Their current days (whether or not I am present):
7:00ish – kids up (varies from 6:30 to 8:00; Cameron is usually the last one to rise and occasionally sleeps until 9:00)
7:30 breakfast. Trying to work on getting them to be more self-sufficient with this. Annabel can get her own cereal. If it’s something more involved (like . . . a freezer waffle) we help 🙂 I’m pretty sure at least A would be capable of doing this, too. Future goals . . .
Kids get dressed / play / etc.
9:00 G (our nanny) takes them outside. They either walk (“flower walk” or “nature walk”), bike (G in stroller), or hang out in our driveway/in front of our house playing with chalk or building fairy houses. NOTE TO SELF need to buy more chalk.
10:00ish. Inside. Really, it is better if the kids stay out as long as possible (closer to 11) b/c this is their main outdoor time for the day (afternoons here are often too hot and/or stormy). At the same time, it’s hard to stay out too long b/c it’s usually mid-80s and quite humid even in the mornings.
“School”-ish activities. I still need to order more workbooks but right now they still have access to the online learning programming from the school. They are supposed to read 2 picture books (or 2 chapters), write 2 pages of journaling/a letter (okay more like half a page for C), and do some sort of math activity. During this time, G usually starts out playing but ends up watching TV.
(I want to start G up with swim lessons at our house so this would be an alternative some days in the future.)
12:00 Kids eat lunch. Their absolute favvvvvve lunch: vanilla yogurt, granola, and fruit. They don’t eat that every day but it is frequently requested.
1:00 G goes to nap. Big kids literally count down minutes until 1:00 because they know that is when they can use iPad/computer. Minecraft-fest begins, often with a few YouTube videos related to Minecraft and then actual play. Annabel has a close friend from school (plus her twin brother!) who often plays in their ‘world’. Annabel also sometimes chats on Facebook Kids with her classmates. Mostly it’s emojis and silly pictures . . .
4:00ish G up. Sometimes she will wake up on her own by 3:30 but if not, our nanny will rouse her prior to 4 (so she doesn’t want to stay up all night. Crucial.) Then the big kids get pried off of their devices and they eat a snack and have whatever ‘non-screen play’ they would like. Sometimes they get baths.
5:30-6ish I come home! Dinner, clean up, Josh often joins. (His hours continue to be slightly more reasonable than they used to be! I hope this continues but am not entirely optimistic). Usually a rather loud and disorganized time. I honestly would love to figure out a way to make it less loud and crazy (it is NOT what my head needs after work) but . . . I am sort of at a loss.
7:30 All watch TV or movie together – we were watching the Kids Baking Challenge, but sometimes it’s a movie (last night: Arctic Dogs on Netflix).
8:45 Upstairs — teeth, read a story (in respective rooms; I usually take G and Josh usually takes big kids but sometimes we switch).
~9 or 9:15ish Kids asleep.
WHEW. We will see how the kids feel several weeks in. I’m actually rethinking whether camp throughout the whole summer is really necessary (maybe in future summers we will do a few weeks of different camps + a 2 week family vac).
(I’ve never done a 2 week family vacation but the idea of going somewhere quiet and NOT HOT for a while is quite tempting. Colorado or Vermont 2021?)
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