Blog Journal Day 2 – A Day in My Life

Sometime before 6am – our 5 year old will arrive and announce it is morning – usually he can be persuaded to return to his own bed for a while longer

6.50am – alarm goes off – but always awake before then (see above)

7am – make kids sandwiches for their packed lunches – 2 ham, 1 grated cheese, 2 cut in triangles and 1 in squares! Kids come down once they are dressed and get breakfast and pack the rest of their pack lunches.

7.30 – 8.25am – shower, dress, remind son multiple times to brush his teeth , I also tidy kitchen, do some laundry

8.30 – 9 am – school run

9 – 10 am – do any errands that need done (or “do some messages” as we say here)

10 – 12 noon –  most mornings try to make jewellery but make exceptions some mornings if I get a better offer – coffee invites, walking with friends or maybe even some retail therapy.

12 to 1.30pm –  have lunch. Start preparing dinner of I can. Catch up on blog writing and reading.

1.45pm  leave house for first school pick up.

2.10 to 2.50 pm supervise 5 year old’s homework, snack and reading

2.50pm –  leave to collect 2 daughters at 3 and 3.30pm respectively

Home 3.40 – home again!   housework, homework help if required and make dinner (some days there will also be swimming lessons, choir, piano or drama)

Dinner 5.30 – 6.30pm – Husband usually home by 5.30 even when “on-call”

7pm – youngest to bed (phew!)

after that – More help with homework if required, and probably some nagging gentle reminding about piano or flute practice

May be girls brigade, boys brigade, drama or youthclub drop offs and collections to do

8.30 onwards – daughters to bed

8.30 – 10.30 work on laptop/watch tv with George the cat snuggled as close to me as he possibly can

11ish – bed

So – how does this differ from a day in your life?

This post is part of a challenge to blog daily for a month with different prompts each day.  You can see links to the other participants here, and you are welcome to play along at any time.

I am posting this after meeting up with the lovely Elizabeth and her husband, who are in Belfast tonight as part of their Irish vacation.  We had a delicious meal at Made in Belfast,

(it describes itself as a Restolounge – cool, homely and eclectic – which sums it up perfectly) some great “craic” and also swapped some gifts. 

I was given a beautiful candle for my made over bathroom/cloakroom (powder room?) and my kids will be delighted with the bag of American candy Elizabeth brought for them.

Photo of Elizabeth and I may follow if she sends me a copy (hint, hint)! My photos were not a success!

My husband was “on call” for the hospital this evening, and but was not called into work until 5 MINUTES after we got home to relieve the babysitter!   

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  1. Sounds like a busy day. I usually get up at 7 and fix lunch for my oldest who drives herself to school. Then I blog and have my quiet time before waking my youngest to eat and do school. After lunch I do chores and get my gardening done before making super. Evenings are spent with the family before turning in around 11:00. My girls are teenagers and stay up until I go to bed. Carla

  2. FINALLY, here I am able to enjoy your post. Your idea of blogging daily is TEMPTING to say the least but not sure I would let you down, so shall refrain but enjoy YOUR posts.

    Is it hard to look at sandwhich meat first thing in the morning? Do you ever make them the night before? Does Ireland have a special cheese you like?

    Oh, how I remember the homework/pick up/drop off routine. It DOES come to an end. You will even miss it.

    How wonderful you met another blog friend. You KNOW what I would say here… I’ll not repeat it over and over and over. haha. I’ve begun to toss SILVER coins into the penny bank rather than just the little coppers.

    I sent you an email as well.


  3. wow!! sure is a busy day (every day!!) for you… i salute you for being a wonderful mom! mother’s day here is on sunday (i think..hahaha) so let me greet you HAPPY MOTHER’S day!!

  4. I LOVE that you have to cut the sandwiches different ways for the different children. My boys make their own lunches now, and eldest is actually home for lunch at least half the time.

  5. I enjoyed reading about your day
    mine was much the same as a younger Mom
    now I do daycare and have my Grandkids some days
    but they go
    I do like that…no one to wake me up at 6 in the morning (o:

    I enjoyed reading about your cottage and the swap
    Would love to do that, but will probably never travel over seas…sadly
    so did you say you are going somewhere for the summer?

  6. My day starts off pretty much the same as yours, but it’s because I have hungry cats wanting to be fed. Usually they can be persuaded to wait until 6AM or a little later. But most of the time, I can’t sleep past 6:30AM because then I get the growly tummy! LOL

    Great Post!

  7. It’s interesting to see the daily routine of a Mum with older kids – in some ways easier than with a baby but in others wow, so much busier with all the activities!

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