Monday, June 3, 2013

The Week Ahead

Today starts our new summer schedule. I just have to have a schedule. I do not operate well without one. And, frankly, neither do the kids. They certainly need their down time in a day, but they also thrive on some consistency.

An important thing for me is to start my day "right". So, even though it's summer, I set my alarm for 7:00 a.m. this morning and started my day reading my devotional. I used to be a big journaler, but have fallen off in the past couple of years. I have SO much swirling around in my head that I need to get out, but not in a public forum. I am think of journaling each morning on my computer. I love handwritten journals, but my thoughts are so fast that I think I might actually stick with it if I can click away at the computer.

I got up and walked this morning with my mom and friend, Brenda, and was home by 8:50 a.m. to get the kids up and going. They get an hour of breakfast and downtime before we start our school work at 10:00 a.m.

Schoolwork in the summer? Yeah, it's just a necessity for many reasons. After just a week off, they were already showing signs of boredom which leads to picking at each other and driving me crazy. Two hours of schoolwork each morning won't kill them. And, I have decided to pay them each 50 cents a day for two hours of good work with a good attitude. They can save the money or spend it on treats at the pool when we start going. They are excited about this incentive.

I am also wanting to get lots of projects done around the house, but lack motivation. So I am jumping back on the Home Sanctuary bandwagon. She has lots of extra things you can do in your home that don't take much time.

Speaking of my house, I am also starting back up my Acronym Cleaning Schedule. This is how I do it:
  • Monday - Mounds of Laundry and Mop it Monday (laundry and floors)
  • Tuesday - Toilets Tuesday (clean the bathrooms)
  • Wednesday - Wipe it Wednesday (dusting)
  • Thursday - Tidy up Thursday (spend the day putting things back where they go)
  • Friday - Finish Laundry and Floors Friday (pretty much a repeat of Monday, without the mopping)
If I stick to this schedule I am able to stay on top of my housework!

I've also been slipping in the healthy eating department, for both myself and the kids. I am reading Trim Healthy Mama that I hope will give me some added excitement in this area. And I got some meals planned for the next week (although they do not fit into the meal plans provided by Trim Healthy Mama, I am sure). But at least they are planned meals.

Here's what we have going on this week:

  • Schoolwork: Life Cycles, multiplication, handwriting, reading
  • Activities: Walking to grandma's for lunch, Brynne's softball game in the evening
  • Housework: Mounds of Laundry and Mop it Monday (my doggy hair floors .. yuck!), give the dogs a bath
  • Dinner: Sub sandwiches, veggie crisps, and Gogurt before the game
  • Schoolwork: Life Cycles, multiplication, handwriting, reading
  • Activities: I have my women's circle in the evening
  • Housework: Toilets Tuesday (get that bathroom cleaned!)
  • Dinner: Homemade pizza
  • Schoolwork: Life Cycles, multiplication, handwriting, reading
  • Activities: Dawson works in the evening, the rest of us having nothing planned
  • Housework: Wipe it Wednesday (dusting!)
  • Dinner: Popcorn chicken, waffle fries
  • Schoolwork: Life Cycles, multiplication, handwriting, reading
  • Activities: Another day with nothing on the calendar!
  • Housework: Tidy up Tuesday (get all that stuff put back where it belongs)
  • Dinner: Spaghetti
  • Schoolwork: None. We take Fridays off!
  • Activities: Cub Scout picnic and graduation to Webelos I, Rick's here for the weekend
  • Housework: Finish up Laundry and Floors (again) Friday
  • Dinner: Cookout at the park
  • Schoolwork: It's the weekend, silly!
  • Activities: Fishing Derby at the park, Me and my mom are going to a neighborhood garage sale in Kansas City
  • Housework: None
  • Dinner: Chicken lasagna (pre-made on Friday so it can be popped in the oven)
  • Schoolwork: None.
  • Activities: Church in the a.m., hopefully a relaxing afternoon
  • Housework: Wash sheets
  • Dinner: Chicken quesadillas

I am linking up with Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. I haven't done that in a while!


  1. Wow! It's great to see your kids doing so well. Everything looks so delicious. Have a wonderful week.

  2. Pretty awesome to plan your week! I also have a relaxed summer schedule. I find without it the kids misbehave too. It's not rigid at all: Breakfast 8:00-9:00, TV 9:00-10:00, Outside/Free 10:00-12:00, Lunch/Chores 12:00-12:45, Outside/Free 12:45-5:00, Dinner 5:00-5:30, Outside/Free 5:30-8:00, TV 8:00-10:00. It helps to have SOMETHING in place!

  3. I totally GET needing to write down things that are swirling in your mind....getting it out can really relieve stress. A private journal is perfect because there's things going on in all of our minds that are not meant for sharing.

    Sounds like you and the littles have a perfect summer going on. ENJOY!

  4. ha ha, love your cleaning schedule... that is SO me! I think you have your week outlined nicely! That too, is so my thing, but I am experimenting for the month of June w/ a more "free" schedule (oh my) to see how things go. Just curious I suppose. lol


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