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The title “Mom Schedule” is somewhat a joke. Let’s be honest, when has any day gone according to schedule for a mom? But I definitely try to keep a bit of a schedule and rhythm in order to be the best possible me and help me keep a balanced life.
I realized though, that there are two key components to the success of my mom schedule: good timing, and healthy living. Together those things help me power through a lot of projects and work, cooking and cleaning, playtime and preschool. So today I’m sharing with you a bit of a “day in the life of Elizabeth” schedule and some tips I’ve learned to implement those two key components.
7:30// Get up and dressed (usually fitness wear, lol), and get Sawyer out of his crib.
He’s usually up around 7 am but I let him play in his crib while I TRY to sleep a bit longer. Does that work? Rarely, but I try. I also pretend I’m asleep so my sweet husband, who never sleeps past 7 am anyway, will get him up. I’m really not a morning person and even 30 minutes extra is precious to me! Anyone else?
7:45// Wake Travis for preschool, get him dressed, and sometimes a small breakfast or milk since he eats breakfast at school.
8:00// Take Travis to preschool.
8:30// Make breakfast for Sawyer and me and take my daily vitamins and supplements.
This is such an important part of my day. I feel so charged up and ready when I’ve really given my body a good start. One of our favorite breakfast meals is oatmeal, and we just add in whatever we’re craving that day. I keep an easy access basket of all the toppings for our oatmeal like coconut flakes, chia seeds, dried cranberries, almonds and pecans, etc. And instead of a super sugary oatmeal, I like adding extra cinnamon.
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9:00// Stan leaves for work, and I do some dishes and play with Sawyer. His digestion is just fine, haha, and this is about when I get to experience two poopy diapers in a row.
9:30// By 9:30 Sawyer is ready for a nap and I get in my first #naptimehustle. I can’t remember where or when I first heard that term, but OH MOMMA it’s truth, just check out the hashtag on Instagram!
Usually I’ve written out a to do list the night before, but if not, I start my nap time hustle with a to do list. Prioritizing and then working my way through it. The list often includes: bill paying, blog post writing, and sewing/crafting for up coming posts. Lately it has included a bunch of house projects that are not really cute “blog topic” projects, scraping paint off windows and tree branch clean up from a recent windstorm. Also all the hoops I’ve been jumping through to get my teacher’s license figured out for the state of Oregon.
The to-do list can really pile up and I only have an hour and a half of nap time before it’s time for preschool pick up.
11:00// Get the stroller and Sawyer ready to pick up Travis from preschool.
Weather permitting, I leave a couple minutes early and I run the mile with Sawyer in the jogging stroller to Travis’s preschool, then we have a nice power walk back up the hill to our house. This has been the best motivation to exercise! It can take just as long or longer to drive the wacky streets during lunch hour to get to his school, so the time is just there. Time is blatantly staring me in the face, saying, “no excuses!”
In the end, I’m left feeling invigorated from the fresh air and exercise, and relaxed as I unplug from my phone and to-do list to be with my children. Wow, just writing this has re-motivated me stick with this!
12:00// Lunch time.
Honestly this is probably my laziest meal. We often have lunch meat, cut in to small bits for Sawyer or whole for Travis, cheese cubed, and apples or bananas for fresh fruit. And for our grains we have either: toast or tortillas. Like I said, lazy. Or you could call it simple. I like to eat left overs from a meal the night before, so sometimes we stray from our very basic meal.
12:30// Play time.
I like to spend this time playing the games Travis wants to play (and there are many) and asking him about his day at school. Sawyer is usually pretty happy to just get to tag along and be included in Travis’s games.
1:30// It’s Sawyer’s second nap and time for round two of #naptimehustle.
Since Travis is home, I like to do a lot of my physical work during this time: cleaning, working in the yard, house projects, sometimes sewing. I find these to be of greater interest to Travis, therefore we are able to spend a lot of time together working on projects. He LOVES to play outside as I water the yard, pull weeds, scrape paint off windows, etc. and the more work we can do outside the longer Sawyer (a.k.a. the worst sleeper known to man) will sleep.
I do have to do computer work during this time occasionally though, and when I do, Travis has quiet TV or play time. We are in no way a “no tv” type of family. The fact is, there are tons of fun shows out there, including ones for kids, and I’m happy to let him watch some shows while I plow through picture editing or blog post writing.
4:00// Sawyer wakes up, usually a bit grouchy and so we all stop for a snack break!
5:00// Start dinner prep and cooking.
I have a pinterest board where I post weekly meal recipes. It’s one the easiest ways for me to plan my menu and shop I’ve found. I also only cook big meals 3-4 nights a week, then we either do leftovers or some other basic meal the other nights.
6:00// Stan get’s home from work and we have dinner as a family.
This has been a great source of blessings in our home, to sit together, talk together, and laugh. I get a lot of inspiration from my sister-in-law, who is a dietician, with how food should be enjoyed and shared with one another. She is always trying new recipes that her and her husband cook together, and making dinner time meaningful. I only wish she had a blog to share all of the yummy recipes they make!
7:00// Clean up and bed time routines.
Since we bought our house, I’ve been trying to be better about keeping it clean. One way we’ve done this was by establishing a 7:00 stop drop and clean routine. I use my phone alarms religiously, having them programmed for exactly the days and times I need certain reminders. Having the 7pm reminder that it’s time to stop, drop, and clean has helped not only me remember to do this but it’s helped Travis to clean up his own messes better. It also ensures that we have enough time to get the kids to bed by 8pm.
Some nights we include bath, some times clean up is more intense than others, and sometimes Sawyer is tired and ready for bed at 7pm, so it’s always adjusting. What works for us may not work for you, but if you’re struggling with a clean up and bedtime routine maybe give it a try.
8:00// We have family scripture study and prayer. Bedtime story and put Travis to bed.
Sawyer is usually already in bed by this time, so we can spend a few minutes of one-on-one time with Travis. I love having a few minutes to talk about the scriptures and listen to Travis’s needs. Not only this but we have loved reading small chapter books together every night. Our current book is from the Ramona Series, Ramona the Pest.
8:30// Shower and dry my hair.
This has been the best time to get a shower in usually. Me and wet hair do not fare very well in the morning, so I either air-dry and style a little or blow-dry depending on time. I actually love this, because I can relax and enjoy my shower knowing no little fingers are poking out from under the door. I just soak up the hot water and slough off the day’s cares.
9:30// House projects with my husband, blog projects, other things that didn’t get done on my to-do list.
We’ve had a lot of stuff stored at my in-laws house for the last couple years and now that we’re finally getting it all to our house, I’ve had to do a lot of organizing, donating, selling, or throwing away. It’s been fun to slowly go through boxes of memories and realize just how blessed we are. I’m looking forward to a day without unpacking boxes though!
10:30// Read my scriptures, say my prayers, and go to bed!!
Sleep. Repeat. And that about wraps it up! Often I feel that my days lack excitement. Other times I feel lazy because there are many full time working moms that also come home and do much of what I do too. But I know that everyone has to make their schedule and life work for THEM. If you get a few things out of this post that help you, I’ll be happy for that. Because life is about balance and finding the healthiest life for you, mind, body, and soul.
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