Today, my Shade of Shay is about my typical daily routine.
I am a person who loves a good routine.
I can create a routine out of nothing…and then do it over and over and over again.
Take for example the carpool line at Kensington’s school…
…by the second day of school, I realized that if I’m going to wait 30+ minutes every single day, I needed to bring a magazine and a drink to pass the time. And now, I have a standard routine where I leave my house at the exact same time, bring my drink and magazine (and sometimes a little snack) and wait. I thrive on routines.
About a month ago, a sweet reader named Katherine emailed me and asked if I would share my typical daily routine for staying at home with my kiddos. She said she was having a hard time establishing a routine for the day. Considering I have done pretty much the exact same thing every day for over six years, I thought that would be a simple (and deserving) Shade of Shay.
Disclaimer: I am not recommending this as your routine…I’m just sharing with you what I have been doing daily for the last six years. This is just a suggestion about establishing a routine that would work for you and your family.
So…first things first…
I like to get up and head out every morning. I feel more productive if I’m up and at ’em every day. When Kensington turned six weeks old, I joined Baby Bootcamp where we exercised outdoors while pushing our babies in their strollers. It started at 9:30 and thus, a routine was born.
Ahhh…my sweet babies at Baby Bootcamp! We had the best time working out together during those three years :).
Four days a week, we would meet these girls at a park and exercise for an hour. This gave me a reason to get dressed (albeit workout clothes…but something besides my pjs nonetheless) and gave me a destination. We did this for three solid years. At the three year mark, my kids became too heavy for me to push in the stroller (and they were growing restless of sitting there), so my routine changed to the gym (where they could run free and have fun in the kids’ area). To this day, Smith and I still head out to the gym in the mornings while Kensington is in school. We’re up and out every morning.
If a Baby Bootcamp/Stroller Stides/Gym membership isn’t in your budget, maybe just a nice walk around your neighborhood or park (maybe with some other mamas you know)? Just getting out and stretching your legs is a nice way to start your morning.
This is a selfie I took last year of me exercising outside of my gym. If you’re looking for me between 9:30 and 10:30, I’m almost always in a class or outside exercising.
When my babies were little, I decided to make mid-morning our time to run errands and such before heading home for the rest of the day. During this two hour period is when I run to Target, the grocery store, the dry cleaners, the bank…you know all of those errands.
I also try to do some sort of activity with my kiddos like take them to the park to play and eat a packed lunch (no mess in my kitchen if we eat our lunch at the park!), we love to go to the mall when the weather isn’t fabulous because for free, my kiddos can play in the mall play area and look around and build at the Lego store. We also like going to the library and playing at places like McDonalds and Chick-fil-a too. And during the summer, we swim every single day during this time! We often meet friends during this time period and my kiddos always have a blast playing!
We always get home around 12:30 and kind of re-group before naps and rest time. If we’ve been to the pool, then I’m busy starting a load of laundry and getting everyone in dry clothes. I usually do some quick chores during this time period while my kiddos play a minute.
My kiddos have always gone down for naps right at 1:00. When Kensington was a little over five, her naps turned into more of a rest time where she was able to select a movie and watch it while lying down (and half the time she fell asleep). This has always been a very quiet time at our house where everyone is either sleeping or resting.
Right now, Smith and I get home every day at this time and then leave again at 2:30 to pick up Kensington from school…during this time, he usually plays Legos or with his super hero toys upstairs…he knows this is our down time.
This time of day is starting to change for us. For years, Kensington would wake up from her nap first around 3:00 or 3:30 and we would do some activities but now…my kids have reached that age where we’re going to ballet, tennis or tee ball during this time of day. On the days when we don’t have to go anywhere, we still do some sort of activity after Kensington gets out of school (and usually it’s one of the ones I have listed!).
We start making dinner around 5:00ish each night…sometimes, the kiddos help me, sometimes, they’re too busy playing. We always eat around 5:30, so 5ish is when we start preparing.
This is Kensington helping me bread some chicken for supper. 🙂
Everyone is cleaned up, jammies on, and we play inside until it’s time for bed.
And tomorrow, we start the whole thing over ;).
That’s it! My little routine for our days. Nothing fancy, pretty boring and totally typical…but it’s a routine that has worked for us now over six years.
On occasion, I do A Day in the Life posts and you can see some of those here (and you’ll notice the same routine)…
Thank you Katherine for the blog post idea! I would love to hear other ideas and suggestions for daily routines. Comment below if you have any!
And dinner tonight on my foodie blog is a Cheesy Veggie Chowder…
…you should make this tonight for supper!