Here's a peek into what a day in our house looks like. This isn't a typical day. We don't really have a typical day but it's the kind of thing that is typical at our house. We have variations in times, attitudes, activities, etc.
I set the alarm for 6:30am and really tried to open my eyes. I did. I just have to say that some of this Olympic stuff is throwing my bed time off. I didn't hit the hay until 12:20 last night and I don't do well with only 6-7 hours of sleep. I know, I know, but I have to have more. Last night was the final night of Ice Dancing! I really like to watch figure skating and was fairly satisfied with how it all turned out. Anyway...I ended up reheating the tea hub had made for me this morning at about 9am.
Tigger always gets up about the same time I do and so we sat on the sofa together for a while checking email, drinking hot tea and getting some co-op info updated. He was on the whiny side this morning which is abnormal for him. He's usually perky and happy. I think he's hit a little phase because I've noticed some different emotions and complaints coming from him.
About 10am I finally got Pooh up. He doesn't always have good mornings but once he was up he didn't give me a hard time. They both got their morning routines done. Tigger ate breakfast twice. Pooh even asked me if I thought his tummy was full after two waffles. I told him I didn't know since I couldn't feel his tummy. LOL He decided he was still full enough. ;D After Tigger fed the animals, we got down to some school work.
It was 11am by this time. We started with their 'Tote Work'. This is their "independent work". It's really not all that independent but it's mostly independent. Tigger got really distracted while I was doing spelling with Pooh. He was supposed to be doing math but acted like he couldn't even figure out how to use the blocks for adding. I did not allow him to interrupt. I told him that if he couldn't do it, he would miss out on some of his break time. After that, he at least attempted to do the work, although we ended up corrected some things later. I explained to him that he was allowing other things to distract him and that he may needed to really focus only on what HE was supposed to do. This may be becoming a problem. I'll be monitoring what happens and make changes in seating as needed. Tigger is just the kind of little person that can't stand to miss out on anything. He's probably very much an auditory learner as he allows anyone talking or any music to pull his attention away from what he's doing.
Once we finished all that, the boys got their sandwich/hot dog lunches while I took care of some other things. I had to water my greenhouse plants and got an unexpected call that I had to return. Then we started on our together work at about 1pm. This is mainly spiritual readings. We did the first chapter of Ruth, the Daily Text, 20 minutes of our WT study, a poem, our recitation, the last pages of an Asperger's book for kids, a chapter of Farmer Boy and some triangle addition fact cards.
There were a few interruptions due to some playing around and attitude adjustments that needed to be made but finally at around 2:30pm we got to doing our narrations. Tigger got to start the story from James Herriot of Only One Woof. Pooh did half a chapter of Understood Betsy and one chapter of Burgess Animal Stories (we watched two little youtube videos of groundhogs to go with the story). They then made sure all their chores for the day were done and practiced their 3 little piano tunes I'm teaching them.
By 4pm we were done. I had dinner to start. They were asking for video games but I sent them outside until 5pm. After that, they can come in and play their Nintendo 64 system (yes, we have an old one--but hey, it works fine!).
It's 4:30. I'm almost done with this blog post. Dinner is done except for the fish (dinner is rice, fish, brussell sprouts and salad). Once hubby gets home I'll be heading to the gym for a workout (missed yesterday due to a scheduling change for this week) and will come back home for a family bible study and bed.
Today was far from perfect. There are probably about 50 other things that I could have done from a list off the top of my head (not even a written one!!! Gardening season is upon us and I'm already behind. waaaa!). I probably wasted too much time this morning but was just slow due to my tiredness. I'm hoping to start a new day tomorrow getting up at my goal time. All we can do is try again each new day. Tonight I have to be in bed earlier, that's all there is to it. Fatigue for me has always been a killer. And developing good habits in adulthood is hard work. ;D I need all the rest I can get just for that!