Monday, October 01, 2007

A day in my life . . . .

I don't usually end up sitting down for the evening until about 9:30 - 10:00pm.
I work 8am - 5pm outside the house at a family business my Dad owns.
I pick up the kids at the YMCA aftercare program at 5:30, get home around 5:45.
I then coordinate them all taking showers, (I have to bathe the 5 yr. old still), do homework (except the 5yr. old), make dinner, do family devotions and their personal devotions. They go to bed between 8:00 - 8:30pm. So they 2 1/2 hours at home while they are awake - are very busy.
After they are in bed, I get the dishes cleaned up, get their lunches together, start a load of laundry in washer/dryer, load/unload dishwasher, tidy up the downstairs.
Then, around 9:30 - 10:00 I usually sit down and watch TV (off the DVR - I rarely watch live TV). I need this down time to relax (well, I usually eat something sweet and fold laundry once I sit down) before bed. I typically go to sleep around 11:00 - 12:00.

Every other Monday I help lead Girl Scouts.
Every other Thursday middle child has horseback riding.
Every Thursday eldest has piano.
Beginning in December eldest has Volleyball in a different city on Wednesdays (the other two have a church club).
In the winter, younger 2 have basketball (practice 1x during the week, games on Saturdays)

They keep me busy, but we have lots of fun!

Now, for the "controversy".
When I started all this at the age of 22 or so - I wanted a career, I wanted to be a parent, I wanted to be a wonderful wife, cook, housekeeper, and I thought I could do it all.
Put it this way - I am going to encourage my sons to marry women who want to be a SAHM, and I am going to encourage my daughter to be a SAHM.
I regret not being home with my children. Then, and now, when they get out of school in the afternoons and during the summer.
I like my job. But it has not been worth what I missed.


Alida said...

Girl, I'm exhausted just reading that! You're awesome!

Tiff said...

WHEW!! I need a nap just reading your post!!

LoveMyStarr said...

That is a lot to deal with. Whew!!I stay at home, and one of the reasons I chose that was because I knew I couldn't do it all. I still don't do it all.

But, it sounds like you are a really loving mom with a lot to give!