I don’t think I’ve ever done a Day In The Life type of post before, but September has been such a crazy month, that I thought I’d give you a glimpse in a day in the life of a rookie hockey mom.
This September has been a crazy month for my family. Not are we only adjusting to a new routine with my son starting school this year, but we have also added hockey twice a week in the mix.
Here is a typical Tuesday or Thursday, since my son is now enrolled in Hockey School. In October, he starts his first year of real hockey!
6:00 – 6:30 a.m. Wake up and take the dog for a walk (getting some steps in)
6:45 – 7:00 a.m. Shower
6:45 – 7:30 a.m. Breakfast for the family (my husband does the bulk of the work here in the morning)
7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Get myself and my son dressed and out the door.
8:00 – 8:00 a.m. Drop off my son at School
8:10 – 8:30 a.m. Commute to work
8:30 – 12:00 a.m. Work
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch break (here is where I try to get my steps in or I use this time to get some errands done
1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Back to work
4:30 – 5:10 p.m. Race to the arena, which is a 40 minute commute from my work
During this time, my husband is tasked with picking my son up from after school day care, feed him dinner, get him dress for hockey, drive him to the arena, get his equipment on and put him on the ice.
5:10 – 6:00 p.m. Sit back and relax while we watch our son do his hockey drills
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Make our way back home
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. My turn to eat dinner (finally)
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Take the dog for evening walk
8:00 – 8:30 p.m. (Put my son to bed, later than he should, but he usually falls asleep right away)
8:30 – 9:00 p.m. My husband and I make the dreaded lunch. It’s really the tasks we hate to do the most.
9:00 – 9:30 p.m. Unwind, watch TV, read something online etc…
9:30 p.m. Bedtime. Yes, it’s early, but this pregnant mommy is TIRED and to be honest, so is my husband after all this running around.
In order to make everything work, my husband and I have to stay organized. I have to admit that I’m a lucky girl and my husband is good at it, and does the bulk of the organization. Here are some tips that have helped me stay sane this month so far:
Don’t be Super Mom
I’m far from being a super mom, and I really don’t aspire to be either. I can’t do everything. During the week, I do the least housework required. Dishes, and some tidying-up (mostly toys), that’s pretty much it. Laundry and full cleaning has to wait for the weekends
Keep a Family Calendar
We have one calendar that keep records of everything; all our activities, our appointments, even when the dog needs his medication. It’s all in once place. It’s the easiest way to keep on top of what’s going on so we can assess priorities and divide the work between my husband and I.
We try and emphasize healthy eating in our family. The only way that we can keep the temptation of running out for fast food when ever life gets busy (which is every day lately) we meal plan. On a dry erase board, we jot down meals for each day of the week. When we do the groceries, we buy exactly and only what we need.
Every night, we pull out the meat from the freezer for the next day’s dinner. For those hockey days, we keep the meal simple and quick to make, like veggie omelets or wrap sandwiches.
We also plan all the lunches for the week. That way, we don’t default to boring sandwiches every.single.day! For me, that gets old fast. So, we try to get a variety of lunches.
Cook on the weekend
If we know our week will be especially busy, we try to pick one meal that can be eaten several times over, like roast beef in the crock pot. That way, there is plenty of meat to use for a quick dinner and leftovers make great lunches too.
Bring healthy snacks
Since on those days where I race to the arena I don’t get to eat at a decent time, and I’m usually starving, I make sure to pack a few extra snacks that I can eat once I’m there. I want to avoid arena foods, (fries and hotdogs). I usually pack an extra fruit and a granola bar or piece of cheese or nuts to tide me over.
So, all hockey moms out there, I want to hear from you, what are your tips on staying organized?
I’m excited that my steps have increased lately. I’m still struggling on finding time to do some yoga. I think I need to find a good prenatal yoga video to get me started and keep me inspired. Any suggestions?
To continue with my increasing energy, here is this week’s plan:
Monday: a.m and p.m walks with the dog & 30 min walk at lunch
Tuesday: a.m and p.m walks with the dog
Wednesday: a.m and p.m walks with the dog & 30 min walk at lunch
Thursday: a.m and p.m walks with the dog & 30 min walk at lunch
Friday: a.m and p.m walks with the dog
Saturday: a.m and p.m walks with the dog & Yoga
Sunday: a.m and p.m walks with the dog & Yoga
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