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I’m coming back with a week in the life of a fellow mompreneur, Shanah of Adaptive Nourishment!

Shanah first appeared on the blog earlier this week, where she shared her tips and tricks to balancing a big family with multiple businesses.

Just as a disclaimer, these ladies are sharing their stories and lives as a way to encourage and inspire. So let’s make sure they feel welcome!

Let’s get into a week in the life with Shanah! 

Day 1, Sunday

6:30am: The youngest one wakes us up with a knock at the door stating “I’m hungry.”  We tell her that we will be up in a little while and to go play with the other kids. (She is the one who always tells us she is hungry when she is bored or being left out).
8:00am: We start making breakfast from scratch (usually entails super pancakes, eggs, hashbrowns or roasted oven potatoes and fruit of some sort, plus avocado for those of us who will eat it).
10:00am: We have our weekly budget meeting to go over how spending went for the week and what we have left in our budget for the month and discuss action plans. We then go over PowerSchool for each of the middle school kids. We do this to ensure that they have turned in all of their work to keep their grades up. Inevitably, this results in a conversation with each boy because they seem to not have their heads attached in the past couple of years. They can’t remember to do things like brush their teeth, put on deodorant and go to the bathroom, let alone turn their homework in. They are really killing us!
11:00am: Start to get the troops moving to either go to the library, a park, play disc golf, go in our pool, or on a Perambulation Sunday adventure. If the latter, then we bring water bottles and snacks to counteract the normal cries of “I’m hungry” and “I’m thirsty.”
5:00pm: We start working on dinner while we get the kids to start working on showers and baths. Kids start on homework after that if they have any.
6:00pm: Eat dinner and have our regular Q&A routine of the following questions to each family member:
“What was your favorite part of the day? What was your favorite food? Is there at least one act of kindness that you performed today?”
It is the last one that stumps the oldest ones sometimes.
7:00pm: Teeth brushed, dirty clothes in hampers, start reading to the youngest one while the older ones read to themselves.
7:30pm: Put the youngest child to bed with a “Julia sandwich” and 5 kisses (which is really a game of about 20+ and laughter).
8:00pm: Bryan puts the second youngest one to bed, while I go and play a game with the other 3 or watch a show with my daughter and the two oldest boys play a game together.
8:45pm: Put all 3 older kids to bed. Bryan puts his son to bed while I put my daughter to bed. We have a special, crazy kiss that we developed years ago. Then she asks me if I will lay with her. That conversation goes like this:
Presley: “You know what I am going to ask you.”
Me: “I’ll think about it.”
Presley: “That means yes.”
Then I go across the hall and play penguin ball with my son (a game we made up years ago also that still hasn’t lost its charm) and we have a quick chat about whatever is on his mind. I give him a kiss, tuck him into bed, turn on his spaceship overhead light, tell him that I love him, and shut the door. Then I go back to my daughter’s room and lay with her for a couple of minutes, tell her I love her, and she says that she will see me in the morning.
9:15pm: Bryan and I go downstairs with a custom craft cocktail or a glass of wine, talk and catch up, and sometimes put on either a comedy or food documentary to watch. Although we usually fall asleep by 10 pm or a little bit later, so we almost always miss the ending of whatever we happen to throw on.

Days 2-6, Monday-Friday

4:30am: I get up and start my hot water for my french press and my tea. I take it downstairs to my office and start working while listening to a podcast. Multitasking is really the only way that I get as much done as I do!).
5:45am: Wake Bryan up and give him the 15-minute warning to get ready before we start getting kids up.
6:00am: Go into each of the kids’ room and do the “Wakey, wakey, eggs and bakey” routine. The girls are the last ones that I wake up because they have a routine of my daughter jumping on my back for a piggyback ride and the youngest jumping on my front like a monkey for me to carry them into the kitchen. I realize that this will probably have to come to an end in the next couple of years because my daughter is almost 10.
6:50am: I go back downstairs to work some more while Bryan handles breakfast and lunches upstairs. We both head out with our respective kids to drop off the oldest ones at their middle schools. We have 5 kids in 4 different schools across the county, just to make that clear.
7:30am: I return from dropping off my son with my daughter. I jump in the shower while she works on her lunch. Then we read or watch a show together until it is time for me to take her to school. Sometimes I mix in work during this time depending on the needs of the day.
8:45am – Take my daughter to school.
9:15am – 2:00pm: My schedule is never the same due to my clients’ needs and networking meetings. Sometimes I head back home to do work on the computer or have a Zoom call or record a podcast. Other days, I am meeting clients live someplace or networking with people in my field. It really all depends on the week and the day. Somewhere in here, I try to remember to throw some food in my mouth. I usually drink some more tea and a ton of water. At least one day a week, I go meet a client to walk. Getting more exercise is part of the regiment that I put her on. We also discuss her health and food while we are walking. I usually work out with my sister-in-law one day a week also.
2:15pm – 3:30pm: Get my son from school and then he and I go for a walk on one of the trails or go play tennis so that we can get some exercise and talk about what is going on with him.
3:30pm: Drop my son off at home and then head to go get my daughter from school.
4:15pm: Get home from getting my daughter from school and spend some time with both kids or work, depending on the day. Then I start dinner before Bryan and his kids get back if my work schedule for the day allows.
5:30pm: Dinner time and kids start working on homework and showers after dinner.
6:00pm: Eat dinner and have our regular Q&A routine of the following questions to each family member:
“What was your favorite part of the day? What was your favorite food? Is there at least one act of kindness that you performed today?”
It is the last one that stumps the oldest ones sometimes.
7:00pm: Teeth brushed, dirty clothes in hampers, start reading to the youngest one while the older ones read to themselves.
7:30pm: Put the youngest one to bed with a “Julia sandwich” and 5 kisses (which is really a game of about 20+ and laughter).
8:00pm: Bryan puts the second youngest one to bed, while I go and play a game with the other 3 or watch a show with my daughter and the two oldest boys play a game together.
8:45pm: Put all 3 older kids to bed. Bryan puts his son to bed while I put my daughter and son to bed.
9:15pm: Bryan and I go downstairs with a custom craft cocktail or a glass of wine, talk and catch up, and sometimes put on either a comedy or food documentary to watch. Although we usually fall asleep by 10 pm or a little bit later, so we almost always miss the ending of whatever we happen to throw on.

Day 7, Saturday

This day is the same as Sunday with the exception of no budget meeting or PowerSchool. Sometimes we let the kids stay up later and we usually do a movie night with them. Bryan and I will sometimes stay up later also since we don’t have to get up as early. It all depends on how exhausted we are from the day.

Thanks so much for sharing your week with all of us Shanah!

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