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Sunday, March 21, 2010

daily schedule

So, when I asked for advice on posts earlier - this was one of the suggestions.
Now, this is a sample if we spent ALL day at home, which happens about three times a week on my new toned-down-not-going-out-as-much plan.

I'm afraid that typing it out will make it seem extremely boring and uninteresting, but maybe if I blog it - you will too and we can learn from one another:)

5:30am: wake up.
(I'm just a morning person and kind of HAVE to get up this early to have my wits about me. Nick can verify - if I wake up past six, I'm like a wild animal with no plan.)
5:30-6:30: quiet time.
Just a tip: Don't tell yourself "oh I'll just check the internet real quick while I wait for the coffee to brew, then I'll start my quiet time!". I too often make this mistake.
6:30: walk or workout. If I'm going to workout at night with Nick, I go on a short walk and just get out of the house. Sometimes I call my mom or sister since I don't get great cell reception in my house and it's 9:30am their time.
7:30: kiddo time. The little ones get bottles/milk in their cribs until this time and Elias gets to read. At 7:30, I'm on. We let them watch a show or two in the morning and I get ready if I'm not already ready.
8am: Breakfuss. Kids eat, I make a smoothie, then I feed Benja or if Nick has time - he does it for me. First vacuum of the day while they're still in chairs.
8:30: crawl time for Benj, free play.
9:30: B naps and I do some sort of structured play with the older two. This usually looks like 15-20 minutes of intense structure and then I let them have a quick snack and more free play.
(numbers, letters, songs, acting out Bible stories, etc.)
11:30: Benj is up and I BEGIN getting lunch ready.
12:15 - 1ish: Eat lunch, I eat a snack and feed B.
1ish: start naptime procedures. Set up B's pack n play, coax Glory into her crib, get Elias settled on the couch. If I hold Elias, he will fall asleep in about fifteen or twenty minutes. When he passes out, I slip him off my lap, go get my own lunch, and TRY to relax. Watch tv, lay on the floor, prayer walk, read, something.
3ish: rally the troops with a post-nap snack. Bananas & usually some letter-shaped animal crackers do the trick. Try VERY hard not to make another pot of coffee. These help.
3:15: post-naptime activity. Play outside, go on a walk, do crafts, run an errand, song/music time.
5pm: Curious George! Please tell me, how many moms utilize the 5pm Curious George break to get dinner started? I know at least five. I start dinner.
5:30/5:45: Dinner as a family, or just the kids and Nick and I will eat a snack.
6:30: Bible time, prayer, and teeth brushing. Bebes in their cribs, Elias in his bed - reading books. (this is sometimes later if we need to do nighttime baths)
7:00ish: Nick and I work out or watch tv, or read, or stare lovingly into one another's eyes. Yeah, that's right. Also, laundry, cleaning, prepping stuff for the next day.
8ish: carefully remove the books from Elias' deathgrip & turn off the light.
10pm: head towards bed.
10:30: lights out or Nick pries the book from my deathgrip.
Start it all over!
So, what's YOUR schedule?

(Annnnndd.... just a picture to tide you over till tomorrow's princess party goodness)


Jill said...

oh my gosh jessi. first impression: a woman of faith. i NOW UNDERSTAND how you have a mental life. and faith. and vision and hope! my half-hearted effort to get up before the babies directly feeds into my desperate attempt to survive the day! 5:30-6:30a plus a little time to go outside sounds like heaven. i'm so convicted -- man cannot live by bread alone.

thank you. sister love.

Pinkie Winkie said...

How do you manage to barely spend time cleaning?!?!? I'm SO jealous. I feel like that is half my day! :(

Jessi said...

Jill, seriously - it is actually the only thing that makes me feel slightly normal. And Angie - a basement apartment helps! Not much to clean! I do one thing a day (monday kitchen, tuesday bathroom, etc.) and do it during their play time or after dinner. Then regularly cleaning just happens all day! I usually vacuum two/three times a day, (our main room) right after the kids eat - while they're still in high chairs.

Nancy said...

Your warning about spending time with God first before going online rings so true to me. I get up at 5:00 with my husband most days (he's off to work by 5:45) and I will admit I do this (go online first) most of the time. When I do go before God first, my day is automatically filled with joy and peace. Thanks for the reminder!

Your schedule looks very thorough. I have a schedule in my head but I think writing it down is best.

Karly said...

For anyone wanting some help in prioritizing, time management etc. from a Christian perspective read "Shopping for Time" by Carolyn Mahaney. Awesome book, and really short and easy to read!
I won't post my schedule b/c the only thing that is constant are the 3 different drop off/ pick up times for all the different schools!