Not Enough Hours in the Day


Rachel (who has been reading my blog practically since it began…) asked me a question this week about how we balance our schedules around the house. I answered her in the above Q&A section, but as I was writing, I was thinking of so many more details I could include so I thought I’d just do a whole darn blog post about our family schedule.

Having two full-time working parents, a small business, a toddler, and one on the way makes for an active household. Add to that mix two loud, barking dogs and, I’m not gonna lie, it can be a bit of a circus around our house. For us, I think the key to success (if you want to call it success) is routine. We’re all creatures of habit and that really helps keep things normal for us. While we certainly get off schedule at times and we understand that flexibility has to be built into any schedule, our same basic routine goes something like this every weekday:

5:45AM – I get up, shower, dress, do my make up, and get ready for the day.

6:45AM – I head out into the living room and start a load of laundry or fold the load I washed the night before.

7:00AM – Bean wakes up. Like a clock. I change him and get him dressed for the day. Then we go into the kitchen and I fix him breakfast (whole wheat waffle, fruit, and milk). Bean eats breakfast while he watches Sesame Street. I pack my lunch and Bean’s school bag.

7:15AM – Somewhere in the middle of all of this, Chris wakes up and lets the dogs out. Then he sits with Bean while he has his coffee and Bean eats breakfast.

7:30AM – Chris helps me and Bean out to the car. Bean and I head out to school and Chris goes inside to get ready for his day.

8:00AM – I drop Bean at daycare and head to my school.

8:15AM – I get to school and start my workday.

4:00PM – School is out for me and so I head over to the daycare to pick Bean up. (Unless there’s a lot going on at school and then I stay until 5:00 or so…)

5:00PM – Bean and I get home from school and play for a while.

5:30PM – Chris gets home from work and he and Bean play while I check my blog comments, emails, Twitter, and Facebook.

6:00PM – Chris and I cook dinner – he cooks for us and I cook for Bean.

6:30PM – Dinner

7:00PM – We all hang out in the living room, watching Jeopardy and playing with Bean.

7:30PM – Chris takes Bean and gives him a bath while I do the dishes.

8:00PM – I brush Bean’s teeth with him, get him in his jammies, and read him two books. Then it’s lights out for him and I go sit with Chris in the living room where we watch TV and I blog. Sometimes I do laundry in between blog posts.

10:00PM – I start to get tired and so I head back to get ready for bed.

10:30PM – Chris helps me get in bed (not a small task given my awful back and the 1,000 pillows it takes to keep me comfy at night…) and then kisses me goodnight. He goes back out to the living room and watches TV or plays on the computer. I read in bed until I get tired.

11:00PM – Usually Chris comes to bed between 11:00 and 11:30, so I put my book away and turn out the light.

And then we do it all again the next morning!

It’s busy, but probably no busier than your day. I think we all adjust as we have to in order to make sure we stay true to our priorities.

Without a doubt, my favorite part of the day is Bean’s bedtime. I love that he’s all soft and clean and smells good. And he gets cuddly. And Chris and I sit down together with him and tell him how much we love him. Then Chris kisses him goodnight and it’s just me and Bean. We read books and I tell him how proud I am of what a good boy he was that day. And then I kiss him goodnight and tell him one more time that I love him and he says he loves me and blows me a kiss.

When your day includes things like that, how bad can your schedule really be?

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21 Thoughts to “Not Enough Hours in the Day”

  1. Erin R.

    Ok, I’m exhausted just reading this!

  2. Shelley

    I’m with Erin! I’m tired after reading this too. Now, where will Gracie fit in? Eeek!!!

  3. Waking up at 5:45a.m. and laundry right away in the morning? Bless your pregnant little heart!

  4. You inspire me to make my days into more of a routine. Perhaps I’d get a little more done!

  5. Gin

    Okay, you officially amaze me. Bed at 11, up before 6, and you do stuff all day…all while very pregnant! I need at least an hour or two more of sleep than that, and I still take advantage of a nap if I get the chance.

    Go Superwoman!

  6. Wow, what a talented mom!”))

  7. Lisa

    I’m impressed momma. Waking up at 5:45 though…not cool in my books, I loooooooove my sleep. (You can tell I don’t have children eh?)

  8. Reading about your day has just worn me out! Whew!

  9. Freshly bathed little boys in their jammies are oh so snuggleable!

  10. There really aren’t enough hours in the day, are there? It can be tough to fit it all in. Keep up the good work!

  11. Jenn

    Sounds a lot like our day!

  12. You still sound pretty super human to me! I’m exhausted just reading! 🙂

  13. This post makes me miss my Grammy. Mainly because she watched Jeopardy, not because I knew her as a woman with a hectic schedule and a toddler.

  14. Sarah H.

    I get up at 5:45 am and do a load of laundry in the morning too! Funny. But I am in bed by 9:30 or 10…perhaps you need less sleep than the average person?

  15. I’m tired thinking of your schedule. We are just married with a dog and I think I’m busy now… Good work, Katie. 🙂

  16. two things caught my eye…do you cook a separate meal for Bean each night? And does Bean clap along with Jeopardy? Pumpkin does and it still delights me though he has been doing it for months! I am entirely with you that routine makes getting it all done possible – it also makes Saturdays a relief!!

  17. Nikki

    I “get up” at 5:45 too! But I don’t actually get out bed until 6 or so, and I have to rush to leave with my Fiance by 6:20. We carpool. It’s great to have someone else push me to wake up. Right now he’s out of town, and it’s all downhill. I mean like, 45 minute snoozing sessions : )

  18. Courtney

    As a teacher and a mom it sounds a lot like my schedule. I am however ver jealous of the fact that u don’t have to be at work until 8:15. I have to get there at 7:25 and can’t leave until around 4:00.

  19. Kendra

    How on earth do you get your school stuff all done at school? I teach English and I mark and plan at home for a considerable amount of time every night.

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