Posting my menu plans every week has really helped me to be accountable to "using what I have" and has really helped save time and money and stress. In that vein, I've been thinking about how to best manage my time in other areas as well; cleaning house, educating/playing with children (w/o TV), exercise, rest, outside time, and errands. Not to mention time for myself and my marriage!
- Greet children, change diapers, nurse for comfort.
- Drink tall glass of lemon water.
- Prepare breakfast for family, including hubby.
- Take cod liver oil, eat breakfast.
- Clear dishes to kitchen.
- Children "help" empty dishwasher or play as I wash dishes.
- Check "to do list" for any prep items
- Dress baby, 3 y.o dresses herself
- Morning prayers
Morning chore: (Kids "help" now, but as they get older they will get responsible for them) 15-20 min. max!!!
- Monday: laundry (wash/dry/fold)
- Tuesday: bathroom #1 spiff (spray/wipe down all surfaces, clean toilets)
- Wednesday: laundry (wash/dry/fold)
- Thursday: bathroom #2 spiff (spray down all surfaces, clean toilets)
- Friday: organize a "hot spot" (a cluttered area of neglect)
Mid-morning outing: (Around 10 am) This is the time in the day I designate for an errand or time "out" of the house
- Walk to park or store
- Shopping (I rarely shop during the week, but occasionally we get groceries )
- Farm visit (pick up milk, pick berries, fruit, or veggies)
- Play dates or meetings
- Library trips
Home for lunch (around noon):
- Prepare lunch (usually takes about 15 min. to prep), kids help or play alongside
- Eat lunch (w/ hubby on most days when he can walk home!)
- Nurse baby down for nap (he naps 2.5 -3 hours!)
Afternoon (12:30-2:30): "Girl time" with daughter/Chores
- Play dolls, play "school", do art, read books (one-on-one time; her choice)
- I try to weave in a few minutes here or there of prep in kitchen, whether soaking or chopping veggies, etc. or clean. I usually "subtly" organize her room while we play to keep things clean.
- Into the 2nd hour, we usually work together in the kitchen to make kombucha , sauerkraut, or something else food-related. I use this as a time to educate her about nutrition, counting, colors, shapes, etc.
Late afternoon (whenever baby wakes up): "Outside play time"
- Lately this has been walks (sans stroller, so both kids can get out their energy)
- Time outside with neighbors (we have a condo with a playground and a large play yard and some other young kids to play with!)
- Pool or hose time
- Walk to a "shady park"
- I basically try to stay close to home because traffic gets bad around this time, kids get hungry and need to eat dinner early, so we often try to be back by about 4 so I can prep dinner
Early evening (i.e. the witching hour!)
- Scramble to prep dinner while keeping kids sane
- Once in a great while I resort to the "Old School Sesame Street DVD" for 3 year old if needed
- Eat Dinner
- Baby gets a bath, a story, nurses, prayers, and goes to bed
- 3 year old gets stories and daddy time, prayers,and then goes to bed (both kids usually down by 7:30)
Evening (i.e. Ahhhh time)
- Hubby and I tag team kitchen clean-up and catch up on our days
- Check my "to do" list for soaking, prepping for next day
- Water garden, empty compost
- Check e-mail, possibly blog
- Work out (if I didn't get to that morning)
- Chores (floor mopping, counter and sink scrubbing)
- One night a week: "Special cooking project" (i.e. yogurt making, pickling, snack bars or treats)
- Spend time with hubby
Sleep (usually way too late, like 11:00)
Wake up occasionally to child needing something. Called to remembrance of self-sacrifice and unconditional love :)
Sleep.....and great a new day!
I am happy and comfortable with the way my routine has evolved (and I know it will continue to do so), but there's always room for improvement. For instance, I want to make more time/space to just meditate, read my Bible, journal, etc. I wish I could spend more time with my friends. But I've come to believe that this is where I'm at right now in life, and I'm just really trying to appreciate this time. There's not a lot of rest for the weary, but every day there are plenty of moments that make it all worthwhile and I know I will cherish these days of young mommyhood forever!
What's your daily routine??? If you have a blog, please leave a comment and a link to your post. I am always awed and inspired by all of you, and want to know how you weave in all that you do! If you don't have a blog, feel free to leave a nice long comment :)