Preschool around here starts back after Labor Day… which is only a little over a week away! What the heck?! That week things will really kick into high gear for us. The girls will be alternating days at half-day preschool. I’ll be starting homeschool. Soccer and ballet both start that week as well. While I’m very conscious about trying to not over-schedule our days, inevitably things will be busier.
I’ve been doing a lot of rearranging in my head of what our weeks will look like. Per usual for everyone, each day will look different. I’ll have one on one time with the girls on alternating days. Ballet and soccer will both be on the same day, causing it to be NUTS. But still, I’ve been combing things over to get an idea of what a fall schedule weekday will look like.
I’m taking a cue from Sarah and her idea to write down what an ideal day looks like. I think it is a great exercise in organization and setting intention. I often fall asleep a night combing over the next day’s order of events. Knowing what to expect creates a peace in my mind so I can move smoothly (as one can do with two small children) through the day. So with that in mind, forgive me as I use this space as a personal journal and scribble down what I view to be an ideal day during this next season.
5:30 am: Rise and shine! Head straight to the computer to blog.
6:45 am: Eat my breakfast and put on workout clothes.
7:00 am: Get the girls up, help them get dressed, hair brushed, etc.
7:20 am: Breakfast for the girls, brush teeth, get in the car.
8:00 am: Burn Bootcamp then drop whichever child has preschool that day.
9:15 am: Shower, get dressed, get tea.
9:45 am: Homeschool. This will be a different activity every day.
11:30 am: Be done with homeschool and prepare lunches.
12:00 pm: Pick other child up from school. Come home to eat lunch.
1:00 pm: Nap/quiet time. Pick your poison. I’ll do computer work, prep dinner, do laundry.
2:00 pm: Usually it’s just Hailey up, so this will be our reading hour. We’ll read together some and separately some.
3:00 pm: Kaitlyn is often up around now on days she naps, but takes a few minutes to wake up.
3:30 pm: Afternoon activity of choice. Bike riding, a play date with friends, run errands, library, etc.
5:30 pm: Finish up cooking dinner.
5:45 pm: Girls eat dinner. I’m going to try and start eating with them this year. Clean up kitchen.
6:20 pm: Help the girls pick out the next day’s outfit.
6:30 pm: Bath time.
6:50 pm: Read books in jammies.
7:10 pm: Both in bed.
7:15 pm: Finish cleaning up the kitchen and set aside David’s plate, or sit with him while he has dinner. Chat about the days.
7:45 pm: Down time! Clean up, finish up tasks, watch TV, read, play Scrabble, drink wine- most importantly just hang out with David.
9:30 pm: Wash up.
10:00 pm: Lights out- zzz.
Things I’ll need to accomplish to make this a reality:
- Meal planning. Always my go-to for calm and order. Knowing what I’ll be grabbing for lunches and making for dinner will be a huge help.
- Meal prep- especially breakfast. I rarely make the 8:00 Burn Bootcamp class because it’s just too rushed of a morning. I enjoy leisurely breakfasts, but if I’m going to maintain my fitness, I’ll have to make the 8:00 am class a priority. This means quick breakfasts.
- Lesson planning. I really want our homeschool hours to be fun and engaging. To accomplish this, I’ll need to know what we’ll be “studying” each week and have my plan laid out.
- Bringing the girls in on everything. Knowing what to expect in a day doesn’t just help me, it helps the girls. I’m thinking of creating some charts to let them visually see what the day will bring and be able to check off tasks as we move through the day. I see this really appealing to them!
- Wine. My evenings will be for enjoying a glass of wine and being present with David. During this physically taxing phase of life with little ones, it’s really important to me that he knows our marriage comes first. I’m not always great at doing this (I often feel DONE by the end of the day) but having time to sip a glass of pinot, chat, and reconnect in the evenings is vitally important to me.
My organization nerd side is squealing with delight over having this all planned out. Sure, I’m aware that not everyday is going to go this picture perfect, but know what I want a day to look like is the first step towards making it happen. Though I’m not ready to say goodbye to all the ripe tomatoes just yet, I’m super excited for what the fall season will be bringing!
How does your daily schedule change as summer turns to fall?
Do you like to plan out your days or prefer to go with the flow?