Sunday, May 31, 2009

apologies for my absence...

Where does the time go?! We are embracing the summer break here...swimming, bike-riding, parks and picnics, baseball, softball, tee-ball, and any other outdoor activity we can scheme up. The kids are staying up long past there 8:30-9:00 school night bedtime, and sleeping in a little too. While I'm loving this break from school schedules and homework, it has turned our happy little organized routine upside down. Gone is my "quiet time" while the younger kids nap and older ones are at school. Gone too is my evening routine of cleaning up the house, and spending a little time on the computer after the kids turn in for the night. (I used to have about 3 hours from when the kids went to bed, till John got home from work.) I'm struggling to find time to get everything done...but it will come, I'm sure. It must!
Since John has been on evening shift, I've been doing all the cleaning, laundry, etc myself. No complaints really...I've had that time slot open to get it all done. The kids have not had chores or "Saturday: Cleaning Days" in a long time. This week, that's all going to change again. Nothing's set in stone, but in order to maintain some sense of, well, ORDER...the chore charts will resurface. Kids will be helping with things like dusting, vaccuming, emptying the dishwasher, evening "pick up" of toys and shoes and things, etc. Oh, they'll buck it at first. Who wouldn't. But it will work out. I'm looking forward to the help, and when things are getting done, I can free my mind to thnk of more things to do outside the house. We've started listing all the parks and other free/cheap things to do and visit this summer. Time to start mapping it all out!

3 comments:

wife, mother and so much more! said...

Oh boy...I so understand about losing those few hours before going to bed. They all go to bed at 10 here, whcih only gives me about an hour for quiet time before I go to bed.

About chores--every summer I assign a room to each child. They are to have that room cleaned (dusted, vacuumed, Windexed) by noon. Every Friday, their chore is to clean their bedroom, which doesn't stay cleaned for more than a day or two.

Good luck on your "chore list" and I hope, with their help, you can sneak away for some Jamie time.

blessed to be a Mom said...

Please share your list of FREE places to visit. Always looking for a fun place to take the kids and some friends. Of course, the FREE part is enticing! Thanks

4prettybabies said...

Yes, please share your list! I'm all about free and cheap these days. I've been trying to figure out some fun things to do with the kids that don't break the bank. Last year, instead of going to the swimming pool a lot, we went to Lake Loramie. The kids enjoyed playing in the sand and water and I enjoyed the FREE part. I also didn't mind sitting out there for hours because of the huge, amazing shade trees and breezes to keep me from overheating! Please give us more ideas!