5:45 am I hear Pete's alarm and since I can't sleep and he's making the coffee I decide to just get up. I spend some with coffee and the Word- always the best start to a day!
6:30 I get bread dough going and make the granola bars I've been promising the kids- since I told them I'm not buying them anymore.
6:50 Finish my coffee, eat some of my favorite black cherry greek yogurt (wondering if I really should because I think it may be dairy that irritates my system??), and enjoy the calm before the storm.
7:40 The kids eat breakfast and I go take my shower.
8:10 I have my second breakfast
8:40 I leave the four oldest home alone (for the first time!!) to run a few quick errands. While I'm gone they do their "rotations." This is when they spend 30 minutes on each of 4 different things- piano, devotions, chores, and xtramath / typing.
9:45 Home from errands, I put the bread in the oven and spend some time doing reading and phonics with Ella and Charlotte.
10:30 The kids have a snack, I take the bread out of the oven and make a batch of my FAVORITE salsa.
I have a snack- chips and salsa, of course! Peter and Kate do their independent work.
11am Meeting with Maddie and Teshome- this is when we do spelling, grammar, writing (since it's Wednesday), their Tapestry of Grace map of the week, and anything else I need to help them with.
Peter and Kate do independent work, Ella and Charlotte play.
11:40 Peter and Kate make lunch for the kids so I can keep working with Maddie and Teshome.
12:10 Kids eat lunch. I tackle the dishes that have piled up so far today
12:20 I help Teshome with a story he had trouble with in his Beyond the Code book (he ate REALLY fast today!)
12:30 I eat lunch, work on the dishes again and call a friend.
1:15 Meeting with Peter and Kate. This is when we do grammar, writing (since it's Wednesday), their Tapestry of Grace map of the week, history/ literature discussion (depending on the day of the week), and just basically check in on all of their assignments.
Ella and Charlotte do xtramath and the other 2 play. A certain someone always needs help in the bathroom during this time- and there are sometimes squabbles to settle, but overall it's time to focus on my 2 oldest.
2:30 I finish with Peter and Kate and gather everyone around the table to color while they listen to me read aloud from some of this week's history assignment.
3pm Snack time for the kids.
3:15 Rest time for all of us. The kids go to their rooms to read quietly for an hour and my brain gets a much needed break from answering questions. It's a LOVELY hour! I knit, have a cup of tea and some chocolate.
4:15 I decide to keep knitting. I don't have to make supper tonight because we're heading to church in an hour for a youth group fundraiser supper.
7:30 I read to the littles while the other 4 play then I knit (yes, when I have a project going I can be a bit obsessed.)
8:15 I put the kids to bed and call my mom to chat for a bit
10pm (ish) I hit the hay. It's been a good day- and by good, I mean exhausting.