It was sooo nice to have three weeks free from school and schedules. But as we all know, life does not consist of vacation and so it is time to back to real life. The children weren't so thrilled to start getting up at 6:30 once again, but they did pretty well and made it to school on time every morning. Even Beni has to be in Kindergarten at 7:30 already, but he was a trooper and got up on time. During the winter time, the children get a ride part of the way with dad on his way to work. They walk back home after school. It has been raining almost the whole week and it is extremely muddy in our area, but they managed. Hopefully more work will be done on our street next summer, so we will have less mud next fall.
The good news is that heating gas supplies have been stabilized, so finally the street lights are working again (they were turned off during the crisis to conserve electricity). That makes it less scary to walk or drive at night. I am very happy for that.
As for me personal, I have had to make some major changes in my day. Actually, it just means, that instead of writing out a good schedule and then doing things my own way, I actually forced myself do follow it! What a difference that makes! My major culprit has been .... the computer and the internet! I only planned to check mail after devotions, but almost every day instead of that I checked the mail before devotions while having my coffee and as you know, stayed checking blogs, facebook, sewing sites, etc for over an hour or more, wasting my precious morning hours, missing my time with the Lord and ending up being behind all day. Since disciplining at the computer didn't work, I had to take some drastic measures and get my husband and daughters to keep me accountable. The new rule says: No computer till the afternoon, or even better till evening! I was hard the first few days, but got easier later on. Anything in life can become an addiction and the "just let me check this one thing out" can quickly overrun our lives. My days were not perfect, but they were much more productive! And I finally did read the Bible and had time to do my planned chores in the mornings. I am sticking with this rule permanently and now I have the whole blogging community to keep me accountable =). It really makes a huge difference in my day. Additionally I have unsubscribed from a bunch of blogs that I have no primary interest at the moment to cut down on the computer time. And I have made a small list of what to check out daily.has to be done in that order. If I do not have enough time in the evening, the last ones get left off. This is the prioritized list: email (sort through and answer immediately), personal message on facebook (respond if needed), update blogs, scan blog reader (read only what insterests me), then check sewing forums if time permits.
As for my daily schedule at the moment (it keeps evolving as my baby's needs change and the weather gets warmer):
5:50 get up, make coffee, have devotions with hubby, plan day
6:30 wake up children, prepare breakfast and school snack, give baby her bottle, help children get ready for school
7:15 see children and hubby off, give Abi a baby video, exercise, take a shower, tidy up bath, get dressed, air out bedroom, make beds
8:00 move laundry to dryer, air out house, check on children's rooms, tidy other bath, unload dishwasher, prepare breakfast for me and Abi
8:30 breakfast, Bible reading, kitchen clean-up
9:00 pick-up main living area, vacuum it all, mop if needed, weekly chores, more laundry, ironing, start lunch preparations
11:00 take Abi for a walk, continue cooking
11:50 pick up Beni, finish cooking, serve lunch to children and hubby as they come home, clean kitchen in the process, children help with cleanup, put laundry away if all finished
2:30 a bit of break if everyone has eaten by then, reading, children quiet time
3:30 coffee, help children with homework, music practice, etc., sew when done and children can watch baby, children's chores
6:30 prepare supper, eat, cleanup, pick-up, preparations for next day
7:30 bath Abi and put her to bed, help children get ready for bed, read, tuck them in
start dishwasher, start washer on timer, recharge phones, cameras, lock doors
shower, computer, watch with hubby or read
10-11 latest bedtime