My sweet friend, ex-neighbor made me laugh today. I posed this question on my Facebook page:
“Is it unrealistic to think that a family in this day and age can survive on one income? Why or why not? Would love to hear your thoughts.”
I don’t have many followers, but out of those who responded, not one person said it was impossible. Hard, yes, impossible, no.
My friend said “It’s doable, and it takes a lot of sacrifice. However, you may get bored w/ being at home alone when the kids are in school next yr…” (there was more, this is the important part)
I laughed , because, well, my kids have been in school, all of them, full time… for TWO YEARS!
I have yet to be bored. 🙂
When I look at my schedule, I am not actually sure how I can work in being bored. Here’s a look at what a typical day entails for me:
6:30 – up and at ’em. I will usually check my email, glance at FB, make my coffee, stumble around the kitchen. 😉
6:45 – make lunches and snacks for the day
7:00 – make and eat breakfast, WAKE UP.
7:30 – make breakfast for Jack and Piper, unless Piper makes her own, then I just clean up whatever she spilled.
7:45 – see Taylor off to school
8:00 – jump in the shower
8:15 – tell the kids they have 30 minutes!!! fix my hair, get dressed, do make up, make the bed.
8:35 – tell the kids they have 10 minutes!!! Make sure they have their snacks, lunches, forms signed, etc
8:45 – out to the bus stop with the kids. Wait anywhere from 30 seconds to 10 minutes, depending on what kind of morning the bus driver has had and if she lost the bus keys that morning.
9:00 – clean up kitchen, start dishes, recycle papers from the day before.
9:30 – write blog post, make grocery list, balance check book, pay bills
10:00 – gather and start laundry
10:30 – Grocery shopping if needed, run errands, go for a walk (purely health and sanity reasons)
12:30 – come home, put groceries away, get mail, start prepping dinner for that night, make lunch
1:30 – work on making beads, as if I am selling them one day. 😉
2:30 – leave to pick up Taylor from school.
3:00 – arrive home, Michelle has been home for 10 minutes, help Taylor with homework or projects, spend time with girls
4:00 – Jack and Piper are home.
This is just a snapshot of a typical day. I know, I know, it probably sounds a bit boring. And I didn’t factor in the checking emails (which I don’t get many of), texting my cousin, calling my mom, weeding the garden, sorting the recycling, taking out the garbage, cleaning the cat box, etc, etc, etc. I have 5 and 1/2 hours from when the last kids leave for school and the first kid arrives home from school.
I can honestly say that even though the tasks are mundane and repetitive and sometimes frustrating, that I am almost NEVER bored. There is always something to fill my time. There are days that I actually work a little… cleaning (other people’s) houses or child care. I am also a volunteer with CASA, we sponsor four kids through Compassion International who I regularly write letters to. I play with the (fat) dog, because she needs her exercise and needs to lose weight. (not all that different from, ahem, me) If I ever did get really bored, I would clean the bathroom, or finish some of these home repairs.
So, bored? Never! 🙂
How about you? Do you stay home? Are you ever “bored”? Do you ever run out of things to do?
Perhaps next time, I will share our very personal reasons for me staying home.