Feb 142013

Yesterday on Facebook, Lisa asked:

“Would you do an updated version of your daily schedule for stay at home mom’s? I love your blog! Thank you.”

Did you know that my original post on this subject is my #2 most visited post of all time? It’s second only to my post about how to make your own resurrection eggs (which you might also like to visit – Easter is rapidly approaching!)

I’m happy to share my current, school year schedule for Lisa, and any of you who find this helpful, but I want to stress that I do not follow this schedule to the minute! It’s merely intended to provide some basic structure to the day, so that I can avoid wandering aimlessly, wondering what I should do first (which is what I did before I made a schedule).

6:45 AM: Get up. (I hate this. I just want to say that right now. I am not, by nature, an early riser, but I’ve found that I really need that extra 15 minutes before everyone else is up. It makes a big difference in my attitude the rest of the day if I can drink a cup of coffee and read a little bit in my Bible before everyone starts making demands of me).

7:00 AM: Wake girls. Help Cakes pick out clothes. Make breakfast for girls, and pack lunches if needed.

7:30 AM: Get DJ up and dressed.

7:45 AM: Girls brush teeth and hair, and get their stuff together. I send them down to the bus stop at 7:54.

7:56 AM: Bus picks up girls. Stand at the door, watching to make sure they get on safely.

8:00 AM: DJ and I eat breakfast, and I get dressed and groomed.

8:30 AM: Plan supper menu. Get food out of freezer to defrost, or start meal in slow cooker.

9:00 AM: Start one load of laundry in washer (see my laundry schedule). Fold and put away any laundry in the dryer, or in baskets in the living room.

10:00 AM: Daily cleaning chores, and project work.

11:30 AM: Make lunch.

Noon: Eat lunch and clean up kitchen.

12:45 PM: DJ’s nap routine (wash hands and face, story time).

1:00 PM: Bible study, followed by half hour nap (if I’m not tired, I’ll exercise at this time instead. This doesn’t happen very often).

2:00 PM: Fold and put away clean laundry. Work a little more on whatever the day’s project happens to be.

3:00 PM: DJ is usually up by now, and we play for awhile until the girls get home.

3:30 PM: Girls home. Snack and homework time.

4:00 PM: Kids: free play time together. Check blog comments/emails/Facebook. I may also write a blog post at this time, if I have an idea for one.

4:45 PM: Supper prep. Girls set table.

5:30-5:45 PM: Eat supper.

6:15 PM: Supper clean-up.

7:00 PM: Girls: room chores (laundry in hamper, straighten up). DJ: shower.

7:30 PM: Girls to shower. DJ: bedtime routine (story, prayers).

7:45 PM: DJ in bed.

8:00 PM: Girls: round up stuff for the next day (coats, backpacks, boots) and put it by the door. TV/free time.

8:30 PM: Cakes in bed.

9:00 PM: Bee in bed. Time with husband (snuggle on couch, watch TV or movie, talk).

10:15-10:30 PM: Bedtime routine (shower and shampoo, dry hair, moisturize, brush teeth and floss, PJs. On days when I’ve exercised during DJ’s nap, I take my shower afterwards instead). Read.

11:00 PM: Lights out.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays this routine is different because the kids have after-school activities, which means that everything from 4:00 to roughly 7:30 is altered. On Wednesday, my husband takes Bee to her dance class at 4:15, and I stay home to get dinner going so we can still eat at the usual time, and then Bee does her homework after dinner. On Thursday, the girls and I don’t get home from Good News Club until almost 5:00, and Cakes has dance class from 6:00-7:00. We’ve found that it’s very difficult to make and eat dinner, put leftovers away, and get Cakes changed into her dance outfit, all in a mere 45 minutes, so on Thursdays we usually eat after dance (I typically make a Crock Pot meal, or something quick and easy like spaghetti, grilled cheese and tomato soup, or tacos). Bee brings her homework along and does it during Cakie’s hour-long class, and DJ doesn’t usually get to bed until 8:15 or 8:30.

Also, with all the remodeling that’s been going on lately, my husband and I often have projects to work on in the evening, which means we have to sacrifice what little down time we have.  I’m really looking forward to getting back to some semblance of normalcy again.