I'm pretty sure I've posted this before, but it's been a very helpful exercise during the past few weeks. As I face a day fortunately full of options, I frequently run into trouble prioritizing. This is especially true as our lessons wind down. So at the beginning of every day, I've been asking myself where I want to end it so as to avoid wishing I had made better use of my time.
Here are my daily priorities:
- Feed my family nutritiously / have a balanced dinner planned for my husband. I need to start thinking about this early because it's my biggest challenge.
- Pray with my children.
- Read with each child individually - preferably through the day as bedtime is jam packed 'round here.
- Have the house neat and tidy before my husband arrives home from work.
- Take a walk. My doctor forbid me to run whilst pregnant, but I am managing to walk several miles per week.
- Spend an hour on lessons (we're supposed to be done, but we have a few lessons to wrap up here and there)
Today, a blessed and rare day at home, I added a few more fun items:
- Stitch scraps into strips for my daughter's quilt
- Start and finish her promised pillow cover
- Clean out another vegetable bed and plant cucumber seedlings
- Catch up on laundry
- Sort through one random box of junk per day. Today it is the broken crayons and dried paints box because I did cave and purchase a craft cart and I'm in the process of getting it all organized. I was hesitant, but I ran the problem by my husband, who is a very clear and logical thinker. He saw it as a no-brainer and insisted I buy the cart. I'm so glad I did. I can already see that having things sorted will eliminate buying doubles (this is especially true for paint brushes).
If I can manage the top list I can sleep as well as is possible when 7 months pregnant (third trimester, y'all!!). If I can manage the bottom list as well I feel uncomfortably on top of things but that only happens rarely. I started this post yesterday morning and the cucumbers did not get planted. And I made my daugher sort the paints.
Happy Tuesday, friends. I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend. It poured on Easter here, which was such a blessing. It allowed us to cancel all our plans and sit in front of the television watching The Masters AND take a nap after Mass. Just what we all needed!