Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Still Working on Organizing our Life

First, I so wish you could smell my house right now! I have a yummy roasted whole chicken in the oven, and its raining outside - can't you just feel the coziness in here? Roasted whole chicken is my husband's favorite meal. He's such a mellow fellow, that he appreciates whatever I cook. Over the years, I've asked often what his favorite meal is so I could cook it. "I don't know, I like whatever you cook." What a nice guy, because as my brother and sister will tell you, my early days of cooking were absolutely gross! Thankfully cooking can be learned, and now I can hold my own.

Anyway, I am still working on organizing our life, and creating lists and routines. Its been really fun, as I love making lists :) Just in time, came a post on www.keepingthehome.com, here's the link right to the post I'm talking about. Although I'll make it fit my style more, I love the way she doesn't schedule everything right down to the minute (like I tried to in March!), but has early morning routines, mid-day routines, evening routines and before bed routines. While proof is in the pudding, in theory, I think this is exactly what will work for me. So I've decided to just keep plugging along as we are for the rest of the summer (its working good enough - things are getting done with my to-do lists on scraps of paper, and we're having plenty of time for rest and fun - which is what summer is all about for us anyway). The routines/lists I'm working on now are for the fall when both (I can't believe it!) boys will be in school. Of course come November or so, I will have to revamp everything to include a new little blessing due to arrive in January :) However, if I feel the way I did after my little girl was born, I'll be raring to go - but I know most babies (including my two boys) do not come out of the womb sleeping 6 hour stretches - what a blessing that was since she was/is only 17 months younger than her brother!

By the way, check out the comments on my post on "how much time do your children spend outside". My friend Liz gave some good child-rearing advice. Thanks Liz!

Now off to make a yummy salad and rice to go with that chicken!


Liz said...

So funny - my hubby LOVES a whole roasted chicken too!!! I made one last week for dinner. I made a nice gravy for it....I get some help from a box for chicken gravy...but my hubby and kids love it! Like I said, schedules are good, but not to the minute. Come on, how can we all keep a schedule and to the minute? I have a schedule in the morning, laundry, clean up kitchen from b-fast, empty the dishwasher, feed the pets, take the dog out, get the kids ready for school, make Becca lunch, carpool for school, run some errands, or a playdate with Davey if he doesn't have school. Lunch time is lunch, tidy up the house from the toys that Davey has everywhere, and then by 2pm start dinner, cause we eat by 4:30p, since my hubby has to leave for work early.Davey usually watches a video around this time or just plays. Then pick Becca up by 3:10 from school. And then homework, and time with Becca...Then by 4:30 we eat dinner. My hubby leaves for work by 6pm, then more homework, or an activity we must get to. But I try to get all my running around done in the morning, and have a quiet afternoon, since it will get busy when Becca comes home from school, and an early dinner. Summers are different, but the mornings are about the same.Our afternoons are swimming in the pool, or just pool hopping. We still eat early in the summer.

Jen said...

The chicken was yummy! I made mashed taters, cheap muffins (see recipe in today's post), and canned corn - not a green thing on the plate - it was yummy though!

You do exactly what I'm aiming for Liz - get XYZ done in the morning before kids get up, get ABC done in the morning for lunch, do LMN with M on the days C has school. I have seen schedules where it is down maybe not to the minute, but the 1/4 hour! That is what I tried in March, and it was too rigid for me. At the same time, what always worked for me having babies, and no kids in school (well O was in school last year, but was home by 10:50 a.m.), won't work come September with two kids in school and a baby on the way. We need a little more structure, where up til now no structure has worked pretty good :) I still want to be able to go with the flow like I can now, but when your whole life is like that (when there is no reason for it to be), then it gets a little too chaotic, and its time to tighten everything up - it will be a great thing :)

Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest,
For those that wander they know not where
Are full of trouble and full of care;
To stay at home is best.

Weary and homesick and distressed,
They wander east, they wander west,
And are baffled and beaten and blown about
By the winds of the wilderness of doubt;
To stay at home is best.

Then stay at home, my heart, and rest;
The bird is safest in its nest;
O'er all that flutter their wings and fly
A hawk is hovering in the sky;
To stay at home is best.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow