Routine, Routine, Routine

2:09 PM

I am stuck
In a routine
And I'm not sure how to get out.

The main problem with getting out of the routine is that the routine works fairly well at keeping my family fed, dressed, bathed (mostly), and happy.

I wake up. And for the first two hours of the day I run around making sure my family eats breakfast and gets to work and school. Three days a week I take Chatterbox to daycare and get about 2 hours and 15 minutes to either work on my book or run errands. I usually choose to work. At least once a week I have to choose errands.

Chatterbox and I get home around noon. We eat lunch. Then she plays while I clean up. I do as much cleaning or dinner prep as possible and try to get her in bed for a nap around 1:30. We read books, sing and she goes down. Then I pick up a bit more or fold clothes, etc, and then I work out. Not wednesdays. The girls come home for the lunch wednesday and we have dance and speech that day. No working out for mama.

At four we pick up the girls and either do dance, speech, judo, etc. or we go home and get snack and homework done. Chatterbox is usually a bit crabby and the other two have at least one squabble. Homework takes a long time and yet we still don't seem to get all of it done that we should each night in the midst of the hubbub.

Then we play or read or take a bath. Sometimes, if the girls are getting along really well I can get some cookies or muffins made up for our snacks. I hate store bought cookies. Or I prep mine and Principe's dinner.

Bedtime takes a long time I feel like. Usually about an hour from start to finish. Then there is laundry, cleaning, picking up, or possibly just getting a book and sitting for a second.

Of course life happens every week with someone getting sick or some other something happening and many things don't get done. Like working more. (Gah! I would love to work more). Christmas is coming so I need to do present shopping. I need to clean my house better and should't be neglecting my blog so much. I should practice piano and finished that photo album I started in the summer. I also need to get the pictures fixed up and a digital album done. Chatterbox has to be paid attention to as well as Queenie and Firecracker and at some point Principe comes home and I feel I should at least see him. Of course it is hit or miss these days if I am in bed by the time he gets home....

Routine. Routine is good for kids. Good for families. It gets them fed and to school on time and keeps them in line so to speak. But goodness it can get both stressful and monotonous. But chaos would be worse.

Wouldn't it?

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