Saturday, May 7, 2011

Day in the life

I had another really sweet reader email me and say:

"I'd love to hear about a day in the life of your family. How you do things, what you do...you know, things like that! I love to hear how others do things and glean info! :-) "

I have loved when I've seen this on other people's blogs. It's so fun to get a glimpse into someone else's life! So, yesterday I recorded everything I did and snapped a couple pictures throughout my day. I didn't really pay attention to the time or how long certain things took me. I just wrote them out in an order-of-events kind of way. Here's my day:

-I woke up with a headache (ALLERGIES!) so I crawled out of bed and took some medicine.
-John was kind enough to fix breakfast for the children while I waited for my medicine to kick in.
-Got up and dressed
-Got everyone dressed
-Put on a load of laundry
-Picked up the living room
-Sorted clean laundry that had been sitting in baskets for...ahem...awhile.
-Math w/ Lilly (while the boys put away all of the laundry that went into drawers)
-Snack time for the children while I read them their Bible lesson.
-Reading w/ Lilly
-The children put the rest of the laundry on hangers while I fixed lunch.
-lunch
-The children and I went out in the garden to water/weed. (Yes, weeds are overtaking my garden!)
-Language Arts w/ Lilly.
-Science w/ Lilly.
-Social Studies w/ Lilly.
-Reading w/ Luke.
-Snack time for the children while I had about 1/2 hour or so of Mommy time.
-Washed dishes.
-The older children went outside to play. Kate and I read some books together and then she looked at books while I snuck in some time in the Word.
-Picked up around the house.
-Started on dinner.
-At this point in time my allergies were bothering me again so I went to rest for about 20 minutes.
-Washed more dishes with Lilly and Brad.
-Finished dinner preparations.
-Dinner.
-Dinner clean up.
-Enjoyed some family time!
-Read a chapter out of "By the Shores of Silver Lake".
-Got everyone in their jammies.
-Surprised the children with a "Jammie drive". This is something John and his family used to do when he was young. All the children would get into their jammies and then go on a family drive right before bed. I guarantee the children think this is SO fun. They get excited every time!
-Family prayers/put the children to bed.
-Time to myself!
-Sleep.

That's the Washburn's day in a nutshell! For the most part our days look the same. We spend most of our time at home since school work consumes a lot of our day. But we will occasionally make a trip to the library, the park, or run errands. Our time after dinner usually changes every night. Sometimes we need to run errands or someone drops by for a visit. We might have family devotions before bed or John might take the older children on a bike ride. We just enjoy being together as a family!

Time after the children go to bed is usually different every night too. I might catch up on some emails, write a blog post, read a book, John and I might play Scrabble or chat. I usually try to get most of my work done before dinner so that my evening is free, but once in a while I might have some sewing that needs to be done or need to get breakfast ready for the next morning.

I LOVE being a homemaker. I feel absolutely blessed to be able to invest my time in my home/family. Am I perfect at it? No. Do I lose my joy sometimes and feel completely overwhelmed? Yes! There have been many times I have had to apologize to the children for losing my cool or had a mini emotional breakdown because I felt so inadequate. But, by God's good grace, He is seeing me through it! And I am learning day by day how this whole "Keeper at home" thing works!

Blessings!

1 comment:

simply His home said...

Love this post and thanks!;-) My day looks pretty similar and I also love being a homemaker! I am so blessed to have a husband who wants me home...Especially in this day and age! ~ Blessings ~