Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Small Snippet of Daily Life

It's 4:00 am and my feet hit the floor. I absolutely love this time of morning...everyone is still sleeping soundly, and the house is completely quiet. This is the only time of day that I truly have to myself, and I cherish it immensely. I quietly close our bedroom door and head out to the kitchen to put the tea kettle on. I turn on my computer, then head to the laundry room to see how full the dirty clothes hamper is and decide whether or not I need to start up a load of laundry. My next stop is the living room to straighten pillows, fold blankets, and pick up any toys that may have been left out the night before. Now the hot water is ready so I pour myself a cup of tea and sit down at my desk. I spend this time preparing for the day ahead...I read my devotions, check my emails, work on my blog posts, and visit my favorite shopping sites to see if there are any good sales or deals worthy of sharing on the blog or my social media.


Now it's 6:15 am and I head into our bedroom to wake up my husband. He telecommutes for work and since his company is on the east coast, he needs to be up so he can start at 7:00 am mountain time/ 9:00 am eastern time. I make my way back out to the kitchen and pour him a cup of tea. Afterward, I finish my work on the computer and then shut it down between 7 and 7:15am. I head back to our bedroom to make the bed, then get myself cleaned up and ready for the day before the boys all wake up and the house 'comes alive' with their playing and noise.

Since moving up here, my daily 'uniform' consists of a pair of jeans or cords (this pair from Old Navy are one of my favorites, as well as a bootcut pair from J.Crew, and these matchstick cords), a turtleneck or cashmere sweater, Under Armour women's coldGear® fitted long sleeve crew, wool socks, and a pair of boots. If we need to go out during the day, then I throw on my black fleece storm hoodie, boyfriend fatigue jacket from J.Crew, and a scarf over whatever outfit it is that I'm wearing that day.

Daily Life

It's now 8:00 am, and I'm in the kitchen fixing breakfast for everyone. I like to start our day with a substantial meal, so I normally fix eggs and serve them with bacon or sausage, english muffins or fried potatoes, and some form of fruit. At least one or two days of the week we have porridge with fruit or french toast made with Franz Cinnamon swirl french toast thick sliced bread. Once it's ready I head down the hallway to my husband's office to let him know, then call the boys to the table, and we all eat breakfast together.

9:00 am: The kitchen is cleaned up and all the boys' morning chores are done...beds made, teeth brushed, hair combed, they are all dressed and ready to start their day, too. Now it's time to start our school lessons. If I have to work I give them a self-guided lesson to do until I am finished, and then we continue on with our regular daily lessons. They are allowed to take a short break around 10:15 am to burn off some energy and get refocused in order to complete the rest of their assignments.

At noon I am back in the kitchen to fix lunch. This meal usually consists of some form of sandwich, crackers, and sliced veggies (carrots, celery, cucumbers, or tomatoes). Lunch is finished and the kitchen cleaned back up again by 1pm. The next two hours are spent taking care of any work assignments, business-related projects, phone calls, paperwork, housework, laundry, etc., that need to be done.

My husband finishes up work about 3pm our time, and we spend the next couple of hours either exploring the nearby state parks, running errands (right now we are in the process of house shopping), or just relaxing at home until it's time for dinner.



I start fixing dinner around 5:30pm, although many times it ends up being later if we've gone out that afternoon. The deer that live further up the mountain show up in our yard or at the end of the driveway around this time, and the kids come to the window to watch as they make their way down the mountainside to the nearest watering hole. There is a large number of them around our house, and they often travel in packs of three or four.


For dinner I try to make meals using as many natural, unprocessed foods as possible. Some of our favorite family meals include pork chops with honey mustard sauce, veggies, & baked potatoes, pot roast served with carrots, broccoli, mashed potatoes, & bread, as well as my own personal favorite, bison burgers served with a salad & kettle chips...so delicious! Eventually I want to have my own garden, and even make my own butter and yogurt, as well as start canning fruits and vegetables to store for the winter. The ultimate goal is to be more self-sufficient and much less reliant on grocery stores to provide our food. Not only would this be a much healthier way to eat, but very satisfying knowing that we are not dependent on anyone for a large portion of our sustenance, and it would also be much more affordable...especially with 4 growing boys to feed! ;)

Dinner is finished and the kitchen cleaned up by 8pm. It has gotten dark and and the lights on the houses across the lake start to twinkle as other families go about their own evening routines. The boys are allowed to watch some television before going to bed at 9pm (except for the oldest who gets to stay up until 10:00pm). My husband and I usually watch a show together and then head into bed ourselves.

Our weekends are spent exploring more of the area and mountain ranges, house hunting, taking care of any shopping trips that might need done (it's 60 miles to the city with the 'big' stores such as Costco, Cabelas, Lowe's, & Target), and simply relaxing at home with a cup of hot tea, while enjoying the majestic scenery that surrounds our mountain home...



25 comments:

  1. Thanks for the post- I know it can't be easy moving from Florida to Co. but it sounds as if you have truly embraced your new adventure. I have moved a lot and it isn't always easy, especially with kids, but when you face it with a positive attitude it becomes fun. You should check out these 2 books for your boys- they are too old to be read to but they will love the stories, especially because of where you live. They are by Robert San Souci and the titles are " Two Bear Cubs"( this on will make you want to visit Yosemite) and "North Country Night". I think you will like them. They are written for elementary age children but I feel that you are never too old for a good story. Good luck and I look forward to more posts.

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    1. Thank you MJ! The books sound wonderful, and I'm sure my boys will love them, too. I'll definitely add them to our reading list! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  2. Even though it is only temporary your new home looks spectacular! It must be so completely different from Florida although your daily routine remains more constant. It looks like a great place to raise four young boys. It is wonderful how much effort you put into family life. In my view that is most rewarding.

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    1. Thank you Teacups! This house really is very nice, and the view is amazing. We have not rented a house since the 90's, so doing it again seems like a new experience.

      My family is one of my top priorities, and I truly enjoying taking care of them. :)

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  3. Change is good. Thanks for the glimpse at your daily life. I love your home, it looks very warm and welcoming. You must be an energizer bunny from the sound of your day! So glad you and all your boys have settled in to your new surroundings in Montana. It's such a beautiful place.

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    1. I completely agree, Desert Flower. The change we've gone through recently has definitely been a big positive in our lives. The boys love it here as much as we do, too! :)

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  4. Love the slice of life Melissa! How idyllic! I think this is a wonderful post idea - I may steal it!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Wendy, and I'd love to read a small snippet about your daily life! :)

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  5. Thanks for sharing a part of your life!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Ina...hope you enjoyed the small snippet! :)

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  6. melissa i'm so happy for you and your family! i saw this post in my reader and thought...who is this? i'm so surprised that your left florida but it sounds like a great move and how fun for your kids. my husband would love for me to move to northern utah where his dad is living. we've been going back and forth (which is over 700 mi) for the last 2 years as his dad is getting up there in age. i'm a bit afraid of the isolation which is weird b/c i do my best to isolate myself here. oh god i'm weird. anyway, congrats on the move! xo janet

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    1. Thank you so much, Janet! My husband and I have wanted to move out of Florida for a very long time, so we are very happy to have finally done it. We are definitely enjoying our new life here. :)

      I hope that all continues to go well for your FIL, and for your travels to Utah to be with him. Thank you so much for checking in!

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    1. Thanks cate! Of course some days are better than others, but life is generally good for the most part. We have our ups and downs, life trials and such, but always try to continue with a positive attitude and a lot of prayer. :)

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  8. I missed your first post, and am so happy I caught it this morning. I love the name and I'm so excited to see more. What a lovely family you have, and what an amazing and fulfilling experience to move to your dream location. I'm so happy for all of you, it sounds just wonderful. I can't wait to see more snippets!

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    1. Thank you so much M! This rental house has such a gorgeous view...we're definitely fortunate to get to stay here for the short term. We're in the process of hunting for a house to buy, and hope to find one with just as wonderful a view as this one. :)

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  9. Hi Melissa, I really enjoyed your post; new inspiration for me! I need to try & follow your schedule for a few days; I think it would be life changing for me. I enjoyed the pictures; they didn't show up on the e-mail but was able to view them on your blog. Wishing you many happy adventures in your beautiful new home! Hugs, Dawn

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    1. Thanks Dawn! I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed this post! Staying on a routine really does help me with all the things I'm in charge of as 'CEO' of our household.The boys always do better when they have a routine to follow, as well. Some days not everything goes according to plan, but I make adjustments and try to get us back on track as much as possible.

      Thank you so much for the good wishes! We really are loving this home, even if it is just temporary. :)

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  10. Hi Melissa. I'm a long time lurker on your FFM blog and love this new blog too!

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  11. Hi Melissa-
    Love reading about your days. Your writing and routine exude a calm that I find enviable; I find enviable your utter centered ness in your family. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much maqsad! I'm really so pleased to hear that you enjoyed it! :)

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  12. Hi Melissa! I am so happy to have found you here! You helped me so much last year and were so kind! You are so brave-we put our house up for sale in January and are only looking to move across town and I have been really depressed some days thinking about starting over in a new place! I can't wait for more posts!-Judith

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    1. Hi Judith! It's great to hear from you! I understand how you feel about starting over in a new place, but I'm sure everything will work out just fine. It's exciting to get a fresh start, so you should try to look forward to it. Our move has been a really positive experience, and one that I am so glad we made. I hope all continues to go well, and that your family is doing good. Enjoy your day! :)

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