For my Black Panther Team, one challenge was to chronicle a day in our life. This was a lot of fun. I can't wait to read this again in 10 years!!
A typical day in my life is not like most peoples. I get up around 730 and let the dog out then have some quiet time. The dog is a whole “God story”. (On Memorial Day, our neighbor mentioned that her mom had to get rid of her dog. Our beloved dog of 16 years had passed away last May. That was just a month after a dear friend, a young military man our family “adopted”, had passed away in a motorcycle accident. My boys had been asking for another dog. I had been resisting, saying God would send us a dog when He was ready. Well, the neighbor’s mom’s dog was a girl, already fixed, a breed I liked, already house broken, and the “clincher” – her name “Dixie”, the same name as our friend’s dog! To me, it was like God said, “Anita, its time. Here is the dog I picked out for you.” She has been a perfect fit for our family!!)
Hubby gets up between 830 and 930, followed by the “little” boys (ages 14, 6 foot tall & almost 12, not quite as tall as me They are the babies of the family. We have 3 grown kiddos, aged 25, 23 & 20). When we are doing school, this is the time we start school. If it’s a school break, we do chores or work around the house or in the new shop that my in laws gifted us with this spring.
I cook a big lunch for us around 1130. Today, we had grilled chicken, leftover green beans, cornbread, baked potatoes for the little boys, stewed tomatoes for my hubby, and salad for me and the boys. Then, my husband, myself and the youngest boy took our goat for a walk around our 6 acres. We were scouting places to ride the four wheelers for the upcoming birthday party this Saturday. We’ve had some recent changes to the property with the new shop & are trying to get more trees to grow to replace ones we had to cut down.
After our walk, I cut my youngest son’s hair, got some more chores done, and got hubby off to work at 2pm. He works the 3-11 shift. That’s why we have our big family meal at lunch.
From 2-330, the boys & I do chores, chill out & read or watch tv. Then I will take the youngest one to karate. Both boys usually take karate, but at the end of May, my oldest broke his foot landing wrong at class. He has been in a walking book since then. So, my oldest one will stay home today to get some chores done & give the two boys a break from each other. They have been really getting on each other’s nerves lately!!
Home from karate. Dinner is a Lean Cuisine turkey dinner with apples. Yummy!! Then, I take my oldest to church (more separate time for the boys). My youngest one will do some easy chores & love on the doggy. Then I stop by wal mart to pick up milk (it is on sale! Yea!!) and a few things for lunch tomorrow. My plan is to NOT leave the house at all tomorrow, unless someone is bleeding profusely or a bone is sticking out!! I try to stay home at least one day a week. I have not made that a reality at all this month with hubby being on vacation!
Groceries away, chores checked. Showers started. Attitude from littlest so off to bed for him! I did a practice test for my upcoming college math placement test. I decided last month to being working on getting my college degree. I hope to finish by the time my youngest graduates. I have about 7 more years. As slowly as the college is moving, I’m glad I started now!! According to my current plan, I think I can CLEP almost all of my remaining classes for my AA. (BTW, if anyone reading this has any experience CLEP-ing, I would love to speak to you about it!!)
After my older son went to bed, I tried to work on my sister’s birthday quilt, due Sat July 2nd. Thankfully, I started a practice piece. It was sewing VERY funny. After checking the machine, I found that the bobbin tension screw has mysteriously disappeared!! It was there last week when I sewed. But, when we moved the machine tonight to chase a lizard that got in the house and then I rethreaded the bobbin, somehow, it disappeared. My husband is amazing at finding/fixing things. So I am hoping when he gets home, he can magically fix it. Otherwise, I found one on the web for less than $5. But I’m sure it will not be here before her birthday.
Well, just typing this has made me as tired as doing it all!! I’m going to try to find a healthy snack and do a “me time” activity – the new Joel Rosenberg book!!
I have really enjoyed these challenges!! I can’t wait to read the other “Day in the life” stories!! I can not be the only one with a crazy life!!
Blessings to all!!