Monday, March 19, 2012

This is my family.

Kind of trippy huh? A few years ago if you had told me this would be my life, I wouldn't have believed you. Weirder still is that both of us hope there will be a few more heads in Christmas Card 2017. They can make you completely nuts and completely happy at the same time. I don't know how to explain it.

Who knew that sanity would come from a routine?!? It's taken me almost a year of mulling things over in my brain, a few books, more than a few blog posts, and several conversations to come up with it and finally this weekend I typed it out and made it Law. It is a routine, not a schedule and so far it's totally working for us!

I know, I know. FlyLady has heavily influenced it. As has Toddlerwise. And the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. What can I say? I've been drinking a lot of Kool-aid. What it really comes down to is that my sister has scared the bajeezus out of me with stories of what happens when you screw these small people up. I don't want that on my head and I need all the help I can get.


0600   Before the Kids are Up- Out of bed and Make Bed, Dressed to shoes, hair/face/teeth
Swish and Swipe, Empty Dishwasher, Reboot laundry, Check Calendar
Papa starts breakfast, Mom nurses Juju
Juju bathed and dressed
0700 or later
Kids up and start Kid jobs
(Morning kid jobs- Make beds, Breakfast, Baths, Dressed to shoes, hair done)
Baths, dressed to shoes, hair done
Prayer and Papa leaves
Freetime while Mom does Mom jobs
Mom Jobs-Make lunches, fold one load, check emails, clean up kitchen, What’s for Dinner? Drink your water
Walk/Bike Ride/Take K to school or Playdate
Roomtime- Mom Declutters for 15 minutes
Structured activity
Clean up
Quiet play till nap time
Between 1300-1400 till 1600
Nap/Quiet time
Freetime/Structured Activity
Structured Playtime with siblings
Movie or free time while Mom makes dinner
Bath and dad time while mom cleans up kitchen
15 min. Zone Cleaning and grime busting kids
Family Time
Couch time, scripture and prayer
Kid jobs
Evening Kid Jobs- pick up toys, brush teeth, pick out book
Mom Evening Jobs- lay out clothes for tomorrow, check calendar, Where are keys?, Load launch pad, 2 Minutes clearing hot spot, Wash face/brush teeth, Read, Nurse, or Knit

Sundays- FEC We discuss bills need paying, make our to-do lists, discuss calendar, budget      update, Kid focus, Goals for the week
            Personal goal, Hobby goal, House goal
An hour on Sunday Night Starts the week off right! We do the weekly cleaning hour
Monday- FHE
Tuesday- Date Night
Wednesday- Hobby Night
Thursday- Knit night
Friday- Movie night
Saturday-Family Fun Day


JessG said...

Love it! I need one of those just for me.

Holly said...

I knew you got more done before my ass wakes up but, HOLY CRAP! You're killing me! Makes total sense though... I'm still not waking up before 8.

cambridgeclan said...

You inspire me. I have only two pages of my so called control journal done. My sink has been clean for 4 weeks straight though so I guess I am on the right path. Can you write me a schedule too...

Lisa said...

You are ON it!! Good for you. Okay, so I adhere to about a fraction of this schedule, but I do notice that having, say, 3 of these things in place (6:30 wake-up, 5:30 dinner, 7:30 bedtime) really helps the whole day go smoothly. You're in the thick of your postpartum period and setbacks are normal, but just remember that it's going to keep getting easier from here on out. You're doing great.

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