Schedules and island life seem like oxy morons, but with school out and Tim gone most days fishing, I am running out of things to do with 4 kids. I never thought I could say this, but even I don’t want to go to the beach every day. Anyone with kids knows that going to the beach with kids is nothing like going to the beach before kids. My days of lounging on the beach with a book are over as I have to remain on high alert while making sure the kids don’t get swept away by the rip current. I don’t mind that so much, but it’s the cleanup afterwards that I dread. Even when I make them take showers outside, they manage to track sand in the house and leave their wet swimsuits and towels on the ground for me to pick up. Before kids, I’d just make a sandwich, throw some waters in a cooler, slather on some sunscreen and grab a hat, a book, and a chair and I was set for the day.
I started doing workout videos and they wanted to join me. I made some space for them to join in. They got in my way a little bit, but they got bored after about 10 minutes anyway so it wasn’t so bad. Of course, my 7-year old informed me that I did not have muscles in my stomach like the ladies on the TV. So I told her she was grounded (just kidding). So even though I’m more of an organized chaos kind of person, I have decided for my own sanity and that of my kids, I need to get us on a schedule.
I did what I usually do when I don’t know where to start and I went to Pinterest. There were actually a lot of helpful ideas there. I found a regular schedule which I just changed to make it work for us and I also found a list of 100 things to do this summer. I took several items from that list and added my own. I printed them out and cut them out into squares and put them in a coffee canister. Each kid can pick one activity. Depending on the activity, we can either all do one activity together or each kid can do the activity they picked and then they can switch.
I left the schedule pretty open because as I said, I’m not really a schedule person. I only just recently submitted and put my 10 month old on a sleep schedule because everything I read about getting your baby to sleep through the night said to have a consistent schedule. She still doesn’t really sleep through the night, but she is able to fall back to sleep without my help. Even though I have the best intentions, sometimes, this is naptime.
The first few days on the schedule have been a little hectic. The kids want to do activities the minute they get up and they don’t really want to exercise with me. When they pick something that they don’t want to do, they try to keep picking so then I just end up picking. Hopefully, we can get into more of a groove as the summer progresses. Here is a rare moment of them playing quietly and nicely making colored salts. I hope I can find more activities like these.