Sunday, June 6, 2010

a day in the life of the peapod

6:30 - wake up and use potty
7:00 - breakfast with daddy
7:00 - wash up and get dressed (mommy shower)
8:00 - boys get dressed (daddy heads out the door for work)
Mommy prepare for school

8:30 - school time #1 for all kids (go here for some ideas of what I am doing to stimulate some learning at home)

10:00 - snack time (mommy either reads to kids or works with one of the girls for 1 on 1 school time)

10:15 - play time for all the kids

10:30 - big kids head back for school time #2 (boys get more play time outside or in basement to get the wiggles out)

11:45 - lunch break (clean up and potty time for boys)

12:30 - more physical play time for boys (free time for girls)

1:00 - boys down for naps and rest (school time #3 for girls - best time for mom to teach more focuses subjects like science and history - usually one hour a day of devoted teaching time)

2:00 - 2:30 - up from naps, snack time (prep for dinner and chores for mom - Tate is pretty fussy when he wakes up)

3:00 - 4:30 - play time for all (playset, bikes, walk - boys require constant supervision during play time)

time for mom to finish chores and dinner (this day the boys helped make dinner)

4:30 - clean up for dinner and tidy house
5:00 - dinner (Chuck is still at work)
5:30 - last play time of the day for the boys
6:00 - bath time for boys (computer time for girls)

6:30 - jammies and stories with mom
7:00 - tuck in (snuggle time) first Tyce
Daddy hurries home for a good night kiss
One last brotherly hug...then off to bed.
7:30 - then Tate (I still hold each of the boys until they fall asleep)
8:00 - mommy reads to girls and tucks them in
9:00 - mommy starts night time chores and finally gets to the computer to return emails
10:00 - mommy is DONE for the day because it starts all over again.

I have learned I have to really purpose my day. If not, time slips away and I don't get much done. If I don't plan ahead, dinner time turns into a disaster, school doesn't get done, laundry piles up....As you can tell right now, we spend most days at home in our own little nest. I am also working really hard at having lots of cuddle time with the boys. Notice how often they sit with us either for reading or snack time. We are working so hard at bonding. be honest, this particular day (notice I look like I had been crying most of the day - well, I had) that I snapped these pictures was a horrible day. Just a rough day for obeying and listening to mom and full of lots of attitude. It reminded me how much I need to keep praying for these kids. I need to keep seeking God's grace each and every day. We are dealing with some normal behavior that tends to surface once the boys feel more comfortable around us. Just because it is normal, doesn't mean it's easy. Please keep praying for our transition.


  1. thank you for a glimpse into your days! we will keep praying for your transition!!!

  2. OK, it's 8:30 and now I feel a bit worn out reading about your day. The consistency and closeness and love you all are pouring into the boys (and the girls!) will yield you fruit in the next decade. Attagirl!

  3. Cris, you are beautiful. I admire your hard work to keep your family a priority; and for keeping it real. As you know from raising your two girls, this age/stage for your boys will go by faster than you can imagine right now. You are doing a fantastic job! Continuing to keep you in my prayers and thoughts.

  4. This is a great post. It is a FULL TIME JOB, huh? It is dying to yourself daily. And glad to hear I'm not the only one who spends most of some days crying - I'm having one of those today. I know it will get better. Thanks for your example and witness of faithfulness.

  5. Sounds like a pretty familiar day to me :) It's all a part of it, but not always a fun part. Transition is so hard some days......that end in ay....he he he. Praying for you.

  6. I love how you have your day all structured. Alas, that is only a dream of mine. Our homeschool days are a little too hectic.

    I think you are at one of the hardest points in the transition. So many things are so much better, but then there are still the hard moments. I will encourage you.....we are days away from 5 months, and soooooo much of her behavior has improved, and things are much smoother. Hang in there!

  7. thank you for your honesty and for sharing your life... it's encouraging and remember even on those days when school/chores don't get all complete - learning is still happening, love is still shared :)...

  8. Sorry for the hard look beautiful...tear-stained and all! You are a busy girl...make sure you carve out some time for yourself to rest and get refreshed! You give some much to need to refuel sometimes. The pictures are great and the boys are doing great.