We are almost to the end! Did you make it through the whole week? If you neglected your time log a bit today, that’s OK. You can try to recreate the day now. “Family time” works as an entry. The goal is more seeing the big picture than knowing how you spent every 5 minutes.
Last night I did get some reading in, though less than I wanted since the 5-year-old had a few issues going to bed. I chatted with my husband for a while, and went to bed at 10:45. I am pretty sure the boys were not asleep at that point.
It was good I went to bed, because the toddler woke up at 4:45 a.m. Sigh. I could not get him back down. I lay with him in his bed for a bit, then we went downstairs around 5:20. We watched PAW Patrol and I read until 6:10, when I gave him to my husband. Then I went to sleep until he woke me up at 7:10.
7:10-8:15 – got older kids and my husband out the door for skiing. This was not a good hour. Various things were missing. I found it stressful.
8:15-8:30 – showered and dressed. I was home with the 2-year-old, but I gave him a Kindle and he sat on my bed playing some game and then watching Dinosaur Train. I was able to shower with no issues! I remember from I Know How She Does It that women whose youngest children were older than 2 had significantly more leisure time than those with kids under 2. I may be crossing that line!
8:30-9:10 – cleaned out my closet. While he was playing the Kindle! It was amazing to accomplish a household project on the to-do list without giving up nap time to do it.
9:10-9:30 – did hair, got kid ready, etc.
9:30-9:45 – very frustrating process of putting old car seat in my husband’s car. We are down a car right now, and he took the van, and the van has the baby seat. So I had to put one in his car and it just would not go right. I was basically yelling at the *&#* thing in the driveway.
9:40-10 – drove to church, got 2-year-old checked into his class.
10-11:15 – church
11:15- 11:30 – got kid, drove home, got gas en route
11:30 -noon – thought kid would go down for a nap in the car, but he didn’t, so grabbed a snack and changed clothes and confirmed plan with husband.
12-1:20 – drove to Easton with 2-year-old (he napped the whole time), parked. Meanwhile, my husband was driving the other kids to Easton. We met in the parking garage.
1:20-4:10 – Crayola Experience. We did this to celebrate the 2-year-old’s birthday, but they all had a good time. It was crowded, so not my cup of tea trying to keep tabs on everyone, but oh well. A decent indoor play place for a winter day.
4:10-5:30 – got car, drove home. My 5-year-old rode with me this time, and she talked the entire way. Probably good, as I was sleepy. Husband got home with boys about 5 minutes after us.
5:30-6 – got into running clothes, ran a quick 2 miles on treadmill. Husband cooked kids dinner during this time.
6-6:30 – got kids’ dinner on table, sat with them while they ate.
6:30-7:45 – some time chatting with husband, hanging out watching football, playing with kids, did Facetime with grandparents, etc.
7:45 – 8:15 – started chopping onions, etc. while husband put 2-year-old to bed. Switched clothes over from washing machine to dryer in here somewhere.
8:15- 9 – finished cooking, and ate in home date night dinner: steak, twice-baked potatoes, mushrooms, and Caesar salad. Unfortunately, the older children did not leave us alone, which is always a hazard of staying home.
9-9:15 – watched the end of the (taped) football game. I put the 5-year-old in bed (no one has school tomorrow) and now I am typing this. I hope to be in bed relatively early, ending out this time-tracking week with a full night of sleep.
Observations: It was a pretty good week. I ran all 7 days! I will likely do some more analysis tomorrow, because I’m just tired. I hope your time-tracking went well!