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Schedules: Friend or Foe?

Life around the Goodrum Household can be very hectic. In the morning, my husband and I try to get dressed before the baby wakes, get our 5 year old up and try to get her to dress herself, feed the two cats and feed the puppy and take her out (twice). I usually come home from work at lunch and take the puppy out (I put on an apron so she doesn't get dirt all over my outfit). After work (and this is where it gets iffy), I might take Cookie (the pup) out right away, or put dinner on, or get Charles (the daughter) and/or Fozzy (the son) or feed Cookie, etc. Mantrell and I have discussed a schedule which looks something like me coming home, taking Cookie out, cooking (by then he would be home with the kids) then feed Cookie. Unfortunately, I usually have to pick the kids up anyway (because I get off first) and it is SO much fun (NOT) to take Cookie out with Charles and Fozzy. Add to the mix that we used to swim at the YMCA three times a week and we haven't been in like 2 months - we would like to get back , to the YMCA (and feed everyone, and bathe everyone, and make sure everyone gets their bedtime story). So what do we do? Do have a family schedule? What is on it (I didn't have time to talk about chores and stuff) Do you stick to it religously? Does one of you follow more closely than the other? Do you schedule your personal time (dates, beauty parlor, shopping?)

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rgrl rgrl 9 years
:rotfl: Kmorton... I am soooo tired from reading your busy schedule! Seriously though, I admire people like you who are so organized. Wish I was like that. It scares me to have another child, because I don't know how I can manage with more than one.
klynnmorton klynnmorton 9 years
We have a schedule... Works like this 5:00am-Omar wakes up to get to the gym at 5:30am, O works 8-6pm 6:00am-I get dressed, make lunch and smoothie, wake and dress Bray 6:50-Leave the house 7:00-Drop Bray off at Nana's (the babysitter) 7:30-Arrive at work (usually with a few minutes to spare) 4:00pm-Leave work 4:30-5:00pm-Arrive home, prepare beginnings of meal, change clothes 5:30pm-Arrive at gym 6:30-Leave gym (Omar picks up Bray) 7:00pm-Dinner + Family time (includes chores) 8:30pm-Bray in bed, I shower, curl and wrap hair for next morning 8:30pm-10:00pm-Personal time 10-11pm-Depending what I have DVR'ed, go to sleep Daily chores-dishes, pick up bathroom and bedroom Weekly chores -vacuum, mop, dust, grocery shop (weekend) That is it, in a nutshell. We try to keep mall trips, personal maintenance (hair salon, barber) on the weekends, every other week (So one week I go the salon, the next they get hair cuts). I schedule EVERYTHING. Otherwise, it will NOT get done. We keep to it, pretty much. Which is why most people do not see, talk, or hear from me, otherthan e-mail or internet, during the week. We will most likely not have four legged pets until Bray can care for them as his responsibility.
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