Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What Our Day Looks Like.....

Spend a day with us, well, through a blog post anyway!

Our day usually starts at about 7:30 a.m and looks something like this! (Not every day is the same of course, you can never plan for the unexpected. We have MANY days where our schedule looks a little different!)

7:30 a.m-We wake up. We snuggle and talk for about 15 minutes before getting up for the day.

7:45 a.m- We make the beds (or fold up our blankets if we camp out in the living room the night before, which happens a LOT), brush our teeth, and head downstairs to the kitchen.

8:00 a.m- We are usually ready for breakfast by now. Most mornings Brandon eats Frosted Flakes, and Jacob likes his Waffles with Chocolate Spread. Other favorites are Toaster Strudles, Cinnamon rolls, and Sausage breakfast sandwiches. Jacob also gets his daily medicine at this time.

8:30 a.m-Time for school work! Most days we choose to get Language Arts out of the way first. That is the subject that Jacob struggles with the most, so it is best if we get it done early while everyone is happy and relaxed. We are almost always still in our pajamas at this point in the day. Today we had a spelling test to do which is why you see the boys sitting separate. Unless we are doing a test the boys are always sitting together :) 
*We take a "brain break" for about 10-15 minutes once every hour. The reason we do this is that I have noticed that the boys start getting fidgety and restless after about an hour of school work. They start looking out windows, wiggling in their seat, and they just cant seem to stay focused. After a short break they are ready to get back to work and are OK for another hour.* 

11:30-12:30 a.m/p.m-This is our lunch and recess. Usually the boys will start playing at 11:30 while I prepare lunch. Then we will eat lunch when it is ready, and then the boys continue to play until 12:30. 
This is our only long break throughout the school day. 
*Right now it is summer. We spend a LOT of our lunch days at the park which is only about a mile from our house. It is super convenient to eat at the park because there is a playground that the boys can play on when they are finished eating.*

12:30-3:30 p.m-Time to get back to work on school work. 
*This is also the time of the day we squeeze in some type of P.E. Most days we work the Connections Academy PE lessons, however there are days when we just feel like doing our own thing, especially right now in the warm summer months. Some of the things we choose to do for PE are: Swimming, Bike Riding, Playing Sports (soccer, volleyball, tennis, baseball, etc), and water balloon play.* 

3:30 p.m.-
School day is all done for the kids. This is when the boys are free to do the things kids like to do. Right now some of the boys favorite after school activities are: playing on their tablets, playing on the Xbox, swimming (this one is a favorite), and playing with their toy guns. 

My night gets busy around this time. I spend about 30 minutes after school finishing up school related business (recording attendance, approving completed lessons, recording PE activities), checking out FB (my personal favorite after school activity), and checking Email. 
After that I start dinner, serve dinner, and clean up dinner. I also give the kitchen a quick cleaning. 
Then it is time to clean the house for the night. I go through each room of the house, mostly picking up the mess we made throughout the school day (school supplies, books, workbooks, etc). I also start a load of laundry, and fold a load of laundry. 
Then it is bath time for the boys, followed by my shower. 
Then, T.V time for the kids while they wind down for bed. 

9:45-10:00 p.m- Teeth Brushing for the boys, Kisses and Hugs, and off to bed for the boys. 

FINALLY I have about an hour and a half after the kids go to bed to update my personal FB, check on my "Families Of Connections Academy" FB page, and do my lesson planning for the next day (This includes printing off any worksheets or activities I might need the next day). 

And that's pretty much it! That is a pretty typical day in our house! 

***OH! Remember when I said that there are many days when something comes up that changes our schedule? Well the reason I have no photos to share with you from the last part of our day today (I had planned on taking photos of our COMPLETE day) is because my Jacob suffered from one of his migraine headaches not too long after lunch. This stopped our day in its tracks because I had to take care of him while he was getting sick, rush him to the Chiropractor for an adjustment, and call the pediatrician for a refill of pain medication.  The poor little guy has had a terrible night. ***

Thanks for spending the day with us! 
If you post on your blog what a day looks like at your house, please comment with a link, I would love to see it! 

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