So I thought it would be fun to do a day in the life of moi. I did one of these before, which you can read here, but our days have changed a bit since then.
For some reason, I love reading other people’s “day in the life” posts. Is that just me? I’m not sure why – I mean, we essentially all do the same thing each day. We get up, get the kids ready, work, cook, clean, relax, sleep, repeat. But nonetheless, I’m fascinated by other posts so I figured I may as well do another one of my own.
To recap, I work at home part-time as a freelance writer. My niche is personal finance, but I have a few other clients where the topics are more general. I also run this blog and am itching to start a new blog (not on personal finance) but haven’t found the time. My main “job” is taking care of my two little ones – Cami, who will be 3 in May, and Maisie, who is 1 1/2.
As much as I try to wake up early, that just hasn’t happened. We’ve been sick for the past two months so no one’s been sleeping well. As of now, the girls are my alarm clock…
6:30-7:30am Wake up
We wake anywhere between 6:30 and 7:30, brush teeth, change diapers and get dressed for the day. We head downstairs where I have coffee and the girls have breakfast. Usually, they both request a “bar” (nutrigrain bar) and milk. I usually serve it with a sliced banana and yogurt. Other days we’ll have waffles or pancakes if I’m in the mood to cook, haha.
The girls go to daycare on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s from 8:15am to 11:30am. I was hesitant about enrolling them, but two months in and it’s going great (outside of always being sick). You can read my thoughts on daycare here. I use this time to work. Having a full 10 hours a week to devote to work has been wonderful!
11:30am Pick up from Daycare
I get the girls around 11:30am and we’re back home by 11:45am. We usually play for a bit, they have more milk and I eat lunch (the girls get lunch at daycare). If they’re playing in the playroom, I’ll clean up the master bathroom, make the bed, fold laundry and do any other chores that are upstairs.
For now, both girls are napping from 12:30 to around 2:30 or 3:00. I’m pretty sure Cami is going to be dropping her nap soon, but for now I’m loving this extra work time in the afternoons. If I don’t have work, I’ll try and get ahead on my blog, prep dinner, clean the kitchen and floors or just relax!
3:00pm Play time
The girls are usually both awake by 3:00. Lately, the weather’s been wonderful so we’ll go hang out on the deck and the girls will jump on their new trampoline. Sometimes we go for a walk, sometimes we go to Target or the grocery store and sometimes we just stay in and play. The girls also eat a second lunch (early dinner?) right after they wake up, too.
John’s normally home by 5:00 so him or I will start dinner while the other one watches the girls. We’ve been really trying to cut back on groceries lately, so dinners have been pretty easy and pretty simple. Pasta with veggies, rice with beans and veggies, frozen pizza, soups, etc. Cami is insanely picky at dinner. I made corned beef and cabbage for St Patrick’s Day last week and she wouldn’t even come to the table.
5:45pm Outside or Errands
If you’ve read my blog for a while, you’ve probably realized that John and I love exploring neighborhoods and driving around. Depending on the weather, we’ll either jump in the car and explore, go to the park or play outside with the neighborhood kids. We went to the park this past weekend and ended up walking over 4 miles! I love living in such a beautiful state.
7:00pm-8:00pm Bedtime Routine
We usually start the bedtime routine around 7:00. If we’re just getting home, the girls will play for a bit to wind down. If we stayed in, they are normally a little easier to get to bed. We brush their teeth, give them a bath (every other night) and read stories. They always have milk before heading upstairs and sometimes we’ll give them a little ice cream, haha.
Ahhh. I love my girls more than anything, but I also love the end of the day when I know they’re both asleep. This is my time to hang out with John, binge-watch our shows, get caught up on work and just relax without having to do anything for anyone. We usually go to sleep around 10:00pm and then it starts all over again!
As of right now, life is good. Honestly I wouldn’t change a thing about our schedule. If work gets busier, I’ll add in Tuesday morning daycare, but I like that I’m able to work and be with the girls the majority of the time. It also helps that they love daycare and look forward to going each morning.
My favorite part of the day
I love evenings spent with my family. Whether we go on a walk, hang out at home or play outside in the backyard, life is good when the four of us are together.
Does your schedule look similar to mine? What’s your favorite part of the day?!