What's it like being a homeschooling mom & business owner...

April 26, 2017

What's it like being a homeschooling mom & business owner...

It’s morning AGAIN.  

Wake up.  Crawl out of bed.  Jump into the shower.  Start the coffee in the french press and bask in the quiet peacefulness of the house...Riiiiiight.  Maybe in someone else’s fairytale.

Let's get real here. We are a homeschooling family of 6 who all rise at different times of the morning.  

I wake up, quietly sneak out of my room to grab a 10-minute shower (currently using Restored) in silence while the baby sleeps; grab the blow dryer and sneak off to the the other side of the house to dry my hair without rousing the sleeping beauties.  It’s the crack of dawn and I’m tip-toeing around in stealth mode so that I can start my day off with some semblance of productivity before it all goes kaput.  Our boys are early risers, thank goodness.

I mean peaceful, right?!?! Ha!

Life in the movies.......

Honest Mom Life

As I finish getting ready, the french press is steeping my rich organic fair trade coffee. Mmmmmmm that’s what I’m talking about.  Come to mama.  Who needs chocolate when you’ve got grounds from the Gods.   Seriously.  Slight coffee addict here.

Chug a few gulps while my oldest (10 yrs) and I barn-boot-up and head to the barn to take care of the animals and milk the girls.  A half hour later with 2 gallons of fresh, warm milk in tow, we head back to the house to rouse the rest of the family and get breakfast served to all.  You have never seen a dozen and a half eggs, half a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread go so quick!

I start the kiddos on their school work, grab my cup of joe (thank goodness for my Bodum...still hot!) and head out to Indie Goat Soap Co.'s Shop to get started batching the luxurious goats milk soap and skin-nourishing products that you guys love.  

Right on schedule.  It’s 9am.

One day each week, my mother-in-law steps in and lends a helping hand with the kids. Thank goodness.  I have 6 hours of uninterrupted time to put in my earbuds and batch whatever is on the day’s calendar, without having to worry if the kids are going crazy.

But the rest of the week, I am working with all 4 kids beside me.   Answering those homeschooling questions or having our 8 year-old do his read out loud work. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.  

Morning work is done at this point and it is time to grab lunch and put the baby down for her nap.  

Ah yes, Nap Time! Another quick window of opportunity to hammer out all that work that I cannot do with the baby beside me.

By 4 o'clock, I’m toast.   I like to have my work day wrapped up so I can spend the evening making dinner and spending quality time with my family.  Suffice it to say, some days it doesn't go as planned and I end up working up until dinner, and again after dinner.

Life of a business owner right!? But I love it.

At 7pm, it’s time for night chores.  My 8 yr old,  the baby and I head to the barn.  Time for evening feeding and milking the girls (another 2 gallons). Usually by this time, my husband is pulling in from his day job and will lend a hand if we are still working.  

By 8pm, the kids are getting ready for bed and tucked in shortly thereafter.  

Me? I’m snoring by 9:30.

All in a day’s work.   Making dreams come true and making a life for your family.

I hope you enjoyed taking an unfiltered glimpse into my crazy, real life.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.

xoxo,

Heather

 





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