Thursday, April 10, 2014

the plan

Way back in February, I wrote this post about people wanting to know my "plan" for next year. I accidentally lied and said I'd be back the next week with "THE PLAN," but never made it back around to the topic again. (I got distracted by a few things--one of which was a costly broken well pump that sent me into a brief spiral into the depths of despair and annoyance, ok?)

I'm back now and no longer angry about the well pump issue. That's life, right?

Here is my perfectly planned daily schedule for next year:

5:15-5:45 -- Get my sweat on. (Run, pushups, burpees, situps, etc.) I want a regular exercise schedule so badly, but it's nearly impossible right now. Next year, I'm sure it will be easier, like this:

Whether you're pajama-bound by subzero temperatures, trapped in a gym-less hotel room, or you're just purely 100% anti-gym, the Do Anywhere, Body Weight Workout can provide a BEASTLY sweat-session regardless of location. This turbocharged full-body circuit will torch your muscles and make the sweat drip, all without the need for costly equipment.

5:45-6:00 -- Shower and look awesome in 15 minutes or less. Probably look like this when I"m done:


6:00-6:15 -- Eat food that was prepared overnight and set plates for the boys' breakfasts.

6:15-noon -- Work on Generation Next nonprofit stuff, which includes social media, development, event planning, and grant writing. (Did you know I was doing this? I am. And so excited about it!) I will need to work about 25-35 hours a week to financially help the family survive the times.

We plan to have a college girl live with us for free again and watch the boys for a few hours a day. Surely the boys will sleep in until at least 7:30 each day, right?

Kids will be dressed like this:

summer outfit for Baby J...crop shorts, a cardigan, AND a tricycle? I can't handle the cuteness...

12:00-12:30 -- Cook and eat homemade organic amazing meals full of veggies and whole foods. They will also be pleasing to the eye and tastebuds, like this:

Project Lunchbox: 30 days of homemade, unprocessed, healthy lunches. Has a link to a PDF that includes all the meals.  great for summer for kids while home, too  makes it easy for them to grab lunch when they get hungry; this and snack boxes including frozen ones with homemade Popsicle from yogurt or fruit juice are really handy to have around... make a week's worth on weekend with kids to help Fresh Food Friday: 25 Kid-Friendly Healthy Meals and Snacks | Six Sisters' StuffSummer Salad Chicken Flautas with Spicy Avocado Sauce


12:30-1:00 -- Teach Brody to read chapter books and help him understand theologically sound doctrine. Teach Brecken to speak one full sentence.

1:00-3:30 -- Boys nap for 2.5 hours. I will complete daily household tasks, such as folding laundry, cleaning, doing dishes, wiping gunk off of the floor from lunch, and paying bills. Then I'll do more GN work.

House will look like this:

patterned garlands great post on affordable RUGS. Easy and Cheap DIY Plank Wall!  So Pretty... LOVE it! organized master closet-see all the details to keeping a master closet organized and maximize a small space.

Also in the afternoon: My friend's sweet baby will come to my house so I can watch him. My boys will instantly become more kind, considerate and caring. :o)

3:30-4:00 -- Craft time. The boys and I will probably make some things that look like this:

kids crafts, dutch site. cute felt finger puppets (no sewing machine required)Handprint Caterpillar Preschool Craft, Spring Kids Crafts Love this for our green day! toilet paper roll owls... cute crafts #kids #crafts by Naghma

4:00-5:00 -- Outdoor fun time! Probably exactly like this:

25 Water Games and Activities for Kids DIY Outdoor Games -Perfect for Backyard Fun

5:00-5:15 -- "Sensory" play activity for development -- Remind me to Google what that means, exactly.

Moon sand. Just 8 cups of flour and 1 cup of baby oil, really soft and easy to clean up. Great Sensory Activities for Kids

5:15-6:00 -- Dinner will magically cook itself because of my excessively awesome cooking skills (hmm) and our entire family (and maybe my friend's baby, if he's there) will all eat together and enjoy life, stress-free. Dinners will look like this:

Creamy Chicken Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole - real food meets comfort food. From scratch, quick and easy, 350 calories. | pinchofyum.com chicken lo meinScampi-Style Steak & Scallops with Roasted Asparagus: 30-Minute Valentine Dinner Easy week night meal! Garlic & lemon chicken with green beans & red potatoes! Just toss it in the oven.

6:00-7:00 -- Family time: Outside play time or reading time.

7:00-7:30 -- Unwind time for all. Like this:

Fire pit area...

7:30-8:00 -- Bedtime baths, teeth-brushing, Bible-reading and prayers. ZZZ's for kids.

8:00-9:00 -- Brad and I will watch Parenthood while I coupon, craft, or do volunteer work. Because Brad just loves to watch Parenthood.

Crafts will probably look like this, after I learn to sew and take great photographs, of course:

Don't let limited seating keep you from inviting all your friends to your next soiree! Make these giant floor pillows by Mandy Made!  cute for frame wall #wreath Evergreen 12 Patch Canvas Wall Decor - PerfectHarmony...DIY with scrapbook paper?

9:00-10:00 -- Pack a lunch for Bradlee, BSF study time, finish reading through the Bible in a year.

10:00 -- Bedtime (Sadly, this is over an hour past my current bedtime.)

The boys will sleep all the way through the night every night and wake up around 7:30 or 8:00 in the morning. I'll also volunteer at Convoy of Hope and our adoption agency, and we'll do foster care or begin another adoption while waiting to bring Sweet C home. :o)

*All pictures are from Pinterest, where all moms go to feel inadequate. 

**I'm not an idealist at all. 

**Please note the tones of sarcasm involved in this post. I hope to share a more flexible plan later.