Wednesday, June 20, 2007

"Mom, when can we eat dinner?"

I'm guilty of allowing my daughter to play outside til 8pm. It's light outside til about 9-9:30pm and the neighborhood kids all get together to play and ride bikes. Lately, I have been slacking as I've been outside enjoying it with my daughter and chatting it up with my neighbors. Then I look at the clock on my cell phone and say, Oh boy, it's almost 8pm and I haven't started dinner yet. So I grab the kid, get her into the bath, and attempt to make something rather fast for dinner. Who doesn't do this? I just feel guilty over it because I end up not making what I wanted to make.

Because of this I decided to come up with a plan of attack for the summer and I'm hoping I can stick to it.

-Wake up (no later than 9am)
-Eat breakfast with daughter
-Misc "me" time (usually means making the bajillion phone calls I need to make or grabbing a moment to do whatever- be it blogging or email/internet)
-Eat lunch with daughter
-Send daughter outside to play while I begin clean up (regular chores)
-Chop up veggies, preassemble dinner if possible and stick in fridge, covered
-Go outside and enjoy the rest of the day

See, if I can hold to a schedule like that, and have my dinner ready to bake or whatever, then life should be good. If I plan on making a meal in the crockpot I can always start it after we have lunch or before.

I am hoping to keep this kind of schedule not just for dinner's sake, but to be more diligent about exercise and keeping a routine, which I suck at.

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At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Titankt said...

That schedule sounds like a great idea. I have problems with after work hours, too. It seems like the minute we get home I have to scramble around getting dinner (regardless of what it is) and then give him a bath and put him to bed. There's no time for anything!

Life will be better when we live in town and I don't have to drive an hour to get home. That just eats up SO much time! And in the fall I get off work at 4:30pm! We will have SO much more time to play and stuff when we get home when we live in town! Yeehoo!

At 3:41 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh that hour drive one way? I feel fortunate we live where we do. No commute. Of course I could always try to find a job in Everett and deal with a 1.5-2 hour commute one way on a daily basis. Yuck! NO thanks!

At 2:34 PM, Blogger Musings on Second Life said...

What works for us is to chop veggies on Sunday for our salads and breakfast for the week. It saves GOBS of time and we eat healthy!


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