Recently in an interview, I was asked to share what a “regular” day looks like in my home. I can honestly say that I don’t have “regular” days. In fact, I don’t really know if “regular” days actually exist or if they’re a thing of fairy tales! But in answering the question, I had to give a glimpse into my family’s daily life.
Since fall has just started, I decided to give a snapshot of my daily life during the past summer.
Over the summer, family life was as busy as always. At the end of May we took a trip to Kentucky for a family wedding. In June, I (along with my mom and a few of my children) went on a research trip to the Keweenaw Peninsula WAY up in northern Michigan to stay at a lighthouse. In July we visited my 95 year old grandmother in Iowa and also spent time with family in Illinois. And finally at the end of August we traveled up to Sleeping Bear Dunes to hike.
In between all of the trips, we packed in lots of daily activities. A typical summer day for me looked like this:
7:45 a.m. Take twin #1 to competitive swim
9:30 a.m. Pick up twin #1 from swimming; take both twins to driver’s ed
11:45 a.m. Take youngest daughter to swimming lessons
12:00 p.m. Pick up twins from driver’s ed
12:45 p.m. Pick up youngest daughter from swimming lessons
3:00 p.m. Take twins to practice driving
5:00 p.m. Pick up twins from driving
5:45 p.m. Drop twin #2 off at friend’s house
6:00 p.m. Take twin #1 to track
6:30 p.m. Take youngest son to basketball
7:00 p.m. Pick up twin #1 from track
8:00 p.m. Pick youngest son up from basketball
8:15 p.m. Pick twin #2 up from friend’s house
Okay, so obviously I didn’t have all those things every day of the summer. But on any given day (add or subtract a few activities) that was my life.
I’m sure you can see a pattern to my days! I spent a LOT Of time driving my kids everywhere.
The fall is shaping up to be almost as hectic as the summer. Between my four younger children I realized that I’ll likely be out every night of the week for: cross country, swimming, ballet, dancing, youth group, piano lessons, children’s choir, book group, basketball, and other activities.
For those who don’t know, I also homeschool my kiddos. That means I spend a great portion of my day teaching. With my large family, laundry is an everyday chore. I also attempt to make home cooked meals for my family that I throw in a lunch time while listening to an audio book with my kids (I’ve become the queen of quick and easy crock-pot meals). And believe it or not, I’ve stayed committed to running which I do 4-5 times per week.
So when do I find time to write and do all the other writerly things that are a part of an author’s job?
That’s the subject for a whole other post! A short summary is that I’ve learned to make efficient use of my time, to multi-task, to wake up early, to stay up late, to work in the car in parking lots, to grab two hours here or one hour there. My husband pitches in so that I can carve out extended time when he’s home. My mom helps too.
The bottom line is that life is full and good. On the days it seems too overwhelming, I remind myself that it won’t be this way forever. I’ve learned to stay calm, enjoy each day, and make the most of every minute.
P.S. This post was written at the park watching my two younger children play as we waited for twin #1’s cross country to finish. 🙂
What about you? Tell us what your summer was like? What trips did you take? And how is your fall shaping up?
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