Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Our Daily Routine

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Today is the first day in the past couple of months that I feel like we've gotten back to our usual groove. Our schedule was completely thrown out the window during my mural painting. Then as soon as I finished, all three kids cycled through the hand, foot, and mouth virus, and I'd say it took us at least two weeks before I felt we were completely rid of that awful illness. But now, finally, everything feels like it's back on track.

Now, here's where I tell you that I am a total type-B personality. As much as I really, really want to be the super organized type-A, I'm not. I just naturally am a laid back, go-with-the-flow, spontaneous type of person, so I really have to work hard at sticking to a schedule/routine. I do try my best, though, because it just makes everything in our home, especially our homeschool, work so much more smoothly. Getting into our routine has also drastically reduced my stress level, that's for sure!

I wanted to give you a little inside look at what our current routine looks like. It is ever evolving when new responsibilities and obligations arise, but right now this is what is working for us.

Morning routine:
  • Wake up
  • Make bed
  • Shower/Get ready
  • Switch over laundry/Put in load of laundry
  • Unload Dishwasher
  • Make breakfast/clean up
  • Daily chores (Post coming soon on my weekly cleaning schedule.)
After breakfast and before clean-up, we read and discuss our daily Bible lesson. Then, while I'm doing the chores, they help do things like filling up laundry baskets or wiping tables etc. If I'm doing chores that they aren't big enough to help with, then I give them an activity to do, like sit at the kitchen table and color, play with play dough, etc. or send them to their room to play, or even let them watch a movie or an episode of Wild Kratts or Super Why. Yes, I let my kids watch TV. I'm no SuperMom. Elena will often work on her math during that time because she can complete most of it all on her own.

Depending on the time, (and the weather), we'll either go outside for a break, or work on more school that the little kids can get involved in, then we do lunch and clean up.

After lunch, we finish up what schoolwork that needs to be done, and then we have a daily "quiet time" in the afternoon for about an hour to an hour and a half. This helps us all just take a break from the hustle and bustle of our day and the kids have a time of "rest" even though they don't nap anymore. I'll let them play in their room as long as there is no tv or electronics involved and they don't get too rowdy. If their room is a total wreck, which it often is, I make them straighten things back up during quiet time. I use this short, quiet break to do my personal quiet time reading/bible study. (Shocker! I do not do it first thing in the morning before the kids get up. I am not a morning person and I find that if I try to focus on reading/studying the Bible in the mornings, I cannot focus or struggle to stay awake, so I wait until I feel like I can give it more focused attention. Plus, I find the mid-day break is exactly what this momma needs to refresh and refuel for the remainder of the day.)

Since we are business owners, my husband doesn't work a normal 9 to 5. Some days he works from home, some days he comes home at 4 pm, and some days he's not home until 7 or 8. I usually call and check in and get his ETA before knowing when to start dinner. As much as I wished we ate at a scheduled time, it just isn't possible unless we ate without him, which I just will not do unless it's absolutely necessary. After dinner, and depending on what time it is, we spend some quality family time and then start a nightly routine.

Night routine:
  • Dishes/clean up kitchen
  • Take out trash
  • Switch over laundry/Put in another load/Fold and put away
  • 20 minute clean-up (main living areas)
Like I said, our nightly routine is a bit more flexible depending on when Jake gets home, but I try to have the kids in bed between 7 and 8. After the nightly routine is complete, I usually spend some time blogging, watching movies/shows with the hubs, or reading. At the end of the day, I mostly just like to enjoy some quiet!

I'll say it again, I am no SuperMom. Far from it! This routine is our ideal guideline for how we'd like our days to go, but there are quite often times where a wrench gets thrown in our plans, and that's ok! Whatever doesn't get done just gets moved to another day or just deleted altogether. (These are the times I'm thankful that I'm a type-B.) There are lots of more productive things I could add to my routine, but right now, this is about all we can handle. I have to say, though, that I'm so thankful that homeschooling gives us the freedom to be flexible in our routines and schedules. 

I'm sure this routine will be modified in the future, especially when the younger two kiddos join in on the schoolwork when they get a little bit older, but as of now, this is working. They say, "As long as it works, don't try to fix it," right!? 

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks into our daily lives. Until next time...


  1. I love looking at other people's schedules. It's fun! I had a pretty strict homeschool schedule but then I put blocks of time in the afternoon for cleaning, organizing, shopping, etc. The school hours schedule had to be stricter so that we could get everything done on time and so that I could have some one-on-one with each child.

    The kids are grown now and I still have a schedule somewhat, in order to get everything done that I need to do and be where I need to be. But it's a very loose one. Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party! :)

  2. It sounds like you are doing OK!! I can completely relate to life throwing the schedule a curve ball. We had an emergency trip to see family, recovering from crazy jet lag (we are 7 hours time difference) then about two weeks after getting home everyone got sick which lasted a couple weeks (actually I have one that just came down with it AGAIN!). So yep the schedule has been crazy, last week was my first week back mostly on track! I have similar routines as you actually. I am type-a in a lot of things but I'm not a fan of a tight schedule. We have basic routines and I have lots of checklists to keep me on track! It is working for now!

    1. Sounds like I'm not alone. :) And, yes! Checklists are a must! Thanks for visiting! :)

  3. This sounds like a great routine to me.

  4. I love seeing routines from other people - especially right now when I'm working on improving my own! Thanks for sharing. :)