Right away, I figured out I'd have to get these kids on a routine, so I started with Holden. Almost overnight he accepted his routine and has been a much more pleasant little man ever since. Ruby's getting there. Most nights, she'll sleep from 10-ish until 6:30-ish. I am very pleased. And sane from all that sleep I'm getting.
Meanwhile, there are a few things I'm doing pretty regularly. Smoothies. Showers. Washing diapers. Drinking chocolate milk. Overall, I'm thinking I need to solidify some routines for myself. I want to get in shape so I can play soccer next season. I want to eat better so I have enough energy to chase these two. I want to make delicious lunches and snacks for my beautiful children, and I want my family to eat dinner together. I want to keep my house clean so I'm not mortified when I think of strangers meeting my pet fruit flies.
Starting next week, I'll be trying it out:
- I'll get out of bed by 6 AM. Burgundy has to leave for school by 6:30 in just one more week, so this is necessary in the long run anyway.
- I'll make breakfast and lunch all at once (assuming Ruby does not rise with me), including smoothies for myself, Mark and Burgundy; lunch for Mark; lunch and post-school/pre-band foods for Burgundy, and finger foods for Holden and I for lunch. Lunches might not be the most healthful; if I have to whip up a batch of Krap Macaroni and Cheese, so be it. I will pat myself on the back for Getting Stuff Done.
- I'll clean the kitchen.
- Once Holden is playing and Ruby's been fed, I'll run through my standby daily chores:
- Make the beds
- Spend two minutes on a crap-magnet
- Run a load of laundry
- Wipe down the nastiest bathroom surface
- Start a load of diapers (work on it throughout the day)
- Work on my dailies as time allows:
- Monday: 30-minute blitz-clean
- Tuesday: Dusting
- Wednesday: 15-minute trash-toss and 15-minute declutter
- Thursday: Lead homeschool English class
- Friday: Pick up outside (20-30 minutes MAX)
- Saturday: Clear out the car
Now look. There's no way I'll do all of these things every day. I have a toddler, an infant, and a teen. But I want to have a sense of where I should be and of some kind of plan to keep our home sane.
Meanwhile, my got-done list for this weekend:
- Cleaned the kitchen (with a little [a lotta] help from Mark)
- Took Burgundy birthday present shopping and to a party about 15 miles from here
- Bought myself a dress and a few shirts that do not make me look like a rabid "I Love Lucy" horror/fantasy clown (more on that another day, maybe tomorrow)
- Cleaned out the freezer (this was over 2 years later than needed)
- Washed, pitted and froze over a gallon of cherries for smoothies
- Washed and froze about a gallon of grapes
- Went grocery shopping
- Started a batch of yogurt for smoothies
- Cleaned up and reassembled the double stroller we got for !FREE!
- Responded to a fellow who might be looking for a room to rent