Today is a bit of a time capsule letter. I'm going to share with you what an ideal day looks like in my life. Now that you kids are older, I see many more ideal days than I did when you were toddlers. My school year and summer don't vary a whole lot anymore, either.
The Big Picture:
- Get myself and the other people in the house ready for the day by 8 a.m. Our morning routine includes devotions, getting dressed, eating a nourishing breakfast, and tidying up after ourselves in the bedrooms/bathrooms. I have a "thing" about moping around in PJ's until mid-morning, as you well know :-)
- Daily chores by 10 am: Laundry, tidying up, swiping bathrooms, meal prep and cleanup. My workout falls somewhere between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m, too. You and the boys often join me.
- School or Project pretty well finished by 1 pm. I assign 1-2 hour projects during the summer. These may be pruning trees, working on a household maintenance project, or just helping me punch out our weekly chores so we can get to the beach or go on a hike.
- Weekly chores/errands before 5 pm. I've moved my days around periodically to meet our family's schedule. Currently it looks like dis. . .
- Monday: Kitchen deep cleaning, reorganize pantry/fridge/freezer, grocery shopping, prepping/storing food for week, baking.
- Tuesday: Office day - anything paperwork from planning school work, bills, taxes, or even preparing a Sunday school class.
- Wednesday: Cleaning Day (sometimes swapped with Friday)
- Thursday: Mending/alterations and garden projects.
- Friday: Town day - library, errands, quick grocery stop for weekend needs, thrift/salvage store
- Saturday: Family projects, Sunday prep including car cleanout.
- Projects: Sewing, baking, school prep, research/video classes, pre-reading for lit classes.
5 am: Coffee and devos. I currently alternate between Professor Horner's plan and adding to my What Do I Know About My God? notebook. This is the only quiet alone time I get all day now that the boys are in high school.
6 am: Make Daddy's breakfast and pack his lunch. Daddy is so not a morning person! A hot breakfast helps him wake up and prepares him for his very physical job as a contractor. His lunch takes a bit to pack, too, since he's often gone through dinner time and needs enough food for the whole day.
6:30 am: Wake up Daddy for breakfast. Computer check-in time for me (Reader, G-mail, Facebook)
7 am: Start a load of laundry, unload dishwasher, morning visit with kids during school year, get dressed for walk/workout.
7:45 am: Switch laundry, make sure kids are doing "Morning 5" and on track for school day. In the summer I head out for a walk before you all are up.
8:00 am: Bible class (Still walking in summer)
8:30 am school /9 am summer: Tidy kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms while helping with school work. Finish up laundry.
9am school year: Go for walk/workout, make sure expectations are clear for work to be done while I'm out. Gardens/outdoor projects during the summer.
10 am: Breakfast: Poached egg, a couple of Jones natural sausages, and fruit. I'm not hungry at all when I wake up, so I eat breakfast late. I usually am not hungry again until dinner time, but I might have a snack late afternoon.
10:30 am: Shower, dress, make-up. Work on weekly chores, keep checking on kids' school or assigned project in summer.
1 pm: Tidy kitchen, start supper prep, double check all school work.
1:30 - 4 pm (5 pm summer): Errands, friends, downtime. Grocery shopping, library, piano practice, blog letters, etc. 1:30 - 4/5 is my "evening". I may even nap if I've had a late night.
4/5 - 6:30 pm: Prepare dinner, eat, and clean up kitchen. Kids are doing a quick pick up through the house and yard while I prepare dinner.
6:30 - 7: Computer time - Gmail, facebook, etc.
7-9: Project time (Mon - Wed): Baking, sewing, processing fruit or veg for preserving. The boys are at robots during this time for a big chunk of the year. We have church on Thursday night, family fun time on Friday night, Sunday prep on Saturday.
9 pm: Final house check, good night to Liss, set out breakfast, set up coffeemaker
9:15 - 10 pm: Read or watch a T.V. program, get ready for bed, good night to Matt
10 pm: Lights out.