’m in Deuteronomy now. If I have a book I’m reading I’ll read some of that too.
- By 10:00 I know I should wake the girls so I grudgingly call them. On a good day they will come downstairs and fix their own breakfast. On a not-so-good day they will whine and pout for me to do it for them. (this happens most days)
- On a good day they will get dressed as soon as I tell them too. Most days they want to stay in their jammies.
- School work gets done at whatever time we get to it. Good thing it’s mostly dvds or it wouldn’t get done.
- We do laundry almost every day. In a half-finished laundry room that never looks like it stepped out of a magazine. That is coming though, I can just feel it 🙂 If you squint really hard you might see it too.
- The laundry is never all clean, all folded, or all put away at the same time. Not anymore.
- projects get started and then they sit for weeks. or months. or years. Don’t ask about the ones that have been sitting for years.
- sewing gets done around everything else. If I have a deadline looming, everything else falls apart rapidly while I sew away totally oblivious to the chaos and clutter piling up around me, or the fact that the kids are fighting – again. (and that was said so tongue-in-cheek. The clutter and fighting drive me insane)
- Instead of neatly stacked projects and fabric everything is piled together helter skelter.
- Dinner may or may not be ready when hubby comes home. I am trying to pass off some of the cooking to The Teenager. She is a bit resistant to it though. She helps but doesn’t like to have the whole of it handed to her while Mom does other things. Someday. We will keep working on it!
- One thing I pretty much never do is the dishes. With 3 capable girls why should I? I just wish their idea of a clean kitchen and my idea of a clean kitchen were the same. Again, someday!
- Evenings tend to have not real schedule at all. I spend a lot of time on my computer as most days I don’t spend much time on it during the day. I’m still working on getting it all figured out when it comes to organizing my business and blogging time.
- Bedtime is …. hmmmm…. let’s call it flexible. And peaceful is not really a good word to describe it most nights. Might have something to do with the fact that they sleep so late in the morning? Maybe implementing the above plan would be beneficial to everyone?? DON’T ANSWER THAT.
- I’m a night owl. Even if I get up early, unless I’m really really tired, I find myself still up and doing stuff at 10:30. And then suddenly it’s 11. Then 12. And I can’t handle those hours like I used to. Thus the sleeping past 7:30 in the morning. And the vicious cycle starts all over again…
Whew. I get depressed just reading about my typical day. To make me feel better I’m posting a pic of this pizza. It was made on a typical day here not on a too-perfect day that never happens anyway. We topped this yummy culinary delight with shredded mozzarella and fresh mozzarella. It was yummy. Comfort food.
So if you have days like my typical days, now you know you are not alone. If you never have days like this, consider yourself extremely blessed. And strive to keep it that way!
What DOES your typical day look like? Care to share??