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Are you ready for an inside look into the homes of 4 larger than average families? Want to know the real inside scoop? Curious as to how much trouble the kids can find in a day? Think our day is a walk in the park or more likely to be a train wreck? Here’s your chance to find out.Connie at Smockity Frocks, The Headmistress at The Common Room, KimC at Life in a Shoe and myself will be live blogging today about the day to day realities of homeschooling a houseful. We will be posting live updates throughout the day, so check back often to see if our day looks similar to yours or if you’ve never heard of anything so insane.
Today was slated to be a typical school day here at Raising Olives. Here is our schedule if your interested in seeing how our day is “supposed” to look. However, just to make things exciting two of the children (Matthew – 10 and Alyssa – 9) started coming down with something yesterday evening.
Scroll down to the bottom of this post for frequent updates.
5:30 Woke and moved to the family room to read Bible, after updating blog of course.
6:00 Let the children sleep in since some are recovering and some are coming down with the bug. Mark leaves for work.
6:15 Amber (13), Kaitlin (12) and Alyssa (9) wake up. Amber gets breakfast into the oven (coffee cake) and the others begin reading their Bibles. Alyssa reports that her headache is gone and only her cold symptoms remain.
Colby (3) comes running in to claim his place beside me on the couch and is rubbing and kissing my belly and saying, “My baby, my baby. Mom will you open up your belly so I can feel the baby kick?” Carter (8) is also up and reading his Bible.
6:30 Reminded Colby several a zillion times to be quiet so everyone can read. Amber reports that the buttermilk we were making yesterday didn’t set. Looked and found out that the buttermilk we used as a starter was more than 2 weeks out of date, maybe that had something to do with our poor results.
7:00 Everyone disperses to get dressed, clean bedrooms, brush teeth and do their before breakfast chores. Nick (1) wakes up grumpy and crying. I think I’ll be having some company while I get ready. And no, I didn’t get my Bible reading finished.
I shower and dress, change and dress Nicholas and Colby, brush the little boys teeth and start a load of laundry. This in addition to solving anything that arises with the children while they get ready for the day. I’m not sad when breakfast is slow.
Some of the items I attended to in this half hour that I can remember:
- Two boys locked a third boy out of the bedroom so he couldn’t get ready.
- The little boys fussing at each other (about 4 times).
- Colby found only ONE of his slipper shoes that he wanted to wear today. Evidently a very, very sad occurrence. To console himself the one slipper shoe that he found is sitting beside his plate of fruit and coffee cake as I type.
- One of the children searched through the dryer for some clothes and left clean clothes mixed with the dirty clothes getting ready to go into the washer.
7:38 Both bedrooms look beautiful resulting in a tie in the battle of the bedrooms. Perhaps this is a result of me threatening to name names during live blogging when neither bedroom checked yesterday.
Alyssa is feeling much better, but Matthew is not. He’s not eating breakfast and heads off to lay down. We sit down to breakfast.
Suzanne (the college student who lives with us) is sleeping in, so we set her breakfast aside for her to eat when she is ready.
Ate breakfast amidst a cacophony of chatter, coughing and requests to be excused to blow noses. Went through our memorization box, laughed while Colby snuggled his slipper shoe. Then the kids read (and laughed) about their day thus far, via the blog.
8:20 Set the timer for 30 minutes for chores. The timer is for me. I enjoy cleaning and will get involved in a cleaning or organizing project and ignore the children if I don’t have a reminder to stop and teach some reading.
Folded a load of laundry while I watched Nick flip and spin (“Watch, momma, watch momma”). Found a sheet and two rag towels that were tattered beyond use, pulled a child’s sweater out of the lonely sock basket and wondered when the last time was that the children checked the lonely sock basket for matches and wondered how anyone had any clean socks whatsoever.
Alyssa starts practicing her violin and Colby (who spent most of chore time in the bathroom (go figure)) tries tying her up with a rope. Discouraged from tying up his sister he starts on the fridge.
9:00 Switch and start another load of laundry and exhort the children who will be folding laundry later today to be sure to check the lonely sock basket.
Time for preschool with the youngest children. Yesterday we started painting some salt dough sculptures that we made. Today we will paint some more.
Stop getting out paint stuff and try to help Amber get online to do her math. (Tech problems)
As the rest of the children finish their chores they begin doing their independent school work (math, Greek, handwriting, composition and other fun projects that I put into their work boxes).
9:30 The little boys are having so much fun painting, we decide not to stop yet. A whole jar of red paint has been dumped onto the floor. I’m very thankful for hard wood throughout our living and sleeping areas!
Alyssa (9) continues to practice her violin (yes in the same room as “preschool”). The little girls (5 and 6) sit at the kids table (yes, in the same room as “preschool”) and chat as they work on their handwriting. Amber (13), Kaitlin (12) and Carter (8) continue to work on various school assignments some are in the “preschool” room and some are at the dining table. Matthew (10) is sleeping in his room.
9:43 Sit down with the 5 youngest and work on memorization. Colby makes sure he and big brother have guns, just in case.
9:48 Send the little boys to wrestle, switch the laundry and start listening to my three beginning or early readers. Alyssa is finished with violin and begins her other work. Kaitlin (12) practices piano and Amber (13) moves to the violin. (We don’t always do it in this order, the order in which they do their independent work is up to them.)
10:07 I avert a near catastrophe, albeit a common one, and remember to pull dinner out of the freezer, chicken lasagna.
Continue listening to reading while looking over completed assignments. The two youngest boys escape downstairs and I know they’re fine by the shouting and banging that escapes up the staircase.
10:20 Check on Matthew to see if he can join us for Bible, read alouds and discussion. He brings a pillow and blanket and lays down on the couch. Amber passes out carrot sticks in the kitchen, the little boys miraculously appear.
Bible reading with the little ones spread around on bigger ones laps.
Colby tells Amber (whose lap he’s sitting in) that the baby in mommy’s tummy is his, but that mommy will make her (Amber) a baby next.
10:40 We move on to some history reading. The four youngest are allowed to pick a quiet activity. Today the 2 little boys ask to go play outside on the deck. Nicholas gets his finger shut in the sliding glass door. After some comforting, fetching of guns and soldier hats, we are ready to start. The girls begin folding their laundry.
10:45 Stop and deal with the fight that breaks out between the two little boys. Give Matthew a cool cloth and some ibuprofen for his nasty headache. Back to history.
Encourage Colby and Nicholas not to pound on the outside of the house with sticks.
11:23 Since Matthew is feeling miserable (and I’m beginning to not feel so hot), we decide to call it a school day. Matthew heads back to bed and we allow Colby and Nicholas to come back in the house.
I pull another load out of the dryer only to discover that one of the little girls put their self-inking stamp into the laundry. The girls point out all the purple stains as they fold their clothes. I remind them to check the lonely sock basket.
I help Carter and Alyssa with their art assignment.
12:09 Sadie (6) and I start making lunch, tuna fish sandwiches with pickles and fruit. Matthew requests chicken broth.
The younger children are drawing, older ones are finishing up art, math and music.
12:15 My kids love helping in the kitchen, as soon as Sadie and I started lunch this was what happened. Since I’m obviously not needed in the kitchen I scour the house to assess the damage. Colby and Nicholas had taken most of the pillows off of the couches in the living room, so I asked them to come pick it up while I removed 6 books, a battery and a lone sock from where the cushions were removed.
Everyone pitches in to clean up before lunch.
12:50 The children sit down to eat and I check email, catch up on Twitter and load some pictures to the blog.
1:15 The kids work together to clean up from lunch. They are motivated because it’s sunny outside, for the first time in a long time and outside play is next.
I start thinking about getting something to eat for myself.
1:30 The kids head outside to play and bring me lots and lots of bouquets of flowers. Glad I have my handy-dandy shot glasses.
Suzanne comes home and grabs lunch.
1:58 Tell the children it’s time to pick up and come inside. Nicholas isn’t happy with the turn of events.
Deal with Nicholas.
Accept another nice bouquet from Carter (8) and this one comes with a love note.
One of the children brings me a notice that the mailman still isn’t delivering our packages because of our ferocious dog. *voice dripping sarcasm when I say ferocious*
Change a diaper, wash some faces, read some bedtime books and put the little ones down for a nap. The big kids spend 5 minutes cleaning up their respective areas. WHEW!
2:20 All non-nappers have quiet time (most have more Bible reading to finish) and request to read outside. Of course they may!
I still haven’t eaten lunch, so put a leftover potato in the toaster oven. Eat and head off to rest myself.
4:40 The boys must have been very tired because they sleep for nearly two hours. The big kids also stayed quiet and occupied. I read and rested.
I put the chicken lasagna in the oven and change a diaper. Some kids go out to play. Some kids are doing research online. Nick (1) snuggles with mommy, then is ready to play outside.
Sit on the front porch reading and watching the kids ride bikes and play war as the rest of the children trickle outside.
5:20 I wonder if any of the children would prefer to get dinner on the table instead of playing outside with Daddy who just got home.
I get some vegetables cooking and start setting the table.
5:30 Check the chicken lasagna and realize that it won’t be done when I planned. Turn the heat off from under the veggies.
6:02 The troops come in, report that Nick (1) is terrific at throwing and catching.
We take two minutes to tidy up the house again. I wonder how it gets so messy so quickly.
Sit down to dinner.
6:40 Family worship
7:00 The children work together to clean the kitchen while Mark supervises and I get the two youngest boys ready for bed.
7:21 The children and I head to bed.
I really should finish my post for tomorrow, a review and giveaway of the art program that we use and love, but I’m running a fever and just want to read for a while and go to sleep.
Mark still has a lot of office work to do on the computer and will probably try to catch some of March Madness tonight.
What do you think? Similar to your house or crazier than you imagined or both?
Check in on the other 3 moms to see how their days are shaping up.