Friday, August 28, 2009

A Schedule of What Matters.


so I wanted to tell you about all my big plans for this coming school year. And, to be really, really, really, honest with you [;-)]- these plans are what I am excited about. I kind of feel like the summer has been fairly unstructured and, because of that, it seems like it has slipped by without notice. Or, maybe I should blame that on the almost total lack of heat and sunshine. I mean, seriously, what did we get? One nice week? Jeez!

Anyway...all tied up in my panic about my girls growing so fast, I am feeling the need to start squeezing every moment out of 'em that I can. So, as much as I have never been a "schedule-er" I am gonna' give in and start. I am beginning to learn that without a schedule things tend to not get done. One of my favourite wedding photographers, Jasmine Star, once put a quote up on her twitter account that said something to the effect of "Without clearly defined goals, we find ourselves strangely devoted to trivial matters". Well, that's the gist of it anyway. I think that is such a great quote (the real version of it was, anyway) because it applies to all aspects of your life - your business and your family. is my schedule for the coming school year:

1) Mondays: Mommy and Colie swim lessons day. I've signed us up for the parent and tot classes. But, how on earth are you ever going to get in a swimming pool every week, Mommy Project? You hate being cold! (I can hear you say). Well, fear not, sweet reader - I signed us up at a place that has what they refer to as a "Hot Pool" which is kept at 93 degrees. mmmmm. Loverly. Can't wait.

2) Tuesdays: Maddie's Drama Day. I've signed Maddie up to participate in a drama class complete with singing, dancing, and acting. Cool, huh? No - it gets better! It's a High School Musical drama class! I think she just about peed her pants when I told her she was going. So, this will be Maddie's special day of the week and I also plan to let her pick our (healthy choices only, though) dinner for this night of the week.

3) Wednesdays: Its all about Jamie Day. On this day, after school, we will be taking my little dancing queen to Hip Hop class. She loves to dance and I think she has a lot of natural talent in this area. She really gets the beat and is very graceful and bend-y. I know she'll love it and I'm excited that she'll have her own special day of the week, too. Jamie also, of course, gets to pick our dinner this night (no, James, not Happy Meals).

4) Thursday: Catch-up Day. We don't want to be too scheduled. Kids need a bit of down-time, I may need this day for catching up on homework. So - nothing - is going on this night and I hope to keep it that way.

5) Friday: Family Fun Night. This is the night that we hang out together as a family. I'm hoping to have a theme for each week and I'm starting this next Friday. Btw, I would so love it if you would participate, too, because it would be really fun to see what you would do with the same theme. What creative ideas you have that I may steal...uh...I mean, borrow in the future! So, I think I'll be putting up a Mr. Linky for this one on Mondays. That gives me the weekend to get my pics. together and my blog post written. I'll try to have my posts up nice and early.

The first theme week (in honour of there being only 11 days left before school starts) will be "So Long Summer". So, Ill be having that Fun Night on Friday September 4th and I'll putting the Linky up on Monday September 7th

My goal is to have planned a Fun Family...
  1. Food
  2. Decor and/or Craft and/or Location and
  3. A related Activity and/or Game.

It's nice to have a few things that tie into the theme so those give my some ideas of what to think about.

6) Saturday: Swim Lessons. I've signed both Jamie and Maddie up for swim lessons because they have enjoyed our pool so much this summer. They were in there when it was too cold for most I know they really love it. I wanted that fun to continue into the fall and being a good swimmer is an important life skill, as well. Now, since the whole week has been pretty much taken up with other activities and school, Saturday will also be "Kid Crazy Day". Both Maddie and Jamie are allowed to invite one child over for a Jammie Movie Afternoon. The Fairy Blogmother has been hosting Jammie Movie Nights for some time now and my girls have become totally jealous of that fab. event. So, I'm going to let them host their own!

7) Sunday: Mom and Dad's Day. This day is for us. Couple time and a little bit of peace and quiet is important for a healthy relationship and a happy family. So, on this day we are going to try to keep things quiet. {shhhhh}. No activities. No kids over. Nothing. In fact, we may try and see if Grandma wants to visit with the kids once in awhile. This is our Serenity Sunday...and I also plan to make it my Pig Out Day where I get to eat whatever I want. this is a day I'm looking forward to.

Oh! As I was typing this post the mail person knocked on my door. I just got my Physique 57 dvds!!! It took 3 weeks for them to get here and one case was broken when it arrived (hopefully the dvd will still's pretty scratched up). But, I am very excited that they are here!! So, now I have to hop back on to the fitness bandwagon and try and fit that in my schedule, too. I'm not sure, yet, where I'll fit that in but I will!

I need to become devoted to the stuff that really matters and next week...I'm going to start.


Shan said...

I want to have a better year for all of us too. I've never been much of a scheduler myself, but I think the time has come to start. I'm looking forward to reading about how you make out with your big plans.

Mommy Project said...

Thanks Shanny!


I'm going to steal your idea of the PJ Saturday. It might not be every Saturday or movies, but I think it's a great way to build community for my children. If the moms stick around, it will be a great way to build community with the parents of my kids' friends.

Will you be giving us the theme each week, in advance? I would like that. This way, I can participate without having to think too much. I'm a bit over committed now, as you know.