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, I have the amazing Anne Marie who hosts, not 1, but 3 different podcasts including the UniverseBox.com and blogs at Crunchy, Crafty and Highly Caffeinated! She is going to share her day as a work at home mom with us! Take it away, Anne Marie!
5am – Kid #1 wakes up and needs an escort to the restroom. I quickly direct him back to bed for a little more sleep.
6:15am – Alarm #1 goes off…I promptly ignore it.
6:30am – Alarm #2 goes off and so begins the waking of the troops. Tickles all around starting with the princess.
6:50am – Try to coax Kid #3 (aka #3yodictator) out of his closet to get dressed for the day while breaking up a fight between Kids #1 and #2.
7:05am – Put on my coffee and unload the dishwasher while hubs takes Kid #1 to the bus stop. Put on Daniel Tiger for Kids #2 and #3 so that they are entertained until we head out.
7:40am – Leave the house 10 minutes late to take Kid #2 to school. I cannot wait until all 3 kids get on buses and I do not have to sit in a carpool line 2 times a day. On this day Kid #3 decided that he wanted to have a most epic tantrum. It was AWESOME*! (* Dripping with sarcasm)
8:05am – Get home from drop off. Hook the kid up with some breakfast and the Wubulous World of Dr. Seuss and set to work! Yes, Kid #3 watches a lot of tv during the day. We do also sing and dance and occasionally he sits on my lap while I am editing pictures (again, awesome*). We do get out of the house at least 1 day a week for a few hours to run some errands, grab coffee and donuts with friends, or run at the playground. It is amazing how much EASIER these things are with 1 kid instead of 3!
10:00am – My computer was running exceptionally slow this particular day so I decided to give it a break after doing my usual rounds of linkups and hit the kitchen. I made a Paleo/Vegan coffee cake and Coconut Milk Chocolate Mousse. My husband’s doctors have him on a pretty strict diet so he eats almost 100% Vegan. During this time Kid #3 and I play catch…in the kitchen…near my KitchenAid Mixer. It was nerve-wracking.
11:30am – LUNCH! I don’t usually make a decent lunch for myself, but on this day I made poached eggs and toast…nomnomnom
12:15pm – Naptime is attempted. During this time I went to town editing and writing last Friday’s post.
1:20pm – After many many times of putting Kid #3 back into bed I give in and let him out. Hello cartoons!
2:01pm – Alarm goes off to pick up Kid #2 from Pre-K and the fight to find shoes for the #3yodictator. While sitting in carpool I make a list of all of the pre-production things I need to do for this evening’s episode of Universe Box.
3:00pm – Wrangle Kid #2 to do her homework. It’s Pre-K and she is already fighting me on a worksheet that takes less than 5 minutes to complete. As my grandmother would say, “She’s a pistol!” Once the battle is over I try to finish up some social media interactions and some early ideas for the following week.
4:00pm – Give up on trying to work (after being pestered for computer access) and let the girl play on Code.org I wish I could say that I was making a huge 3 course meal during this time, but I am probably cuddled up on the couch with Kid #3 trying to catch a nap so that I am rested for tonight’s podcast.
5:05pm – Head out to pick up Kid #1 from ASP (after school program). Even though I am working home we send him to ASP for a few reasons. 1) He gets his homework done 2) He gets to hang out with his friends and 3) His bus comes at the same time as my daughter’s carpool pickup…I can’t be in 2 places at once!
5:35pm – Whip up some dinner and wish, hope, and pray that they actually eat the veggies. Dinner ALWAYS consists of the phrases “Get back to the table” and “Please sit in your chair like a normal person.” It’s very peaceful.
6:15pm – Try to get Kid #1 to do his reading (the only homework he doesn’t do in ASP) for his accelerated reader tests. Before Christmas he was on a roll and would happily read three books a day towards his SUPER high goal, now it’s a struggle to read one or two.
6:45pm – Begin the bath and bedtime routine because on podcast nights bedtime is 7:30pm (instead of 7:45-8) so that they are settled before we go live.
7:15pm – Send Kids #1 and #2 to brush their teeth while promptly chasing Kid #3 all over the house begging for him to get his PJs on.
7:30pm – Hugs, kisses and lights out. On this night we were recording a podcast about coffee and were conducting a blind taste test so I began the task of brewing our coffees and plating our coffee cake while Hubs gets the computer set up. Scurry up and down the stairs with cups of coffee with stops to get my computer set up in the office.
8:15pm – Grab some water and finally sit down at the computer, get my headphones on, and check my levels.
8:30pm – And we’re LIVE! For the next hour/hour and a half we are recording our podcast and interacting with the chatroom. On this night I drank 4 cups of coffee during the show (anything for my art!) and was wired and crazy.
10:00pm – Come upstairs from recording caffeinated out of my mind LOL I sat at the computer for about 2 hours just writing, editing, and messing around on the internet. At random points over these 2 hours hubby wanders into my office and we talk about how the episode went, upcoming episode ideas, and the fact that we should be sleeping. COFFEE!!!!
12:30am – Finally drag my sorry butt into bed. The alarm is set to go off in less than 6 hours…time to make the most of it!
Meet Anne Marie
Hi!! I’m Anne Marie, a WAHM of 3 kiddos. When I am not blogging at Crunchy, Crafty, and Highly Caffeinated or tending to my midgets, I am podcasting at Greetings from Storybrooke, Legends of Gotham, and Universe Box where we talk about stories.