Here's some basic updates thus far....
Nope, this just isn't happening for me. I go to bed around midnight and get up about 8am. I just need those 8 hours, and I can't seem to get to bed any earlier. I'm a total night-out and am able to get things done after the kids go to bed. If I got up earlier, they would just get up earlier too - which wouldn't help my getting-stuff-done issue, now would it?!
I just let my little ones have their play/cartoon/game time in the mornings. I take a shower, make my coffee, get breakfast together, etc. Once we get breakfast, then a basic schedule starts.
Very basic at this point:
8am - up, shower, coffee, try to open my eyes fully
9am - breakfast, quick toddler Bible story, then Daddy off to work
kids dressed, teeth, clean rooms, chores
break time for the kids, Momma gets some Bible time
*then we do whatever we need to do. Playing, organizing, computer time, some pre-school fun stuff, coloring, painting, playing outside.....I try to do some house stuff too. I bake bread, prep the rest of the day's food, go over school stuff, etc.
12:30pm (or so) - lunch and memory verses
1:30pm - read aloud for all kids
2pm - little ones down for naps
2-5pm - learning time. At the end of this time, I work on dinner and a quick clean-up.
5:30pm - Dean gets home and ASKS WHAT HE CAN DO TO HELP ME!!! Seriously ladies, if you can have a serious, heart-felt talk with your dh's and they want to know how they can bless you - that little phrase is a sanity-saver! And sexy too ~ seriously!
So we work on dinner together. The little ones get up sometime between 4-5, so sometimes they are cranky when I'm pulling dinner together. It's great to have two sets of hands to handle stirring food, hugging boo-boos, changing diapers, dealing with behavior stuff, etc.etc.etc.
6:30pm - is usually about dinner time.
8:30pm - is usually about bed time for the littles.
9-9:30pm - bedtime for Isaac
the rest of the evening is planning, emails, laundry, catch-up housework, and I honestly try to make sure Dean gets some of my attention too. Doesn't always happen...
Midnight - bedtime (but it's 12:30am now, so I'm behind again)
I have all my curriculum listed in the right sidebar. We haven't started the Math-U-See yet, but we are diving into the Weaver Vol. 1 and keeping up with 100 easy lessons for phonics. I also want to grab some piano books for the kids music time. I'm trying to go slowly, introduce all this into my kids' days one step at a time.
I just got Word on my computer - we were without any word processing program all summer - so I need to make up new chore charts. Right now, I'm just picking a chore and they do it. But we will have specific chores for 2 months at a time once I can get it together. I'm trying to keep things easy on myself - so no really hard chores that require my constant attention. For the first few months, I'll give them chores that they already know and are comfortable with - again, to EASE us into this new phase of our lives.
Hmmm......I'm trying not to forget this part. I have a Ladies Bible Study Tuesday mornings (childcare for the littles, Isaac does school work in Daddy's office) and I'm in the Choir on Wednesdays. I go out with my girlfriends once a month (or so). I'm debating going to the homeschool group this year. It's mostly just support meeting once a month, with ladies speaking on specific topics each time - so we'll see if I can fit it in.
I have my coffee each morning, I take my time waking up. I'm not a morning person and I've completely given up becoming one. We will do what works for us. And for now, school happens in the afternoons. It's what works for Momma. And since I'm the one honestly doing the most work, pouring all the drinks, changing the diapers, you know - GROWING A BABY - we're catering to me. As the kids get older and can help even more, things will change, of course. I'm trying to remain flexible.
Ok, I'm exhausted - I just wanted to give y'all an update. What do you think??
How is your fall schedule shaping up??
p.s. The Palin issue in the online, conservative Christian women blogs/websites is killing me. I can't believe how divisive this is. I'm tired of clicking NEXT on my reader - it's not that I don't want to read about the upcoming election. I'm just tired of hearing how awful one side thinks the other side is and vice-versa. I know you feel strongly, I know it's your blog, I know you think what you believe is Biblical. Got it. It's just horrible to see how it's dividing so many Christian ladies who should be supporting and loving one another. *big sigh*
and yes, for the record, I like her. But if you don't, I don't mind.