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What my day would look like if I didn't homeschool ...

7:30 a.m. ~ Crawl out of bed and fix lunches for the kids.

8:00 a.m. ~ Get kids up and ready and out the door to go to school.

9:00 a.m. ~ Go work out for an hour at the Y.

10:00 a.m. ~ Run errands while in town.

11:00 a.m. ish ~ Come home and make the beds, eat lunch and blog and check e-mail.

Noonish ~ Shower and get dressed.

1:00 p.m. ish ~ Clean house, do laundry, read, watch t.v., relax, start working on dinner.

3:00 p.m. ~ Welcome first round of kids home from school.

3:30 p.m. ~ Pick up second round of kids from school.

4:00 p.m. ~ Start working on homework with the kids (which we will be doing for AT LEAST the next one to two hours!)

6:00 p.m. ~ Crawl all over the older two kids to do their homework, get off their phones, get off the computer, get off their xbox, study for those tests, all the while feeling like I have no idea what they are or are not doing at school! (which I will be doing for AT LEAST the next two hours!)

6:00 p.m. ~ Get dinner on the table, clean the kitchen.

7:00 p.m. ~ Sign school notes, get backpacks ready, get clothes out for the next day.

7:30 p.m. ~ Start giving baths, start getting beds ready.

8:00 p.m. ~ Read with each of the little kids for 30 minutes (so we can sign the Reading Log that says we have to read for 30 minutes each.)

9:00 p.m. ~ Get kids in bed 30 minutes later than I planned to because we had to get all that reading done.

9:05 p.m. ish ~ Collapse on the couch after the afternoon/evening marathon.

Oh, but, I'm not too upset because I get to spend the next morning and early afternoon ALL ALONE resting up for THE MARATHON THAT WILL BEGIN AT 3:30 AGAIN THAT AFTERNOON!

Oh yeah, and this schedule above doesn't include bowling nights, dance class, guitar lessons, Kyndal's work schedule, clubs, church, and anything else we would have to do at night because the kids are in school all day.

Those five hours alone each day sure sound good, huh? Not so good when you consider what the rest of the day looks like.

No. Thank you. I'll just keep my life the way it is. I may be exhausted, but at least I am spending all my time with my family, teaching them and nurturing them (and picking up after them) and loving on them.

Yes. I'll just take this life.

The bonbons will just have to wait.


  1. Oh, you're fortunate on the pick up! My oldest would be picked up by the bus at like 6:45am! We rarely get out of bed before 8:00 because we stay up late! LOL But I understand - I'll stick with homeschooling too!

  2. So true!! I was just telling a friend that homeschooling has been relaxing and she looked at me like I was crazy! I went on to explain about no fighting over homework and rushing dinner to get out the door. Your post is spot on. It's not easy but so much less stressful. I would take this over bon bons any day! :-)

  3. I'm with you! AND I noticed you didn't have any time with hubby in that plan. Chris & I were talking this weekend about how closer we are and how much stronger our marriage has become since I quit work and started homeschooling. At the end of the day, it's all about family, isn't it? And as you said, I wouldn't have it any other way.

  4. LOVE this! It totally rocks that you are HS'ing your kiddos! :)

  5. Haha! That's awesome!! Love it!! :)

  6. Nicole
    The way you move your schedule and curriculum is something Dawson sees, and will later much appreciate even more when he has children of his own. Think of the potential he has to grow from this homeschool experience, because he is not forced to learn in a way that is not benefitting him. You are and awesome Teacher!

  7. I thought you had a child in public school? So then don't you have to do both scenarios?

  8. Anonymous ~ Yes, I do somewhat of both scenarios having both homeschooled and public schooled kids. But, it would be TWICE as bad if they were all in public school. Thankfully, my oldest is in VoTech half a day for cosmetology, which she loves, so motivating her to do her work is not a problem. And she's the kind of kid that does what's required before it's due (I've learned to stay out of it because she always tends to get things done, even if it's at the lat minute.) And my son, who is in second grade, has a teacher who does activity bag "homework", so it's fun and I can include Brynne in the learning as well. When he walks in the door after school we grab a snack, do our activities and I do his backpack while he's standing there. We're done in about 45 minutes.


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