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A Day in My Life

This post was first published on January 30, 2012, and even though my days are slightly different right now (we’re not homeschooling this year, for instance), the general vibe remains the same.

7:00 – My alarm goes off on my phone. We had a late night last night. I grab it, hit snooze, and tuck it under my pillow.

7:17 – I get up and grab my phone, journal, and Bible off the nightstand. I head to the bathroom, splash water on myself, brush my hair. I weigh myself. Down three pounds since January 1!

• 7:20 – As I walk out, I see that my boys’ door is open. Darn cat. I try to sneak by, but Finn sees me. He was quietly playing in his crib not two seconds before, but now there is wailing and gnashing of teeth. I sigh. I tiptoe in there and grab him so that Reed will stay asleep. Finn in my arms, I close the door as quietly as I can.

Not two seconds later, Reed calls, “Mom! Mom! Mom!” from his bunk bed. We’re working on him waiting more than one second to give me a chance to answer him, but he doesn’t remember this freshly awake.

Reed climbs down and follows us. Quiet morning alone is over.

• 7:40 – I start up the Chopin station on Pandora in the living room, Reed lays on the couch with his blanket, and Finn dawdles around, getting in to everything under the sun and handing me his treasures. I check email on the couch with Reed snuggled next to me. 412 unread. I read three; quickly answer one.

I glance at Facebook and wonder how on earth I’m going to fit in the 30 Day Shred today. But I have to, somehow. I promised Jen.

• 7:49 – I get up to stop Finn from tearing apart a puzzle box. Wailing and gnashing of teeth ensues. He’s our dramatic one right now; neither of our other two threw tantrums quite like he does.

• 7:55 – Finn has gotten in to the Take to Goodwill box. He’s removing all the latest goods I just recently parted with.

• 8:00 – Time to make breakfast. I head to the kitchen, start the kettle for the French press, give Finn a banana chunk, and start a load of cloth diapers in the washer. There are days when we have a hot breakfast. Today is not one of those days. I pull out the granola, blueberries, and milk.

Breakfast with the three boys. Tate, the one kid who needs to get up and at ’em, is still asleep.

• 8:30 – I go wake up Tate. She comes to the table and starts on breakfast, while Kyle heads to our room to get in a few minutes of work—he’s not feeling well this morning. Reed starts emptying the silverware from the dishwasher; I get Finn and myself ready for the day. School’s supposed to start at 9. Not sure it’s going to happen.

• 9:07 – Kyle starts teaching math with Tate. Huzzah! I get the boys settled with some toys, but it lasts about five minutes. Finn is content to play with the tongs from the kitchen, and Reed wants me to read him a book. I have about 20 minutes until a Skype meeting, so I snuggle on the couch and read him his choice: Who Pooped in the Park?

• 9:30 – Start a Skype meeting with Meagan Francis. We’re keeping each other accountable professionally, so we chat to discuss our blogging monthly goals and give each other a few ideas. Par for the course, the boys suddenly need to snuggle, so they cling to me while I sit on the couch with my laptop. I remind them every five minutes or so that I’m working, but that they can sit by me while I do. They’re up and down. The living room is destroyed while I chat.

• 10:20 – My Skype meeting ends, so I declare a 15 minute pick-up-the-living-room session while Kyle and Tate continue on with science. After we’re done, I put on a Super Why! episode from Netflix for Reed.

• 10:30 – I quickly check Facebook and see that Jen has already done day 1 of The Shred. Guess that means I’ll have to.

• 10:50 – Science ends, so Tate watches the last five minutes of Super Why! with Reed. Finn starts losing his marbles, so I slice a pear for the two of us to share.

• 11:00 – Tate and I start school. She works on her cursive while I gather the rest of her Language Arts materials. I put Finn in the highchair next to me and he snacks. Kyle works in the bedroom.

• 11:20 – We move on to narration and dictation (I read her a short passage, ask comprehension questions, and she tells me one thing she remembers from the passage—I write it down, and she copies it in her best handwriting). It doesn’t always happen, but today, she’s flying through school.

• 11:30 – Tate starts her spelling workbook, which is an independent study for her. I empty and load the dishwasher, take out the recycling, switch the laundry, and start on lunch.

• 12:00 – She finishes her work, and we take a lunch break. Finn’s about to pass out asleep in his highchair, and Reed and Tate playfully bicker. Loudly. I think a second cup of coffee is in order soon. I make them sandwiches while they watch some YouTube videos from Animaniacs (the ones about geography). I sit down with them over crackers and cheese, and I read aloud from Charlotte’s Web.

• 12:20 – I change Finn and put him down for a nap, then I go out to bring the garbage can back from the curb. On the way, I realized I forgot to take my vitamins this morning. I grab them as soon as I get back in, because I might forget again in 20 seconds.

• 12:25 – Older kids are getting punchy, so I send them outside to get some fresh air. And so it can be quiet for five minutes in the house. I hear Finn chatting and humming in his crib. I clean up from lunch. How does it get so messy after just one meal?

• 1:00 – The babysitter texts to say she’ll be 15 minutes late. Tate comes in and wants to blog. I pull up her blog on the school computer so she can write. Reed whines about wanting to start a movie, but I tell him he has to wait until Tate’s done. The boy is all about the TV lately.

While we have a few minutes, I grab Reed to help me take a photo for a post. The lighting is good.

• 1:15 – Natalie shows up, and Tate predictably loses interest in blogging. She declares that she’ll blog tonight. I pop in a movie Reed checked out from the library, and tell Natalie they can watch this, and then the TV goes off.

Kyle and I head out so that the kids can enjoy their time with their favorite person. (Natalie comes over three afternoons a week so the two of us can work, since we both work from home.)

• 1:30 – Kyle and I place our orders at the coffee shop. We often go out to our trailer to work—it’s a vintage refurbished aluminum cylinder with not much more than a table, chairs, and minuscule kitchen, yet it’s nice to have a cozy spot to work without leaving the land. But today we’re in the mood to get out, so away to the coffee shop we go.

I check email and see that my 2:00 Skype meeting with some book publicists has been rescheduled to tomorrow morning. This means I can do nothing but work on my book, which is good, because I have a meeting with my agent tomorrow, where I’m going to show her my first three chapters. (In a crazy, unheard-of coincidence, my agent lives an hour from me.)

I’ve got a loooooot of writing to do, so I’m happy to get several hours of uninterrupted time. Of course, I need to check Facebook and Twitter, and Lisa-Jo has found me on Skype, so we chat for just a bit. Half an hour whisked by without my blinking.

Time to close up Facebook and its henchmen. I open up Spotify and get to work.

• 3:00 – I pull up my Kindle to grab a quote for the book, and it’s a mess. Two-thirds of the top screen is plaid. Nuts. I instagram, Facebook, and tweet the hive mind, asking if it’s happened to anyone else. Turns out it has. A lot. I call customer service, as suggested, and they send a replacement, with almost no questions asked. Hooray, Amazon!

I guess my quote citation can wait until Monday. Moving on.

• 3:30 – I get back to my chapter, and after a bit of rereading and editing (what was I trying to say there?), I get to writing. And then finally, the words flow. Sometimes it takes awhile, and afternoons are admittedly not my best writing hours. But it’s all I got right now in this season, so I take it. I stare and write, delete and finagle, edit and write some more, and finally, it looks like I’ve finished chapter 3.

• 5:00 – It’s time to pack up shop and head home. We swing by the bank to get cash for the babysitter, and chat about the homeschool co-op meeting we have tonight.

• 5:15 – We walk in the door and are greeted with the waft of a nail salon. Two neighbor girls are over, and it’s apparent that Natalie has recently painted the nails of every female in the house. The kids have matted, damp hair, which means they went swimming in the hot tub, too.

Reed is curled up on a couch in Natalie’s lap, and his cheeks look flushed. He looks up and tells me his tummy hurts. Natalie says he’s warm. I check his temp—not bad, but he usually runs a low temperature, and I can tell he’s lethargic. Uh oh.

Natalie’s boyfriend picks her up (complete with flowers), and they head off to college group at their church, but not before giving the kids three cupcakes. Kyle grabs them before they can start arguing over who gets which one, and sneaks them off to the kitchen. Potential rewards for eating a good dinner.

• 5:45 – I make the executive decision to forego the co-op meeting, where we were going to have dinner, so now we need to come up with dinner on the fly. I pull out some sausage, get out the pans, and start chopping. Spaghetti and salad time.

Finn wants my attention because I’m in the kitchen doing something other than paying attention to him, so I pull up a chair next to me and let him play in the sink for a bit. “A bit” quickly turns to 30 minutes; happy as a clam but soaked to the gills. The other kids are doing… something. I can’t quite tell what. But no one’s getting hurt, and no one is accused of being unfair, so I assume all is well. Don’t rock the boat, I say. I’m sure it helps that Reed doesn’t feel well; he’s usually the instigator of mayhem.

• 6:30 – The natives are restless and starving, and dinner’s finally ready. Kyle pours the wine and we eat. Over dinner, we do our nightly ritual—ask each other the best parts of our day. Tate’s and Reed’s was the hot tub, mine was teaching Tate (because she was cooperative, which doesn’t happen often), and Kyle says his was the first 15 minutes of the coffee shop, when he spaced out.

• 7:00 – The boys need baths. Tate does, too, but she’ll shower in the morning, so her hair can dry tangle-free and not collect into a rat’s nest, as it does when she sleeps with wet hair. I get them in the tub while Kyle cleans the kitchen. I pull out the iPhone and sit with them in the bathroom—the boys are big fans of bath time, so a half hour flies by before they’re clean and ready to emerge. Only minimal water on the floor—a miracle.

• 7:50 – Jammies are on, teeth are brushed. Kyle puts Finn to bed; it’s my turn for story time with the older two. We snuggle up on our bed and read two books, one choice per kid. Not sure it was the best choice to do story time on the bed, because I start slurring the last half of the second book. By the time we pray (each kid prays for a friend), sing (Doxology and, per Tate’s request, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing), and let Dad know we’re done (they like to call out “Ca-caw! Ca-caw!” a la The Three Amigos), there’s a fork in me. I’m done.

Kids get piggy-back rides to bed, and after numerous callings from beds for super important, last minute thoughts (“Hey Mom? Did you know whale sharks can grow to 40 feet long?”), I muster the strength to help Kyle finish the kitchen. I could go to bed right now.

• 8:30 – Kitchen’s clean, so I debate doing a quick 30-Day Shred session, just so I can say I did it. It’s tempting, to cross it off the list. I decide to think it over while I fold a load of laundry.

Somehow, that load of laundry takes 30 minutes. Oh well.

• 9:00 – I pull up Skype, barely keeping my eyes open. Time for my monthly meeting with Kat. She holds me accountable to my health goals, while I do the same for her blog goals. I tell her the latest news from my naturopath, and how it’s been going with my trainer. I tell her my goals for next month.

Kat shares some really fun ideas for her blog, and we chat over the practicals. She tells me what specific goals she’d like accomplished by the time we chat next, in February. I like talking with Kat… She makes me happy. And also, our 30 minute chat turns into an hour.

• 10:00 – I check email one last time. For some reason, the unread messages haven’t all miraculously disappeared. I read and answer five more… the rest will just have to wait. Again.

• 10:20 – I brush my teeth, move the next laundry pile from the bed to the basket, to be folded tomorrow. I pull out my workout clothes for tomorrow morning. I’ve got an appointment with Jillian at 6:30.

I read a bit in bed (I normally switch between five books at a time; tonight’s choice was Familyhood by Paul Reiser, checked out last week at the library). Kyle’s eyes are closed as he still holds his iPhone up to his face. We’re toast.

I click off my nightstand lamp and set my iPhone alarm for 6 a.m.


Every day is different, but this was last Thursday. On Mondays, I teach co-op in the mornings, and we head to the library in the afternoons. I do almost zero writing or blog work then. On Tuesday mornings, I record a podcast. The first Thursday morning of every month, I have a Skype meeting with all my editors. And on Sundays, I do my best to open my laptop as little as possible.

And in the midst of all that, we live life as a family. I type with a baby in my lap; my preschooler often stands next to me and helps me choose photos for my posts. Tate is fascinated with blogging. I share my work with them, and Kyle and I till the soil alongside each other. It’s a family affair.

Do you have a typical day, or is every day different, like mine?

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  1. Maureen

    Tsh, thank you for this window into a day in your life–it is inspiring to see how you juggle different priorities, switching gears seamlessly and efficiently. With just one baby I find we often have typical, routine, “blah” days–but then I remember it’s good to let each day be as new and fresh as possible. BTW I appreciate your blog immensely. 🙂

  2. Janey B

    Sweet post, I loved every word!!! So fun to learn about who you are as a family!

  3. Michelle J

    I was literally just thinking today as I was working on one of my 52 bites how does Tsh do it, what is a day like for her. Having a 7 mo old and a 2 yr old of my own I could so relate to your typical day in so many ways. Thank you for sharing your day, it was both encouraging and inspiring!

  4. Melitsa

    Can totally relate to your day! It’s never the same day twice 🙂
    I have a plan today……let’s see how long we can go with it before we have to scrap it.

  5. Nicole

    I love this and can relate to it very much! Everyday is different here too, but does resemble this particular day of yours told here. Thanks for the glimpse into your life and for the inspiration.

  6. Marcia (123 blog)

    I loved this post. It could be one of my favourites 🙂 because I do like seeing the “real” person behind the blog. Also, it helps to know other people also have crazy toddlers wrecking rooms in a few seconds!

  7. Trina@JoyAndContentment

    OH the familiarity of this… I loved it. Thanks Tsh.

    Three things that jumped out at me: 1- The straight MomMomMom… for 5 long seconds (all in one breath) was an issue with my second child. It drove me CRAZY and it took about 2 years to eradicate it. However, he’s now nine and uses the same 5 seconds to draw it out with a Maaaaaaaawm. I know many kids do this, but I have been pondering lately the difficulty that homeschooled kids have with waiting their turn, and this is another issue that proves they have an expectation for immediate response. I must work on that here at home.

    2- I use a great resource for copywork or dictation. You type it in (faster than printing) and print it out. Various sizes available, as are printing and cursive. Excellent! You should check it out and shave another few minutes off your crazy day. 🙂

    3 – I love the wine bottle in the pasta picture.

    That’s all. Enjoy your day today!

    • Tsh

      Yes, I’ve wondered about the whole homeschooling/waiting your turn thing. I’ve noticed this some in the co-op I teach, where the kids seem to not quite grasp the concept of letting other people talk. 🙂

      And thanks for that link! I actually use something similar for handwriting and cursive sometimes, but there are also times I want to write alongside her, so she can she how I do it. And in this case, she tells me the sentence (she makes it up), and I write it down, and then she copies it. Thank you, though! That site looks a bit better than the one I’ve been using.

  8. Catie

    Loved reading this. It’s nice to know you’re normal like the rest of us. 😉 You must incorporate a little Charlotte Mason into your homeschooling? I can’t wait to start with my little ones.

  9. Rebekah from Simply Rebekah

    This is great, Tsh! I do this type of thing once a year on my blog, but I usually just take 1 picture every hour for one day. It is such a neat way to document an average day in your life. The most fun comes from seeing everyone else’s day and how different or similar they are. I have to say that I’m totally jealous of your coffee!!!! A beautiful cup like that is NOT part of my regular day. I should really work on that. 🙂

    My 2nd Annual “A Day in the Life of…” Link-Up is happening next Monday. Thanks for getting me pumped up for it!!!

  10. Ashley Pichea

    My life sounds similar to yours – a bit different everyday. I think that’s one of the blessings of honeschooling and working from home – you have flexible and variety in your schedule! I did a post just like this last week! 🙂

  11. Katie

    I enjoyed this 🙂

    It helps me to hear about the routines and agendas of other busy Mommy’s. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    My days vary, too. I like it that way – keeps me hoppin’.

    Enjoy your day!

    – Kate 🙂

  12. Becca @ Sweet Swan Songs

    Your first few minutes of the day sounds a lot like mine- try to get up early, fall back asleep, try to have a nice quiet devotional time, kids get up and get into things right away. 😉 It’s nice to know I’m not the only one!
    I loved this post!

  13. Marci

    Thank you for this post. A lot of it sounded so familiar being a mother of 3, homeschooling the oldest

  14. Anya Ty

    It’s amazing to read about a usual day in someone’s life. Some people think that being a housewife and earning money at the same time doesn’t work well. You inspired me to pursue my goals and to remain a good housewife to my family.

    Thanks for sharing your day.

    Anya Ty

  15. BethB

    Thank you for an honest look at your morning. I get frustrated some times with how many Bloggers talk about getting up early so you can Get Things Done as if it’s merely a matter of discipline. It’s great that it works for them but our kids’ sleep schedules don’t jive with that. My weekday wakeup time is 5:30 which gives me a half hour before I have to start waking my kids for school. On weekends they tend to be up anywhere between 5:30 and 6:30. This is a drastic improvement from the year my now 2.5 y/o woke at 4:00 every morning and insisted on being held for the next two hours. I miss the cuddle time but man, that was rough. 🙂

    I love getting up early and cherish the little time I have before the kids are up but I just can’t imagine being able to use that time for work. I’ve also learned not to expect that time because I can’t control what my kids do and I don’t want to start the day resenting them.

    • BethB

      Oh, and I really like your striped shirt! Very sharp. 🙂

      • Tsh

        Thanks! It’s from H+M.

  16. Lisa

    I absolutely LOVED this post. After a hectic weekend where the constant battle was the “to-do” list versus play time with the kiddo, this post was perfect timing. Oftentimes it is hard not to get sucked into the blog world and think that everyone else has it all under control , that you guys are never tired, never have messy homes, that all your laundy is folded and put away fresh from the dryer. What a fabulous glimpse into your “normal” world. Thank you so much for this post Tsh!

  17. QuatroMama

    Thanks for taking us through a day with you, Tsh! Loved every “minute” of it!

  18. Crystal

    So much of this sounds so familiar! Oh, and my 2nd gen Kindle screen looked like that – twice.

  19. Tiff

    I’m so heartily glad to read how NORMAL you are. If that makes any sense… 😀

  20. Nancy

    Wow. Totally loved this post! I was a little jealous of how much adult contact you fit into a packed day.
    Also it feels like I’m never accomplishing anything beyond the bare minimum for sanity. Do you often feel this way? I guess that is where the simple lifestyle/minimal clutter comes into play? Don’t have that going on here At All.

  21. Sarah G @ JoyontheJourney

    Haha, I loved the part about Finn needing your attention in the kitchen because it wasn’t on him. Our son’s are very close in age and that is so my life right now. I keep trying to remind myself I’m going to miss being wanted so much when he’s older ; ) Thanks for sharing your day!

  22. Jessica @ Quirky Bookworm

    Thanks for sharing! I think our life is pretty much the same, always the same and yet always different. I fit in the blogging and housework when I can, between playing with dolls and cleaning up messes and… 🙂

  23. Victoria @ Mommy Marginalia

    Thanks for sharing this glimpse into your everyday life. I’m amazed with all you accomplish!! And I LOVE that you read 5 books at once (I do, that, too, and my husband teases me about having book-ADD)!

  24. Cindy

    Oh Tsh, I am tired after reading that post!!! I remember those days! Although I didn’t have the blog or writing books in my mix…but homeschooling 4 was enough for me at that time…I didn’t even sew with any regularity in those years. I so admire your energy! I remember a little book/article I would read every now and then, Tyranny of the Urgent, by Charles E. Hummel, Intervarsity Press. Helps to keep things in perspective!
    By the way I am enjoying your book Organized Simplicity in fact I have a huge box ready for Goodwill and more to come…We have 20 years of stuff accumulated in our house, including stuff that belongs to our kids… Thanks

  25. Christina Y.

    Love this post! I can relate to it so much! It’s amazing the things we Momma’s can do in a day, isn’t it?

  26. Audrey @ Mom Drop Box

    I’m a 1/2 SAHM, 1/2 working mom: I work in an office 3 days / week, and am at home the other 4. It makes for very different days, but I enjoy that. It’s fun to be at home after we’ve been away, and often, it’s nice to get away after being at home.
    Enjoyed the peek into your day.

    • Alissa

      Me too! I love that part time schedule that gives structure too our week, but still more “home days” than “school days” for my kiddos.

  27. Jenny

    Thanks for this post – loved reading it and appreciate your honesty!

  28. Rana

    Just another typical day of life as a Wife, Mother, and Home Manager. Do you ever think to yourself “I feel like I haven’t done anything yet this morning?” But it’s amazing how much we do in a day, heck in an hour. Thanks for the reminder that my days are busy and every moment is worth it being able to spend my days with my family.

  29. Ashlea Walter

    Really enjoyed this post and am thinking of doing it myself to get an idea of what it really IS like around here – did you actually write down what you were doing right after you did it, or what were the logistics like while balancing everything else too?!

    Thanks for sharing! Ash

  30. Michelle

    Please, please, please, I know you have an ungodly amount of emails but could you PLEASE tell me where you got your giant wall map? I spent this weekend googling maps trying to find one like it and came up empty. If you can tell me I promise to always always think of you when it’s hanging on my wall! 🙂


    • Lacey P

      Hey! I have seen it at Ikea. I love it too!

      • Tsh

        Yep, it’s from Ikea!

  31. Heather Novak

    What a marvelous post, thank you. Isn’t it funny that all of us have days that wander and hop like this but still enjoy reading about yours? Your writing is a gift, thanks for sharing it.

  32. Jenna

    I feel such a connection with your entire day, humor, and IKEA map of the world on your wall. We have one, too! Thank you for sharing this! There is great comfort in knowing we’re not alone on family life. How do I get on your list for more postings? How do I become a Simple Life contributor?

    Jenna in Alaska

  33. Ann

    We have one of the Who Pooped in the Park? books too. Good stuff. 🙂

  34. Alison O'Brien

    Love the post – I’m tired by just reading it. Any ideas for getting through the ungodly amounts of email???

    Have a great day!

    Read Alison’s latest post :

    • Tsh

      My short answer, Alison: I don’t. 🙂

  35. Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable

    It’s never the really the same:) But that’s the beauty of life…it just flows. Thank you for the peek into your life!

  36. april woods

    I have to tell you, I’ve often wondered how one could work from home, homeschool and have a family life. Its so difficult to go one day from the next. My almost 4-year old is in preschool. I work parttime from my home, and am in law school full time 4 nights per week. I have also been going through a divorce for the past year and am living as a single parent. I often struggle to wonder how it can all get done. Thank you for telling us a day in your life. It inspires me to know that it can be done.

  37. Heart and Haven

    I loved this post. So much of me made me laugh, as I could relate…luckily not EVERY day is like this for me! I have a simpler routine most days, but some days things don’t always go as planned.

    However, I also don’t do “formal” homeschooling. With my 3 & 4 yr olds, I do a kind of “preschool lite”, mostly just learning through play with them – they don’t even realize I’m teaching them most days, ha! But they both already know all their numbers & letters, basic sounds, and are beginner readers (sounding out simple books – pretty awesome), etc.. They love reading maps (which is a common souvenir we get for them when we travel anywhere, and is usually cheap or free!)….so I can appreciate the huge map you have hanging on your wall.

    I also am not writing a book. Well, I am…but I’m not working with a publicist, so I don’t have any deadlines other than self-imposed (which I’ve given myself a lot more grace during this high-risk pregnancy).

    This week is a bit crazy for us though. We are traveling to Portland to get one of our rental properties re-rented. Right now, we are all in a Motel 6 in Roseburg, OR (we can’t get into the rental until tomorrow, but drove over the weekend so hubby could get some work done remotely). Kids are trying to stay occupied with the small basket of toys we brought and watching Sesame Street on tv, hubby has his headphones on to tune out the kids while he tries to get some work done, the 2 dogs are trying to stay outta the way of the kids, and I’m catching up on blogs, email, and setting up appointments with prospective tenants waiting until lunchtime to take the kids to McDonalds (hopefully there is an indoor playplace here!)

    Hopefully we’ll have a quick turn-around and find a good tenant asap, so we can get back home to our normal routine!

    I just finished reading Organized Simplicity last week; 1st e-book we purchased for the Kindle hubby got for Christmas, then 3 days later it was listed as free on Amazon – just my luck 😉 However, I certainly appreciate all the hard work you do as I have benefitted from implementing various ideas to make many of my days easier! I participated in the 6 week organizing challenge last Spring, and it’s STILL making a huge impact in how the house is run! What you do matters – thank you!

  38. Tiffany

    Loved how real this was and I was laughing out loud at Kyle’s “favorite moment of the day”!

  39. Kathryn (Becoming you)

    Loved this – esp the part about typing with the baby on your lap. I have to do this too sometimes and have always felt a bit guilty. So glad I’m not the only one! Thanks for sharing!!

  40. Elvie Look

    Loved this… it was amazing to get to spend a day with you. Our lives are sooo totally different, and ironically in some ways similar. Thanks for sharing – and I am sharing! Hugs Elvie

  41. Rita

    What a lovely post. I wish we had a typical day. But right now I am thrilled if I can get up, get everyone dressed and fed and perhaps not get too behind in laundry. I know this is just a season. Thank you for being a real person.

  42. Megan at SortaCrunchy

    Love, love, love this. Such a great picture of real life.

    I’ve hired someone to keep AJ on Mondays and I’m thinking of expanding that to two days a week. She’s at someone else’s home which works best because my office is in the house and I don’t have a laptop. It has made a HUGE difference in my days!

    Your hair is getting SO LONG.

    I wonder if I can convince you to try the 5 AM wake-up. Or maybe 6 AM? A few precious hours of quiet first thing in the morning the totally essential, non-negotiable part of my day!

    • Tsh

      I normally wake up much earlier than I did on Thursday. But we had a late night the night before…

      And I love that you noticed the long hair. 🙂

  43. Emily

    I love this post! I’ve been wondering a lot what life would be like adding children to the mix, especially if my husband worked from home. I really enjoyed reading how it actually goes during an average day. It’s so cool that you have blogging friends to share ideas and accountability with! I just started Jillian’s 30 Day Shred this month too, but not doing it every day. It’s a great workout!

    Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your routines and real life! 🙂

  44. Stacey

    My Kindle did the same thing back in November…called customer service and new replacement no questions asked..isn’t that awesome!

  45. Sarah Park

    I love this post, too. We don’t homeschool, but we both work from home… and it’s amazing how you sometimes feel like every day is sort of cobbled together. I guess this comes from choosing not to live with the structure and restriction of a 9 to 5 job. Life feels kind of hacked, I guess. In a good way.

  46. Susan

    Loved your post! It makes my full time job with one child in 5th grade look easy. How many kids do you have? I couldn’t keep track of them all. I’m going to learn time management skills from you. You are a super Mom!

    • Tsh

      I have three. 🙂

  47. Kim

    Thanks for this insight! It’s always interesting to learn how other people make their life work, especially with kiddos around! You and Kyle are amazing!

  48. K

    Loved this post, Tsh! As a “veteran” homeschooling mom of 6, I could relate to most every part of this post! It warms my heart to see copywork from Pooh, spaghetti-faced babies, and a mom who handles every moment with a beautiful sense of peace and grace. Great post!!!

  49. Emily @ Random Recycling

    What a wonderful recap of your day! Thanks for sharing.
    How do you get the kids to learn not to touch your laptop while working? I love reviewing pictures with the kids, but both love to push any button they can get their hands on!

  50. Loretta S

    That was a very cool post!

  51. Amy

    Random question here Tsh. :o)
    I have been wanting to do the 30 day shred and read your post.
    Are you posting about it online or do you have a challenge going on?
    I need some serious motivation!

    • Tsh

      There’s just a group of us chatting about it on Facebook. You’re welcome to join us! I think it’s headed up by Dawn—maybe leave a comment here, and she can add you?

  52. Diana

    I really enjoyed reading this post! We have been trying to get into a rhythm, and we usually have one, but there are THOSE days! I have a 3yo and a 5mo, so it’s zany at times. My 3yo only has school 3 days a week and the 5mo is a night feeder. He believes it is best to get the most of his nutrition while half asleep at night. After all, there is so much to see and do during the day! Ah, it can be pretty WILD around here. LOL!

  53. Becky

    Great post! I did a journal entry on a typical day when I was working FT at a veterinary office. Similar to now as a SAHM the themes of most of my days are this: my day is a series of “distractions” and I count myself lucky to finish the first task I started this morning.

  54. Damaris @KitchenCorners

    Loved this post and I can relate to it so well. How old is Tate? What grade do you homeschool?

    • Tsh

      She’s almost 7, and we do a combo 1st/2nd grade. Depends on the subject. 🙂

  55. Jadah {family sponge}

    Thank you for sharing a day in the life. I can relate to slurred bedtime stories. I never realized that laying in her bed while I read to her is what is inducing my sleep. Zoe will say, “Mama wakeup. You’re not done with the story.” I’ve stood Jillian up for weeks now. Even my daughter is asking when I will do the video again. It’s only 20 minutes for 30 days, and I still can’t get it together. Good luck!

  56. Luanne

    What a great day…so blessed you are!

  57. Steph

    Thanks for the peek into your day. I smiled when I read about Finn getting on a chair and playing in the sink. My two-year old loves to play in the sink. It’s almost always worth the soaking wet clothes for 30 minutes of uninterrupted cooking or cleaning the kitchen.

  58. Stephenie

    I love to read what other people do in their days…it makes me feel like my life is just so normal, not complete and unbridled chaos, but just regular stuff. Being a parent, plus working, trying to be creative and productive in so many different ways, well, it’s hard. I think you are doing a good job! Thanks for sharing.

  59. Sandra @ The Sensible Mom

    Loved this post, because I can totally relate! 🙂 Five kids, homeschooling, blogging, and trying to run my blog/website design business from home….yes, I can relate.

  60. Ricka

    Thanks for your sharing a day in the life! I am working form home mom too. I can’t imagine how homeschooling is. It is a very nice to see how busy the mom is. I can see that i am not alone to that job. It is such an encourage me to move forward for my future. Thank again! 🙂

  61. Qin Tang

    It’s interesting reading this post. Thanks for sharing your day and giving us a glimpse into your busy life.

  62. Archer

    Tsh, I really really loved reading this post! Thanks for sharing all the details. I’m curious how you executed writing everything down! Did you write it down on your iphone or a note pad or something as the day flew by?

  63. Rose

    It is always interesting to get some insight into another family’s life. The thing that got me was the 7am start. Oh I am so jealous! It’s 5am here – every single morning. It’s light at that time and if I roll over – bing!!! all three (7m, 2 & 5) of mine are awake. By that stage of the night I usually have at least two of them in the bed with me, if not three. They are all up on the pillows, I’m lying across the bottom of the bed so no one can fall out and cos that’s the only room there is. I love my bed, but I think my kids love it even more.

  64. Tabitha (From Single to Married)

    Wow – I thought my day was busy!

    I have to say that I read the part about you tiptoeing past your baby’s room it made me think of our son because that’s what we do every morning too. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. 🙂

  65. joanne

    I love this post. My favorite part was about tilling the soil next to each other and that its a family affair. I get that and I love it! The one thing I’m curious about is this: how did you take note about this day so that you could write about it the way you did?

  66. Ashley // Our Little Apartment

    Oh, thanks for sharing! I found it so fascinating how you do it. I adore your podcasts, mostly because my husband and I are in a similar situation and I really like hearing how other family make it work.

  67. Annette Stonger

    Thanks for taking me through your day! I’m totally exhausted. I so remember those days with 3 little ones. Now, I’m watching them leave one by one…a tough yet exciting time.

    I love your blog! I found it through (in)courage when I read your post about reflection over 2011. In our ladies’ Bible study, we used your questions as a reflection time in our leadership meeting a few weeks ago. My husband and I also answered these questions together. What a valuable time for us to share! Thanks for being real and encouraging in your posts…

  68. Kristin Evans

    Enjoyed your post so much! I was just wondering the other day if my day was like other moms and you totally encouraged me that it is! Mine are very little, so no homeschooling, but the multi-tasking, trying to fit everything in and having to modify as you go is so like my day. Thank you for sharing and the encouragement! I LOVE your blog!

  69. Elizabee

    Hey Tsh-
    Thanks for sharing a day in the life of the Oxenreiders. I especially appreciate your “keepin’ in real”- I don’t feel so alone, and a good reminder that the simple life can still be pretty darn busy!

  70. Amy LaRue

    You make me feel NORMAL (especially the picture of yourself at the end of the day)!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your day in such detail!! 🙂

  71. Steffanie Fick

    This gives me encouragement that my husband and I can do it – even though we will only have one baby to work with (until we have the second one). Makes my life seem slow at the moment. I’m trying to teach my husband to enjoy doing nothing but sitting in the sun for 20 minutes (he was bored after 5). I can’t wait for this baby to arrive in March!

  72. Michelle @ Find Your Balance

    Most days are similar, and like yours a jumble of work and family. I often worry I’m shortchanging both but I can’t live without either 🙂

  73. Tara from AboutOne

    I sighed a big, long sigh for your quiet morning time. Mine always ends up exactly the same way. I think my kids have radar. If I’m out of bed, they’re out of bed.

    My days are largely like yours. Every day is different. Every day is a mishmash of doing whatever needs to be done and whatever will make a good life for children and family. It’s never easy, but it’s always rewarding. You know.

  74. Sarah K

    Thanks for sharing your day, Tsh! It’s encouraging to know that the craziness of everyday family life IS the new normal. 😉

  75. Sarah

    Thank you for posting! I have always wondered about a day in the life so I appreciate the insight. It is encouraging and helpful to catch a glimpse of how you wear your many hats 🙂

  76. Kika@embracingimperfection

    Phew! I felt tired out after your busy day 🙂 My days tend not to go perfectly according to schedule. Pretty much ever. I think they did more regularly when my kids were younger.

  77. Anita

    I just got such a laugh at the phrase “Finn starts losing his marbles…”
    I have just found your website by doing a google search for “daily routines with children”. You are a wealth of information and I look forward to reading more.

  78. Bill

    That’s amazing how a lot of us do a lot of the same sorts of things throughout the day, even though we are located in all different parts of the world.

  79. Kristin

    Finding this website has been the best thing about 2012! I seriously owe my mental health to you! It is like talking to a good friend but without the scheduling chaos that comes with being busy families! Thank you Tsh!

  80. Eve

    Thank you so much for this post. I can relate to so much (quiet time interrupted, kid tv time, toddler destruction, etc.)! I’ve often thought I would love to know how ordinary women manage their days… I’d frankly like to read about a day in everyone’s life!!! I am trying to get more organized to “buy” some margins, so that an argument/sick kid/unexpected event doesn’t throw the whole day off…. Thanks again!

  81. Rachel

    How encouraging to read about just a normal day in the life of another momma. Do you find that having a mother’s helper fits well into the budget?

  82. Hannah D.

    Tsh, your hair!! When we first met it was so short, and now look at your cascading waves. 🙂

    (Sorry to pick out such a mundane aspect of your day. TFS all the rest of it too!)

    Re: Kyle’s favorite part. Remember my friend Laura, who came to book club when we discussed Jane Eyre? Her husband is a fan of spacing out as well, and he calls the world inside his head, “Infinite Funspace.” I bet Kyle would relate! (Oh, and speaking of Kyle, there was a hilarious commercial for bacon during the Super Bowl. See if you can you find it for him on YouTube.)

  83. Scott

    I am always impressed with mom’s like you that can do all this…I bet if people ask you if you work “outside” the home…you can say …yeah outside, inside and all around. Stay at home Mom’s should get a huge award…but they get the big bucks in hugs. 🙂

  84. Sarah [mamalotsoftots]

    I’d so love to work from home! How amazing it must be for the both of you to be able to! 🙂 I shine a little green as I read sometimes, but I realize each life is different.
    Thank you for sharing! It’s nice to get a little peek into the real life ‘behind the scenes’

  85. Bernice @ The Stressed Mom

    I love how kids come up with all kinds of random facts that they MUST tell you at bedtime!
    Thanks for sharing with us Tsh! It is amazing that moms do get anything finished at all, lol! It helps for others to see that you are real. 🙂

  86. Ashley

    Tsh, where did you find the large wall map? I’ve been looking for one for the playroom and love yours!

    • Tsh

      It’s from Ikea.

  87. Lucinda from Sydney, Australia

    Hehe haha, it’s pretty full-on eh?! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this blog because I could sooo relate to it! We have 4 kids, 5yrs and under and it’s a little crazy like this! At the end of every day both my husband and I are “toast” and you wonder sometimes, what did we do today?! Some days you don’t feel like you’ve achieved a whole lot or if you can even account for the time, but you know you were pretty busy doing something! 🙂

    The chorus of ‘You’re Gonna Miss This’ (song) by Trace Adkins comes to mind sometimes when I’ve been SUPER BUSY or time just seems to have flown by and I pause to try and soak up a few moments and take a few memory snap shots of this season that I’m in because I can see, how quickly I can fly through it!

    LOVE your blog, APPRECIATE the thought and effort behind it all! 🙂 Lucinda xo

    • Lucinda from Sydney, Australia

      And we have 3 boys (the older 3) and then a girl so can totally relate!

  88. oh amanda {impress your kids}

    Tsh, this was beautiful! I loved the dailyness of you life! Thanks for sharing it with us!


  89. Sarah Covey

    I can totally identify with a jam-packed day like that. As a mother of four young kids and a full-time English teacher, I often feel like I have worked 10 hours before 8am! The thing I love about your post is that it is real and honest: the messes, the curveballs, the highlights, all detailed as part of the day’s snapshot. I look forward to following your blog more closely.

  90. Heather A.

    Thank you for sharing your day with us. I need a map like that!

  91. Cami

    I have been doing 30 day shred every one and a while for a month or two. Every time I do it though I feel like every muscle in my body is going to fall off! Maybe I should do it every day…like for 30 days like it says, huh! Loved reading about your day…

  92. Nina

    I have a typical day depending on the day 😉 Some days I work in the office, while others I work from home, and of course there’s the weekends. But within those days, e.g. the days I work in the office, we pretty much have a set routine.

  93. Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home

    This is a reminder, a year later, that my jeans wouldn’t fit so tight if I start shredding again. {sigh}

  94. Hillary

    I loved this post when you first published it! So fun to get a glimpse into your life… sounds pretty familiar to mine!

  95. Stephanie

    I absolutely love this post since:
    (a) my husband and I both work from home.
    (b) we have three children (including a baby!).
    (c) we’re committed to simple living and “living with less.”
    Our lives have many parallels and it made me feel a little less alone in this crazy-beautiful entrepreneurial life. Thank you.

    • Tsh

      High five!

  96. Meena

    Loved the post, Tsh. I’d love to hear your insights on being productive with tiny ones under 2 years old at home.

    • Tsh

      Fun idea, Meena – I’ll write something about that soon! (Or, you know, we can just talk about it sometime.) 😉

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