This should probably be called “A Day in the Life of Kelley”, but really this includes the entire Bouchard Family. I’m just the one who gets the privilege most days of chauffeuring the kids around town. I call this “typical” because this is generally how our days go. Of course they can adjust depending on doctors’ appointments, car appointments, or whatever kind of appointment people occasionally have to attend, but this is what it usually looks like. This is by no means meant to make anyone feel sorry for me or me complaining, but sharing just how hectic my day is. So if you see me and I look frazzled and tired, don’t be concerned. That’s just my normal “look”. 😛
So before the start of this school year, I used to get up at 4:45 a.m. to workout and have a little quiet time before the kids get up. These days, with me going to bed a little later since my husband’s work schedule has been “off”, I’ve been getting up around 6:30 a.m. (Feeling completely rushed!!) Some days the workouts happen before the kids get up. Other days they happen after I drop the two oldest off at school. Either way, 5 out of 7 days I get in a workout of some sort. Kids wake up at 7:20 a.m. and I begin finding out what they want for breakfast. While they get dressed, I make breakfast and yell at them to “hurry up and eat” so we can brush teeth, do hair and get out the door. (Yes, I yell. Not proud of it, but my kids can’t hear my normal speaking voice for some strange reason.) I also make their lunches while they eat and get my breakfast down. On to school…
Daily Car Rides and Home
This is a rough estimate since I haven’t actually timed anything, but I spend an average of about 3-4 hours in the car each day. We rush out the door (hopefully by 8:30 a.m.) so that we can be to school by 9:00 a.m. Usually we leave about five minutes later than I like, leaving the kids running across the street to get into the building on time. After I’ve dropped them off, I’m able to run general errands: grocery store, bank, post office, general shopping…whatever the day calls for. I head home (hopefully by 10:30 a.m.) so that I can clean the house (which is never THAT clean). I also do my work from home. So blogging, taking pictures, editing pictures, talking to clients…I do a lot, and it all has to happen before I pick up the kids. I also try to read during this time or catch up on my favorite shows.
Monday- Jac has therapy and is picked up early from school. Right now she has swimming lessons as well.
Tuesday-Joseph has Kung Fu after school.
Wednesday-The kids have AWANA at church and I attend the Bible study.
Thursday-Jac has therapy and has to be picked up early again from school. I have to go back to pick up Joseph immediately after picking her up. He has Kung Fu, and the time he starts and the time she gets out of therapy overlap. Uriah also gets speech therapy, but I’m thankful his therapist comes to the house.
Friday-Joseph has Kung Fu. Jac could have tennis, but I haven’t figured out the best way to work that one out since times are the same and in two completely different locations across town from each other.
Saturday-Jac has ballet.
Sunday-We have church, and for now, Joseph has lacrosse.
Are YOU tired?
Cause I’m tired just typing all this out. In the midst of all this I take care of the littlest Bouchard while his big sister and brother are doing their thing. I also write out and pay all the bills as well as plan and cook the meals for our family. We don’t really eat out because, have you ever taken a family of 5 out for a meal? It’s expensive!! I’m sure you’re also wondering where Joe (my husband) is in all this. He leaves some mornings before the kids are even up, and has an hour long drive to and from work. Most nights we are able to eat dinner together though. Homework happens at some point. Then bath time, story time (if it’s not too late), and prayer…then bed! DONE!!!!
Basically, I take it one day at a time. I don’t get everything done, but I get the important things done. I’m sure there are people who have more hectic schedules than I do, and I feel for them. So that’s my day in a nut-shell. Like I said before, it can change depending on appointments, but luckily we haven’t had a lot of extra appointments recently. Now you see why our hurricane evacuation vacation was actually so pleasant. lol My fitness and nutrition are critical in helping me power through my day. Need help in that department? I can help!
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