Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and were able to celebrate those great dads out there for all they do.
We had a low key weekend, which was just what the doctor ordered. The most we ventured out was to breakfast at Toast in Davidson on Sunday morning and to a couple area playgrounds. The rest of the time was spent around the house, complete with a little splashing and a little napping (just me, unfortunately, c’mon kids, nap it up).
The calm of the weekend and in theory the next month of unscheduled bliss, has me evaluating all the moving parts in my life and how best to arrange them. It’s a fun game to me and I like to check in every so often to see if things I am doing can be done better.
Lately though, it’s been a focus on what life will look like in two months, when preschool begins again for Kaitlyn and Hailey’s homeschool journey officially is underway. I have started listing out all my daily priorities, similar to laying out all the puzzle pieces design-side up.
Right now (in no particular order) the pieces look like this: homeschool, Burn Boot Camp, one on one time with David, blogging, cooking, relaxed down time for self-enjoyment/development/play, necessary tasks (like laundry, dishes, organizing, etc).
It seems like a fairly basic list (because it is), but figuring out how it all works together will be interesting. For example: exercise.
I usually hit up the 9:30 am boot camp class, but that won’t be feasible during the fall because after we drop Kaitlyn at preschool at 9:00 am, we’ll need to be doing homeschool. So alternatively we could go to the 8:00 am class, but that has me waking the girls up at 7:00 am and rushing them out the door (not my ideal way to start our days). I could always hit up the 5:30 am class, but the early mornings are my only computer/blogging time and since David sometimes leaves the house before 6:00 am, there would be no one home with the girls. I hear leaving young kids home alone is frowned upon.
I hope this isn’t seen as whining; it’s hardly a problem, just a puzzle that I’m trying to piece together. Maybe it will mean blogging a little less or changing work out times each day. Maybe it will be creating a universal wake up time around the house. Ahh, at this point who knows.
I do know that I’m going to enjoy the relaxed routine of summer at the moment, but that a new system is going to be in order soon. Given the girls’ behavior lately, we need to implement a bit more structure and responsibility (and less TV– I’m thinking we’re going to give it a few weeks off completely). We’ve started making a list of chores that are age appropriate and are going to work them into our everyday routine. It’s funny how I can feel so hyper-aware of not wanting to raise entitled kids, but some days feel like I’m failing at it (the whining can really get out of control). Responsibility and giving back need to start making a more robust appearance.
This is clearly just a rambling post, but after a month or two of just trying to survive the chaos, followed by a week or two of no plans a structure, our entire family is in need of a reboot.
How does your summer schedule differ from that of the rest of the year?
How do you fit your priorities into your days?
Or what area has to give?