Thursday, February 23, 2017

Day in the Life - Wednesday before last Edition

I love a good "Day in the Life" post and so today I'm sharing our very "typical" Wednesday.

I really really wish I was a morning person, but I'm just not.  My mom is an amazing morning person and has walked 3 miles, prepped dinner and done her Bible study before 6 a.m.  I can remember waking up as a kid and always being impressed with how she had accomplished so much before I was even awake.  I've tried to be a morning person several times... but it's just not in me.  I will set my alarm for 5:00.... and then just lay there, willing myself to get up... thinking about all the productive things I could be doing but in the end I end up laying there half asleep for an hour and then am tired the rest of the day.  On the rare occasion that I do will myself out of bed early I'm just bitter and grumpy that everyone else is still all cozy and asleep.  That said, I try to work my shower schedule so that I only HAVE to wash, dry and fix my hair two school mornings a week... buying myself an extra hour of precious time in bed :)  On this particular day I had showered and done my hair the day before so I was good to sleep in as late as possible.  #amen


Rise and shine...


... well... kind of.  Usually I can be suckered into at least another 5 minutes of snuggles :)

The boys have alarm clocks that go off at 6:30 at which point they come down to our room to get dressed.  We keep all the uniform pieces in Dave's closet and at night we just lay them out on the couch in our room and they come down and get changed.  We tried keeping the uniforms in their rooms, but for quick morning prep keeping their uniform pieces in our room just makes life easier.

Please note that even my children are up and at 'em and I'm still in bed.  #thestruggleisreal


Finally up and ready to deal with all of this...


A cup of tea and a piece of peanut butter toast to keep me motivated.


I try to pick out my clothes the night before and on this day I knew I was going to want to sleep in so I went with something super easy.


I blasted on a bit of this magical stuff...


... and helped this girl brush her hair and pull it up #trollhair



I also did the boys hair, but that involved gel on my hands so I don't have a pic :)

I laid out Griffin's clothes for the day (I usually try to do this at night, but forgot Tuesday night because I had friends over and our we weren't in our normal routine)...


... and was out the door with these two around 7:10.


If the boys have cooperative spirits and eat all their breakfast then I reward them with carpool drop-off.  Otherwise I park at middle school and they have to walk all the way down.  Since I started doing this (maybe 2 months ago???) we have had ZERO issues in the morning.  #momwin 
(I was PARKED behind a line of cars still dropping off)



I circled back around and parked...


... and then was ready to start teaching!  I prep everything the day before so I don't have much to mess with in the mornings.  My first class starts at 7:45.



I teach 6 different classes from 7:45 - 1:15.... 2 PreAlgebra, 2 Math 7, an Honors Algebra and and Honors Pre-Algebra.  So this is what the bulk of my day looks like :)





Lunch is a quick 25 mins and twice a week I have lunch duty.  On this particular day I was free and so I enjoyed some peace and quiet along with my linguine and salad (leftovers from what I cooked for having friends over the night before).  This is often when I have my quiet time and read through a devotional email I get and/or just pray.


After lunch I had to run and scan a couple of things, so I swung by the early childhood playground and gave Mason a squeeze before heading to the office.



After 100+ students and 6 hours of teaching this is what my desk area looked like.  OMG.


My planning periods are both together at the end of the day and this is when I prep for the upcoming day, grade papers, get my planner in order, enter attendance, do behavior reports, etc.



Luke's class was selling Val-O-Grams to raise money for the Collin County Child Advocacy program and so I headed down to the lower school office to buy a few to send to the boys.


Around 3:00 I indulged in a Dr.Pepper (my occasional guilty pleasure) and some trail mix to get ready for kids coming in after school for homework help and tutoring.


About an hour of tutoring and a little bit more prep and I'm ready to pick up the boys and head to get Griffin.


Carrying home a solid 10 pounds of grading and laptop.  #teacherlife


I grabbed the boys from extended school supervision and found Mason playing tea party with some of the girls...



.... and Luke apparently having a written conversation in Spanish with his friends :) 



Time to get GRIFFIN!!!


Whole crew ready to go! And Mason not happy that it was Griffin's turn to pick the music.

We were home around 4:30 and the kids started their after school duties.  Griffin let Jack Bauer outside...


... the boys changed clothes and then threw their dirty clothes in the washer and then it was homework time.


Typically we'd head outside and play, but on this particular night both boys had basketball and so we had to get a few things done first.  (please note Jack Bauer waiting for Mason to be able to play!)

Luke was upstairs getting some of his reading done and Griffin played a bit on ABCya while I got dinner started.


After homework was done Mason decided to hang out at my feet while I cooked :)


Crazy.  Town.


Thank you Trolls movie for a few minutes of peace while I finished dinner prep.






The kids had requested spaghetti pie and so that's what I had been working on for about 25 minutes after we got home.


I popped the pie in the oven and then the kids helped me set the table while I cleaned up in the kitchen.


My dishwasher was full of clean dishes so I opted for hand washing.


Dave got home a little bit after five and we sat down around 5:45 for dinner.


Look how well our devotion was going, y'all! ;)



Both the boys had basketball at 6:30 and they left around 6:15.  Dave was coaching Mason's team, so he took the boys and I stayed home with Griffin.  First up, pink bubble bath.



Once I had Griffin in the tub I took a few minutes to wash my face, put on moisturizer, pull my hair up and get my pjs on.


Then I got a few housecleaning tasks done while she swam.  I was in the bathroom with her so we sang ABC's, practiced counting and discussed the mermaid life while I cleaned :)




After bath time she and I headed upstairs for hair brushing and books.


She performed a few songs and then it was time for tea.



Music on.  Laundry to fold.  GG waiting for her boys to get home.



Boys got home and immediately it was time for showers because Holy SWEATY after basketball.

Dave tucked Griffin in and I started the washer while the boys had some reading time in their beds.


I sprayed down the kitchen counters...



... packed lunches and snacks....


... and made sure backpacks and jackets were ready for the next morning.


All that took about 35 minutes at which point I ran upstairs to tuck in the boys and run through Mason's sight words once before bed.



It was definitely a later night than normal (they didn't get back from basketball until after 8), but lights out before 9 was still a win.



Well... lights out for Mason. This kid wanted to read oooooone more chapter and I couldn't say no to that!



All the kids in bed and time for some New Girl and grading.


Dave was on the couch and I was at the table because I knew if I sat down on the couch I wouldn't be productive at all.


Grading.  Done.


And then it was time for me to finish up a practice test answer key for my first period class on Thursday morning.


Upstairs to check on the kids and put their hearts on their doors for that day...




Jack Bauer is ready for bed :)


We try to pick up before bedtime and typically the kids take their own things upstairs before bed (apparently except for the woody doll on the floor).




Switching the laundry to the dryer...


... and then a little bowl of Lucky Charms before bed #keepinitreal



A few minutes of reading and it was lights out for me around 11:30.

A couple of things... 

I've been trying reeeeally hard to get "ahead" a bit in blogging so that about 3 nights a week (M-F)  I don't get on the computer at all at home.  

I also try to leave school work at school... but as a Math teacher I know how important it is for kids to get feedback on work they complete ASAP (and they're completing at least one assignment... often an in-class task AND a homework page) which means I have 100-200 papers PER DAY to grade and enter in my online grade book.  I try to get it done during my planning periods, but depending on conferences/meetings I have, I can't always get them all done at school.  Getting a couple of days behind means I can have 500+ papers to grade. UGH!!! So sometimes bringing it home is inevitable.

This particular day was busy because the boys had basketball - on nights that they don't have basketball we like to spend that time playing games, going to the park, playing in the yard, etc. and our goal is to have everyone in bed by 8 pm..

I usually cook dinner Sunday - Wednesday nights.  Dave works the other nights of the week and so cooking Sun-Wed leaves me with lots of leftovers to feed the kids on the nights when it's harder for me to get it all together (and clean up after) solo.  We also do Pizza Friday :)

I don't have a set cleaning routine, but do try to do several little tasks every day (cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming stairs, dusting, etc.) and pretty much every single day we wipe the kitchen counters wash/fold/dry a load of laundry (I wash everything together on cold) and pick up at night. 

So... there you have it!  A day in our lives!  
Does your day look similar to mine?  WAAAAY different?  Do tell!

Happy Thursday, friends!