Oh hey there. Remember me? The one who’s supposed to be blogging here on a regular basis? So shameful.
Honestly though I think about blogging pretty much daily. Back when I had only 2 children and they were wee things that didn’t go to school or sports or have friends and I had a smaller house to clean, less laundry and grandparents close by…I would finish my “chores” before my “fun” and life was “easy”. And now I throw my head back and laugh at that person I was a mere 3-4 years ago. And I might roll my eyes little. And somewhat sigh in memory of those tidy, predictable days. Oh how things have changed. Now, I have all the best intentions of finishing my “chores” before my “fun”…but I’m coming to grips with the fact that those days are long behind me and aren’t returning in the foreseeable future. 6 people create a lot of laundry…and floors that need to be mopped…and sticky table tops..and fingerprints on windows…and misplaced toys…and now sports gear has been added to the list of things that need to be found/clean. I used to look at moms of school age kids and think “wow. That looks so fun and so much easier.” Cue laughing, eye rolling, and sighing again. Having school age kids is TIRING. Sure watching them do well in school and discover what they like and are good at/not good at is very rewarding…but it’s a lot of work! Especially if you have toddlers that need naps. And even if you don’t…it’s still work!
But I digress….where was I going with all of this? I truly have the best intentions to sit down and blog. I also want to find a way to make it more streamlined/easier to blog because right now it really takes me too long to download pics, edit them, upload them to my WordPress, write the post…etc. blah blah blah. Anyways, I’m also getting more comfortable with the concept of do the minimum work on the days you want to do the “fun” things during nap time. So right now there’s plenty of other things I could/should be doing…but I also know that writing is something my creative part of me needs to do…so it’s important for me to make time for it.
But that also leads me to another thing I want to talk about today, summer schedule!! And I have to give credit to a friend of mine…she gave me the idea for the topic of this post…so a shout out to Myriam! 🙂
Ever since the new year my husband and I knew we needed to start implanting some kind of chore chart. The reasons are many but the biggest are: help get stuff done around the house/be responsible/learn how to do things around the house and start teaching them about money and budgeting. Depending on how they do with their chores (efficiency, attitude, diligence, etc) they will be given a certain amount of allowance. After that they distribute the monies into 3 jars: savings, tithe, and spending. Tithe and savings will always each be 10% minimum of their earnings. How much goes into the spending jar is up to them. I figured summer time was a perfect time to implement the chore chart!
Not only do they have chores assigned each day, but also some kind of school/review work. The bonus section is optional to earn more money. At first I was going to just let them choose when they would do their chores, but then I realized they are still too young and need guidance in the time management department. I also had to show them how to do things like wash windows, mop, vacuum. And some things they assist us with, like cleaning out the car or a couple weeks ago they had to pull weeds with daddy.
Ideally we would have a hard and fast “daily schedule” through the summer. But appointments come up or spontaneous playdates and I want to have the freedom to be flexible. Also right now we have swimming lessons from 9-9:40 and that’s only a couple of weeks…so if I had a schedule, I feel like it would always be changing. But our typical day when there’s no appointments has been:
- No kids up prior to 7am, if the older ones wake up prior to 7, they are to read Bible books or journal until it’s ok to be awake.
- Mornings I try to get some things done around the house (wash bedding, do any dinner prep needed, fold laundry, etc), play, and sometimes go for a walk. Mornings are also a good time to run errands and go to the library. We also try to play outside before lunch if it’s not too hot.
- Lunch is at noon. My little people usually like to go down between 12:30 and 1pm. They nap until about 3pm.
- During nap time my older ones do chores, review work, play alone in their rooms, read, and once or twice a week I let them watch a show while they do something creative. Play-doh, paint, puzzles, Legos, draw…something that keeps their hands busy. If they do play their Kindles, they have to read 3 books before any games are played. I’ve also told them it’s ok if they’re bored. I remember being bored on summer break and it didn’t kill me. I don’t plan activities for them, they are not allowed to sit around staring at a screen for hours and they need to come up with their own ideas of what to play/do.
- After the little people wake up we have a snack, maybe go outside or to the store…depends on the day and what the weather is like. Sometimes we have T-ball games or ballet in the evenings so we have to eat an early dinner and head out.
- On days we have appointments for my little girl, we usually try to do something fun since we are out already and those days are almost a guaranteed no-nap day. Or at least a short nap in the car day. And we all know those don’t reeeeeally count. The past couple weeks, we checked things off our summer bucket list on those days!
Going to the zoo alone with 4 kids alone is slightly exhausting…but it’s so much more fun this summer than it was last summer! Having 4 kids who can walk and play on the playground not to mention be interested in the animals is wonderful! Last year E&J could barely crawl and getting them out of the stroller was kind of stressful. Letting them crawl around in places like the zoo are so not ideal. Plus, lets be honest, they don’t really care about the animals until they hit like 18-20 months old. But this year…soooo much better! Yes watching both of them at the same time can be difficult…but my older two come in handy at those times!
We love the Deanna Rose Farm. It’s cheap. It’s clean. It’s every parents dream really. Multiple playgrounds, animals, wide open space for kids to run around, interactive exhibits like feeding goats and gold mining are sure to keep kids of multiple ages occupied! When we lived in Kansas it was much closer…now we live about a 40 minute drive away. But when we go down south for little miss J’s appointments, it’s much closer and justifiable! This week we met our friends there and it was perfect weather! We had so much!
Soon we will be preparing for our big road trip to Florida! Last year we rented an RV and drove to Washington…this year it’s just us and our trusty SUV. Pretty sure I will go through RV withdrawals. But we are looking forward to getting on the open road and seeing new places! I plan on posting more about that soon and some road trip hacks I’m planning on using. In the mean time…point me towards your favorite road trip ideas!
Do you have a hard and fast summer schedule or do you like your days to be spontaneous? Do you have a summer bucket list? I’d love to see it if you do!
Also, I’d just like to add this has happened this past week:
Sides off the cribs. We had a couple rough nights that left me wanting to put wine in my coffee…but I think we are starting to turn a corner and achieve success! Last night they both stayed in their OWN beds ALL NIGHT. Thank You Jesus.
I can still hardly believe I’m posting something! Haha! Thanks for your patience and I sincerely hope it won’t be 5 months before I post again!
Press on! (I had to think for a moment what I use to close my posts. Sheesh)