It's been a while since I've done a "Day in the Life" post so I decided to take a TON of pictures yesterday and share with y'all today. 5:21 came EARLY yesterday morning and I'm really wishing that I had screenshotted my lock screen instead of my home screen so you wouldn't see all my unread emails and texts :) If I could insert an emoji right here it would be the monkey covering his eyes.
Jack Bauer shared my sentiments about being up early :)
And see my note on the counter? hahaha
Told y'all he stayed close!
Showered and ready to get blow dried and caffeinated.
My makeup routine... if you can even call it that.
We woke the boys up around 6:15 and once they get their uniforms on they can play on their Kindles, read, do Legos, etc. Luke jumps right up, gets dressed and gets to the business of playing while Mason takes a little longer to get moving. He get's it from his mama!
Dave is a morning ROCKSTAR and he does lunches and makes the kids breakfast and does all of that. I'm a lucky lady.
Zucchini bread for breakfast.
Easy peasy linen dress and wedges for the day.
We typically let GG wake up on her own since Dave takes her to Miss Lisa's after we leave. Most mornings she's up to eat with the boys and kiss us goodbye.
Every morning she asks me if she can come to school with us and yesterday was no exception.
We're on our way to school...
... with what seems like all of my possessions in tow.
We were at school around 7:15 and Luke goes to the multi-purpose room to hang out with his friends (so big!)...
... and Mason came to my room with me to get in some coloring time before heading to class.
My middle schoolers are SO SO SO sweet to him! I love how special it makes him feel to get to hang out with the big kids. He even gets escorted down the deck to his class by some big boys on occasion :)
A whole swarm of middle schoolers and nothing phases him ;)
I sent Mason off to class and got to work on prepping for my first period class. I teach 6 classes back to back from 7:45 - 1:15 every day. Two seventh grade math classes, a 7th grade Pre-Algebra, two 8th Grade PreAlgebras and an 8th Grade Honors Algebra 1.
While kids are taking quizzes, working independently and during passing periods I chip away at my daily to-do-list. Answering emails, prepping lessons, etc.
Mid-morning the kids have a 15 minute passing period (opposed to their normal 5 minute one) and it's the best . All the middle school teachers grab our snacks and gather in the workroom for a quick little break. I work with amazing people and we laugh A LOT in those 15 minutes!
I also got my Happy Morning picture from Dave during break :)
Back to Pre-Algebra...
... and this class requested music so we listened to the "Beats for Studying" station on my Pandora One account and they loved it. It's instrumental versions of songs they know and I've had several tell me that they' listen to it at home when they study.
Making use of passing period by uploading videos for my kids to our Google Classroom.
(If you have no clue what I'm talking about, Google Classroom is an app where teachers can create classes and add students to them and then post announcements, assignments, host discussions, etc. I use it to post notes and homework as well as links to videos I make and/or other helpful videos and games.)
I taught 2 more classes and then popped by the lunch room to see Mason. His lunch time matches up with mine and it's been so sweet to pop by and give him a hug mid-day.
(Lots of moms stay and eat... as of now he hasn't asked me to stay... so I'm taking his lead on that)
Back to my classroom to eat my lunch and make an answer key for a practice test.
I have one more class after lunch and once they left it was time for me and my monster cookie to tackle some grading.
... with the help of the seven million pens I own. Seriously though... I cleaned out my bags and purses this weekend and rounded up all my pens... it's crazy.
Lessons prepped and copied for a couple of classes for tomorrow...
... and desks and chairs all Lysoled :)
I packed up all my stuff (including the cute shoes that I ditched for flip flops pretty early on in the day) around 4:00 and headed out to pick up Griffin. Luke had his first STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) meeting after school and Mason wanted to stay at ESS because they were planning on going to the big playground :)
Griffin and I had to pick up some produce and so we headed to Sprouts after I picked her up from Miss Lisa's house.
And OF COURSE she brought in a huge foldable animal book! #duh
We grabbed the fruit we needed (hello, Honeycrisp apples!) and also grabbed some of THE BEST gummy bears on the planet! If you haven't ever tried gummy bears from Sprouts you need to ASAP! They're the absolute best.
We picked up a pound for us and a pound for a friend who had been extra brave that morning :)
After dropping off one package of the gummy bears Griffin and I headed home to get dinner started... but first I had to wait for Jack Bauer to bury himself in all of that ground cover back there. hahaha
Our plan is to rip out all the ivy stuff this fall, but in the meantime Jack goes back there and disappears for EVER.
It had been a busy day and we had a busy evening planned so I kept dinner simple and made tacos.
I've had housekeepers for the last few years, but when we moved we didn't hire them to start cleaning the new house (mainly because we knew it was going to be kind of a mess this summer getting moved in) and as of right now we don't have plans to hire them back. That said, I sneak in cleaning as often as I can even in the little moments like when the taco meat is simmering :) It can be hard to find big chunks of time to clean our house top to bottom all at once, so I do it bits and pieces throughout the week and the system works great for us.
Dave picked up the boys and then they got to do their favorite chore - trash can duty!
... and then folder time.
And then baths for the littles and getting to see her bubble face in the mirror ;)
While Mason and G bathed and he waited for his shower, Luke helped sort laundry (read: put on my fuzzy socks and laugh at everyone's underwear).
While I brush her hair she likes to put on chapstick :)
I tutor the SWEETEST little girl (not a student of mine) on Wednesday nights and she and I hunkered down in the office (with the gummy bears!) while Dave and the kids tidied up their rooms and watched some Star Wars before bed.
After tutoring Dave and I brushed all the teeth, read all the stories and gave all the goodnight kisses. I sat down to work on this post and answer emails for a bit...