With Bella in school, we have a routine in place now that’s nothing I have to nag everyone to try to follow (and hallelujah to that). Every weekday we have a schedule that has to happen. If you’ve read me long, you probably know how very much I like order and structure so that the spontaneous can be enjoyed when it hits. Chaos and lack of a “plan” actually depresses me after a while.
I love knowing how other people run their days and weeks. It lets me feel like I relate so much to what works and what everyone seems to struggle with. Our days aren’t perfect and they’re not 100% on a schedule, but we try to stick to the important things at a certain time because it seems to really help us all. The routine is something we’ve all very much needed for a long time.
I thought I’d share our days with all of you, as of now. So our current (flexible but within this structure) schedule is this, if we don’t have appointments or errands:
7am: wake up, diffusers on, get breakfast, everyone gets dressed. Bella is amazing about this – she makes her own breakfast and then gets dressed without us even saying anything.
8: finish packing lunches, books in backpack, check hair and teeth, clean up breakfast.
8:30: Sam takes Bella to school most days, and I play with Char (she wakes up between 8 and 8:30 most days).
9:00: Bella starts school. I do errands/chores/we watch Thomas the Train or Char’s beloved Pooh, and read books/do play dough.
10:00: snack and outside if it’s not too hot.
11:00: lunch for Char.
11:30: Nap. I come downstairs, clean up lunch and toys, call my sister and any appointments I need to make, switch laundry/vacuum, etc, and then head upstairs for yoga and either school or some Young Living stuff. Sometimes I spend an hour trying to get Char to sleep, but thankfully that’s pretty rare.
1:30pm: Usually Sam is home by then, so I’ll run out to get Bella since Char is still (most days) napping past that.
2:00: Bella is out of school, and we head home and chat about her day as she explains she is “starving” and yet refuses to eat the rest of her lunch lol.
2:30: home and snack for the girls. I go through the backpack and set out homework.
3:00: Bella gets a quiet time in her room where she reads/plays on her tablet/plays with toys because we find when she first comes home she’s overstimulated to the max. This helps a lot.
3:45: outside to the kiddie pool if it’s not sweltering or the empty area behind our neighborhood where Bella hunts for bugs.
4:30: everyone inside. This is hands down the hardest time of the day for Sam and me. The girls are getting hungry, they’re cranky, they pick at each other and us – we’ve tried a multitude of things but finally realized it’s best to let them watch a 30 min show while Sam or I prep dinner. I’d love it if they’d play together at this time, or even just play nicely separately but right now, it’s just not a reasonable thing and I have to let that ideal go from 4:30-5.
5:00: Bella sets the table, and dinner.
5:30: clean up and if it’s bath night, Sam heads up to run the water for Char while Bella takes a shower. I clean up downstairs. Night clothes on and Bella comes down to draw while I put Char to bed.
6:00: Char goes to bed, Bella and I/Sam start homework with her.
6:30: usually Bella is done at this point unless she’s decided to slide off her chair a million times and act like her pencil is made of thorns. So she’s free for about an hour to do what she wants.
7:30: Bella and I head to her room to read. We’re finishing up A Little Princess (which I adore) and I promised her after we will watch the movie. It’s so, so much fun to get to read chapter books with her.
8:00: Sam comes up. Prayers, oils, and bed for Bella. We head downstairs to chill. Sometimes we go outside and watch the crazy thunderstorms roll in. Sometimes (tonight) we sit on our computers and enjoy the silence. And sometimes we look at each other and decide we’re fried and we just turn off everything and go to bed lol.
8:30 (9 on weekends): Bella lights out. By this time we’ve been informed several times she’s hungry/thirsty/hurts/can’t sleep/is hot/needs a ________ /or a tiny sound is bothering her.
9:30: Bed for us. If it’s Friday I fold laundry while catching up on some of my podcasts. Otherwise I’ll text my sister/listen to podcasts/watch a show once in a while or flip through Facebook and Instagram while sending Sam memes 😂.
11:00: Convince myself that I will have quiet time again tomorrow, start my diffuser (I use Nothern Lights Black Spruce, Lavender, and Cedarwood every night in it) roll on Tranquil and RutaVala oils (White Angelica if I’ve had nightmares, no idea why but it stops them) and find a cool spot on the sheets while trying to make my pillows into the perfect position (Sam calls it my nest). Char usually wakes up right after I fall asleep – no matter the time. Every night. Sam says it’s scary how she just knows. Head into her room, nurse her and put her down, back to bed. Usually that only happens once.
And we do it all over again the next day. That’s a glimpse into our world – if you’ve written out yours recently or decide to, I’d love to read, and know others would, so leave a link!