"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.