Here’s the thing. I’ve been doing DITL posts for years now. So even though on this particular day I only managed to take a measly number of poor quality photos…and even though it took me over a week from the day at hand to actually finish typing it all out… Here it is. A winter day of 2016.
7:10 Josh wakes me up. Phin, Mal, and Alyosha (obviously not his real name…for obvious reasons) are playing in the living room. I get dressed, get tea, get a bottle.
I pop the baby in the Ergo after his bottle and say my prayers, do my make-up, make my bed. By now Zeke is awake too and I make everyone breakfast. Leftover waffles and scrambled eggs for the big ones, pear raspberry something for Alyosha. I send the kids upstairs to get dressed while I get our books ready.
8:30 Morning Reading. While pacing, of course. Because baby…back in the Ergo.
After we read we head out for our 9:30 WSLP meeting. This is one of the 2x a year I check in w/ the teacher overseeing my homeschool (a requirement to be part of the parent partnership). We are in and out in 20 minutes and head up the hill for our weekly nature group. Alyosha gets a short morning nap in the car.
We see a flock of turkeys on the way.
10:00 Nature Group. We meander about the frozen wasteland that is Spokane with our friends. The boys get much needed energy out. I get some laughs with a few ladies that totally get it.
12:00 We head back home fro lunch. Mac and cheese, carrots, and ranch dip. Alyosha gets squash. The boys work on their nature drawings and weather charts while I cook.
After we eat Zeke starts on his school work while Malachi sits on the floor with me and Alyosha and reads Dick and Jane. Who knows where Phin is? Upstairs in his room? In dads closet sneaking ipad time? No one know. No one asks. He’s not in our faces begging for a playmate. That’s all that matters.
Then Mal does his math and writing while I work with Zeke on everything that he needs help with today.
2:00 We take a break because the social worker I have a meeting w/ today is here. We chat about Alyosha. Zeke does his reading. Malachi and Phin go upstairs to play with Legos. The baby falls asleep halfway through the meeting and I move him to his crib.
3:00 Time to finish school with a history lesson.
4:00 We are finished with school and the boys all cuddle in my bed to watch Pokemon. I enjoy FB for a while before starting up an audiobook and a load of laundry. Then I make a library order and do the dishes.
5:00 The kids start their chores and I start dinner. Of course Alyosha wakes up so I cuddle him instead with a bottle and then start dinner at 5:30 instead.
Once dinner is started I play with the baby until Josh gets home.
6:30 We eat dinner.
7:30 Alyosha gets a bath so he’s nice and clean for his mom’s visitation in the morning. The boys all brush their teeth and head upstairs for stories and prayers with Josh. I fold laundry while Alyosha plays on the floor and when he starts to fade I pick up his toys and make him a bottle. He’s out by 8:15. I do the dishes and make a grocery list.
Josh heads to the grocery store around 9 and I collapse into bed with a book.