Well. Sorta. This is my
summer we’re talking about. So I thought I’d share my summer schedule. Yes, I do have a summer schedule.
I didn’t think so.
But in my defense, it really is an easy breezy, low key, go with the flow kind of schedule that can change at a moments notice. If I want it to. :)
I have learned a few things over the past few summers with my little ones that can make or break our sometimes long days together.
1) It’s best to have an outing planned for the morning. While it’s tempting to stay home in our pajamas all morning, it seems to set the tone for the day. I may be enjoying getting housework or other to-do’s done, but before long my kids are all fighting and going stir crazy and then I’m getting upset at them and the next thing you know, we are all in a bad mood.
2) It’s best to NOT have the TV on in the morning. Again, this seems to set the tone for our day and we start out unproductive. There is a time for TV (I’m not one of those anti-TV moms – I couldn’t survive without a daily half hour of Little Bear or Max and Ruby to save me from going completely nuts!) but I’ve learned that for us, it’s best that it doesn’t happen first thing in the morning.
So! With those things in mind, this summer I signed the girls up for some summer camps that start in July and go from 9-12 each morning. Addison is doing a “Kindergarten prep” camp and Ellie is doing a lifeguard camp at the beach along with some other just for fun camps – painting, dancing, theatre, etc. Three hours every morning – just enough time to give the girls an outing and to give me a break to run errands with one child vs. three.
2011 summer schedule:
6:30 – wake up (yes my kids are up early because I put them to bed early — even in the summer).
morning routine – breakfast, get dressed and ready for the day. If the girls are ready early, they play with their toys while I feed and get Kole ready.
8:30 – Take girls to camps. Kole and I head to the gym.
9:45 – Run any errands I need to – grocery store, etc. If time allows, run home and feed Kole, shower and get ready. Most days I’ll be running around all morning, feeding Kole in the car, and the shower won’t happen until evening. Just keeping things real.
12:00 – Pick up girls from their camps. Go home and put Kole down for a nap. This is a stretch to hold him off this long! Poor kid has just had to learn to sleep when we’re home.
12:30 – 3:00
– is going to be our “down time” at home this summer so Kole can nap. Planning to feed the girls lunch and then spend 20-30 minutes on school stuff (just like last summer
). We’ll also have our DEAR time
. Then it’s time for some of the “indoor activities” from our summer list or maybe a TV show. The girls will also play in the yard during this time. We don’t have a big yard, but it’s big enough for simple activities like painting with water
or taking a dip in our “pool.”
the girls are entertaining themselves and getting along then I’m hoping I can squeeze in 30 or so minutes on the kids’ scrapbooks. Fingers are crossed!
3:00 – 5:30 – Time for an outing! This is when we will head outside and have fun together. Time for the beach, the pool, the park, a friend’s house…whatever we’ve planned or whatever sounds appealing at the minute.
– Head home and throw the kids in the tub – start my cleaning routine
. Scramble to do some laundry, clean the upstairs, and bathe the kids. Then head downstairs for dinner and some more cleaning. Kenny comes home around 6:30 and reads stories to the girls while I put Kole to bed. Lights are out upstairs by 7:30.
8:00 – way too late – Hang with Kenny, watch our summer shows, blog, veg, recharge! So that I can wake up the next day and do it all over again. :)
I know that someday things will be different. My kids will be older and in the summer we will all sleep until 9:00 (can’t even imagine that one!) and then have an empty day ahead of us with no need for camps and naps and schedules. But for now, this schedule is what works. It’s what keeps my kids happy and their mom sane.
For the most part. :)
What about you? Do you like a schedule even in the summer time?