(Yes, I know it’s the 10th and I skipped a few days, er, um a week or so, but I’m not going to throw in the towel yet!)
6:51 – Emma is smacking me in the face. I open my eyes to find her all smiles. She’s reaching over me to either wake up Autumn in her bed next to us or get to the window so she can watch the birds.
7-ish – Coffee time! James makes the coffee and I start on breakfast and laundry. By 8, they’re all up and hungry. Alex does his morning chores, walking and feeding Nova, tending to the rabbits, and unloading the dishwasher. Autumn clears and sets the table for breakfast. The kids eat at the table, while I drink my coffee at the computer. They finish and run off to play. I get my own breakfast, a second cup of coffee, and nurse Emma for her mini morning nap.
9 or so – Encouraging the kids to get their morning-5 done so we can do some housework together. It takes a lot of encouraging today. I also do my own morning-5. Then outside to hang-up laundry. They all follow me out and water the garden and check out their plants.
10 – Alex is self-motivated and starts his math lessons and works on the rest of his school work. I play with the little girls while Jackson disappears (usually trying to take Izzy with him) in an effort to avoid anything related to cleaning or lessons.
11:30 – Lunch time. We’ve been working together at mealtimes so Jackson brings the PB, jelly, honey, and bread to the table, Autumn gets the plates, Alex pours drinks, and Izzy helps with the fruit.
1-ish – I read The Voyages of Dr. DoLittle. It’s part of Jackson’s OM2 curriculum, and it has captured his attention. Izzy is also over the moon with this book and listens intently. We finish up the lessons for the day while Autumn is loud and active and baby Emma tries to avoid another nap.
3:30 – Lessons are done and the boys are begging to play wii. Grumble. I let them each have a half an hour of screen time while I try to get some lesson planning and more housework done.
5:00 – We load up the van and drive to the local state park. The kids get to play at the playground while James and I take turns running.
7:00 – We’re back home, everyone oh so hungry for dinner.
8:30 – Bedtime! Not that anyone is ever in bed at this time. Teeth brushing, drinks of water, jammies (that didn’t get wet while brushing teeth), prayers, bedtime stories, hugs and kisses.
10 – They’re all asleep or at least quiet in bed and pretending to be asleep. I’m exhausted!