Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Scheduling Our Lives~ Part Two

(First of all, thanks to those of you who have been so gracious and understanding.  I've never had such a difficult time pressing "publish post" as I did with that previous post.  Of course now I'm posting a picture of me freshly tumbled out of bed so maybe this will come close!)

I had a hard time deciding where to start, since our morning's success largely depends on the evening before. However, I decided to go for the more straight forward approach so I'll begin first thing in the morning. 

So you all know, I am NOT a morning person.  When I dream of the most blissful vacation I could imagine, the first thing that always comes to mind is being buried in a mountain of blankets and not budging until I'm good and ready.  Mornings have always been a struggle for me.  My Dad has gotten up in the five o'clock hour for as long as I can remember and I always wished that I had more of his genes!

Even after five and a half years of being a parent, I have never been in the habit of getting up before my children.  I knew that was going to be key in successfully changing the way we live.  So with much fear and trepidation, we set the alarm for 6:00 every morning and don't push snooze!  Those of you with mornings in your blood, I'm trying not to be envious of you.  I was very near kicking and biting as my beloved prompted me out of bed this morning

Here I am at 6:00.  And please don't say, "You always look like that!".  That really would not be comforting at this point!  For those of you who can relate to my plight, let me assure you.  It really does get better!  You don't feel like a zombie every day! (Only on random days like today!).  Getting to bed at a decent time is crucial, and before you know it, it's exciting to get up in the morning and think about all you can get done!

In a nutshell, getting up early is really worth it!  It has been the greatest contributor to how smoothly our days run.  My husband and I get up at 6:00.  That's the first slot on our schedule.

I warned you! Baby steps!


Grace Wheeler said...

Grace, I'm not a morning person either...but I JUST this week I started waking up early each morning (okay, it's only Tuesday, but give me a break!) :) It feels good to rise early, even though I usually need a little nap in the afternoon!

I'm enjoying your posts...and I think you are ALWAYS beautiful!

Stacy said...

You are a teaser! I was ready for some really good details...baby steps it is! I also am trying to get up before the kids...I even got alarm clocks, for the older kiddos to get them up and started on time so the rest of our day can run smoothly (I have one that would sleep through breakfast and beyond) and for #4...so he'll stay in bed. Otherwise my getting up early doesn't leave quiet time for me...just an earlier start to the regular stuff of the day.

Season said...

Ok, the suspense is killing me and others probably too. Keep posting.

Anonymous said...

You look pretty good at 6 in the morning. You help inspire the rest of us who strongly object to getting up while it's still dark. Keep it up. You're awesome!!!

Ginger said...

You've got to be kidding me! You're not a morning person, but you wake at 6AM?!
I AM a morning person and I get up when I hear Julia crying, around 7 am!
These posts are really encouraging. I never make my bed unless company is coming and even then I pay my kids to do it for me. Am I lazy or what?!

If the video is decent, have the kids work out w/ you while the baby plays in the exersaucer/walker/pack n play/highchair. Or they could look at books while you work out. I work out while the kids do seatwork.

Mrs. Skelton said...

Way to go Grace!! I admit that is also where my problem lies... getting up far to late... thanks for these tips they are very encouraging to me!