Last week I shared with y’all a typical Tuesday in our life that went according to schedule. Today I want to share a day that went all wrong. Of course I don’t want to show you how unorganized and off kilter I can be-but I value authenticity, and I figure y’all do too.
I chose a Wednesday-the day in my week that is most likely to go off the rails. We have appointments every Wednesday afternoon so it is already ‘off’ due to that.
It starts off with a bang. It’s raining out, and I overslept. Thankfully my kids are capable of fixing their own breakfast, but I have to have coffee and breakfast before school starts. My alarm to begin school goes off while I am eating. It’s ok-I can cut a few things off the schedule today. My sister calls, and we chat for a bit. I get dressed. Then I get distracted by my phone notifications. Before I realize it, it is 9 am! Yikes! A whole hour behind!
My girls are now busy playing happily, and I hate to interrupt, but we must try to salvage some of our morning. We get started with Bible-we never skip that. I have my oldest read to us.
Then I look over our schedule to see where to go from here. On ‘off’ days I still stick to the time limits, but I adjust the schedule on the fly. We haven’t read our special study book in 2 weeks so that comes next. It’s pouring down rain outside so the little ones have to play inside. I hear fussing and fighting down the hall. Sigh. I pass the book to my oldest and tell her to continue while I deal with the little ones.
Physical geography should be next, but due to the rain we skip it. I wish I would have been prepared with a map lesson or something. Oh well. We move on to recitation, but now they are distracted. I don’t blame them! What a morning!
I peruse our nature area and grab a few items for our drawing lesson. Everyone joins in, and we enjoy our time at the table with the sound of the rain in the background.
I want another cup of coffee, but when I check the time I realize it’s almost time to leave for our afternoon appointments! I go looking for the little ones. They are outside, rolling in the mud! I bring them in and start the bath water. The floors are a muddy mess. Their clothes are gross. Sigh.
On Wednesday afternoons we have music lessons and therapy appointments. My mom keeps the little ones for me and also fixes us lunch. We live almost 30 minutes from my mom (and town). I use this time for car school. First up-Cinderella in French. I love listening to French and trying to pick out words that I know! It’s also cute to hear my 3 year old say “Cendrillon”. The little girls beg me to come up with some mental math problems. I come up with as many as I can then I have them come up with some for each other. We listen to a CD of folk songs the rest of the way.
While my oldest is in therapy, I let my other kiddo watch “Fixer Upper” on my Kindle. I catch up on Soirée. #mediocremom
Next up-guitar lessons. There is a coffee shop next door, so I always stop and get my fix. My oldest listens to music on my iPhone during her sister’s lessons.
The rain has stopped and the girls want ice cream. We walk up the street to the Fro Yo place, and I finish off my coffee while they chow down.
Time to head back to my mom’s. I take advantage of her unlimited wifi and download a whole list of things. The kids play. I chill out on her screen porch. I lose track of time (this happens to me a lot you can see). It’s almost time for my oldest’s piano lessons, and we don’t have time to go home and get her binder of music. Her teacher messages me that it will be fine-drop her off anyway. As we load up I realize that I didn’t put supper in the crock pot. Pizza night? #momfail
While driving I turn on an audiobook-Little House on the Prairie. After stopping for pizza, dropping my oldest off at piano, and then driving home we have just enough time to eat and get ready for midweek church services. We rush around and pile back in the car. Church services are awesome and we carry some happy but sleepy girls into the house.
I lay in bed and reflect on the craziness of the day. I need to up my organization game and wake up on time! But I also realize that we still accomplished a lot: Bible, drawing, French, read aloud, music, a little math, a little natural history, and a whole lot of real life!
So tell me how do you salvage a bad day?! And be sure to join me back here next Saturday for the final part in this series, A Charlotte Mason Day with Scheduled Interruptions.