Greetings From the Trenches of Lesson Planning – A Day in the Life

hi y’all! my apologies for a lack of posting on my part as of late, but as jord mentioned, i’ve been quite busy lately. i started what i’m calling my “big girl job” as a full-time instructor of English at a local technical community college, and things like lesson planning, curriculum research, piles upon piles of paperwork, and other miscellaneous to-do items have been demanding my time. yet, even with a few of the not-so-fun duties of being a teacher, i couldn’t be more excited to start my university teaching career in august.

i’m thrilled to be working at a college campus with an ever-growing student body. i’m especially excited to work together with my colleagues on the English team, with my administrators, and with other instructors across campus to make my English courses an effective tool for students to learn the ins and outs of communicating in a business-like environment, whether it’s a collegiate classroom or a board room.

anyway, i’ve got a few posts in store for you all this week, including a look at what’s inspiring me on Pinterest lately and a brain-dump post as a list of dream renovations that i’d love to make to our house someday (think big and grand!), but today, i wanted to share a glimpse into what my days are looking like lately as a full-time mama – i think that this will be fun to look back on, especially as i prepare to join my roles as wife and mama with my new job and our impending move.

so, here’s to a day-in-the-life style post – here goes!

6:30AM – 7:30AM{ish} – wake up with L and feed him breakfast (for breakfast, he’s usually eating an entire banana, a piece of peanut butter toast and either a small bowl of cereal (Rice Krispies are his favorite!) or yogurt, and milk to drink; at this point in the morning, i’m usually downing my first cup of coffee (Seattle’s Best, for those who are wondering, with a good dose of Bailey’s Caramel Creamer)

8:00AM – 10:00AM –  by this time, everyone has left for work, and L and i have playtime in the family room of my parents’ house. he is growing rather excellent at playing independently, so if i’m lucky, i can squeak out a few lesson-planning sessions, form-filling-out-sessions, or phone calls (for example, today i called a student loan servicer to check on the status of one of my loans; last week, i was calling insurance companies in preparation for our move).

10:00AM – 11:30AM{ish} – around this time, L typically goes down for his morning nap. i’ll admit – i often take one right alongside him; i only have a few more weeks to enjoy that perk of stay-at-home-motherhood before my big girl job starts!

12 noon – lunchtime for L and i. a typical lunch for L at thirteen months includes milk, a sandwich of some sort (usually either grilled cheese or peanut butter and jelly, although he has been loving saltine crackers topped with a bit of peanut butter!), fruit (he loves pears and watermelon especially), and some crunchies or puffs (the Gerber brand, although we’re starting the process of weaning him off of those in favor of animal crackers, a healthier and more inexpensive option that he loves just as much!). i usually have a sandwich and chips myself, with a glass of lemonade – my favorite summer beverage.


12:30PM – 2:30PM{ish} – more playtime for L. he loves to look through his books independently, but sometimes he drags books over to me and we read together. he loves to play with these blocks from my childhood – castle blocks – and since i’m a big kid myself, i often get down on the floor with him and build castles for him to knock down (of course). again, if i’m lucky, i’ll get a little time to work on lesson planning, but lately i’ve been focused on squeezing every moment i can out of my time with L.

2:30PM – 3:30PM{ish} – L’s afternoon nap, and my big work time (although today, i enjoyed watching some HGTV instead…). when L wakes up, he typically has a snack (crackers, fruit, etc.), and juice.

4:00PM – 5:00PM – this is usually our “outside time.” while it’s rare that we stay outside the entire hour, L and i take a few of his toys outside, lay down a blanket in the shade, and take advantage of the nice summer weather. wyatt the dog even gets to join us, if he’s behaving that day. if L is especially hungry, i’ll feed him dinner around 5:00PM, but on days like today, where he had a longer nap that lasted later into the afternoon, he didn’t eat dinner until 6:00PM or so.

6:00PM{ish} – jord gets home from work, and L is so, so excited to see his daddy! (truth be told, so am i!)

the rest of our evening is typically comprised of dinner, more outside time with L (unless it’s buggy), various errands (Target and the library are our most frequent haunts), or just lazing around as a family. i typically go to bed right along with L at about 9:00PM, and jord joins us later on.

i feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to be at home with L for the past thirteen months. as this time comes to an end, i’m even more grateful to have a job to go to that has me feeling so excited and fulfilled.

About Sara

Sara works in higher education, but she's most proud of her role as a Mama to two precocious boys, Lionel Conner, age 4, and Quincy August, age 2. In honor of turning 30 in 2016, she pierced her nose to "keep her young." She loves watching guilty-pleasure television, writing about motherhood, decorating her first home, sipping red wine with her husband Jordan, and chasing after her sons.

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