Monday, January 5, 2015
New Years Eve and New Years Day
Kids are going back to school this week, come Wednesday. I enjoy having them home, things are a lot less busy, we can sleep in, some days we don't leave the house at all! But at the same time, establishing a new routine when they're off isn't always easy, in fact, it never is for me, and there's always an adjustment period. Sometimes I don't feel like we really get through that adjustment period until right before school's starting again.
The routine we have once they're out of school is: dressed, make bed, tidy room, breakfast, exercise, piano, lunch, quiet/reading time while Nora naps, then play time from about 3-5 until they come in to set the table for dinner and help me cook. I exercise every day, and they joined me quite a few times. Scott and I are doing a free month trial of "The Daily Burn" right now, from Roku (internet tv), and we are loving it! It's intense but you definitely feel yourself getting stronger.
Many times when Nora naps, during "quiet time", we do some food prep for dinner or make a snack. Here is Charles helping me make pizza dough.
New Years morning we had Belgian waffles with blueberries.
1.) Eat three meals with one snack; no other snacking! and no late night eating except on date night, once a week.
2.) Be a better example to the children of someone who is 'temperate in all things' and never rolls eyes, sighs, or talks in a negative/annoying/critical tone. I think this will really help lessen their complaining and whining. Think of Dumbledore from Harry Potter or the Jedi Knights from Star Wars, or better yet, Jesus Christ who was perfect at this. Great examples to follow; firm but kind.