We’re at the end of 3 weeks I’ve been working towards a new goal and lifestyle. It’s time for a review. When this all started, I set down some clear guidelines written up on June 16th:
- All electronics limited
- Up at 6:30 a.m., better breakfast for the boys
- Children see me a lot more
On June 16th, I also wrote up these criteria:
- Cook more, eat out less
- Home all day, not running around town
- Dress better
- Take care of my home
I think that about covers the expectations for what I was to start learning how to do and be. I’m supposed to add more as time goes on. Well, time for a review. See where I am and where I am going from here.
Number 1: Electronics Limited
I have successfully gotten rid of all non-essential electronics. The television is downstairs, still not hooked up. I’ve returned my Xoom and my Barnes & Noble Nook. I’ve started reading paperback books. I still check Facebook randomly throughout the day (I have some friends that post funnies and I read them) and I play on the computer (for this blog, occasionally to look up recipes – that’s it).
I have placed a smallish television with a DVD/VCR combo in Brendan’s (the baby) room – for the children to watch a random movie. They are not allowed more than one movie a day. I have also placed the touchscreen computer from my business into my older son’s room (Caiden). They deserve to learn electronics as they grow. They will need that knowledge and they have been restricted to one hour a day each. However, for two days, they’ve forgotten to ask! It’s only been in there 3 days.
Number 2: Up at 6:30 a.m., better breakfast for my boys
I’ve been getting up at 6:30 a.m. religiously (even when I really didn’t want to). I’ve taken less naps than ever, since I haven’t been staying up as late. A few times I was up late but that’s alright, as long as it does not develop into a pattern. I’ve only had to hit snooze three times total in three weeks.
Better breakfast for the boys? Well, they have only had cereal one time in three weeks. Otherwise, I’ve been feeding them food cooked by hand. Most of them me, only a time or two was the Nanny.
Number 3: Children see me a lot more/Home more, out less
This one is a definite. Even when I have gone to do something, chance were, the boys were with me. They didn’t stay home and watch me head off to do whatever it was I thought I needed to do.
We’ve done a lot more as a family unit – since I’m not working and don’t feel the need to rush off to get things done. My “getting things done” is here, in the house.
Also, I have made it a priority to make dinner every day. Now, I can’t say we haven’t had a frozen meal or two (some of it left over from before this all started) and once, we even ordered pizza. However, the bulk of all meals my children have eaten came from my hands, working in the kitchen. From scratch, not a mix or frozen yummy.
Number 4: Dress better
Well, this one is hard. I am “dressing” for the day when I come out of my room. I am still wearing nice shirts/jeans or t-shirts/jeans. I’ve not progressed to the point of wearing skirts and pearls with pumps all the time. However, I’m also not running around all day in my bed clothes. I dress before I leave my bedroom in the morning. Most times, I’m out of my room by 6:33.
Number 5: Take care of my home
Been rearranging, cleaning, emptying junk, making things neat and orderly. However, that was always my nature. Only, for awhile, while I was working, it was the Nanny’s job. Now, it is mine, again. She does help me occasionally but the lions’ share is my duty. She still does the laundry and the boys’ bathrooms/bedrooms, however.
Looks like I’ve made some good progress. It’s actually quite easy, if you think about it. Getting rid of my outside jobs (I have two left and need to sit down Monday to start working on them, again) was a huge help. I have all the time in the world to sit and take care of business. That business being my family and my home. So, what’s next?
In the next 2 weeks, I will learn how to set a schedule. What is expected and when. Cooking times, play times, cleaning times.
In the next 2 weeks, I will learn how to make a shopping list. Not just get a whim to try something for dinner and buy it. Plan ahead!
I think that’s about it, for now. I need to set those out and get them into a routine for me. Any hints, tips, tricks would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for listening,