Have you ever wondered what happens during the day for someone else?
Wondered what it would be like to spend a day in their shoes?
Now is your chance!
Welcome to A Day In The Life, a new series that shows you what a day is like for someone else! To take a walk in their shoes, so to speak.
This week, we get to experience a day in the life of April from Biddle Ridge Farm! She raises her children and her piglets! Take it away, April!
7:00 am – Baby Girl (15 months old) wakes up from her restful evening and enjoys a cup of milk. Sometimes she may drift back to sleep but usually she’s ready for the day.
7:10 am – Start my first load of laundry and either empty the dishwasher or fill it. We are sweet tea addicts so this is also the time I make sure we are stocked for the day.
8:00 am – Both of my boys wake up and have a cup of milk while watching SpongeBob. Oh how I dread the sound of that voice. I start their breakfast which is always something simple through the week, cereal or pancakes (which I prepare and freeze).
8:15 am – While the boys are eating Lenna and I get ready for morning chores. First we let out the chickens to free range. Then its time to fix the fire. We have an outdoor wood furnace that provides heat to our house and the hottest water to our home. Finally, we head down to the hog shed. Feed all the piggies plus treats.
8:45 am – Get all the kids dressed and ready for their day. My oldest is in preschool so double-check his book bag and out the door we go. Once we return from dropping the oldest off at school my other two children play.
10:00 am – After switching out the laundry, I make an attempt to wake up my husband. Some days he gets up fast other days he likes to sleep in a little bit.
10:30 am – This is the time of day where we do any errands or chores that need done. Go after feed, clean hog lots or coop, Tuesdays we receive “waste milk” from a local dairy distributor so that morning is taken up emptying containers, or if everything is caught up family time. Baby Girl usually naps during this time.
12:00 pm – Start preparing lunch, I have a monthly meal plan I follow. I always got tired of them saying “food” when I’d ask what they wanted for lunch. This is also the time Baby Girl tries to sneak in the kitchen repeatedly. So my husband tries to entertain her while I cook. Oh and switch out the laundry.
1:00 pm – Sit down to eat at the table. We never eat anywhere else and always together. My oldest is the picky eater so through the week lunch is relatively easy going.
1:30 pm – Clean up the mess from lunch and empty/fill the dishwasher. Prepare husband’s work lunch. Then I do my last load of laundry. Yay! Done with laundry for the day. Between three kids and a husband plus the farm, there is A LOT of dirty clothes.
2:30 pm – Husband gets ready to leave for work. He works evening shift. He gets lots of hugs and kisses from us and out the door he goes. After many returns to give Baby Girl hugs. Don’t you love that phase where they actually want to hug and kiss you.
3:00 pm – Pack up the kids and go pick the oldest up from school. Back to the house and snack time. Cheese stick, anyone?
4:00 pm – Evening chores! Feed the piggies again. Playtime! Try to socialize and pet each through the week. Interact with all the babies. Having children we really try to have our pigs exposed to all types of things.
Check the coop for eggs. Fix the fire for the night. Feed and water the bunnies and cats. Yes we have all types of animals! Chickens, rabbits, pigs, horses (small and large), and cows reside on our farm.
5:30 pm – Fix dinner for myself and the kids. Kids usually play with each other in one of their rooms. Eat dinner together and hear about each of their days. Love this time because both my boys love to talk.
6:30 pm – Bathtime! Yes all three of my children bathe together. This will have to change soon but it’s so convenient. After their bath, Baby Girl drinks her milk and gets dressed for bed. Boys get to relax a little bit before bed. They usually either play in their rooms or have a “movie night” as they say. Turn the lights out and watch a show. I have to run outside and close the chickens up in the coop.
8:00 pm – We don’t have set bedtimes but roughly the time Baby Girl goes to bed. Then it’s time to try and clean up the house from the days events. This is also the time I check on the piglets if we have any babies. Which we do at the moment…16! With more arriving soon. Yay!!
9:30 pm – Again roughly the time the boys get ready for bed. Brush teeth, arrange stuffed animals, read bedtime story, and give hugs and kisses. My boys still find it nice to share a bed so I don’t fight it.
10:00 pm – FINALLY! Now it’s time for me to shower or take a relaxing bath. Then it’s on to planning upcoming events; garden planning, selling of our piglets, lot rotation of our sows. I check my email and Facebook page. I really try to check them throughout the day as well doesn’t always happen…thank goodness for smartphones.
11:30 pm – Go to sleep, if I’m not already!
Life with children and a farm is never a well oiled machine. We have daily glitches but we take the good with the bad. Our farm provides us with eggs, veggies (fresh, frozen, or canned), beef, pork and a sense of worth. Our children know the proper way to treat and handle animals. They also know where their food comes from and it’s not the supermarket.
Thanks for allowing me to share a “typical” day in the life of a Child and Piglet Rearing Momma.
Hi! I’m April and no I usually don’t get all fancy to hold piglets. This little guy decided to come into the world in the middle of our family photo shoot. I live in West Virginia on our family farm. We raise our animals as part of our family and give each of them our love and attention. I have a facebook farm page (Biddle Ridge Farm | Facebook) that shows our daily adventures, our ups and downs, and our precious animals. We love the lifestyle we live and wouldn’t trade it for the world.