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Monday August 22, 2011

5:48 AM-7:47AM : UP DRESSED TO SHOES, BIBLE STUDY, KIDS UP AND DRESSED AND TAKEN TO SCHOOL
8:05-8:11 BREAKFAST
8:15A-8:55 FACEBOOK AND EMAILS
9-10 NAP
11-12 WHB
12:20-12:30 LUNCH
12:33-1:45 CROCHETING
1:47-2:17 EMAILS
2:17-3 GETTING KIDS FROM SCHOOL
3:15-4:34 HOMEWORK WITH KIDS
4:35-5:06 RESTING AND FAMILY TIME
5:30-6:48 PREPARE, COOK AND EAT DINNER
7-9 KIDS BBR
 9-10 Facebook
10-10:30 blog
10:30-10:45 moved kids to their beds and put on pjs
10:50-11 read bible study for the night
11 pm…goodnight!

Tuesday August 23, 2011

UP AT 6 AM
6:01-6:26 READ BIBLE
6:42-7:40 KIDS UP AND OFF TO SCHOOL
8-11:30 NAP
11:55-12:45 DRESSED TO SHOES
12:50-1:29 FACEBOOK AND EMAILS
1:30-1:53 QUICK TIDY OF HOUSE
2:02-3 PICKED KIDS UP FROM SCHOOL
3-4:52 DS COUNSELING
5-6 HOMEWORK WITH KIDS
6-7 DINNER
7-8:21 KIDS BBR
9:13-10:11 CROCHETING
10:13-11 BILLS
11-11:15 BLOG

Wednesday August 24, 2011

6:11-6:33 DAILY BIBLE READING
6:34-7:47 KIDS READY AND OFF TO SCHOOL
7:50-11:30…NAP
11:30-12:30 DRESSED TO SHOES
12:35-12:57 WORKED ON BOXTOPS
1:12-1:41 CROCHETED
1:41-2 LUNCH
2-2:10 QUICK TIDY
2:10-3:10 KIDS FROM SCHOOL AND SISTER TO WORK
3:10-4 HOMEWORK
4:37-6:08 ORGANIZED SHED
6:48-7:41 DINNER
7:41-9:12 KIDS BBR
9:12-10:45 BLOG AND INTERNET TIME

THURSDAY AUGUST 25, 2011

5:03-5:25 DAILY BIBLE READING
5:25-5:54 FACEBOOK
5:54-6:05 DRESSED TO SHOES
6:06-7:45 KIDS UP AND READY AND OUT THE DOOR FOR SCHOOL
7:58-9 HOT SPOTS AND QUICK TIDY
9-9:30 COUPONS
10-10:30 CROCHET
10:30-11 NAP
11-12 CROCHET
12-12:20 LUNCH
12:20-1:20 ORGANIZED PARTY SUPPLIES
2-3 KIDS FROM SCHOOL
3-4:45 HOMEWORK AND COUNSELING FOR DD
4:45-5:30 HOMEWORK
5:50-6:50 DINNER
6:50-7:50 KIDS BBR
7:50-9:50  RELAX
9:50-10:50 BEDTIME ROUTINE

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ROUTINES ROUTINES ROUTINES…


As promised here is a quick glance at the routines here in this house. Of course Nothing is quite routine yet and we are still striving to get them down pat. But everyday I see a lot of progress and that is all that matters! Sorry no cute graphics or pics today. I’ll post something cute later! Love you!

BASIC
WEEKLY PLAN

  • SUNDAY:
    CHURCH/PAMPER DAY/ WEEKLY PLANNING
  • MONDAY:
    WEEKLY HOME BLESSING
  • TUESDAY:
    PAPERWORK/ BILLS/MOVIE NIGHT
  • WEDNESDAY:
    CUB SCOUTS/ ACHEIVEMENTS
  • THURSDAY:
    ZONE WORK/INDEPTH BIBLE STUDY
  • FRIDAY:
    DATE NIGHT
  • SATURDAY:
    GAME NIGHT

WEEKLY
HOME BLESSING

  • CHANGE
    BEDSHEETS
  • SWEEP/MOP
  • DECLUTTER
  • DUST
  • VACUUM
  • CLEAN
    GLASS SURFACES (DOORS/MIRRORS/TV AND COMPUTER SCREENS)

MORNING
ROUTINE

 

  • CHECK
    CALANDAR
  • MAKE
    YOURSELF PRESENTABLE/TAKE MEDS/DRINK WATER
  • GET
    KIDS UP AND DRESSED FOR SCHOOL
  • BREAKFAST
  • FINISH
    KIDS MORNING ROUTINE
  • TAKE
    KIDS TO SCHOOL
  • WORKOUT/WALK
  • SHOWER
    DRESS TO SHOES
  • FIX
    HAIR AND FACE
  • SWISH
    AND SWIPE
  • UNLOAD
    DISHWASHER
  • MAKE
    BED
  • START
    LAUNDRY
  • FINISH
    TO DO LIST

KIDS MORNING
ROUTINE

WAKE UP

GO POTTY

GET DRESSED

MAKE BED

EAT BREAKFAST

BRUSH TEETH

COMB HAIR

GO TO SCHOOL

MELISSA’S
AFTERNOON ROUTINE

  • LUNCH
  • LOAD
    DISHWASHER
  • ROOM
    RESCUES
  • GET
    KIDS FROM SCHOOL
  • SNACK
  • HELP
    KIDS WITH HOMEWORK
  • HOT
    SPOTS

AFTERSCHOOL ROUTINE

SNACK

HOMEWORK

PLAY

CHORES

DINNER

BEFORE
BED ROUTINE

 

  • LOAD
    AND RUN DISHWASHER
  • SHINE
    SINK
  • MAKE
    LUNCHES
  • FIX BOOKBAGS
  • CLEAR TABLE/COUNTERS/STOVE
  • CHECK
    CALANDAR
  • LAY
    OUT CLOTHES FOR NEXT DAY
  • PUT
    AWAY DIRTY CLOTHES
  • TURN
    DOWN BEDS
  • TAKE
    MEDS
  • BRUSH
    TEETH AND FLOSS
  • WASH
    FACE
  • PUT
    ON PJS
  • READ
  • JOURNAL
  • GO
    TO BED

BEDTIME ROUTINE


BATH
PJS
MEDICINE
BIBLE STUDY
PRAYERS

BEDTIME


I have actually had a binder (let me rephrase that…several binders) with my routines and such for several years. Do I use it (them) on occasion but for the most part no. So on Monday I began the mission of figuring out why I didn’t use my binder(s) and how to change that.

First and foremost thought was…I HAD WAY TOO MANY!

I counted 7 but I am pretty sure some were playing double duty!

Secondly that although I am an advocate of routines and schedules and am always revamping my own, they don’t do you much good if you don’t use them. And well most of these binders were filled with routines, schedules and to-do lists that I never even looked at. It was all just too overwhelming. I had to minimize and reorganize. So I made a mess!

I spent pretty much an entire day, just going through each binder, pulling out what I wanted/needed and trashing the rest.

After the big binder de-clutter I was able to downsize from 7 unused binders to 3 I’d better start using binders and 1 folder!

 These are from left to right 1. My Cub Scout binder 2. My F.A.C.E binder (the one I am really iffy about!) 3. My to do folder and 4. My L.M.B (Life Management Binder)

Obviously the Cub Scout binder holds my lesson plans and curriculum. I also have a Cub Scout section in my L.M.B which I place my attendance records and Scout info. The F.A.C.E Binder is a printable control journal on Flylady.net that is supposed to help you gain control of your finances. Honestly I have never opened it so I can’t say whether it works or not…. The to do folder is self explanatory, if I need to do something (fill out a form, sign something, fix something, etc.) and can’t do it right away, it goes into the folder. Each night I do my best to work through the folder so that t is empty in the morning.

Then there is the Life Management Binder or the L.M.B as I call it. This is the binder at the front and center of my life. It has several sections, each section covers a different aspect of my life that could use better management…

First in the L.M.B is the calendars section…. In this section I have included all my calendars. The school calendar, cub scout calendar, my week at a glance calendar, and any other calendars I happen to get in the course of my merry ol life..

Next is the Schedules and Routines section… In this section I have included everyone’s daily schedules, my weekly and monthly schedules and everyone’s daily routines.

Up next is my Housekeeping section… this section is all about cleaning.  I have my weekly cleaning lists, hot spot lists and everyone’s daily chores listed out as well as the house rules and media rules.

Next up is My Finances section… all money related things go here. Bill pay passwords and monthly due dates of the regular bills are listed out. I also have included a subsection here called Menu Planning where I keep all my menu calendars and such.

Then there is the School section… Here I have placed all the school info I need to hang on to. Extra car tag, handbook. Teacher notes, medicine forms and ect.

My Scout section is next. Here I plan to place my attendance forms and parent contact info as well as lesson plans and outing info.

The next 4 sections are dedicated to each family members medical info. Medicines we take. Doctor note etc. with 2 special needs children and a special needs spouse I do not use these sections nearly enough!

After the medical sections comes the sections on my little business Crocheted Creations in which I put product info and ideas. As well as sell info and other business related stuff. Then there is a little section just for this blog, where  I put all my blog info and ideas.

And since I was running out of tab dividers and ideas for tabs the next section is labeled other! In this section I have placed everything else that I think belongs in my L.M.B but couldn’t be placed in a section alone.

Then I have my contacts section in which I plan to place everyone’s address email and phone number that I actually use. It will make filling out invites thank you’s and Christmas cards much quicker!

Then Last but not least is my Inspirational section. Here I have placed a few of my favorite poems and such. Things that I can read for a quick pick me up when my spirits are down.

And there you have it. I apologize that this has turned out to be so long. and for those of you who have waited I actually started this post on August 6 and today is August 14 (my Daddy’s birthday!) I do plan to do a follow-up of this post and include all my routines and possibly my schedules and give you a peak of my kids companion binders which they call their Kids Constitution! But that is another day for now I am exhausted and sick. Goodnight!


This morning school started back for my kids, therefore my morning walks started back. Being Monday morning, one of the first things I noticed as I started up the incredibly steep hill outside my door was that the garbage man had already come and gone leaving behind the hideous smell of week old trash.  As I continued up the hill holding my breath I remembered that just a few months ago, just as Spring was bursting free, God had very bluntly let me know that garbage men are his most prized creations.

Now I know what you are thinking, you are thinking that I must have held my breath too long and killed some brain cells, because there is no way that a stinky old garbage man is a prized creation of God. LOL I know I know, I said the same thing, but just hear me out.

I had a really rough winter. Stuck in the house with 3 kids for ten days straight at one point. With all the ice and snow and no way out I slipped into a depression. My days and mind were filled with gloom and just drug on and on. Then Spring came, flowers bloomed, birds sang but I still felt like the world was coming to an end (nothing to do with the 5/21 rapture, God will come back when he is ready!). I was fed up I needed a break and I deserved to be happy too! So off I went up that hill, making every effort to take in the beauty of the blooming flowers and singing birds. I even stopped to watch a couple of squirrls chase each other up and down the trees.  Then I heard it, the garbage truck was coming. Oh no I thought I’m gonna end up walking behind it. Just great here I am trying to take in the site and lift my spirits and I end up having to deal with this.

On I walked. I was on a mission and that filth was not going to stop me from finding my joy! I actually made it half way through the neighborhood before I met up with that thing that was set to ruin my day! I had already stopped looking for flowers and instead kept track of which houses he would be stopping at. Then I saw it, coming up was a house that the truck hadn’t got to yet and they had forgotten their bins at the side of their house. Oh well poor folks gonna have to deal with all that trash for a whole nother week was my thought because hey this trash company lets it be no secret that if you don’t have your bin roadside they will not come back to get it. So on I walked shaking my head thinking what would I do if I were in that situation. I think I would have to take all my trash to the dump myself cause there is no way we could keep up with two weeks, impossible. I passed the truck with a sigh of relief, I could actually breath now, the smell wasn’t so bad.

Then something caught my ear, he was stopping, but why I know I saw the bin at the side of the house. So I stopped and turned to look and about fainted. What I saw not only took me by surprise it make me pray to God!

As I turned and the truck came to a complete stop,the driver door swung open. What in the world was my thought. Then out jump a stout middle aged bald guy, whom I think was a little over dressed to be a garbage man. Um ok, what is he doing?!  He proceeded to walk to the side of the house roll 2 overly stuffed bins roadside, climb back into his truck, use the mechanical arm to empty the bins, get back out of the truck and return the bins back to the side of the house.

Lord what just happened, why on Earth did you let me witness this. What just happened?! Then I knew. Out of all of his wonderful creations, mankind is his most prized. Not the Eagles, not the roses, those are here for our enjoyment. The most beautiful pieces of nature are here  for the pleasure of his most prized, the one he cared enough to make in his own image, the stinky old garbage man!

Now I still don’t like taking my morning walks while the garbage truck is making it’s rounds but now I don’t see the man driving that big nasty truck the same. Instead of causing me grief and making me angry, it brings me joy and lifts my spirits!

No one’s perfect!


I am having a bit of a hard time finding my inner muse tonight, so bear with me here. I am hoping that if i ramble on enough my thoughts will organize themselves into what looks like a well planned out blog! And no my blogs are not planned, I have sat down to plan out a  few blogs and I just cannot do it. I lose to much of the emotion and just about all of my feelings get lost, so I like to just start typing and let the Lord take this wherever he wants.

Speaking of planning things out and just letting God lead the way, where do you draw the line? I am not in any way asking to take God out of the picture, but I am asking do you plan every minute of everyday to include your time with the Lord or do you leave it all open and just do things as you feel led to do them?

As a mother of two special needs children and the wife of a special needs, I would like to have everything planned and scheduled, but at the same time I find it nearly impossible to even have the most basic of routines.  I have done lots of praying on this matter as well as lots of research. They both led me to a wonderful website in which I have not only learned a lot about routines and house cleaning but I have also met some truly lovely friends and supporters. The website I speak of is www.flylady.net and Marla Cilley is the founder and creator of a wonderful system that not only gets your house clean but your entire life organized one baby step at a time.

With that said, even with the Flylady‘s wonderful help and all the great support of fellow flybabies, I still have a horrible time with this. Sure I can write out the perfect schedule for my family, I can create routines all day long, but when it comes down to fact or fiction they are just words on paper.  My kids have never been in bed by 8pm and if I am awake at 6am it’s usually because I haven’t went to bed yet. I have alarms and timers going off constantly but much of the time they are just background noise in an already loud symphony of chaos and catastrophe.

For the longest time I believed theat even among thousands of flysisters I was the only mother that struggled with this. Somehow in my sometimes very dense brain I had convinced myself that my children were the only ones pitching tantrums at 2 am because their movie went off and I couldn’t find the remote quick enough. I thought I was the only mother that struggled with all the ins and outs of having a family. that is until I opened up and started sharing my troubles, then one by one others stood in line with me. I now see that the average mom don’t have it together unless they run their house hold like a prison boot camp. We all struggle with something, rather it be laundry, dishes, or bedtime. My somethings just happen to be everything! Just like my kids are my everything.

I will continue to write out schedules and routines. And I will continue to baby step my way to a happier home, but I know that no matter how perfect things look on paper, they are just words and in reality no ones perfect, no family is perfect and nothing is going to change that.

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