I have lived in Wisconsin all of my life, so while winter is always the black sheep of the seasons, it comes and goes the same as all other years with a frigid furry. Getting out of bed at this time of year is probably the hardest decision I make daily.
We rise at 6 a.m. Get ready for school, work, and after school responsibilities, and leave the house around 7 a.m., bundled from head-to-toe.
By 7:30, we are all removing layers at our various locations and beginning our daily responsibilities.
My children swear they are both in the coldest rooms of the school. They come home saying there is no heat in the school. I undoubtedly do work in the coldest office where I work, and every time a door to the outside elements opens, I catch a chill that would measure on a Richter scale.
I typically am done with my job requirements by 10 a.m., and render the last few hours of my day “picking my nose,” and writing articles on blog sites, Yahoo!, and selling my life away to pay my bills on sites like Amazon, Etsy, and eBay.
Once my kids finish school around 2:30, they have piano or scholarly programs offered at their school, and after school care until
I pick them up at 4 p.m. Typically their homework gets done during this time (thank goodness!). If we have time, we stop home; if not, they change clothing either in the car or at school before we leave, and we proceed to do any eating, shopping, or banking/post office runs during this time on the way to their sports practices or games, getting kid one to location one in one county by 5, and kid two to location two in a different county by 5:30p .m.
I typically run a few more errands, or check my emails for my small online businesses, after I drop kid two off before I go back and I get kid one, then kid two and finally head home. By this time it is around 8 p.m.
When we get home (FINALLY!), I run a load of laundry, make dinner, check homework and folders, and kid 1 showers, while kid 2 practices piano. Then they switch, and by the time that rotation is done, dinner is served, the dishwasher emptied and refilled, and we pass out only to do this again the next day. This goes on daily and yearly-all that changes is the sport and the season.
This keeps us busy and always on the go, which is great as there is not a whole lot to do here in winter, especially when there is not snow and it is just cold.