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A Day in the Life: Amanda Simkin

Day in the life Amanda Simkin

Amanda Simkin is a thirty-something mother raising two rambunctious little boys in Chicagoland. While taking a break from her career as a teacher, she is exploring her hometown through the eyes of her children, having adventures in Chicago and writing about it on her blog, providing insider tips for other parents in Chicago. You can read Amanda’s blog here

This is a day in Amanda’s life.

When many people find out that I left my job as a teacher and school administrator to stay at home with my boys, they often ask if I miss teaching. But here’s the thing….we moms are all teachers. Dads, too, as well as everyone else who interacts with my children. They are adorable little sponges who take in everything that goes on around them, so each day I try my best to model positive behavior that I want them to exhibit themselves. But here’s the thing, as all parents know, there are good days and there are bad days. Read for yourself to determine which category my past Wednesday fell under.

7:48 Wake up to the sound of the toddler screaming about getting his diaper changed by Daddy, the dog barking, and the horrible amanda simkinrealization that I overslept. I usually wake up around 7:15 on mornings when I take the boys to school (Wednesdays and Fridays), so a feeling of dread hit my stomach when I saw the red numbers staring at me, chuckling, “Bad day to choose to write about for someone’s blog…sucker!”

8:00 The boys refused to eat much of their breakfast (pancakes, sausage, and blackberries) so I was scrambling trying to get them to eat anything—granola bars, yogurt, graham crackers, etc. After a few bites of food, the boys took off for the family room, claiming to play with their toys for only five minutes before getting dressed for school. Knowing that this was going to be an epic fail, I made myself a cup of coffee and got the water running for my shower. Half a cup of coffee, a five minute shower, and eight minutes of straight tantrums from both boys (love how they feed off of each other), I wrangled them for tooth brushing, got them dressed from head to toe including hats and mittens, and convinced them to only bring three toys each into the car.

9:00 School starts at 9:00. Where are we at 9:00? In the garage, trying to squeeze everyone into their seats and safely buckled while juggling toys, backpacks, and wiggly toddler appendages. Since we got such an incredibly late start (it is about a 12 minute drive from home to school), we ended up getting stuck in awful traffic for the local elementary school and had to turn around and take the long way. Awesome.

9:28 We arrive at school. Thankfully the teachers are awesome, and know that I am one of them, so they gave me very understanding looks. Teachers are amazing—treat each one that you know very, very well.

9:35 Thank God for drive thru Starbucks. A grande latte and two blueberry muffins, and we are back in business! A quick drop of overdue books at the library (oops—at least we are supporting our local library with our growing fines, right?) and we are on our way to the Exploratorium.

10:15-11:45 A fun double date at the Exploratorium with the little man. As the second child, he doesn’t always get a ton of 1:1 time with Mama, and he was eating it up today. We had a blast participating in all of the special rooms and exhibits, and I got tons of great photos and details for my upcoming blog post. Getting him away from the water pond was a challenge, but after luring him away with snacks, we were outta there and on our way to lunch.

12:15-12:45 Lunch at Chipotle. I had never taken either of my boys to Chipotle before, but since my new year’s resolution is to avoid eating French fries (ugh, it’s soooo hard!) and we didn’t have time to go home to have lunch before picking up big brother at school, we (along with 85 other hungry people) stood in line for Chipotle. I had no idea that they served kids meals and was pleasantly surprised by the low cost and portion size for my little mean. He devoured the two servings of rice and guacamole just in time for us to leave and pick up big brother.

1:00-1:15 Pick up at school. Thankfully there aren’t too many kids in class so pickup is not very congested, but we have fallen into the habit of playing with two friends from class in the grass outside of school after dismissal. The problem is that it has been so incredibly FRIGID in Chicago that schools have been cancelled and we moms have been saying “no” to outside play. As you may guess, it goes over extremely well. Thankfully today was a beautiful day by Chicago standards (about 35 degrees) so we let the kids run around like crazy while we chatted. It is one of the highlights of my week.

1:15-2:00 The boys get to watch two episodes of their beloved Octonauts while I clean up the house and prepare for nap time. It is great getting out with my little man, but it leads to a messy house since I am not home tidying up. But then again, going to a museum and out to lunch is way more fun than doing dishes, don’t you think?

12:15-12:45 Lunch at Chipotle. I had never taken either of my boys to Chipotle before, but since my new year’s resolution is to avoid eating French fries (ugh, it’s soooo hard!) and we didn’t have time to go home to have lunch before picking up big brother at school, we (along with 85 other hungry people) stood in line for Chipotle. I had no idea that they served kids meals and was pleasantly surprised by the low cost and portion size for my little mean. He devoured the two servings of rice and guacamole just in time for us to leave and pick up big brother.

1:00-1:15 Pick up at school. Thankfully there aren’t too many kids in class so pickup is not very congested, but we have fallen into the habit of playing with two friends from class in the grass outside of school after dismissal. The problem is that it has been so incredibly FRIGID in Chicago that schools have been cancelled and we moms have been saying “no” to outside play. As you may guess, it goes over extremely well. Thankfully today was a beautiful day by Chicago standards (about 35 degrees) so we let the kids run around like crazy while we chatted. It is one of the highlights of my week.

1:15-2:00 The boys get to watch two episodes of their beloved Octonauts while I clean up the house and prepare for nap time. It is great getting out with my little man, but it leads to a messy house since I am not home tidying up. But then again, going to a museum and out to lunch is way more fun than doing dishes, don’t you think?

2:00-5:00 The best part of the day: Nap Time! My boys do a wonderful job going down for a nap and

then I snap into “blogger mode.” To-do list: Return all Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Blog Lovinlikes, write post about my new “Workouts for Busy Moms” series, and edit photos for this blog post using my beloved PicMonkey.

5:00-6:15 Book and cook time. My boys like to cuddle a ton after they wake up from their naps, so we alternate reading books and cooking dinner until Daddy comes home. The boys are always in charge of spinning the salad—I swear, it’s why they are such great veggie eaters.

6:15-7:00 Crazy man time. With Daddy at home, the boys have someone to rough house with. So I shew them into the playroom in the basement while I finish dinner, enjoying some tunes and a nice glass of Pinot Grigio. It goes great with the aglio e olio that I am making.

7:00-7:30 Dinner time. Since the boys love pasta, dessert is in order. Chocolate ice cream with rainbow sprinkles for everyone!

7:30-8:30 Play and wind down time. Tonight isn’t bath night, so we just hang out and play, zooming cars in the hallway and jumping like monkeys on Mommy and Daddy’s bed.

8:30 Bedtime. Two books, some milk, cuddles, kisses, lights out. Aaah, another day in the books.

8:30-10 Blogging work. Started to jot down notes for this post, as well as get in touch with other bloggers about collaborating, as well as starting to update my new blog.

10:15 Computer off, tv on, passed out on the couch. Make it into bed at some point so I can start the day over.

Amanda is taking part in my #DayInTheLife project, a series of posts where people write about their typical day. If you would like to take part, please fill in the form on my blog post here.

 

 

 

Vicky is a single mother, a blogger, a podcaster and a social media trainer. You can find her blogging, business and social media tips at VickyCharles.com.

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