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A Day in the Life: The Lamar Family

{all photos by Amanda Lamar}

Today we have another Day in the Life to share. Amanda Lamar sent this in and as you will see, she is one busy mama of little ones! The Lamar Family is in their second year at SLO Classical Academy on Track A, with son Dari in Primary as well as other family members Amanda will introduce…

Our family:

Andrew and I

Dari: 6, Primary (1st Grade)

Aella: 2

Kyleigh: 5 mos

3 puppies 

5 cats

Our days are normally filled to the brim and as my husband works grave shifts and I work a varying shift schedule things get moved around a lot as far as the schedule goes. Between our work, a toddler and a new baby our days are VERY flexible. Friday tends to be the easier day for me, but as you will see, this one kept me on my toes and we didn’t get everything done that I would have liked to. But the extra two days on the weekends helps us catch up for sure!

Friday Jan 7th

6:00 am

Aella wakes up and we head downstairs to start our morning. I put Mickey Mouse Club on while I make breakfast, let the dogs out and do the dishes. To my surprise, Daddy had baked muffins earlier in the morning so I didn’t have to bake! 


I check on preparations of a science project. I’m removing the shells from eggs with vinegar. As I check up on those my little cyclone (Aella) has managed to antagonize the dogs, has had a fit and almost dumped water on the carpet (again).


I patiently wait for the coffee to brew (well, perhaps not patiently!) I prepare a white board schedule that I keep in the kitchen to keep daily chores on track.


The baby wakes up and as she plays in her Jumperoo I try to quickly do a coupon match up for a grocery list. In the meantime I’ve cleaned up dog poop from our house training puppy, dealt with three obstinate fits from Aella, changed two diapers and took a breath. 


I run another load of dishes and then turn some music on with Pandora. Aella and I have an impromptu dance party and we march around the living room to the beat. 


I warm a bottle to feed the baby and turn on Cinderella to temporarily pacify the little cyclone. While feeding Ky I Pinterest activities for the school year next year and continue looking for deals for the grocery list I started this morning. Meanwhile, Dari wakes up and gets his morning chores done.


I put littlest down in the hopes that she will nap and cook myself some eggs while the kiddos finish up Cinderella.


Kyleighs nap has failed miserably! I start a load of laundry, grab Ky from her crib and head downstairs to spend time with the kiddos.


We head to our school room and start with Math, Dari’s favorite subject. I keep a running whiteboard list of all our tasks for the day in our room to keep us on track and Dari likes to choose which subject we will be doing. Today is a little difficult in that Dari needs reminders to stay focused or he will jump off into a whirlwind of Lego explanations, and my cyclone requires my assistance today in entertaining herself. Dari and I do have a lively conversation about “sneaky” letters such as the m in lamp.


While doing language lessons my potty training 2 year old announces she has relieved herself in Dari’s room! I quickly place her on the toilet and clean up the offending pile as my baby begins to fuss. As I’m cleaning up the hazardous waste, Aella opens and dumps a bottle of baby shampoo onto the bathroom floor. Once everything is clean and I’m done zipping around I realize that I need a reset break. We stop our lessons and go into Aella’s room to play while I feed the baby. Eventually, that breaks down into a raspberry blowing contest with all the kiddos.


Dari goes off to play by himself as I switch the laundry around and deal with another meltdown from Aella. I’m thinking it’s near naptime.


I lay Aella down for a nap and read SOTW 24 while Dari sits on the couch and colors a picture. We discuss the story as I feed Ky again (I’m thinking she’s going through a growth spurt at this time! Sheesh!)


Baby is finally asleep and I check on Aella. The offensive pile of waste I cleaned up earlier is no where near the piece of artwork that awaits me when I open the door! Apparently she loves to finger paint. I start Aella in a shower, disinfect her entire room and then use this chance to hop in the shower myself. Afterwards, I have Dari play his Nintendo DS for an hour so I can start another load of laundry and begin lunch.

12:18 pm

After getting Aella dressed I head down to make PBJ’s for lunch.


After lunch Dari and I discuss Persians, Spartans and Athenians as well as what his favorite part of the Greek Saga was.


Daddy wakes up and kiddos play with him while I make coffee and pack his lunch. I finish up my grocery list and take the time to pinch myself because my youngest is still sleeping. We use this time to spend with Daddy until he leaves for work.


Kyleigh finally wakes up!


Daddy heads off to work and the kiddos watch a movie while I start cleaning up around the house. 


I start dinner and sit to watch the movie with the kids.

5 ish

Dinner rolls around and we sit down to eat, then it’s showers and bed for the little ones. Generally Dari gets about an hour of video game time if he hasn’t already (which he did) so he plays spiderman around the house. 


Both girls are finally in bed and we work on any straggling schoolwork that is left to be done.


Dari is showered and in bed. I read a chapter from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

After kiddos are asleep is time for me to catch up on chores and prepare for the next day. Generally if we haven’t covered everything on the grid for the day I review what needs to be done and plan it in our schedule. Then it’s time for Mommy to sleep (finally!)

Whew! Are you tired, too? Thank you so much, Amanda, for sharing your day with us. It’s always refreshing to get a glimpse into someone else’s homeschool day, to know we’re all doing this with various challenges, and to relate to each other! 

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