Wednesday, March 2, 2011

All in a Day: A Typical Day

Today the All in a Day bloggers are blogging about what a typical day looks like in a large family.  Although we strive for order and routine, it seems that the out-of-the-ordinary day is the "new normal!"  :)

I've decided to follow Carrie's example and try to blog through my day today, figuring that it is just as "typical" as any other day.

5:30 am -- My alarm on my cell phone went off and I ignored it!  ;)

6:00 am -- My alarm went off again and I thought, "I'll lay here for just a second and enjoy the fresh air coming in through the open window.

6:24 -- I awoke with a start, realizing that I had fallen back asleep for more than a "second!"  I jumped out of bed, mad at myself for sleeping so late!  I put in my contacts (the first thing I do every morning!), got dressed in my exercise clothes, and hurried out to the kitchen, realizing that I had missed Josh, who had already left for work.

6:30 -- I made coffee, unloaded the dishwasher, reloaded the dishwasher, and cleaned the kitchen from the late-night meals eaten by the older boys when they got home from work.  Then, I made breakfast (creamy grits and eggs), and sat down with a cup of coffee to read my Bible in my Quiet Time corner.

7:15 -- I talked to Alan and Joe, while they ate their breakfasts, and saw them out the door for work/school about 7:30 am.

7:30 -- With the house still Quiet and Asleep, I sat down and finished reading my Bible, checked my email, read a couple blog posts, and wrote out my To-Do List for the day.  Then, little Bethany woke up and came to snuggle in the living room with me.

8:30 -- The other children got up, took their showers and came down to eat breakfast.  Tay left for his 9 am class.

9:00 -- While sitting at the breakfast table, I read aloud Psalm 2 and Proverbs 2, praised Chris for the character qualities he demonstrated yesterday in accomplishing a special project, read about those qualities in Achieving True Success, and then read and discussed a chapter from the incredible book Created for Work by Bob Schultz.

Then, we all worked together to quickly clean the kitchen and straighten the house, making sure to "do our work heartily as unto the Lord" (what we had just read about). 

Then the children started their classes.  We use BJU Distance Learning, which I highly recommend!!! 
Here are some pictures of them watching their classes:




Hannah and Chris:

While the children watched their classes, I helped them as needed, called the dentist to make appointments, changed over the washer and dryer a couple times, made a batch of chocolate chip cookies, and worked on this blog post!

After I finished helping Matthew and Bethany with their worktext pages around noon, I went to my room to exercise.  I did the T-Tapp Basic Workout, which is pictured below:

Then, I took a shower and wiped up my bathroom. 

My lunch was a delicious Isagenix protein shake.

When the older children had finished their classes around 1:30 or so, they got on Facebook to see what their friends were up to, and then came down for lunch.  While they ate lunch and then folded the laundry, I read aloud to them two chapters from The Family Under the Bridge.

Then Matt unloaded the dishwasher so he and I could leave.  He had been invited to our pastor's house to spend the afternoon with Michael and Jordan.  After I dropped him off, Bethany and I ran a few errands -- a quick run through the grocery store, a stop at Wal-Mart (which is never quick!) and a quick stop for vitamins at the Health Food Store.

While we were gone, Chris, Hannah and Luke were doing their homework like good kids!  :)

We stopped at home long enough to unload groceries and for Bethany to change her clothes, and then we all loaded up in the "White Elephant" and headed to church.  The youth were doing a fundraiser for an upcoming trip, and cooked and served a spaghetti dinner.  They did a great job, and it meant I got a break from cooking supper!  (I do like to cook -- but a break is always nice!)   :)

Maddie greeted us, took our money and showed us to our table.

Julie served our table.  Naturally, Chris and Luke tried to make it hard on her!  :)

After dinner, the children went to their classes and I went to Bible Study.  Pastor David taught us about the importance of having discernment and recognizing false teachers, which are plentiful in our world today!  Great message!

When I got home from church, I immediately sat down to finish up this blog post.  The kids are upstairs playing a game with Josh and his girl friend, Kristi.  Joe is just walking in the door from work.  Alan and Tay were watching a basketball game, and now Taylor is working on some homework and Alan is reading the newspaper.  I'm starting to yawn, and beginning to look forward to snuggling under my covers!!   :)   Morning comes early . . . and I hope to do a better job of getting out of bed on time tomorrow morning!  ;) 

It has been a good day here.  How about at your house??

Make sure you stop by and visit these All in a Day bloggers, to find out what a "typical day" looks like at their houses!

Carrie @ Our Full House

Christi @ Where the Creek Meets the Lake

Elizabeth @ Yes They're All Ours

Kathy @ Kathy Mom of Many

Kristy @ Homemaker's Cottage

Lori @ Happy Busy Mama

Monica @ Natural Mama

Renee @ Bakers Dozen

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Mrs. Stam said...

love this post! I feel like I'm sitting right beside you and you are talking to me :-)

tiff said...

Thank you for sharing your day. I have a question about homeschooling, if you don't mind me asking you. What are your children watching for their lessons? Is it a program you bought or is it a some sort of live classroom thing? My school age children are in public school and I have not been happy with it and have been thinking about homeschooling for a couple of years now, but fear of failure has stopped me so far. I'm afraid of not knowing enough to teach the upper grades. But seeing that you use other tools than just "you" has me intrigued. I really hope to homeschool my youngest 5 this fall. The oldest of the bunch would be in 8th grade. Do you find doing most of the work online is the norm?

Thank you for your time,


Pamela said...

I have been really enjoying the large family link ups you have been participating in lately. So much helpful information every week, I love it!
I went to your grits link this morning and boy did that sound good to me, living in Canada, I have never had the opportunity to try them. I had recently purchased a bag of grits but had still never made them, so for lunch today I made your cheesy grits with eggs and sausage. My husband came home for lunch today (a rare treat) and we really enjoyed having something new, and so good! I'll be making that recipe again for sure. I love all kinds of food, and so I really enjoy the recipes and pictures you often post when eating out or cooking at home. Always great to get some new ideas and inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

Noel said...

ooh, that last comment has got me craving grits! What a great day! thanks so much for sharing :) It truly is a blessed life!

Rebecca's Refining said...

Thanks for sharing your day!
I love your "cozy" corner!

This summer I hope to be more disciplined at reading "chapter books" each day! I also hope to be more committed to a longer devotional time. Right now we squeeze in 10-15 minutes in the morning before getting ready for school. I guess that is better than none at all, but I would like to have time for more discussion and study! :)

Karen said...

I love to read your blog - we have a large family (there are 9) of us - we're not quite as large as you. Thank you for being "real". I'm glad to know there's another BJUer out there. We've been using HomeSat (now Distance Learning) for 8 years now - it works for us! I became a Consultant this year because I believe in how it can work for so many homeschooling families - it has for us!
Karen in MI

Tracy said...

Love your "quiet time corner"! Even though there are not a bunch of young kids around my house (since mine have all grown up) I don't feel like I have an area that is just mine to sit, relax, enjoy the quiet and privacy, etc. (going into the bathroom and locking the door does not count!) Perhaps I should work on trying to find something like that to include in my home for my own sanity.

Happy Busy Mama said...

Over the years, we have shared so many typical and not-so-typical days. Remember the old days when we emailed back and forth every few days. Even better when we shared those days in person. All your wonderful pictures make me feel like I am right there. I love the picture of you in your "thoughtful spot" as Pooh might say. I do want to add that even though you have changed houses often, your "home" is always the same, full of life, laughter and love.

busymomof10 said...

tiff -- check out this link for sample videos for each grade. Then you will understand what my children are watching for school. Then, they have reading and writing assignments (older kids) and worktext pages (younger kids).

Rachelle said...

This was a lot of fun Elizabeth! Thanks for the picture into your busy day.

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