Thanks so much to Lyndsey here at Speech to the Core for allowing me to share a day in my life with you all. I have really enjoyed getting to know other SLPs through these posts. I hope you enjoy reading about a day in the crazy that is my life!
I’m Kristin from Talkin’ with Twang. I am a recent graduate from the SLP program at Texas Woman’s University. I am currently working as a CF for a special ed co-op in Central Texas. I am married to a wonderful, hard-working husband and have one beautiful 8 year old daughter.
|A pic from our recent Disney Cruise|
Here is what a typical day in my life looks like…
5:45am – My alarm goes off. I usually snooze until 6:00 at which time our sweet new kitty decides I’ve slept long enough. She likes to get right in my face which usually gets me up pretty quick!
6:45am – I’m usually mostly ready by this time, so I wake up my daughter and fix her breakfast. While she eats I finish getting ready and pack our lunches for the day.
7:15am – We are out the door for school/work (we live super close to the school). I drop Taiylor off early, so I can make it to my campus by 8:00. I serve two small school districts here in Central Texas and they are about 35 miles away from each other (I live in between the two). On Monday/Wednesday, I drive about 25 miles and spend my entire day at one campus. On Tuesday/Thursday, I drive 25 miles to the first campus, see a few kiddos and/or attend meetings and then drive 35 miles to my other campus. I drive A LOT. I’ve put over 4,000 miles on my personal vehicle in just 2 1/2 months. It’s a lot of work driving, as well as just everyday driving. Out here in the country, things are really far away from each other!
8:00 – I arrive at my school and unload my materials for the day. I carry a lot of my therapy materials and activities in the back of my car in bags and crates. I try to plan out all of my activities ahead of time, but sometimes I decide I want something last minute and it’s nice to have it with me.
My Mondays & Wednesdays are jam packed with therapy. I currently have students from the PK-3 program all the way up to 11th grade on my caseload. I have students with a variety of goals including articulation, language, and social skills. They keep me pretty busy throughout the day! I have about an hour midday to eat lunch and work on paperwork, but the rest of the day is full. I even see an RTI group on campus after school!
4:00 – I pack up the car and head back to my daughter’s school to pick her up.
My evenings vary depending on the day of the week. Mondays are nice because we usually don’t have anywhere to be. On Mondays, I can actually cook a nice meal for supper. A lot of times I will also prep Tuesday’s meal since we don’t get home until later.
On Tue/Thur my daughter has gymnastics. She has joined the competition team this year and they practice from 4:30-6:30 twice a week. We rush to get her there on time (and she usually does her homework in the car on the way). Once she’s there, I have two hours to kill. This is when I will run errands, catch up on paperwork, or work on my blog/Teachers Pay Teachers store (if I remember to bring my computer). Some days I won’t get anything productive done and I just sit and chat with other moms, read, or catch up on social media.
On Wed, Taiylor has piano lessons after school. We usually head straight there after I pick her up.
7:00pm – We are finally home for the evening. I try to prepare meals ahead of time or get something going in the slow cooker so we have a hot meal ready pretty quick when we get home. We eat, finish up any homework that needs to be completed and Taiylor gets ready for bed.
8:30pm – Bedtime for Taiylor. We read together for a little while, say prayers, and lights are out by 9:00. I usually stay in her room for 20-30 minutes because she likes to have her back rubbed and it’s a nice downtime at the end of a busy day.
11:00pm – This is when I usually head to bed. It’s rare that I am ever in bed earlier than this. I’m usually exhausted, but I just like to have a couple of hours to unwind at the end of my day before it’s over.
My days are pretty busy, but that’s how I like it! I’m not very good at sitting still and doing nothing. I also realize that since I only have one kiddo, things aren’t as hectic as they would be with 2 or more kiddos. It’s manageable and perfect just the way it is.
Thanks again, Lyndsey! I am looking forward to reading more Day in the Life posts in the future!