10.19.2010

my schedule in the wilderness

 (Please don't mind the crazy ATV hair. I swear I look publicly acceptable 75% of the time)

"So, what do you do all day up there?"

Oh, the question of the century. If I had a nickel for all the times I've been asked that. But really, sometimes I wonder it myself, "What do I do all day?"

No errands to run. No places to be. No have to be here's or have to be there's. Just me, my girl, my house, and my dog.

Not to mention the wild beasts.

"Aren't you on vacation pretty much all the time?"

Ummm.... Yeah. If you count your husband working 10 hour days every day a vacation. Really, I'm pretty sure it's just like any other SAHM's day. Only minus the errands and people interaction. And with a few more ATV rides packed in.

You want more details? Well my friends, today is your lucky day. I'm going to let you in on my super thrilling daily schedule. I know. Hold on to your seats.

7:15am: Alarm goes off for Hubby to wake up. I briefly contemplate being a really on top of it woman and waking up for the day, but instead burrow down further under my thick duvet. My house is frigid.

8:00am: The Hubster leaves for work and again, I entertain the idea of rolling out of my warm cocoon into the icy air. My guilt usually gets the best of me so I get up this time, get the heaters going, and get ready for the day.

9:00am: Reese wakes up. PARTAY! We dine on exquisite fair like cereal, or muffins, or toast.

10:00am: Our morning venture! We forage through the woods and brave the arctic temperatures. Keeta is our ever so attentive (albeit energetic) guard.

11:00am: Morning nap time. My golden time. I clean or catch up on email, clean up breakfast, and sometimes work for the lodge.

12:30pm: Lunch! I make a mean grilled cheese.

1:00pm: Outside again! It's usually warmed up enough for Reese to be comfortable enough to sit and throw the gravel. Sometimes we're really creative and go throw rocks in the ponds. I usually find an unused atv and spread out on the sun heated black leather seat. I know my days of warmth are numbered. We usually find daddy for our afternoon visit, play fetch with Keeta, and explore the great outdoors.

3:00pm: Afternoon nap time. This is usually when I try and sharpen my cooking skills or blog. I've been trying to be extra awesome and fix at least 3 new or labor intensive foods a week. Things like breads, rolls, pies, cookies, cinnamon rolls, etc... Always using whole milk and salted butter. Mmmmmm........

4:30pm: The munchkin awakes. We eat a snack and then usually have our lazy time laying on the floor reading books, coloring, or playing chase. Being a stay at home madre rocks my socks.

5:00pm: Dinner prep.

Between 6:00-6:30pm: Hubster comes home and we eat!

7:00pm: Nightly family outing. Either by foot or ATV.

8:00pm: Reese is in bed. Hurray!! Deek and I hang out, catch up, go hot tubbing, and eat really amazing desserts we don't want to share with the offspring.

11:00pm: Lights out.

Rinse. Repeat.

You see? It's not all that different than your day right? Eat, nap, moose, clean, play, bear, sleep.

Yes, some may say it sounds a little monotonous. But we try and get down to the valley every few weeks to shake things up and keep us sane. There are trade offs for everything, after all. No, we can't run to the park or grandma's or the store to get out and about. Instead we have fresh air, peaceful mountain solitude, and a lot of time to focus on our little family. And it forces me to be extra organized when it comes to meal planning and other shopping.

Sharpening my skills, I tell ya.

So there you have it. The schedule of a SAHM who lives in the wilderness.

When it comes down to it, all it is, is life simplified. And you know what?

I wouldn't have it any other way.

2 comments:

Jana and Christopher said...

That sounds like a fabulous day! Glad you're enjoying this special time.

Katie and Greg said...

Sounds just like my day. Seriously. Minus the fact that our alarm goes off at 6:15 and Greg gets home more like 6:45. But everything, gosh, I could be your next door neighbor. That would be sweet.