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Monday, September 14, 2009

Today, the house is actually getting cleaner and I'm whittling away at the laundry. I'm also cutting up cucumbers and squash. I find if I don't do that right away, it ends up going bad.

I would love to work on my baby caterpillar quilt, but doubt I'll have time. There's sanding the garage walls, so we can mud again, moving things out of the basement into the garage, painting the kitchen walls, now that I have a friend's input on the color and what works, and work later this afternoon.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Scheduling and school

Well, I've been gone for a long time. Summer kept us busy. I'd like to get back on track again.

The job didn't work out, but now there is a new position, so I'll be looking into that. It's all in God's hands and He knows the best thing for our family.

Now that we're back to school, I find I'm needing a new schedule. It seems we're always tweaking them, but as our life changes we need a schedule that changes too.

So here's ours:
6:00 - devotions for me and planning for the day - I really need this, but find that when the alarm goes off I'm quick to decide that I don't need it. OOPS!!!!

6:30 - breakfast prep - because of the cost we don't do cold cereal in the mornings, so I have a schedule of meals for mornings. I usually don't like to think something up at 6:30 in the morning. :)

7:00 - breakfast

7:30 - family devotions and dishes

8:00 - I start getting the kids loaded up in the van to go to school

8:30 - I usually catch up on something that needs doing at home.

9:00 - Sesame street is on, so I want to use this time to do maintenance at home. Starting with the upstairs and working my way downstairs, I pick up and clean. This is not a strong point for me, thus it's scheduled in.

10:00 - I would like to use this time for preschool, reading and doing some "school" pages

11:00 - lunch prep and yard work

11:30 - lunch and dishes

12:00 - nap

12:30 - paperwork - our personal and dh's business paperwork as well. Questions come to mind like, "Do I really need that or can it wait until we see at the end of the month if we have spare cash?"

1:30 or 2:00 - garden work - lots of produce coming in right now, so this is a must if I'm going to keep up

3:00 - get the little ones ready to pick up the school kids

3:45 - unpack lunch sacks and backpacks and all the things kids need to do when they get home from school

4:00 - start on our strict 15-min schedule to get through piano - the order is piano, computer time, bedroom clean-up, downstairs room clean up. Each of the older kids have a room to clean and they get 15 minutes a day to do that during this rather intense schedule.

6:00 - last of the supper preparations

6:15 - supper

6:45 - dishes

7:00 - homework and baths and bed for the little ones

8:00 - dd1 who's in 1st grade - bedtime

9:00 - ds1-3 - bed time

10:00 - ahh! bedtime

My purpose in life is "to know Him and make Him known". This schedule helps me to do that because I stay on task and keep up with things that I need to do. It also does flex and bend, but when I do that too much and get off track, I can look back at it and then start again.