Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Day in the LIfe....January

I'm joining Tristan at Our Busy Homeschool for her "One Homeschool Day" link up.

One Homeschool Day January Edition  

Here is the one day saga of our homeschool.  This is a "typical" Tuesday in January. 

3:00 a.m. The Farmer rises to reinforce the fire in the outdoor wood burner.  Normally he fires twice a day and not during the night, but since it's -20 this morning without the wind chill, he rose extra early for an added boost.  I roll over.

5:45 a.m.  The Farmer comes back to bed.  At approx. 16 months old, Levi started catapulting himself out of this crib at night.  We tried to transition to a toddler bed, but this left him wandering around at night until he found our bed.  We have since caved and allow him to sleep in our bed....GASP!  He sleeps as long as we lay by him.  When we get up, so does he.

5:58 a.m. Since The Farmer is back to lay with Levi, I roll out.  I stumble out to the computer to pray, check e-mails, and blog.  I enjoy this quiet time to get my bearings before the rest of the house rises.

6:20 a.m. Angel wakes to start her chores.

6:58 a.m.  I check laundry baskets.  I washed three loads yesterday so there isn't enough for a full load today...YIPPY!  I start baking Blueberry Muffins.  I thought I could whip them up, throw them in the oven, then hop in the shower.  However, the honey has crystallized in the container and it takes me over 5 minutes to get 1/4 cup.  In my irritation, I added one cup of milk instead of 1/2 cup.  I bought a new muffin pan at an estate sale last fall and I now see the cups are smaller than my old one so I don't think all the batter will fit in just 12 holes.  I think my old muffin pan is in the shed in the sand toys :(  Great!  I dig and find a 6 muffin tin.

7:20 a.m.  I hear Levi talking.  He's awake!  I really wanted to have these muffins and my shower done by now.

7:28 a.m. Riley and Ruben are also awake.  Here comes Levi.

7:31 a.m. Muffins are in the oven.  I quickly jump in the shower.

7:58 a.m. Riley, Ruben, & Levi are having a 4 roll pack Duck Tape rolling championship across the kitchen counter.  Oh, now it has become an elk call.  All this while I'm fighting to get these muffins released from this "new" pan.  They are sticking like crazy!  OK, now the top just ripped off one....GGRRRR!  The kids quickly scarf up the pieces. 

8:03 a.m. Riley and I retreat to the school room.  She reads poetry.  We work together on English and Math.

8:26 a.m.  "I" arrives.  We babysit another one year old typically Mon - Thurs.  He and Levi are quite a handful.  They are only two months apart so it's like having twins!

8:38 a.m. I boil eggs.  We have blueberry muffins and boiled eggs for breakfast.

9:13 a.m. My sister and niece arrive.  They also homeschool and we co-op some subjects.

9:35 a.m. Riley, Ruben, and niece hit the books.  I read aloud, we study history, and Psalms.  Niece does spelling.  Ruben and niece work together on math.  Riley works on copywork.  Riley and niece work together on science.

9:58 a.m. The Farmer is looking for clear tape to repair the tablecloth that Levi is ripping holes in.  The kids get distracted.  I try to regroup.

10:45 a.m. Brief phone call.  I normally don't take calls during this time unless it's something that needs immediate attention.  Today it is.

12:39 p.m. Make lunch of leftover meatloaf and pasta salad.  My sister brought a pizza and some carrots to add to the mix.  After lunch, the kids have free play time.  Legos, K'nex, dress-up, you name it....crazy kids! : )

2:30 p.m. I attempt to lay "I" down for a nap.  It is unsuccessful.

3:00 p.m. Levi takes a nap.

4:10 p.m. Sister and niece go home.

4:20 p.m. I review math lessons for tomorrow and start thinking about supper.

4:42 p.m. "J" comes to pick up "I".

4:56 p.m. I correct Math and English with RileyAnn.  Then I dictate spelling sentences to her.

5:25 p.m. Levi wakes

5:38 p.m. I make supper, chicken breast with garlic and mushroonms, baked potatoes, pineapple, and salad.

6:00 p.m. Angel and Riley take a shower.

6:42 p.m. Eat supper.

7:00 p.m. Riley and Ruben watch Gilligan's Island.

7:05 p.m. I clear table and put leftover food away.  Angel does dishes and sweeps the kitchen.

7:15 p.m. I have a bit of free time.  I check the computer.

8:00 p.m. Ruben and I work on Explode the Code.

8:17 p.m. Ruben and Levi shower.

9:00 p.m. Angel, Riley, Ruben in bed.  Riley reads to Ruben.  I rock Levi to sleep.

9:24 p.m. I lay Levi in bed next to The Farmer.  I open doors that we normally keep closed during the day so Levi doesn't get into things (bathroom and bedroom).  Riley and Ruben are talking, discussing what a quadrillion $1 bills might look like.  "Mom, do you think the stack would be as big as the silo?".... I tuck them in and say good night.

9:31 p.m. Everyone is in bed asleep.  I take one last look at the computer and double check lessons and supplies for morning.

10:30 p.m. I turn off the computer and go to bed....


Angel is in 12th grade and works the majority of the day independently on her studies.  We are all in the same area, but she is doing her own thing.  She does join the younger kids for our family study of Psalms.  You can see her subjects here.

Ruben receives tutoring at the Children's Dyslexia Center so he completes the bulk of his language arts there.

Some subjects, like science are weekly rather than daily.  Tuesday happens to be science day for RileyAnn.  Ruben is using a separate science program.  However, shortly after I downloaded it, our hard drive died and I've been afraid to try it since :(

There you have it! A Tuesday in January here on Drywood Creek :)


  1. Thank you so much for linking up Melissa! I am so grateful for families like yours that homeschool through high school and share about it. And Levi's such a cutie! Even if he wants to sleep with you. ;) We had several of those for varying months or years at a time.