Sooo, these days I drink a glass of water and go downstairs to exercise very shortly after getting out of bed. It's only for fifteen minutes, but it's a start and better than the nothing I was doing before. Once I'm done exercising, I eat my two eggs with spinach breakfast that the Engineer cooked while I was downstairs -- and if I remember to do it the night before, have a cup of coffee that was perking while I sweat.
Until the last child trots out the door, I practice crowd control, hair dressing, time management, and if there's a lull, I knit. Seriously! I sit in a chair where I can see and hear all ;o) and knit. The children all know where I am and come to me to get their hair done, ask questions, etc. I can watch the two oldest board their bus when it arrives and not wonder if they made it to school that day, (I hate when I don't see them get on the bus even though I know they're old enough to be out there and not have Mommy watching) and even better, I can discern when a battle is brewing among the remaining females in the house.
Once the girls board their bus, I pour another cup of coffee, embrace the silence that befalls our home, and spend some quiet time with God. After that things become a little more random. Scrub a dirty bathroom, vacuum the floors, bake for school lunches, write letters, make appointments, prep for supper, and the list goes on. I sneak in a tea break and read, or facebook, or pin on Pinterest if I can.
On the days that Peanut is home, once lunch is done, I pop in a movie for her and do laps with Maverick up and down the lane for 30 minutes. If the weather is miserable, I pop in a DVD on the computer and walk to it instead.
The afternoon is a continuation of the morning in regards to various tasks -- except that on occasion, I might sneak in a nap. Then, before I know it the children are all home again. They unload backpacks, lunch containers, get out their homework, wash their hands and have a snack.
In bullet form here are the changes:
- exercise first thing in the morning
- knit while staying on The Chair
- devotions after all the kids have left for school
- soup for afternoon snack (yesterday and today's was roasted pumpkin. Yum!)
- lunches made the night before
- making daily running lists of what has to be done