Now that I’ve completed my degree, the Manning family has begun to find a comfortable rhythm for our daily lives.
A lot has changed for us over the past two years.
When I began writing at The Thoughtful Mom, I was a stay-at-home mom who went to classes at night. The triplets were just babies. My husband was working hard to support our little family on a single income.
Now, I work full-time (4 days a week) and no longer go to school. The babies have grown into little kids with voices and opinions. My husband has changed jobs.
We’ve found a steady schedule during the week and we tend to take it easy on weekends. I have Fridays off and usually take the kids to daycare late so I can ease into the morning and enjoy them before tackling projects and attending to family errands.
This is what our weekdays look like lately:
5:15: I wake up before everyone else and get ready for work. After I’m ready, I make coffee and sit down to read and write for a bit. I love this part of the day. There’s something peaceful about being surrounded by your sleeping loved ones and knowing that they are safe and happy, right within reach.
6:15: Ryan wakes up and begins getting ready for work.
6:30: I wake up the kids and begin getting them ready for the day.
6:50: Ryan joins us upstairs to finish getting the kids ready for school and then out to the car.
7:10: Ryan and the kids leave for daycare and work while I pack my lunch and make a shake.
7:25: I leave for work.
4:30: I finish work for the day.
5:00: Pick up the kids from daycare.
5:30: Make dinner.
6:00: Ryan comes home/eat dinner.
6:45: Get the kids ready for bed.
7:15: Put kids in bed for the night/grown-up time begins.
On the weekends, we slow things down quite a bit. We let the kiddos sleep as late as they wish (they usually wake up between 7:30 and 8:00), take a nap when they get fussy, and put them to bed when they seem tired. We typically do something fun as a family on Saturdays and go to the grocery store together on Sundays.
I like the simplicity of our life right now. It’s nice to not have to scramble to get to class in the evenings or squeeze in homework during every open minute of my day.
A lot of exciting things are happening for us soon as well:
- We take our first kid-free vacation in May! Ryan and I are going to Mexico to reconnect and relax for five whole days!
- The kids are officially enrolled in preschool at the Primrose School of East Louisville for the upcoming fall. This is also where they go to daycare and I believe it’s among the best in the city. And I looked at A LOT of places. In fact, I almost didn’t go back to work because I couldn’t find somewhere I felt comfortable leaving my kids. Then I found Primrose.
- Our little ones turn three in June and we are surprising them with a new playroom in the basement! I’ve been working on it with my dad most Fridays since last Christmas.
I think it’s important to take time every so often to evaluate life and modify as necessary. Although we’ve found our current rhythm, I expect it to change as we grow as a family. When the kids begin kindergarten at the neighborhood school in a couple of years, there will be some growing pains as we search for before and after-school care. And when I open my own dental practice, the whole family will feel a shift.
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