Hello! For those of you who are new here, I thought I would make a quick introduction of myself and my family. My name is Kim. I am the CEO, CFO and COO of… wait for it… the Reyes Household. In short, I am a full-time homemaker who survives on four hours of sleep (five on better days), coffee, and funny memes.
Life as a firefighter’s wife, a mom of two preschoolers, and an entrepreneur is very interesting. With my husband away most of the time because his assignment is in another province, I have had to take full responsibility of my kids and our needs at home. My days are a mix of homework, hangry tantrums of preschoolers, hangry tantrums of a mom stuck in traffic, emotional breakdowns, and lots and lots and lots of hugs, kisses, and I love you’s.
This is what my day looks like…
I start my day as early as 5 in the morning. With two growing kids, breakfast cannot be just butter on toast and warm milk. The minis now prefer brown rice meals to power up their day. And so that is what I do.
I start cooking at five while I prepare a warm bath for my eldest. Once her bath is ready, I help her bathe herself, get her dressed, then I let her eat her breakfast on her own. I bathe my youngest while the eldest eats breakfast. After his bath, I dress him up then I let him eat his breakfast too. After both of them are dressed and fed, I take my turn in the bathroom, get dressed, then off we go to school.
My kids go to different schools, so time is important to us. I have to have my eldest at the waiting area by 7 in the morning while my youngest has to be at his school by 7:30.
After dropping both of them at school, I head to a coffee shop to start my work day. It would be 8 o’clock by then. I have a cup of coffee for breakfast while I work. On days when I need extra energy, I grab a piece of croissant or a bowl of salad.
Both my kids end school at 11. I pack away my work things by 10:45 and head off to either my daughter’s school or my son’s school – whichever is nearest to the coffee shop. We go straight home after picking them up so I have enough time to prepare lunch for us before I do my other errands or go back to work.
Meal time is an important time of the day for us. Although we don’t eat breakfast together, we do make sure that we eat lunch and dinner at the same time. I use this time to talk to my kids about their day at school, and also to let them know what the plan is for the day. I’ve found out that kids are less likely to throw tantrums when there is structure – so I make it a point to go through our plans each day.
The kids get 15 minutes of quiet play time after lunch. This is the time they can play with their blocks or clay. After play time, I tuck them in for nap time. I use their nap time as an opportunity to work on any unfinished work from earlier in the day. I only get two to three hours in the afternoon so I really focus on the tasks at hand so I will be done by the time the kids are awake.
Since we live in a condominium, there is really not a lot of space for the kids to run around in. For afternoon play, I just let them dash around the compound or play at the playground. If the weather permits, I let them have an hour long swim at the pool. After their afternoon play, I sit them down again to work on their homework and activity sheets. When there are no school-related work, we use this time to read a book.
We eat dinner by 6 because I try to have the kids in bed by 8:30. If I’m lucky, they’re asleep by 9. So I get some time to myself to watch TV, read a book, write a blog post, or check my social media accounts. But of course, there are days when the kids just refuse to sleep. So we spend that time playing around until they get so tired they’re own bodies shut down on them – whether they like it or not. LOL!
My days are so full and tiring. I honestly don’t know how I’m doing it, but I am… and believe it or not, these things make me happy. Although a big challenge, raising little humans is an honor because I get to witness them grow into wonderful people and know that part of it is because I was there for them the whole time.
“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.”
To celebrate and immortalize my days with my family, I make sure I take lots of photos and videos of our moments together – big AND small – so that when the kids are all grown up, I have something to look back to and share with them. It’s also a great way to share moments with my husband while he’s away! This is why it is so handy to have a phone like OPPO F1s, which has a 16MP Front Camera and 13MP Rear Camera. With camera specs like those, we can capture our days with beauty and clarity!
This blog post is an entry for Nuffnang’s OPPO F1s: Day In The Life Blog Contest.