Happy Wednesday, friends!
It’s another edition of LET’S LOOK!
If you don’t know what this is, once a month, Erika and I do a little link up where we “look” at different aspects of our lives (and then if you blog, you share and link up too!). We have been doing this little linky party for years now, and it’s always one of my favorite posts each month because most of the topics are YOUR suggestions!
So far in 2023, here’s what we’ve “looked at”…
And today, we’re LOOKING AT OUR EVENING ROUTINES.
Here’s the deal, I always forget what the monthly prompts are until it’s time to sit down and work on them. Just now when I saw that this month we’re sharing “our evening routine”, I was pleasantly surprised. I love a routine! I almost always focus on our morning routine, so this is a nice change up.
I grabbed some pics to share and have some details on how the Shull six do their “evening routine”.
FYI: I’m going to focus on school nights for this post 🙂 .
Right now, the four kids (who are at three different schools) all get home at three different times each afternoon. Everyone gets home between 2:50 and 4:15 (yeah, look at that gap!) and does any homework they might have, grabs snacks, throws their stuff around my nice clean house…you know, normal “after school stuff”.
If we have after school speech therapy or tutoring, we do those things right after school (my kids do better doing it right after rather than having a break between). Once we’re either done with that/or on different nights, we head off to our sports practices/games. Ashby and Mades both have games *mostly* on Saturdays (with a few exceptions) and practice during the week, so Andrew and I will divide and conquer those practices on those nights.
Three nights a week, as a family, we head off to watch…
…football in some capacity. We watch Kensington cheer at the freshman games…
…or Smith play on the middle school team…
…or we head to the Varsity game. At any of the three games, we’re sure to run into…
…friends 🙂 .
Some nights, we don’t have anything after school and come home and stay home, but right now, it feels like most nights, we have something to do.
When I know my family is going to have a game and either be eating late or eating in shifts (something I try to avoid but do when it’s necessary), I rely heavily on…
…my slow cooker.
I don’t necessarily always make a “slow cooker” supper. Sometimes, I just make my normal dinner and keep it warm in the slow cooker. When we’re getting in after a game and everyone is hot, dirty and tired, the LAST thing I want to do is start making dinner from scratch. It’s so much easier if dinner is already cooked and ready to go.
Do not forget…
If I’m really on my A-game, before we head out to said activity that night, I’ll make sure someone has set the table for dinner, and we’ll get any lunches made for the next day, snacks packed, water bottles filled, etc. I like to do anything I can so that when we get home, I can just focus on sitting down and enjoying dinner.
Once we’re “in” for the night (whether that’s after a sport or just a normal night), this is when we tackle the laundry. All four kiddos are responsible for their own laundry. We don’t mind helping them get it into and out of the washer/dryer, but once it’s out, everyone has to put their own laundry away. Sometimes, Andrew and I will dump our laundry out on our bed and do it together while watching a show on TV or sometimes, he’ll do it while I’m making dinner, etc. I decided several years ago though that I would stop doing it during the day. Working from home made it easy to do chores during the day, but it started interfering with my work flow, so now, it’s an “after work” chore.
My kids love to run off and be outside any chance they get after school, so before/after dinner, you’ll almost always see them outside with friends
Our family loves to eat dinner outside on our patio table and do any night that the weather is even remotely great (with ceiling fans and heaters, we can use it most of the year!). We also love watching TV outside too. Andrew and I really love those nights when we get a minute to sit down and watch TV outside while the littles are playing on the swing set behind us.
After activities/dinner/laundry/chillin’ out, it’s time for bed.
You know me, I have to unwind with a shower/bath, a bit of TV and some reading. It doesn’t matter if I get home at 5:00 PM or midnight, I must do those three things before I can go to sleep.
And that’s a bit of our evening routine. It’s much less structured than our morning routine, sometimes a little crazy and chaotic, but I know for a fact that one of these days, I will look back and miss it.
If you also blogged Let’s Look, make sure you link up below. I want to hear about your EVENING ROUTINE!! Please comment and share!
Also, don’t forget, you can check out OUR MORNING ROUTINE too 🙂 .
Don’t forget, coming up this year…
…next month, our biggest fears. That sounds light and happy.
See you tomorrow, friends! xx