07 May 2010

Motherhood snapshot: a day in the life of Grebe.

6:30/6:45 - Wake-up.
6:45:37 - Make a cup or gallon of coffee.
7:00 - Fight with Pete to get up, get dressed, or eat breakfast. Or all three.  He's not a morning person.  At all.
7:15 - Everyone is dressed and settled, unless Betsy is having a melt-down from Big Jake or I hollering at Pete to get up, get dressed, or eat breakfast.
7:30 - Big Jake off to work.
7:30/8:00 - Kids watch an episode of  'The Suite Life' while I finish getting ready for the day, and make beds upstairs, or sometimes I blog.
8:00 - The troops brush teeth, get on shoes, go out to the bus stop, which, luckily, is at the end of the driveway.
8:05/8:15 - Referee the boys during the wait. This can include, but is not limited to; making sure the kickball game is played fairly, keeping them from swinging sticks at each other, or backpacks, or throwing rocks across the street into the neighbors yard.
8:15 - Boys are on bus and off to school.
8:20 - Betsy is on bus and off to school.
8:20:17 - Rosie starts whining that she wants to go to the grocery store.  This can mean Target, Hobby Lobby, Costco, the actual grocery store, breakfast with Aunt Jill, cousin Kate, and Grandpa Sarge, doctor's office, post office, or, basically, anywhere that is not home.
8:30 - Feed Chopper his special diabetic food, wait for him to finish, give him a shot of insulin, let him out to pee for the 438th time that morning, wait for a neighbor to bring him back because he escapes from the yard every other day.
8:45 - Shove some sort of nutrition into my gob, or skip the food and blog if I haven't already.  It depends.
9:00 - Out the door.
9:00/10:30 - This time is usually for errands, the park, breakfast dates, playdates or more errands.  I TRY to do Target on Tuesday or Wednesday, and the grocery store on Thursday.
10:30/11:00 - Put stuff away from said errands.  Maybe fold a basket of laundry.  Do a light pick up around the house.
11:30 - Make another humongo cup of coffee.
11:45 - Betsy gets home.
12:00 - Make lunch.
12:20 - Clean-up lunch.
12:21 - Start warning the girls of their approaching nap time.
12:22 - Go downstairs and clean-up the boys junk, make their beds.  Bring up another basket of laundry.
12:35/1:00 - Fold laundry, make the girls chocolate milk, put them in bed.
1:00/3:00 - This time is for laundry, cleaning, crafting, sewing, gardening, baking.  SOMETIMES a little cat nap myself.  It really depends.  Mostly cleaning.
3:00/3:40 - Girls start waking up, if they haven't already.  Geesh!  I try to get dinner started or finished, like, if I'm making homemade soup, lasagna, a crockpot meal, or something like that.
3:45 - Boys are home, and in full effect.
3:50 - After school snacks, lemonade, homework.
4:30 - If it's nice the boys will go outside with their friends and ride bikes up in the cul-de-sac.  We have a TON of kids in the neighborhood.  If dinner is pretty well started, I'll take the girls out, too.
5:30/5:45 - Big Jake is home, and we sit down to eat.  On Wednesdays & Thursdays, we have a quick grab and go dinner; grilled cheese/soup, semi-homemade pizza, baked ravioli, because Jake has football and baseball practice, and Pete has Accelerated Reading Club.
6:00/6:30 - Big Jake cleans-up dinner {thank you, honey}, and I give the girls their bath.  On Mondays at 6:30 the boys have religion class at our church until 8:00.  Otherwise, they may read or watch a show on Disney.
7:00 - Boys start showers.  They are on a rotating schedule as to who gets in the shower first.  If I were them, I'd go first every night to get it over with and to get all the hot water I want.  When will they learn?
7:30/8:00 - Big Jake goes through their bags, and signs off on homework.  {Again, thank you, my dear.}
8:00 - Betsy goes to bed.
8:30/9:00 - Boys and Rosie go to bed.  Once they are in bed, I go for a run. 
9:30/10:00 - Big Jake watches TV, might fold some laundry because it never ends around here {much appreciated}, catches up on email or Facebook.  I come back from the torture of running {which, by the way, I ran 3.4 in 31 minutes Tuesday night, thank you, very much}, drink some water, get in the shower, and, then, do a combination of the following; talk and laugh with Jake about our days, catch up on DVR, laundry, Facebook, reading my favorite blogs, emails, bills/checkbook, calendar/schedule, or sometimes, but rarely, go straight to bed.
11:00 - Almost always in bed by this time, but we usually talk some more. 
11:30 - Sleeping and dreaming of having someone to do it for me all over again the next day. 

I look at what I've just written, and I think how most people would think it's monotonous, mundane, boring.  Maybe it is, but I'm so thankful this is my life.  No drama, no surprises.  For the most part anyway.  It's all mine, and I am blessed.

I, also, decided to make myself some steel-cuts with fresh strawberries after reading this.  I REALLY need to start eating a good breakfast, and get the metabolism working in overdrive.

Hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!  You deserve it if you day is anything like mine.

See you all Monday.

P.S. I'm not a blogger who uses MckLinky, but was thinking about doing a monthly recipe swap with it.  I feel like I make the same stuff for dinner, over, and over, and over.  Don't you?  Any takers?  Comment or email me.


  1. very funny. sounds almost identical to my day(s). except our bus comes at 8:04. lol we even have psr on mondays... gotta love being a suburban momma!

  2. Good lord girl I thought I had it going on.
    You are a supermama! Luv the picture!! Has a vintage vibe to it.

  3. I'd love to do a recipe swap with you. It would be fun. happy Mother's Day. x


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