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My routine on weekdays, is pretty much the same when everything is flowing along OK. By that I mean – both children at school, no husband at home! Even though my two are 15 & 17 years old – I am still their alarm clock in the mornings, and yes, I am also their “snooze” button (for my boy that means a “repeat snooze” button). Even though my “boy” is 17 (and closer to 18 than 17) – I still have to tell him to get out of the shower in the mornings (I’m sure he goes back to sleep under the water). Even though they are in Year 10, and Year 12, I still make their lunches each morning and when that is done, I sit down with my own breakfast while they get on with getting themselves organised, and thankfully get their own breakfast. So, while that is happening, I turn on the computer – check my emails, log onto facebook, check in with the p2P team to see what’s been happening while I’ve been sleeping, and then head over to the pixels2Pages Facebook group to check out the wonderful layouts our followers share with us. By then, I’m onto my first coffee of the day – and I usually have time to write a comment or two on those fabulous pages – and maybe even answer a question or two while I’m there. By then, of course, I’m asking the question to my 15 & 17 year old – are they ready to leave yet???? Hoping that they are, and there are no last minute notices to sign and we are off in the car. With the 17 year old on “L” plates , he usually does the driving to school (in Australia Learner Drivers have to display a yellow & black “L” plate on the front and rear of the car to show other drivers they are a “learner”) – and then, once there, I quickly hop out and run around to the driver’s seat hoping no-one sees me in my daggy morning clothes. Then I get to drive back home, and have the bathroom and the house to myself to make myself “presentable” for the rest of the day – what bliss!!!!

My day then pans out with doing some p2P work, hitting a coffee shop with a friend once in a while, and errands, and then of course, the day is almost done and my brain is heading down that track of – “what shall I cook for dinner????”. That question is a hard one this week – I seem to have lost the appetite for cooking the evening meal, full stop! All too soon I’m back on the school pick up run and then the house is no longer my blissful area of peace, tranquility, and my music! Right this very moment, my son is working out in our garage with all his weights & gym equipment with his i-pod dock blaring – yes my peace is shattered!

Sometimes – I leave the supermarket shopping until after school pick-up and I’ve dropped “the kids” at home! Is that bad of me? Sometimes I even treat myself to a coffee – all on my own, after school pick up! Is that bad too? Sometimes, if the usual run of the mill things turn into insurmountable tasks, for any given reason, mood, forgetfulness, lack of organisation – sometimes, just sometimes, it’s good to leave both of them to it and escape to some other little place that offers peace, even if it is just pushing a supermarket trolley around, or, even more enjoyable – sneaking a quiet moment for a quiet small flat white! After all, even though they are gone during the day, us mothers still have them in our thoughts during the day, planning and organising appointments, schedules, sports, training sessions, filling out permission forms, paying bills, parties, costumes, social events, baking healthy stuff for school lunches, planning meals for the week, oh – and sometimes even cleaning the house, etc. etc. Our brains very rarely turn off to give us what we all need – a moment, a piece of time, a space to relax and breathe! We all need to do it, and we should try and do it each and every day! It’s what I am trying to achieve this year – a time just to myself – to leave the family to fend for themselves for just a short time each day. Whether it be to grab a coffee, or to sit on a bench and look at the view, or better yet, to escape for a walk as I am so lucky to live close to the water.

Lately, I’ve been going for a walk after dinner while we have daylight savings. Just heading for a walk, with a water view, looking at the horizon, letting all my worries float out across the water and disappear (literally dumping them in the bay) – just makes me feel so much better. I don’t do it every day – but I should! We all should! It’s OK to take time out, it’s a good thing – and wonderfully, the whole family benefits for my “selfishness” of taking time out and breathing!

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23 Responses to Blog: The average day

  1. Anita Albritton says:

    Loved your blog!! My sons are now living away from home, at college, and are finally responsible for getting themselves “up and at ’em” (as my dad would have said)! But I was just like you right up to the day they graduated from high school, serving as alarm clock and snooze button all in one! And that treasured “me time” is so important!! I have to join the club here in saying that I too wish we lived closer and could meet up for coffee, or a morning (or evening) walk!! 🙂

  2. Deanna Emmert says:

    Geographically, an ocean apart, but it is so nice that in many ways we are the same. My daughter attends the local university part time and then works part time where my husband does. Most weeks find me at home with no car since we are a 3 person family with 2 cars and hubby and daughter are the ones with the inflexible schedules. I usually have a car 2 days a week to get errands and grocery shopping done and maybe get to the gym. Otherwise I am home bound with squirrels and birds to watch, and household stuff to keep up with. There is a lot of joy and chatting in the p2P and FB communities so I’m glad for that. It certainly isn’t a boring life and routine can be good. So nice to escape once in a while on a photo excursion. 😉 Thanks, Janice!!! 🙂

  3. Carolyn says:

    I loved this story of your day, Janice! Wish I lived closer so I could share that first coffee with you!

  4. Jan says:

    Great page and advice, Janice. I can relate to almost all of your blog, except for the alarm clock bit! Both of my kids got one of those big brass alarm clocks with the bells on the top on the day they turned 5 years old. From that moment on, they alone were responsible for getting themselves up and ready to start their days! They would tell you that more days than not, they woke me up on the way out the door to kiss me goodbye….I am still a fan of lazy mornings!

    • Janice says:

      Oh Jan!!! If only their alarm clocks would actually get them out of bed!!! However, I do reserve the right to lazy weekend mornings, and weekends when lunch is definitely self service!

  5. carolyn18 says:

    This is beautiful and so is the page.

  6. Sue Thoenes says:

    Aaaaahhhhhh….I got relaxed just reading the account of your day and taking time to breathe…Thank you!

  7. Penny says:

    Love your chronicle of your weekday routine! I can really identify with it. Very good reminder that it is “not bad” and is in fact good for us all to take some time to recharge ourselves each day. And I love your page – it relaxes me just looking at it!

  8. Liz Propst says:

    Oh Janice…I wish we were neighbors and could just go for a short walk together or share a cup of coffee!! Loved this blog….and it speaks a lot to the way I live life!!

  9. adakallen adakallen says:

    LOL!!! Been there, done that! EXCEPT I worked out of the house (taught school) so I had to be ready to leave with them! OH the joys of being a parent!!!!

    • Janice says:

      Yes Ada – I know what you mean. I’ve had those days of having to head to work via school drop off! So much easier to come home and have the house to myself for a while!

  10. debbie says:

    This is an aspect of self care that most of us don’t do enough or at least don’t appreciate the ability to enjoy this. Nice blog

  11. Linda DeLaughter says:

    You are not alone, Janice! A day in the life of Janice could be a “day in the life” of almost any woman in the world, with one exception — you have that wonderful ability of creativity that you share with us through P2P! Thank you for all that you do, ladybug!

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