I have a confession for all of you. This summer I have been a complete slacker on most priorities. Let me break it down for you even further:
- my household duties- slacker
- my workout duties- slacker
- my “one-on-one time teaching my sons” duties- slacker
- my “one-on-one time paying attention to my hubs” duties- slacker
- my dinner duties-slacker
- my eat healthier duties- slacker
As you can see, I have made it a point to play all summer long with my boys. I haven’t cleaned like I should have, worked out like I should have, taught like I should have, eat like I should have. I have pretty much goofed off all summer...and let me tell you something...I enjoyed almost every minute of it!
But reality has sunk in. Unfortunately, this Ohio weather will be changing soon and I will no longer ask myself in the mornings, “should we go to the pool today or go to the park?”
I will not have the luxury of lounging with Evan in the mornings while Carter takes his morning naps - because I have a feeling that sometime soon he will officially be down to one nap a day.
As a teacher, there is something magical about August! August brings on the need for change, the antsy-ness of getting back on a schedule, the excitement of new beginnings. Even though it also brings on a little uneasiness of having to break from vacation and sad that the free-time is over. Fortunately for me, that part isn’t in the equation any more since I am a SAHM. This August still had the same effect on me, even though I will not be returning to the classroom this year.
I long for a new challenge, new things to teach my kids, some structure in my free-flowing ways.
I have tried several times this summer to make a schedule and stick to it! But unfortunately those schedules have been dismissed and forgotten very quickly.
My very good friend Jenny, you may of heard of her before, from Mommin It Up! is in need of a schedule too. Don’t worry, I am not passing judgement on her, we have discussed this many times while running after our kids and together we have decided to try to keep each other accountable with our schedules. That got me thinking, I am going to write a post about it so that you guys can keep me (us) accountable. She will posting hers too! So starting this week I am going to do the following. Think of these more like goals right now, but in the next couple of weeks, I hope to have a finished calendar to show off!
- Workout 3 mornings a week - including cardio AND weights
- Spend 15-30 minutes with each son per day, individually doing activities that are age appropriate and educational.
- Have a healthy dinner ready for my husband, at least 4 nights a week. Keep in mind I have the luxury of eating at my parents one night a week and my in-laws one night a week. That gives us 2 nights of freedom.
- Have a routine set up for daily chores - blah!! Not really looking forward to this one.
- Limiting my computer play time (Twitter, Facebook, checking email) to 30 minutes a day.
- Working on this blog 30 minutes - 1 hour a day, or a total of 7 hours a week.
- Spend more time on daily devotions, in the Word and in Prayer
Let me just tell you, I really do like being on a schedule! BUT if I don’t have to be on one, I find myself using my time very unwisely and floundering around like a fish out of water, and that does not benefit the lives of my 3 men and really doesn’t benefit me either!
So I am asking for you help!
- Please keep me accountable.
- Also let me know if you have made any personal goals for yourself and I will try to keep you accountable too!
- Do you have any tips for me, because I need all the help I can get!
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