Ever feel like you are tired of doing the same thing, at the same time, every day? Well, I used to. But lately, I have craved the structure of routine we used to have in our home (when we had a home). It's kind of hard when you are hopping from place to place, to settle in to some established schedule. And I have learned that children thrive on a schedule. This week, things are starting to fall into place. It goes something like this:
7:30 a.m. --we arise and eat breakfast of yogurt (organic), usually with fruit or a piece of peanut butter toast (on wheat).
8:00 -- comb hair, brush teeth, change clothes, go potty
8:30-- the kids are allowed to watch some educational cartoons (PBS is great!)
9:30 -- snack
10:00-- play in the toy room while Mom does chores
11:00--I start preparing lunch, for the past couple of weeks it has been either a natural pizza on wheat crust (kashia is good) or chicken nuggets (not good--processed meat) with a fruit.
11:30--Sit down for lunch
12:00-2 or 3 is naptime, depending. I try to sneak in some significant time w/ my Bible during this time.
After nap, we go outside if weather is permitting. When they tire of outside, we come back in and Elijah and I are starting to have some sit-down draw/write, time. I am trying to get him started on recognizing his numbers on paper. This going sloooowly :).
3-4, I start on supper. I figure it is the least I can do since we are living here rent-free!
5:00--the kids and I eat supper. The rest of the household eat as they filter in.
6:30--Daddy is home! (usually). We have some family time either outside or in the living room.
8:00--Bedtime for kids.
After the kids are in bed is when I iron John's clothes for the next work day, then get my own bath and prepare for some quiet time with my husband. In between all of these target times is potty training, which keeps me hopping! Elijah has not had an accident in THREE days, and Grace is still going good, although I still have her in a diaper. I don't want tee-tee all over someone else's floor!
We are striving for some routine, although when we move again, it will probably set everything off! But I want a nice, calm, structured household to bring Emma home to in August. I just have to focus and stay disciplined!