Herself, after being away for a day caring for others, will often ask on her arrival home, “what did you do today?” On some occasions I consult my journal, so much busyness causes me to forget all I have done in her absence. Giving our and daughter Kathryn’s dog their potty breaks consumes some of the day. Cleaning up the kitchen, especially after great breakfast of Scrapple, Eggs, and fried Potato and Onions consumes some time. Emails, Blog follows and a dryer full of clothes is taxing on the time schedule. Be it a MAC day, exercise and a class for Stretch, Range of Motion & Flexibility consumes even more time. If time permits I try also to get a bit of a snooze in somewhere between 2:00 & 4:00 PM. I’m feeling the exhaustion.
A True Day in My Life
Let me give you a quick run down of my day. Let me also say I’m not looking for praise or compassion.
0015 – Comforted a 4 year old with a nightmare
0045 – Last numbers I saw on the clock before falling asleep
0345 – Comforted a 3 year old with a nightmare
0400 – Doctored a sick 30 year old
0430 – Fed a no longer sick 1 year old
0445 – Laid down and reset alarm
0505 – Woke up to reset alarm
0510 – Notified my flight of a mandatory recall (For non-military…We run a phone tree of everyone I’m over telling them to show up at a specific location with specific items)
0515 – Showered/dressed/did my hair
0530 – Dressed/Fed 4 kiddos (All kids were helpful and happy. Chocolate peanut butter sandwiches all around)
0545 – Warmed up the car and checked on sick 30 year old
0555 – Loaded the car
0605 – Left the house
0620 – Dropped the kiddos off at school (only took me 10min…ooo yah)
0630 – Opened up the office/led a mock deployment bag check/gave a motivational speech (at least I hope it was motivational)
0730 – Logged into a Professional Development class
1130 – Logged out of class/did homework for the class (a discussion post and two responses to others posts, it’s kinda like a master’s class, but put on by the Air Force)
1230 – Checked email (had to sign a couple documents)
1300 – Ran to the kids school and checked up on 1 year old
1330 – Went to staff meeting (12 people that make up the leadership team of our unit solving problems and passing along information to the boss)
1500 – Changed for unit fitness
1545 – Unit Fitness (we played ultimate football)
1630 – Ran 2 miles (no, it did not take me 30 mins. to run 2 miles, more like 17)
1700 – Picked up the kids from school
1745 – Bought Happy Meals for the kids
1746 – All kids, without my prompting, say thank you for their Happy Meal (all except Zoe)
1747 – Pulled over to pick up spilled Happy Meal from the floor
1749 – Pulled over to swap the boy and girl Happy Meal toy (Ana is not a boy if anyone was curious)
1805 – Arrived at gymnastics and picked up the second spilled Happy Meal
1820 – Changed Mia into her leotard
1823 – Convinced Ana that her usual gymnastics outfit was dirty (honestly I didn’t have time this morning to look for it)
1830 – Dropped Mia and Ana off for class
1830-1920 – Entertained Dax and Zoe and ran inside to check on Mia and Ana occasionally
1920 – Went inside to pick up the girls
1923 – Doctored a rolled ankle and convinced Mia it wasn’t that bad if she still wanted to run back in and get a stamp
1927 – Doctored a stubbed toe and Ana convinced me that drinking her chocolate milk left over from her Happy Meal would make her foot feel better
1930 – Headed home
1943 – Upon entering I turned left (if you’ve ever driven my children home you know what this means, if you don’t please remind me to tell you before you do)
1950 – Hugs to Zed and bath time
2010 – PJs and kids/daddy snuggle time
2015 – Bedtime for Zoe
2020 – Shower time for this tired Momma
2030 – Put my boys (Zed and Dax) to bed
2035 – Did the big girls hair
2040 – Snuggle time with my big girls
Multiple times today I questioned why I do this. Why did I think it would be a good idea to have everyone show an hour early to work? Why do we keep the girls going in gymnastics? Why do I choose to have a very demanding job? I am exhausted. I am sore. But, I am happy. I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot. I’m sticking to my goals. My kids are learning new skills. I am tired, but I am happily successful. Happily Successful is the answer I always gave when teachers would ask what do you want to be when you grow up successful, famous, or rich.
My why is because I cherish the hugs they give me as I leave them at a school they love, with teachers who fight and request to have the Davies come to their class as they move up in age. As I walk around their school during nap and give them each a kiss on their head I remind their subconscious self that they have a mom who would give up her lunch just to be near them for a few seconds. My life is insane. I’ve said before we live in survival mode. But this crazy life detailed down to the minute has taught me to slow down. It’s taught me the moments I have with my kids should never be taken for granted.
We’re called the Davies Crazies. We’re the first asked to handle special events at work. The teachers ask us to request for our kids to go to their class. We laugh. We cry. We yell, though we do our best to reserve it for when one or more of the kids run into the road. But most importantly we love and we work hard. My why is because why not. My kids, my husband, me, and our family are happily successful and I could not ask for anything more.
Thanks for reading, this probably meaningless post and very long post. Hopefully if nothing else it made you laugh, remember your days raising kids, or hopefully did not scare you away from having kids in the future.
*I knew at 0445 today would be interesting so I’ve been writing this post throughout the day. For any of you who were impressed I remembered exact times after a day like I’ve had, sorry to let you down. After 4 kids this mom has serious mom brain.
And I think I have busy days. Thanks for stopping by. And thanks Sam for all the smiles and joy you give us.
PS: Don’t forget to check on the elderly.
Fabulous reading! It shows incredible love, strength, perseverance, and humor. I can relate more to your day, Lee, but it’s easy to admire your family from an armchair. Well done!
You make me feel so old sometimes! Glad you’ Reached your goal of being successful successfully