Ever wonder what a stay-at-home mom does all day? How about a professional volunteer? Or a journalist? I know I often want to text Jess about what she’s doing at work (because make-up) and what she’s wearing or buying or coveting at Nordy’s (because fashion). And what is Bec making for dinner? What bags is she eyeing at Kate Spade? What fitness class is Cam trying today? Did her students get her anything good for the last day of school? What are we reading? These are the questions of our lives, and lucky for you (or lucky for me, anyway), we have decided to give you some answers. For the next six Fridays, the Scoot Chicks will be giving you a glimpse into our day, and today, we start with me!
I start my day with coffee- always two cups, black. Lately, I’m obsessed with Dark Chocolate Truffle from Target.
I make my kids breakfast and get them ready for school, and in between, I make my breakfast and I make lunches for the girls. At the beginning of the school year, I was good and packed everything at night. But now it’s May, and some days, that means they get uncrustables and applesauce (Today, I actually made the sandwiches. This was pre-cutting them into flower shapes).
Once the kids are ready, I have about ten minutes to get myself ready to go. This is when Little Dude’s Elmo obsession comes in handy. (Thank you, You Tube!) After school drop off, Little Dude and I usually have a playdate. Today, we went to open play at a local gym.
Once home, we have lunch and I try to squeeze in a little bit of cleaning while he naps. (Some days, he naps on me, and that’s my time to read or text friends. Usually Mer. I’ll be sad when he stops napping on me because I’ll have no excuse for the laundry pile.) While putting him down, I received an email about Frozen on Ice tickets on presale, so I rushed to buy those (as did everyone else on my fb feed).
The first carline is my time to catch up on emails, check out Facebook and Instagram and listen to more Elmo.
Between pickups, I usually take the youngers on a fun “field trip” (typically, the playground or Target). Today, we went to the library.
Second carline means a nap for my middle girl- Bon Iver is her nap time whisperer. She usually falls asleep about 45 seconds into the first song.
Then, I get to read a little bit more. Today, I’m catching up on a newspaper article about John Green. (My husband gets the WSJ, and he leaves articles of interest for me in our bathroom magazine rack. It’s the sweet little things that make a marriage, isn’t it?)
Dance classes are finished and there’s no homework for the last two weeks of school, so once I picked up my oldest girl, we met some friends at the blueberry u-pick.
Dinner for the kids was McDonald’s, along with a discussion about why mommy doesn’t eat it, why it’s a “treat” food and some examples of healthy and unhealthy food. (They asked, haha.) This all occurred on our drive to swim lessons. A lot of our teaching moments happen in the car! An older mom-friend of mine told me that she was sad once her daughter started driving because they lost that car time together.
Once home, we worked on my oldest’s Ladybug Girl costume for book character day (so glad I hoard arts and crafts supplies because we’ve had a lot of “Fun Family Projects” in Kindergarten. I’m still waiting for my report card, to be honest. Or at least a “Super!” sticker.). My husband and I ate a quick dinner and got the kids into bed.
The day I photographed was my blogging day for Scoot, so once Little Dude fell asleep, I worked on my post. Finally, around 9:30pm, J and I settled down on the couch for some wine and House of Cards.
Some days are less action-packed (I LOVE THOSE DAYS), but most are a flurry of activities and chores and noise. I feel so lucky to stay at home with my kids. This is my life! It’s messy and crazy and ruled by tiny little people, and it’s a ton of time in the car, omg, but I’m doing exactly what I’ve always wanted to do.
For all the moms- stay-at-home, working, work-at-home- here’s a video that I saw at my MOPS meeting on Monday. It captures our days pretty well!
How do you take your coffee? Is there someone you text almost every day? Are we all stocking up on tissues for the TFIOS movie?
Sounds like your days are filled with awesomeness! Busy awesomeness, and full of joy. Thanks for sharing, Brooke!
Thank you! They really (mostly) are. 🙂
My mom worked in human resources and said, “women would leave when their kids were born and say they weren’t going to have to work anymore. 3 months later they were back saying, ‘it’s too much work, I want my regular job back!'”
Hahaha, it is work and not many breaks. Working moms have it tough too though. I’m really glad I have the choice.
I have such respect for stay-at-home moms; it seems like such hard work! But clearly the rewards are worth it. Thanks for a glimpse into your day <3
Thanks, Lisa. xo
This was fun! Thanks for sharing. I literally lol when you said you were waiting for YOUR report card. Isn’t that the truth! Would love to see how the costume turned out!
I didn’t take a picture of it. Ooops. It’s May? Haha. We used a marshmallow and black paint to stamp spots on the back (it was a paper bag “vest” she got from school) and stapled a pair of ladybug wings to the back. Super simple! My, I mean our (ahem) leprechaun trap was really a work of art. 😉
I haven’t read the book but am DYING to see that movie! (Also, I loved hearing about your day!)
DUDE. You have to read the book first. There are rules. 😉
Being a SAHM is the HARDEST.JOB.EVER. I’m just going to say it. I’m qualified to say it. (I think!) (Especially now that my mini has been out of school for one whole week. Seriously? So hard to get through days with no real schedule! Can’t wait for next week when a “sort of” schedule returns! And, I used to take my coffee as a half-caff flavored skinny latte, but these days I take it as a half-caff flavored coffee with a splash of almond milk and a Splenda or Stevia added. I’m that chick. (Sorry, not sorry.)
If we lived near one another, we would keep these kids on a schedule together. I’ve already started planning the summer playdates and whatnot because I know that the second school is out, I will hear “I’m bored.”
Look at you with half-caff! How do you do that? Have you tried the So Delicious coconut milk creamer? It’s amazing. I can’t ever go back to regular creamer now (and I mostly have it black anyway so whatever but you should try it.)
I’m really liking this Italian cream stuff I put in my one cup of coffee. It’s sweet but not too sweet. And only one for me or I’m wired for hours. Love House of Cards. Started season two yesterday after the kidlet was asleep.
OMG the first episode of Season Two!!!
OMG Right!? I wasn’t ready for it and gripped my husband’s arm so hard I thought I left marks!