I love seeing and learning about other people’s schedules and routines. Now that we’re home for the summer, here’s a little look into a day in the life here at our house.
Our Summer Daily Schedule
My kids are home for the summer, and we need some kind of summer daily schedule to stay sane! Here’s a look into a summer day at our house.
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6:15am My alarm goes off and I don’t push snooze. This is tough for me, but pushing snooze is a bad habit that I fall into sometimes and I’m also glad when I just get up and get going. I get my exercise clothes on that have been set out the night before, put on my sunscreen since I’ll be running outside later, and put my hair in a ponytail.
6:30am I tiptoe out of the bedroom as to not wake Philip, and head to the office. I print off a copy of my time block schedule and fill it out for the day based on my calendar and deadlines and to-dos. After I’m done with that, I do my daily scripture study. I have an old post about my daily scripture study that’s a little outdated, but still shares some of the resources I use.
7:00am Time to head upstairs to the gym. Two years ago we converted our upstairs balcony to a home gym, and it’s super convenient to do weight training there. I use the Sweat App and do thirty minutes of strength training. The app gives me workouts for different target areas, depending on the day, so I just follow their plan, which keeps it super mindless for me. I listen to a podcast, audiobook, or General Conference talk while I do my weights.
7:30am Usually my weight training in the app is 45 minutes, so I cut it off early and start on my cardio. I either run inside on our treadmill if I have video editing or messages to respond to, but most days I prefer to run outside to get some sunshine and fresh air first thing in the morning. Plus it’s not too crazy hot at 7:30am in Texas. I have a five mile loop that I like to run through our neighborhood, and I listen to a podcast or audiobook while I run.
8:30am When I get home from my run, the boys are usually awake and starting on their morning expectations. We sat down at the beginning of the summer and mapped out these summer expectations together and they’re responsible for doing these things on their own and checking them off. You’re welcome to steal this list and adapt it for your family! It’s a great way to keep your mornings running smoothly. While they do their morning things, I shower, get dressed, and get ready for the day. You can usually expect me to throw on one of my favorite basic tees for an easy and comfortable outfit…THIS $10 one is my go-to and is great quality for the price. It also comes in a bunch of different colors and prints! When the boys are getting dressed, they’ll usually choose their favorite comfy shorts.
9:00am Our nanny arrives at nine and takes over with the boys, helping them finish their morning expectations, have breakfast, and play with them. Sanny also does Savvy Reading while she’s here, and the other boys do other educational programs during that time. This is also the beginning of my first working time block. During this first one hour block, I do all my administrative kinds of things – emails, messages, texts, etc. My goal is to completely clear out my inbox every day during this time.
10:00am Now my next time block starts! This is a two hour time block where I put in my headphones, turn on white noise, put my phone on do not disturb, and just bust out that day’s work. I have a daily cadence for my work — Monday is writing blog posts, Tuesday is filming and taking pictures, Wednesday is team calls, Thursday is filming/editing/designing, and Friday is catch up and prep for the weekend — so I’ll do those daily things during this time block.
12:00pm This is the start of my next time block, where I film any sponsored content that needs to be filmed and submitted, film my own instagram stories, and wrap up my work for the day.
1:00pm Time for the nanny to leave and work to be done for the day (I’ll do a little more work in the evening, if needed). Now it’s time for mom mode! This is a daily four hour block when I just spend time with them and do whatever they want. We’ll go to the library, go to the local pool, bake together, invite friends over, go to the park, go bowling or do an escape room, or hang in the backyard. I found a ton of fun backyard games at Walmart and picked up a few of them so we can make the most of our backyard before we tear it up and put in a pool next year. This GIANT TUMBLING TOWER GAME is so fun and the boys think it’s the coolest, and I also got THIS CATCH AND TOSS GAME. We played a version of it at the beach last week so I got one for our house so we can play it in the backyard together. My boys’ favorite game is LADDER BALL and they could play it for hours. We all love being at home during the summer, and I wanted to make sure we had fun things in the backyard. Walmart has tons of other fun things – I linked a few of them below (tap the collage to shop), and you can find more HERE!
5:00pm This is the time I start prepping dinner. I shared our weekly dinner schedule HERE, and on Mondays one of the boys helps me cook, while the rest of the boys do quiet time. If it’s another day and no one is helping in the kitchen, I’ll listen to an audiobook or send a Marco Polo while I cook.
6:00pm Dinner time! We try to eat right at 6:00 every night, unless someone has sports practice (Fos has basketball until 6:00 twice a week right now, so we’ll eat at 6:15 when he gets home). Then everyone helps clean up the table and does their own dishes, and while Philip finishes the rest of the dishes and cleanup, the boys clean their zones. We’ve divided the house into different zones and they’re responsible for picking up those areas so they’re clean for the next day.
7:00pm We all divide up and get ready for bed. The boys take showers and do their night time things, and I get ready for bed too. I shared my nighttime routine here. After we’re ready for bed, I read with Fos for about 25 minutes. We’re just starting Harry Potter #5, since I just finished all the Harry Potter books with B.
7:30pm We all gather in the boys’ room for family scripture study, which we do for about 20 minutes, and then Philip leaves and I read aloud to the boys. I shared some of our favorite read aloud books HERE. I’ll usually read one chapter, unless it’s super short, not too late, or they offer to play with my hair longer. Then I’ll read one or two extra chapters.
8:30pm Lights go out at 8:30, but the boys have their own little book lights that they’ll keep on so they can read longer or draw. I don’t make them turn those out at a certain time – they just read or draw until they’re tired. Sometimes that’s as late as midnight, and I’ll never force them to go to bed unless they’re bouncing off the walls upstairs. That’s certainly been known to happen.
8:45pm I’ll catch up on a little work while Philip and I watch a show, or we’ll put away all our devices and just hang out and talk.
10:00pm We put out our exercise clothes for tomorrow, and then go to bed!
NOTE: There are lots of days when this schedule adjusts because the boys have camps or we are traveling, or have company in town, or any number of other things. This is just one example of a typical, regular, weekday. We use Saturdays as our house cleaning/project day (we have a cleaning lady come twice a month, but we clean the other weeks and have the boys clean their bathroom and wash their bedding), Philip runs all the laundry on Saturday, and then on Sundays we fold and put away our own laundry, menu plan and order groceries for the week, and make a schedule and plan for the week on our calendars.
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This was so helpful!! thank you so much! I like to see how other families schedule their day. i usually walk away with an idea to incorporate into our day. I also liked to see how your work day went as well. i like how you structured your day. i’m going to try and rework my week to fit more structured work time in. i feel like I always work or don’t work enough.
I also order my groceries from walmart. saves me time and if i can’t get it there i get it somewhere else. but i love the convenience of online grocery shopping.
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