A Day in the Life: Andrea {Stay-at-Home Mom to Teenagers} 8

A Day in the Life: Andrea {Stay-at-Home Mom to Teenagers}

A Day in the Life {Keeper of the Home}

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer

I captured our day in the life on the first day of school for my girls. This first day of school is extra special in our house because my oldest daughter is a senior this year.

Just typing that brings me to tears. My goal for this year is to soak up every moment I have with both girls at home.

So this is how our day goes:

5:45 a.m.;

I’m out of bed and head straight to the coffee potA Day in the Life: Andrea {Stay-at-Home Mom to Teenagers}.

Armed with coffee I head into the girls’ room and let the dogs out of their crates and turn them loose in the backyard.

5:55 a.m.

I hear the first girl get in the shower so I whip them up breakfast: French toast, cantaloupe and milk.

6:20 a.m.

Breakfast is finished, so I start on the lunches.

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Couscous with roasted vegetables, watermelon, cheese slices and a little Annie’s Homegrown snack mixA Day in the Life: Andrea {Stay-at-Home Mom to Teenagers}.

I also pack up Healthy No-Bake Energy Balls and a large water bottle.

Both girls do sports after school and so are gone from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. I find the energy balls help give them the energy they need.

What this picture doesn’t tell you:

Although my girls enjoyed the couscous salad, they both report back that everyone at the lunch table thought their lunch was “weird.” Although these comments always get under my skin, I’m grateful to have two girls who will eat more than a PB&J sandwich.

On the other hand, everyone wants to know if they will share their energy balls.

7:00 a.m.

I take the girls’ first day of school picture realizing that next year I’ll only have one sweet face smiling at me from the front porch step.

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I take a deep breath and savor this moment before watching them drive off to school.

7:05 a.m.

It’s time to take care of my two other charges.

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Meet Nina and Copper. The girls worked at odd jobs around the house to “earn” Copper’s adoption fee.

What this picture doesn’t tell you:

Nina came into our lives 8 months ago. In December we purchased my husband’s grandmother’s house when she moved into assisted living.

Once our GG (nickname for great-grandmother) moved, she could no longer care for her dog. We now have Nina part-time and bring her to GG’s to visit her for several hours everyday.

7:40 a.m.

The dogs and I are back from our walk and I realize I have 20 minutes to shower and get dressed. Looks like it is going to be a ponytail day!

8:00 a.m.

;The workmen start to show up at the house.

The house we purchased is a one bedroom. We are trying to make it a 3 bedroom. This is not for the faint of heart.

8:30 a.m.

After a 30-minute meeting and walk-through with the contractor, I need to load Nina up in the car and deliver her to GG.

9:10 a.m.

On my way home from GG’s, I hit the local grocery store.

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What this picture doesn’t tell you:

I’m in a white shirt. Apparently when I lifted Nina out of the car, she had muddy paws. Not realizing this, I am now cruising the grocery store with mud streaks all over my front and I have no idea.

Also, what you don’t see: I am in a white and gray striped skirt.

I don’t realize it, but I am cruising around the store with a dryer sheet stuck to my booty.

Mud streaks down the front. Dryer sheet stuck to the back.

It isn’t until I get home that I catch my reflection in the front hall mirror and see the mud streaks.

The same mirror reveals to me the dryer sheet.

It’s just a suggestion, but if you don’t have one, you might want to get a mirrorA Day in the Life: Andrea {Stay-at-Home Mom to Teenagers}. It’ll point these things out to you even if no one at the grocery store has the heart to.

10:00 a.m.

I’m taking tennis lessons! Knowing that my years as a full-time mom are quickly coming to an end, I’ve decided to learn how to play tennis. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and I’m finally doing it!

11:15 a.m.


Since I have my website, I decide to sit down and answer e-mails, work on finding deals, and indulge in a bit of Facebook!

1:00 p.m.

Knowing that the whole family will be going different directions tonight, I put my P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wrap Copycat Recipe in the Crockpot. It’s a family favorite and everyone will be able to help themselves.

1:45 p.m.

My oldest daughter gets home from school. She is only taking 5 AP classes this year, so she gets out early.

We decide to get her school supply shopping done.

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3:00 p.m.

School supply shopping is done for one kiddo, and she is off to her cross country practice.

3:15 p.m.

Nina needs to be picked up from her visit with GG.

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3:45 p.m.

I realize I never bought milk at the grocery store so I quickly go back to pick up a gallon.

4:00 p.m.

Rice is my favorite side dish to go with our lettuce wraps, so I decide to put some in the rice cooker.

We are out. I then remember that just yesterday I received this text:

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Let’s review. I’ve been to the grocery store twice today. Not going back a third for rice. We’ll go without.

5:00 p.m.

I decide to catch the last half hour of volleyball practice since I need to pick up my youngest daughter.

5:45 p.m.

Everyone is home… for 15 minutes. My husband takes my oldest daughter shoe shopping for new cross country shoes.

My youngest daughter and I sit down to eat.

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Thanks to the renovations, we have no place to eat inside. We are enjoying eating on the patio.

7:00 p.m.

Kiddo number 2 needs her school supplies so we are back at the office supply store.

7:45 p.m.

Don’t be jealous, but my man does dishes.

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8:00 p.m.

My favorite spot and how you’ll find me most evenings.

A Day in the Life: Andrea {KeeperoftheHome.org}

Do you have teens? Do you find it is hard to get everyone home for dinner at the same time?

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  1. This is my first school year as a stay at home mom. My stepson is 15 and I have two daughters, 13 and 8. It has been quite an adjustment for me since I have always worked at least part time but I’m happy to be available when they need me. So I’m finding it ridiculously hard to get everyone home to have dinner together. Between church activities, meetings and band practices, it hasn’t happened yet since school started. Now that I’m at home full time I’ve decided to cook a hot breakfast for everyone at least a few times a week. This has worked pretty well because everyone is home so at least we’re sitting down in the morning. I may increase the days I do this if evenings continue to be so hectic. Thanks for the post. Although I’ve really enjoyed all the posts I’ve read so far (I’m fairly new to this site), I particularly liked reading about a stay at home mom of older kids. It reminds me I’m not alone!

    1. Hi Kristie, Ok, LOVE that you have refocused on breakfast instead of dinner. Really brilliant. And you are not alone at all! Every stage is busy and hectic but uniquely so. Thanks for sharing my day with me, Andrea

  2. I loved this post! My favorite part about it was the “behind-the-scenes stories” of each picture – thanks for keeping it real! I also love that you’re a stay-at-home mom who is not afraid to admit that she checks Facebook and is taking tennis lessons. I think sometimes we stay at home moms feel guilty because we have time for these things some days. I think your day looked like a typical mom of teens kind of day.

    1. Hi Amy, Thanks for sharing my day with me. 🙂 I do feel guilty about the time I spend on myself. But I keep reminding myself that I think we are all better moms when we can do something for ourselves without the guilt. 🙂 Andrea

  3. Thanks! So neat that you bring the dog to GG each day. They must both love that! Just curious – you said it’s hard to to get everyone home for dinner, so wondering why the cross-country shoe shopping didn’t get put off until after dinner.

    1. Hi Jacqueline, Thanks for sharing my day with me. 🙂 Good Question about dinner! The shoe shopping took place during dinner because that was the time slot the running store was giving out school discounts. We couldn’t pass up the extra 25% off! Andrea

  4. I enjoyed reading about your day and seeing the pictures of your lovely daughters and cute dogs. I also have teenagers and work part-time from home. Yes, it seems to be more difficult to eat together in the evenings than it used to be (2 in sports, teenage driver and our own business). I make an effort to cook a meal and have it on hand each day and then roll with the punches on who is here to eat and when. I think the most important thing is the general communication, love and support in the home.

    1. Jenny, You totally hit the nail on the head. Communication, love and support do make for a happy family. Thanks for sharing my day with me. 🙂 Andrea

  5. Hi Andrea ~ I am so happy I finally found a blogging mom with teens and doesn’t home school, I was beginning to feel like maybe I should get a job? Lol?

    Food is definitely a big focus BC of sports! I have 2 boys 14 and 18 both constantly playing something! But my boys are not open to healthy eating? My youngest loves sugary treats? Because we all eat at different times he quite often skips dinner and goes straight to snacks and he is 6′ tall, his body needs nutrition to get him through his school day and then practice finally getting home at 6:30. I’ve tried the energy bars and someone else’s child had a nitrtious treat?

    I sometimes feel guilty because I don’t work like I did when the boys were younger? Im still busy all day but not at warp speed?

    I’m sorry that happened to you at the grocery store lol, keep up the good attitude about it! Life is to short??

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