Sunday, March 10, 2013

What I Do...All Day. Each Day. Every Day

My Daily Routine

Every morning I get Darian up at 6:15. He makes his own breakfast, reads the funnies, and gets ready for school. He gets Harley up when he leaves for the bus at 7:00. She gets her own breakfast, gets all beautified and leaves the house at 7:50 for her bus.
Depending upon what kind of night my husband had, we use this time to nap. Or watch Good morning America and  Rachel Ray. I can also catch up on emails or texts that need my attention.

This is my busiest time frame of the morning. I get my husband up, dressed, toileted (shower if it's his day and he feels like it) fix his breakfast and get him situated at the table. This is when I look over Facebook and Google Reader. Sometimes a few days a week my brother will come for coffee. I start a load of laundry.

12:00 to 2:00
Switch clothes from washer to dryer. Clean up the kitchen and start the dishwasher. Help husband get comfortable in his chair for his nap. Do some blogging. Maybe some dusting or vacuuming. Start to plan dinner. Toilet my husband. (he needs help with all of his ADL's)

2:00 to 4:00
Fold clothes, clean bathrooms, TAKE A NAP mess around on the computer start supper

4:00 to 6:00
Kids get home from school within 10 minutes of each other around 4 p.m. This is when they grab a snack and start their homework. They put away their clothes that I have folded. I will now go to the grocery store if I need to since one of them can stay with my husband. And I finish getting supper ready. Take care of husbands ADL's. 

6:00 to 8:00
We eat supper and tidy up the kitchen. Kids start their showers and get their clothes ready for the next day and make sure they have their book bags all packed. (This is what makes the next morning go so well). We will watch a couple of TV shows together as a family. If the shows are not kid-appropriate then they will read during this time.

More TV watching (we watch a lot of TV since my husband can't do much else) or the kids and I might play a board game. We have discovered the game FRENZI and play it a bit. Harley gets her snack and is in bed at 9:30. Darian gets his snack and in in bed at 10:00.

10:00 to 12:00
I help my husband with his snack and get him ready to sleep. He now sleeps full time in his recliner (with the TV on) I help toilet him, brush his teeth, give him his pills and tuck him in for the night. This is when I finish in the kitchen, turn on the dishwasher, lay out the frozen meat for tomorrow nights dinner. And get myself all tucked in on the couch with my snack and my Nook Color to read until I am sleepy. I also use this time to catch up on my "THE GOOD WIFE" episodes since my husband can't stand that show. I have almost finished with season 3.

12:00 to 6:15
Hopefully this is when we sleep. On a good night I will get up with husband one time. On not so good nights it can be as much as every hour. He needs to sit up more (and he can no longer manipulate the recliner on his own) adjust the covers, get up to the commode, get a drink, or have a snack. We pray for good nights.

Now that is the routine of a normal day. We also have things that are scheduled and go on every week. Harley just finished basketball season where she had practices Monday-Friday from 3:45 until 5:45 and had to be picked up by 6:00. And Darian just finished wrestling where he practiced at his school from 3:45 until 5:45 but did not arrive at the school to be picked up until 6:30. He goes to the high school in another little town that is 15 minutes away. They ride an activity bus to the middle school which is less than a mile from our house. So I would pick up Harley, go home, and go back for Darian.

On Mondays, every week, Darian goes to Boy Scouts from 7:00-9:00

On Tuesday, every other week, Darian sees his therapist from 5:00 to 5:40. Thankfully his office is not far from our house.

On Wednesday both the kids go to their youth church activity. This is from 6:30-9:00.

Thursdays we are usually free from an extra evening activity.

Friday, every week, my youngest son comes to our house with his daughter to spend the night. They live in a town approximately 50 miles from here. He comes to help me with things I need help with. Or to give me a break, if I need to get out for awhile. And sometimes on these nights, he takes over as the caregiver and I even get to sleep in my own bed.

Saturday is the day that we clean house. Dust. Vacuum. Get haircuts. Shop for things that the kids need to be with me. One of them stays home with Papa and the other goes with me. This is the night they can do something with their friends (once in a while. I am not a big fan of these kinds of things so we don't do it often)

Sundays the kids go to church from 9:15 to 12:00. Papa and I don't go with them any longer due to Papa's declining health. So I take them quickly while he sleeps, come home dress him and feed him and load him into the car so that we can pick them up. Then Sunday afternoons are for relaxing, napping, catching up with each other, visiting if company drops by.

That is it! And I repeat, lather, rinse, and repeat.....over and over and over!

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  1. Wow your schedule makes me tired too! We are busy ladies :)

    1. Yes, It seems like we are what makes the world go round.

  2. What a schedule! I feel like a slug.

  3. I need a nap just reading this! You are a super woman. You have such strength.

    1. Thank you so much. I am not sure that I am really all that strong. Just doing what I have to do.


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