This year we have found ourselves with a completely new schedule. This has proven to be a real adjustment for us. Having one child re-enter public school for the first time in 8 years, having me start a part-time job, and having Bennett here every afternoon has shaken us up a bit. But, we are starting to get into a groove and hope to actually get it more perfected soon, especially after our home renovations are complete.
So far, this is how things look for us:
4:30 a.m. Mom is up and dressed for a cup of coffee.
5:15 a.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays Brynne gets up to get ready for 6 a.m. volleyball practice and Mom goes to work out at her Insanity class. (Brynne gets a ride from a friend on these days).
5:30 a.m. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Brynne gets up to get ready for 6 a.m. volleyball practice.
5:45 a.m. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Mom takes Brynne to practice.
6:00 a.m. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Mom runs.
6:30 a.m. Mom is home for some coffee and a shower to get ready for the day.
7:15 a.m. Mom makes smoothies for herself and Kyndal who will be by soon to drop off her dog Chloe for us to watch while she's at work.
7:45 a.m. Mom is at work and Brynne is now starting school.
9:00 a.m. Eli is up for breakfast and a shower.
10:00 a.m. Eli starts independent work at home alone. He typically does his pre-algebra, writing, grammar, and reads out of a book of his choice. He takes lunch at 12:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m. Mom goes to pick Bennett up from Gamma who has been watching him all morning and brings him home. Then she has lunch.
1:30 p.m. Mom and Eli do schoolwork together. This is usually finishing up anything not completed in the morning, most often grammar, and then working on geology and/or geography/cartography and doing read alouds.
Somewhere in here Bennett takes a nap. (fingers crossed)
3:00 p.m. Mom picks Brynne up from school.
4:00 p.m. Eli completes school.
4:30 p.m. Mom starts on dinner and straightens up the house from a hectic day. House renovation comes to a conclusion for the day. Somebody comes to pick up Bennett and Chloe.
Evenings: We try to eat dinner around 5:30 p.m. and hope that it's a night that we are home with nothing to do. But, Brynne has volleyball games a couple of nights a week so those are factored in.
7:00 p.m. Mom starts getting things ready for the next day: gets Brynne's gym and school bags packed, gets clothes out for the next day, prepares coffee pot, gets everyone their vitamins, picks up house, maybe does a load of laundry, gets Eli's assignments for the next day prepared.
8:00 p.m. Brynne goes to bed and Mom takes a hot bath with a glass of wine.
8:30 p.m. (again, fingers crossed) Mom gets in bed to do a little reading.
10:30 p.m. Mom and Brynne and all dogs are peacefully sleeping, Eli goes to bed.
And then we do it all over again.
Getting up at 4:30 a.m. is tough, but I am naturally a morning person so once I am up I am usually fine. I am thinking about pushing it back to 4:00 a.m., though, to give me just that extra time I need to sit in the quiet and do nothing (maybe blog!) before I hit the ground running. The only problem is that I do not know if I can successfully get myself to bed early enough at night to get in enough hours of sleep. I am still doing some tweaking.
This is us. What about you?