Mornings in our house can be hectic! To keep things running smoothly, I try to follow a bit of a routine once we get going.
First, I tidy up our bedroom while I encourage Sugar Plum and Little Man in tidying theirs. We make our beds (theirs are easy to make since they just have a blanket to pull up, a pillow to plump, and animals and baby dolls to line up). Next, we put things away in our bedrooms (books are returned to shelves, clothing heads to the hamper, and anything else out of place is put back where it belongs). Once the bedrooms are tidy, I bring a load of clothing to the washing machine and get it going. Next is breakfast and cleaning up the kitchen. Then it is time for school. Usually, Sugar Plum's schoolwork takes no more than an hour to complete and once it is done, we get on with whatever we have on the agenda for the day.
One thing that I try not to worry about is keeping everything on a timed schedule. Every day is different in our house. Sometimes we have to be out the door on the early side or we have someone that sleeps in and things have to move earlier and more quickly than usual. If the children's rooms don't get tidied, then it is not the end of the world! The thing that really matters to me is that most days things run predictably for the our little ones and for me. I can be a huge procrastinator and creating the habit of tidying the bedrooms, keeping up with the laundry, maintaining a clean kitchen, and making sure our school work is done first thing, helps me stay on top of what needs to be down each day.
love this... I too need routines...
This is very timely for me, I've been seeing the need of a more serious routine for the children and I and am working on implementing that now. Looking forward to the afternoon post!
This is a good reminder for me as well to try and get back on the path of our routines. It is also helpful for me to be productive in the morning with getting some of our essentials done. My son is older now so his schooling takes us longer. We probably spend about 4 hours now, so we are unable to get done before lunch like we used to.
I appreciate your blog so much. The gentleness and the insight to an Orthodox home!
I'm relatively new to your blog and I am enjoying it very much. As I was baking prosphora this evening I wondered if you bake for Fr John and if you have any back posts about your process. I'm looking for advice to get a denser bread. I have high altitude and a dry climate working against me, so I'm interested in trying different techniques.
Thank you for all of the insight you offer on your blog,
Father John actually does all of the church baking! I will try to do a post of his technique next time he bakes!
Thank you! I can't wait to read about it.
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