Cast of Characters:
My husband Nicholas
Claire - Age 10
Chandler - Age 8
Fiona - Age 4
Declan - Age 2
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
6:40am - I wake up to the pitter patter of Declan's feet coming up the stairs to our bedroom. Nicholas has overslept and is still in bed. He takes Declan back downstairs to get his cup and start the TV and gives me a few minutes to wake up. Fiona soon is up the stairs as well, but she wants to snuggle in bed with me. This is her special time of the day and I hate to mess that up. We cuddle under the warm blankets. She starts chattering at me.
6:54am - We head downstairs. Declan has his juice cup and blanket and is watching Ninjago. I get to talk to Nicholas a few minutes while he is getting ready and my water for my tea is boiling.
7:25am - Claire wanders downstairs and snuggles with Zelda the cat on the couch while she wakes up.
7:42am - I get up to refresh my tea and put some food in the slow cooker for tonight. Chandler stumbles out of his room and comes to get a hug. I put a load of laundry on in the basement and come up to find Claire already started her schoolwork. It's not a bad day for her, just journaling, English, spelling, math, cursive, and writing out a times table. I check on the Littles and they are playing in Fiona's room. I change Declan's diaper again.
|Schoolwork in her pajamas|
|Fiona's messy room!|
8:05am - Chandler makes himself breakfast and sits to watch more Ninjago. I throw a bagel in for Declan and Claire sweet talks me into making one for her. I check with Fiona and she says she's too busy playing. I stop to help Claire with her math. Fiona runs out of her room completely naked yelling, "It's Naked Girl!!" I hustle her back into her bedroom to get dressed. Declan is sitting in his cozy coupe eating his bagel.
8:35am - My mom is meeting someone to take our extra rooster so she brings Fiona back - apparently Fiona just went down there to ask for more breakfast. I make her some toast.
8:41am - I finally sit down with my slightly cold breakfast. I try to have a good breakfast on Wednesday because we are on the run much of the day and I won't have much time for lunch. I have a chicken apple sausage with eggs and wheat toast with homemade apple butter. Claire comes over and goes over the chores she has done so far today. She trying to earn enough tickets so she can watch a YouTube video here and play Minecraft at Chandler's gymnastics lesson later (Our ticket system explained HERE.) Declan comes over and starts begging for the eggs off my plate. Chandler starts his schoolwork with a cursive handwriting app on the tablet.
|Little breakfast thief|
9:40am - I hear fighting and get out of the shower. Break it up and go get dressed and finish getting ready. I help Chandler with his math and start to head down to get the laundry when I realize I need to change Declan's diaper again.
|Chandler hard at work|
|Claire watching Minecraft videos on Youtube|
|It's a disaster, but they are having fun.|
10:22am - Mom helped me finish hanging the laundry. Come in and help brush teeth and hair for all the kids.
10:27am - I pack a snack bag for gymnastics and get eggs ready to bring a friend, Claire gets her stuff ready to entertain herself during gymnastics and her library books together.
10:40am - We head outside and put everything in the van. We stop out back to check on the rabbits because we have new babies and another doe due.
|Hagrid the rooster and one of his ladies|
|Our sweet Gimli boy|
|Claire and her chicken Blondie!|
|My Mom with Kaylee the chicken|
11:00am - Get everyone loaded in the van and head out.
|Claire loves being in the front seat now that she is 5'.|
|Back of the van!|
11:15am - Get to gymnastics, but walk across the road to see Poppy (my grandfather). He is in the nursing home/rehab center across the street from gymnastics for a few weeks due to a blood staph infection that requires daily IV antibiotics. He enjoys seeing the kids, but they get a little wild in his room so we head back across the street to gymnastics.
12:00pm - I tear Chandler away from where he is talking with his friends to start his gymnastics class. Our gym has a weekly homeschool class and they enjoy seeing their friends and Claire, Fiona and Declan get to talk and play with the siblings also waiting during class. And I get to talk to my fellow homeschool moms. It's actually pretty nice.
|Fiona, Declan, and friend|
|Chandler waiting for his turn on the trampoline.|
1:07pm - Leave gymnastics and head home. Everyone is rushed in the door and given lunch. Claire makes herself a bagel, Chandler has a peanut butter sandwich, Fiona and Declan have hummus and crackers. I quickly eat a yogurt and cheese stick. My mom comes up and she will watch Fiona and Declan while they nap.
1:38pm - Claire, Chandler, and I are back out the door. On Wednesdays we go to the next town 20 miles away and meet Claire's Orton-Gillingham tutor at the library there. Chandler likes to go too and look at books and play on the computers. I am so grateful that Mom doesn't mind hanging out at my house, because that means I don't have to chase Littles the whole time, but can sit in the quiet. I usually journal, read, play on my phone, cross-stitch or crochet, or work on my school planning and/or records. On the drive over we listen to our History textbook on CD. Today we learned about the English Civil War and Oliver Cromwell. We then got into the philosophical discussion of religious freedom, what that means, and what "hearing God's voice" means. When we get to the library Claire heads in with her tutor, Chandler settles at the computers and I find my favorite comfy seat.
|Such a beautiful library in this town.|
|Chandler on the computer.|
|Claire in the study room with her tutor.|
|My comfy spot.|
|Working in my planner/homeschool records. I love this planner!|
4:09pm - Stop by the day old bread store to get bread for the rabbits. During the winter when we can't give them armfuls of fresh grass we give them a half a slice of the grainiest bread I can buy. They like it and it's a good extra calorie when it is cold.
4:41pm - Get home. Immediately deal with Littles who apparently missed me "SO MUCH!!". Shred the pork that's in the slow cooker and put the BBQ sauce in. Bring laundry off the line and let Fiona and Declan play outside. Begin folding the laundry along with all the baskets that have been sitting waiting for me the last few days. Deal with Chandler and Fiona fighting. Claire and Chandler have been doing chores to watch a Minecraft video on Youtube including getting eggs, emptying the dishwasher, straightening the living room, etc. They sit and watch.
5:29pm - Put potato wedges in the oven. Finish folding laundry. Realize Fiona and Declan have taken all the pillows out of their bedrooms and are piling them as a huge tower. I don't really want to know why. Stop them and clean that up.
|That's a lot of laundry.|
6:00pm - Take school papers and file them. Get a text from Nicholas that he will be home in one hour. Go through some papers.
|Claire and Chandler watching Minecraft videos on Youtube.|
6:13pm - The kids finish their video and I tell them to set the table. I'm getting tired. Gotta keep moving. I check dinner and start putting Fiona and Declan's clothes away. Claire puts her laundry away after she is done setting the table.
|I love it when kids are happily doing chores!|
6:38pm - Start pulling dinner out and hear a scream. Declan ran into the door frame while running. After a few snuggles he seems fine.
6:50pm - Sit down to eat.
|Everyone happily eating!|
7:09pm - Nicholas walks in the door! The kids are done eating. They go play and Nicholas fixes a plate. We talk as he eats.
7:31pm - We start cleaning up from dinner and I wash the dishes.
7:40pm - Nicholas gets a call that his step-father is in the hospital with his heart issues. He quickly puts the Littles in pajamas, changes out of his dirty work clothes, and goes. Chandler gets in the shower. The Littles decide to watch Ninjago.
8:00pm - I sit at the computer and start to type this up. Claire and Fiona are fighting over the recliner. Chandler gets out of the shower and sits on the floor.
|Everyone looks comfy!|
8:43pm - Declan asks to "nuggle chair". Fiona, Declan and I settle on the couch.
8:54pm - I start the kids on brushing their teeth and getting in bed.
9:06pm - Nicholas walks in just after the kids are tucked in and prayed for. He goes around to give them all kisses and I put on pajamas. He reminds me that we need to type up his bill for the week. I type it up for him and fight with the printer to get it printed out in a readable fashion. Nicholas and I talk and he tells me what is going on.
9:41pm - We settle down to watch an episode of Smallville (no judging!). I enjoy a chai latte and Zelda the cat on my lap.
10:31pm - Nicholas and I head upstairs to read in bed a few minutes before passing out. Good night everyone!