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Monday, May 21, 2012

A day in the Life

 As a mom to 3 kids 5 and under, everyday things just get in the way. I saw this poem on facebook the other day and it is sooooo spot on:

You Give a Mom a Muffin

If you give a mom a muffin, she'll want a cup of coffee to go with it. She'll pour herself some. Her three-year-old will spill the coffee. She'll wipe it up. Wiping the floor, she will find dirty socks. She'll remember she has to do laundry. When she puts the laundry in the washer, she'll trip over boots and bump into the freezer. Bumping into the freezer will remind her ...she has to plan supper. She will get out a pound of hamburger. She'll look for her cookbook. (101 Things To Make With A Pound Of Hamburger.) The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail. She will see the phone bill, which is due tomorrow. She will look for her checkbook. The checkbook is in her purse that is being dumped out by her two-year-old. She'll smell something funny. She'll change the two-year-old. While she is changing the two-year-old the phone will ring. Her five-year-old will answer and hang up. She'll remember that she wants to phone a friend to come for coffee. Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup. She will pour herself some. And chances are, if she has a cup of coffee, her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.

I've recently been on a "schedule kick" I don't know why I haven't thought of it before, I LOVE schedules always have. So last week I was tired and exhausted, for many reasons but mostly because I didn't feel like I accomplished anything that I wanted to get done. So last Weds. I made and printed off a weekly cleaning schedule for myself; a morning & evening routine for the kids including pictures, and then I sat and scheduled out my entire day. It wasn't until I typed it all out that I realized I do a lot during the day, and just because my to do list grows instead of shrinks doesn't mean I've failed. I realize to some scheduling out your entire day would drive you insane, for me it is doing the opposite.

Just a glimpse of how our day goes:

7:00 AM- Wake up, shower, get ready for day
7:45 AM- Get Kids Up, eat breakfast
8:05 AM- Kids Get dressed, brush teeth, get ready for school
8:25 AM- Take Elora & Derek to School
9:15 AM- Start Daily chores
10:30 AM- Time with Dylan, playing cars, coloring, watching Dinosaur train, whatever he wants to do
11:30 AM- Pick Up Derek from School
12:05 PM- Lunch
12:30 PM- Boys Nap/ More Daily Chores plus free time for mommy which lately has been napping
2:45 PM- Pick up Elora from school
3:30 PM- Snack
3:45 PM- Homework/ organized activity for Kids
4:30 PM- Start dinner; kids get to play outside or if raining TV time
5:30 PM- Dinner
6:00 PM- Clean up from Dinner, kids do chores
6:30 PM- start bedtime routine
7:30 PM- Lights out for kids
7:35 PM- Finish any daily chores
8:30 PM- Time spent with Steve
9:30 PM- Catch up on Facebook, e-mails, prep for next day, watch dvr shows while folding laundry
11:00 PM- Bed :)


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