K-Man has 2 standard activities. On MWF, he attends preschool in the mornings, and on MW, he has Tae Kwon Do (TKD) in the evenings. Mini-Me has 2 activities as well - story hour on W mornings and naptime at 12Noon every day. Pretty much everything has to float around these, and that includes grocery shopping, laundry, my exercise, kids' doctors appointments, haircuts, my own doctor appointments, etc. I also like to do something fun with the kids on one day, so it isn't forever errand running with them. That usually happens on Tuesday or Thursday. I am always on the hunt new and dun experiences for the them - apple picking, pumpkin farm, museums, parks, etc.
As a result, here's what a typical week looks like:
|9:00||Family Time||K-Man School||Laundry||K-Man School||K-Man School||Family Time|
|10:00||x||Grocery Shop||Mini-Me Story Hr||x|
|12:00||Mini-Me Nap||-->||-->||-->||-->||-->||Mini-Me Nap|
|1:00||Football||Susan - Exercise||-->||-->||-->||Susan - Exercise|
|6:00||Mini-Me Bed||-->||-->||-->||-->||-->||Mini-Me Bed|
|7:00||K-Man Bed||-->||-->||-->||-->||-->||K-Man Bed|
|8:00||Adult time||-->||Mister-curling||-->||-->||-->||Adult time|
|Susan - run|
You will notice some spaces that are blank. Obviously, those are the times I am sitting around eating bon-bons, right? HA! Usually it is the afternoon that I leave open. By the time Mini-Me is awake from nap, it is tough to do much before I need to start preparing dinner. We fill the time by playing in the playroom or outside if it is nice enough, etc. This is also when I get things picked up around the house that were displaced in the course of the day. I tend to make Tuesday my laundry day since Monday and Wednesday are so busy, and I hate making the kids run out for 3 days straight.
The Mister and I have an agreement that weekends are family time - for the most part. We are big believers in being able to do things outside of that, so sometimes he might take a fishing trip or maybe I head to NYC to see friends. Normally though it is reserved for working on the house, trips out with the kids, or just general playtime with the kids. We also are pretty strict about bedtime because, well, where else would we have Adult Time? He leaves for work at 7am, and isn't home until dinner. We do need some time to connect with each other, which of course leads to date night. Again it is not on here, but we do try to swing one about every 2 weeks. Speaking of which, I think I need to schedule the sitter!
This "basic" schedule doesn't account for me running a race, attending an exercise class, Bunco night or the Mister having a business dinners or an evening out or even the kids having a playdate or birthday party. Throw visitors into this mix and things really get nuts! Depending on what days of the week it involves, groceries, laundry, and the other "movables" need to be moved to accommodate. No guest wants to see or smell a pile of laundry after all. And odds are they will also need to be fed, so groceries are a must. LOL The workout may sadly also have to be put on hold - GASP!
In other words, this "stay-at-home-mom" does very little of staying home actually. We are just as busy as other moms, only our place of work is also our place of play. Sometimes things get a bit messy. Am I really as "atypical" as "they" say :)? What do your days look like?