Well, I’m starting a new series on my blog.
It’s sort of rebellious to start one mid-year, right?
I’m so bad.
It’s probably all of that Game of Thrones I’m watching!
I was thinking the other day about all the “routines” we have in our family. Here’s my little list (please feel free to chime in for me to add!!)…
Speech/Occupational Therapy Routine
Driving kids to dance/sports Routine
Meal Planning Routine
Working from Home Routine
Going to Church Routine
Packing for a Vacation Routine
Grocery Shopping Routine
Organizing the Kids’ Closets Routine
See? I could keep going! I love a good routine. Call me Type A, call me predictable, call me boring, call me any of it…I thrive on a routine (and I bet some of you do too!). So, I’m kicking off this first one with…OUR MORNING ROUTINE. It’s not special or original, but it’s ours, and I’ve learned that this one particular routine is almost always crazy because of things I do and almost always smooth because of things I do. If I get our stuff together the night before, don’t get distracted by work or my phone and stay focused, we have a great morning…if I work just an extra five minutes, go to bed without emptying the dishwasher or making sure their clothes are ready for the next day, it’s chaotic…and that’s all on me. So, here we go, our MORNING ROUTINE…
I reallllllly have to keep tabs on when I wake up because I am SUCH a morning person. I would 100% rather get up early than stay up late. I really try and sleep until 5:00, but many mornings, I find myself up closer to 4:40. There is just something amazing to me about that quiet time in our house before the kids are awake. And the fact that Andrew gets up at 4:00 each morning, only encourages me. By the time my eyes open, the house already smells like coffee and the lamp is on where he’s reading his Bible, checking out the morning news. We’re morning people.
My first stop in the morning is always to get a cup of coffee and then to sit down with my own Bible study and quiet time. I like to do this at the kitchen table.
If I couldn’t have coffee in the morning…I doubt I’d be a morning person. Ha!
I used to take the time in the morning when my kids were still asleep and do some chores, but this last year, I’ve decided that’s not a good use of the time. Instead of doing a load of laundry and emptying the dishwasher, I’ve been trying to do that the night before, so that in the morning, it’s 100% time to focus on work before I get up the kids. That’s about 2 full hours of doing my Bible study and working before anyone wakes up.
My new favorite indulgence is grabbing my MacBook and sitting in bed to work while watching the news instead of sitting at my desk. I don’t know? It just hit me one day…I sit at my desk #alldaylong why am I starting at 5:00 in the morning when a cozy, comfy bed is just waiting there for me to hop in?! I get all cozy under the covers, flip on the news and start to do a little work. This one little thing has totally energized me. It’s actually one of my favorite times of the day!
When it’s time to start thinking about getting the kids ready, I get out of bed and immediately make it. I’m a #mustmakeyourbedeverysingleday kind of gal.
Then, I head to the kitchen and start boiling water for their thermoses. This was YOUR tip and it’s amazing! This year, I’ve been sending the kids to school every day with a hot lunch and so many of you told me to fill their thermoses with boiling water for 10 minutes before putting the hot food inside and that it will stay hot longer. Bam! That’s brilliant and we’ve done it every single day!
While it’s boiling, I get their breakfast stuff together. I ask them the night before what they want the next morning and try and get as much of it out/together as I can before bed.
On this particular morning, Kensington and Ashby each wanted a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin (K loves to make these all by herself!).
I can whip up my breakfast in just minutes while I’m doing everything else. One egg, one piece of meatless breakfast sausage from Trader Joe’s and also their cinnamon bread toasted up with homemade jam.
Leftover Sloppy Joes were heated up and put in the thermoses after the 10 minutes were up!
Smith and Madeley each requested a Van’s Waffle. M likes her’s with peanut butter and a banana.
Thermoses ready to go!
Right at 6:30, I wake everyone up. Poppy likes to get up with Andrew and me…but Frenchie likes to sleep in with the girls.
Madeley is my favorite here. Isn’t that how you feel first thing in the morning?! Eating breakfast and chatting with mama.
Okay, once everyone is settled with breakfast (and I’ve had to call Smith down at least 10 times), I get into my workout clothes.
The little girls stuff was laid out downstairs. If I get that together the night before, it helps SO MUCH!! After breakfast, everyone quickly gets ready for school so that we can…
…work on homework! This year, we have been doing homework before school and it has helped SO MUCH! My kids fought it at first, but now, they love coming home from school and immediately playing outside or heading to their extracurriculars without any work beforehand! Ashby and I often do it in the dining room and the big kids in the kitchen. We try and sit down for homework right around 7:00.
All dressed and ready for school!!
After they go to school, I try and hop on…
…the Peloton for a quick class!
Erika and I take turns taking the girls to preschool. On this particular day, it was her turn to take, so at 8:45, we were ready to go (I get Madeley dressed with the other kiddos because it’s just easier). While I’m on the Peloton/running/doing yoga or whatnot, she’s playing/hanging out with Andrew/watching Peppa Pig).
She left for school and I hit my desk…with a second cup of coffee.
The clock on my computer says 8:55…back to work for the day!
Work, work, work until lunch, lunch lunch. I need quick and easy for lunch. On this day, I had…
…one of these with some Trader Joe’s hummus.
After that, it was 11:28…
…so, I showered and got dressed for the day. I had things to do that afternoon after school, so I decided to get dressed and then finish working so that I didn’t have to stop later in the day.
That, my friends, is our morning routine.
It varies a little each day, but for the most part, this is it.
Okay, tell me one thing about your morning routine!! I want to hear something you do every day!!