Today I’m sharing how I balance work & home life with a monthly link up I participate in called, Workin’ It Wednesdays. I know it’s not Wednesday but they changed the day to today ok!?! ☺
Balancing work & home life…I’m not sure if I balance it at all, but I do my best!
Here’s the thing, I work at the same location where I live.
I work on the family’s dairy, I help in the office and I’m a stay at home Mom; I also blog in the morning! There’s a lot of gray, it’s not like I punch out from a particular office, take off my work hat and come home to the kids with my Mom hat on.
But here are some of the things I try and do:
I try and have the kids with me as much as possible!
Here the girls and I (Maddie is hiding behind Naomi, she didn’t want her picture taken) gathering the cows for the afternoon milking. They love to ride on the John Deere Gator with me.
The girls went on an “adventure walk” with Jer and I while we pushed up some other cows.
Here’s Bryce helping us rig up a new water line.
See we always try and have them with us, weather permitting and of course if it’s is safe or not. I know sometimes kids just want to be kids and now they are all getting older where I can leave them in the house with a snack and a movie and be right outside doing yard work, helping Jarret or being in the barn.
They know to come get me and I always go in and check on them.
My kiddos are all in school and that is huge because I try and get as much stuff done until it’s time for Naomi to get picked up from preschool. Also the big kids started riding the bus home, major time saver for me, otherwise all day I was going back n’ forth from home to school! Stopping and starting what I was working on and never getting too much done.
While Naomi is at preschool I try and get done as much done as possible, whether it be: grocery shopping, picking up the house, laundry, yard work, helping Jarret on the dairy, working in the office or going to the gym!
These few hours while Naomi is gone is a big time crunch because I have no kiddos.
Usually when I have to milk in the afternoon it’s lately been on the weekends or a Friday-Saturday deal, but during the week in the afternoon I’m just Mom and help with homework, watch them play outside, sit down and eat dinner together and talk about the best and worst parts of our day.
I have to create boundaries for when it’s my time to work and time to just be a Mom.
I work out 3 times a week for my mental and physical health! It would be safe to say that my mental health sort of comes first and my physical health is benefited by working out. This is when I get to talk with my girlfriend Abby, who actually just lives right down the road but, we are both two busy Moms and this is our “me” time!
Everyone knows that Monday-Wednesday-Friday and sometimes Thursday I am at the gym till 9, if they need me, it will be after that!
I have to create boundaries or the dairy or house stuff can suck-up all the time. You know, there’s always something that needs to be done in the house or on a farm.
I try and have dinner either prepped or done by the time the big kids come home so it’s all hands on deck with them.
I couldn’t do it without the help of my Mom!
Weather it’s picking up Naomi for me so I can get an extra hour of work done or watching the kids when I have to milk the two afternoon shifts or helping me catch up with house stuff or helping on the dairy!
I couldn’t do it without her help!
Last but not least, Sunday is our family day, even if we have to work. We try and go out to lunch together, just Jer, me and the kids to a little Mexican restaurant we love or pizza.
Sunday is when we slow it down!
That’s my Workin’ It Wednesday for ya, if you’d like to see my past ones here you go: