Monday, January 18, 2016

Finding Our Rhythm

It is a new year and time to get back on track with a new routine. We aren't a slave to the schedule but I find that I am much more productive when I have a plan and DD has an easier time transitioning between activities. We are planning to start a more formal home-school curriculum this summer and I think having a more structured day will help us with that.

Our new winter routine (on an ideal day of course) looks something like this. Times are VERY loose.

4:30 I wake up. DS is still nursing all night long so this doesn't always happen but I do enjoy getting up early, getting ready, and having some time for myself. I try to get any computer work done before the kids get up. We limit media in our house and I have been trying to set a better example myself. Once our ewes lamb this will also be milking time. 

7:00-8:00 The kiddos wake up. We get dressed and ready for the day. Go outside and let the chickens out of their coop. We let them free-range around our property. Give the sheep their hay and crack any ice in the water buckets. 

8:00-9:00 Breakfast is usually something simple like eggs, yogurt, and fruit. Then we clean up breakfast and try to do a quick pick-up of the house.

9:00-11:30 Activity Time. We go out, stay home, home school, homestead, playgroup, visit.... ...whatever is on the agenda for the day. More often than not we stay home, especially in the spring and summer when there are more projects going on around the homestead.

11:30 Head outside and check on the animals before lunch.

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-3:00 Activity Time. Similar to above. DD usually plays independently and I try to finish any housework I missed earlier. Ideally, this would be quiet time but DD doesn't nap anymore and getting her to rest in her room has been unsuccessful thus far.

3:00-4:00 Chores and clean up. We go get the mail, collect eggs, check on the critters and make sure they have enough food and water. I also try to have DD clean up most of her toys since she is less likely to do it after dinner.

4:00-5:00 Make dinner. I try to have a monthly meal plan so I know what I am making and have all of the ingredients on hand. 

5:00-6:00 Dinner and clean-up

6:00-7:00 Relax and start to get the kids ready for bed. Bath time some nights. Make sure the chickens are locked back in the coop once it is dark.

7:00-7:30 Finish getting ready for bed story time, and lights out. DH and I usually go to sleep when the kids do since we prefer to get up early. 

DS isn't on a schedule yet so the day is also filled with lots of nursing, naps, and babywearing.

Does having a routine help you? What does your day look like?


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  1. I love not living by the clock but I do need my routine. After coffee I tend the poultry and take the dogs out to run their boundary lines. There isn't a lot to do outside this time of year but indoors I'm baking bread, writing, blogging and cooking. It's nice to have some down time indoors before spring hits full force.

  2. Congrats! This post was featured on the Homestead Blog Hop #8. Thank you for sharing your day.