“This is how we do it” is a series that shares what works for our family in various areas during this current season of life.
I am a person that likes order and routine. I love my paper planner. I love having a game plan. I look at the menus of restaurants online before I go and often know what I’m going to order (which drives David crazy). All that being said, one thing I’ve learned about routines is that they change with the season of life I’m in, and once I get a system down, something happens that shakes up either my priorities or abilities and I have to make a change. This is just a long-winded way of saying that this is my current weekday morning routine at a point of life when I am homeschooling our two girls, ages 7 and 4 1/2.
It doesn’t always look like what I’ll outline below– kids sometimes wake up during the night and I choose sleep over exercise. Or I really need to attend to something on my computer, so I spend some morning hours there. But generally speaking, this is what our weekday mornings look like.
4:40 AM: My alarm goes off. I take a few breaths with my eyes clothes before rolling out of bed. I grab my phone and my water bottle (which I always fill up before I go to bed). I walk out of our bedroom, quietly close the bedroom door, and grab my workout gear off the sofa table in the living room (that I lay out the night before). I head to the powder room to change, then I chug my water bottle. In the kitchen I refill in from the Berkey, add a scoop of pre-workout powder, and shake it. David and I currently use Gnarly Pre-Workout, which we both really like. However, if you are new to pre-workout supplements, prepare yourself for the tingles! The first time I took it I thought I was having an allergic reaction- ha!
4:55 AM: I leave home and drive to the gym. I pick a podcast and drink my pre-workout.
5:05 AM: In the gym! Each week I try to do a leg day, an arm day, a long run day, a full body workout day, and a walk/run whatever feels good day. I’m not always consistent. I look online beforehand to find workouts. Some of my go-to resources are Jen, Jess, and Kayla Itsines (I usually find these under google images).
I’m in the gym anywhere from 40-60 minutes depending on when David has to leave for the day, but I’m typically home around 6:00 AM.
6:05 AM: Shower time. I am playing around with different skincare products. I want to go more green/clean beauty but also want something that works. I have some BeautyCounter samples and some EVER samples currently. I am really liking my EltaMD facial sunscreen. I bought it in both regular and tinted. I like that it has a physical block (zinc), but absorbs into the skin well.
I also get dressed for the day.
6:15 AM: Chat with David in the kitchen briefly while he heats up a burrito and makes a latte (we love our new Nespresso!) Sometimes I’ll make him breakfast but since he is usually rushing off and eating in the car, it’s not all that often. I give him a kiss as he takes off.
6:30 AM: I make myself a cup of tea, currently Equal Exchange Organic Earl Grey is my favorite. I sit on the couch or at the kitchen table and journal. I am currently using the prompts that Rachel Hollis outlines in her new journals.
It takes about 15 minutes or so. I hesitate to write this next part because it’s such a new part of my mornings that I haven’t yet proven it will stick, but I meditate. I am using the CALM app and so far, so good.
6:55 AM: I go into the office, turn on my lamp, light my candle, and turn on my computer. I will either work on blog posts, respond to emails, schedule social media posts, or edit images.
7:20 AM: Kaitlyn is always the first one up and when she walks into the office, my computer time is over. She always shouts “boo!” as she bursts in the door. I always pretend to be surprised, then she comes and curls up in my lap. I shut things down, she blows out the candle and we head to the kitchen.
7:30 AM: Right now she is really into helping me in the kitchen, so I usually put her up on the kitchen island while we figure out what we want for breakfast. She tells me about her dreams (which I believe are actually a quarter real dreams and three quarters rambling, made up stories). I refill my hot water and start pulling out food. Their breakfasts range from pancakes and berries to avocado toast and scrambled eggs to yogurt parfaits and oatmeal.
7:50 AM: Usually Hailey wanders down around now, but if not, I will wake her up at 8:00. They sit at the table and we all chat while I get their breakfasts finished up. I give them their food and then start on my breakfast. My breakfast is typically a veggie and egg scramble with avocado.
8:20 AM: Wow, when I write it out it is really clear what a leisurely breakfast experience we have each day- haha! I usually eat my breakfast around now. While I clean up breakfast, they tag team emptying the dishwasher. Sometimes we’ll read a chapter or two of our read aloud during breakfast, too, or picture books we picked up from the library.
8:40 AM: I finish wiping down the counters, they head up to get dressed and brush their teeth.
9:00 AM: “Start school.” I use quotation marks because our homeschool style has evolved from the beginning of our school year. While we used to head up to the homeschool room for 2 1/2 hours to work through our studies, I’ve now become more comfortable with the concept that “homeschool is not merely recreating school at home.” It’s something I’ve always heard but never really understood.
At now almost two years into homeschooling, and with the girls still being so young, we are embracing the natural rhythm of the day. We still get the same amount of “work/studies” done, sometimes more honestly, but now we might do 30 minutes of math concepts/games, then go for a walk, then curl up on the couch to read, then go to the library to research Cleopatra, then complete an extra practice math worksheet before dinner, etc etc. It’s really wonderful.
And that’s it- our weekday morning routine!
Share with me:
Are you a morning person?
What is your favorite part of your morning routine?
What would you like to adjust?