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Updated Master Schedule

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

As I’ve said before, we used the Maxwell‘s scheduling material to come up with our Master Schedule and Chore Packs.

Our Master Schedule is simply a tool. There is never a single day that everything on everyone’s schedule gets accomplished. However, if we get off track during the day, it’s an excellent tool to refer to in order to help me reel us back in and continue being productive. It’s also a great way to make sure your time is accounted for on those days when you feel like you got nothing accomplished whatsoever!

MOMMY
JOSHUA
JESSE
OWEN
6:30am
Exercise/
Quiet Time
Sleeping
Sleeping
Sleeping
7:00am
Shower/Get Ready
Sleeping
Sleeping
Sleeping
7:30am
Breakfast
Get Dressed/Breakfast
Get Dressed/Breakfast
Get Dressed/Breakfast
8:00am
Chore Training/Clean up
Chores
Chores
Chores
8:30am
Bible Study with the boys
Bible Study and Prayer
Bible Study and Prayer
Bible Study and Prayer
9:00am
School
Spelling
Spelling
Color
9:30am
School
Reading with Mommy
Flash Cards with Owen
ABC Flashcards with Jesse
10:00am
School
Workbook with Owen
Reading with Mommy
Workbook with Joshua
10:30am
Snack
Snack
Snack
Snack
11:00am
School
Math
Math
Blocks/Puzzles
11:30am
School
Memory Work
Memory Work
Memory Work/
12:00pm
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
12:30pm
School
Language Lessons
Language Lessons
Play with Trains
1:00pm
School
Copywork/Writing
Copywork/Writing
Math Manipulatives with Mommy
1:30pm
Fly Lady (cleaning, pay bills, emails, etc.)
Play outside
Play outside
Play outside
2:30pm
Play (games, puzzles, computer)
Play (games, puzzles, computer)
Nap
3:00pm
School
**Extra School
**Extra School
Nap
3:30pm
Music
Piano
Computer
Nap
4:00pm
Music
Computer
Piano
Nap
4:30pm
Whole House Sweep/Dinner Prep
Dinner Helper
Dinner Helper
Dinner Helper
5:00pm
Dinner/
Clean up
Dinner
Dinner
Dinner
5:30pm
Family Time
Family Time
Family Time
Family Time
6:00pm
Bath Prep
Games with Daddy
Games with Daddy
Games with Daddy
6:30pm
Bathe Kids/
Teeth & Jammies
Bath/
Teeth & Jammies
Bath/
Teeth & Jammies
Bath/
Teeth & Jammies
7:00pm
Story/Bible Time
Story/Bible Time
Story/Bible Time
Story/Bible Time
7:30pm
Prayers with Kids
Prayers/Bed
Prayers/Bed
Prayers/Bed
8:00pm
Kids in Bed/
Bedtime Chores
SLEEP
SLEEP
SLEEP
8:30pm
Evening Routine/Plan for tomorrow
SLEEP
SLEEP
SLEEP
9:00pm
Read…aahhhhhh…
SLEEP
SLEEP
SLEEP
9:30pm
Read
SLEEP
SLEEP
SLEEP
10:00pm
Read
SLEEP
SLEEP
SLEEP
10:30pm
Lights Out!
SLEEP
SLEEP
SLEEP

Hope that helps!  Let me know if you have any questions.  It’s very trial and error in the creation process.

Happy Monday!

~audrey

What A Great Idea

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

These days, with six children, my organizational tendencies come and go…mostly GO.

However, I have been despising a certain pile of magazines on the floor in my room for some time now, and I decided it was “high time” to do something about it. My friend Mary inspired me when she showed me a notebook she had created for all of her take-out menus. She simply gathered their favorite take-out menus and put them all in sheet protectors in a nice, neat notebook. She’s even done the same thing for friends that were new to their area and weren’t familiar with the restaurants. I thought, “Hmmm, what a great idea. I may run with that!”

My pile of magazines consisted mostly of Family Fun, Better Homes and Gardens, Parenting, and Southern Living. Over the years I have dog-eared my favorite recipes, projects, crafts, decorating idea, etc. I decided to take the plunge and finish this project, knowing that in the end the magazines would be gone and I’d have the best of all of them in three organized notebooks!

I started by tearing out all the great ideas. I organized them by crafts, activities, holiday, recipes, and just plain great ideas (decorating, parenting, party planning, etc.). I purchased three notebooks and a few packages of sheet protectors and got to work. Here are the finished products. I’m quite happy with the results.

I hope this helps someone out there who has been hoarding magazines for fear of throwing away a really great article or idea!

Happy Organizing!
~audrey

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

I got a call from the children’s DFCS worker yesterday to inform me that things seem to be working out with their aunt afterall and it looks like the children could be moved next week.

This time does seem more promising, but I’m trying not to let us all start thinking towards “the kids will be gone by next weekend.” It is so devastating to Big Sister when she thinks she’s going ‘home’ one day, and the next she’s told nevermind, you’re staying put.

We sure will miss these children. It’s so strange to think that there could, and will likely be, new children in our home within a few weeks. My prayer is that God is moving these children out to make room for our girls!

We had visitation yesterday and things went very well. Mom even told me I did a great job on Sister’s hair. She didn’t even believe Sister when she first told her that I did it! LOL! Yes, this white girl has learned a thing or two over the last six or eight months.

Only time will tell whether they’re staying or going. I say I’m trusting the Lord, but to be perfectly honest, I’m quite nervous about what’s next…since it’s unknown territory. Will we get the girls? Will our next placement be as young as we like? Should I say NO to a placement if they try to give us children over the age of five for the safety of my own children? I’ll just have to keep leaning on the Lord and the wisdom He gives Josh and me in this roller coaster of a thing we call ‘our life‘.

~audrey

I Will Survive

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Today is the day the boys have been excitedly waiting for for over a month; their trip to the dentist!

Who would’ve thought an awaiting dental appointment would cause my normally grumpy five year old to hop out of bed with a smile on his face? Sister Bear was almost in tears that she had to go to school and did not get to come with us to the dentist! lol.

Unfortunately, I did not arrange for a babysitter so I will be toting five children with me. This should be interesting. Thanks to my new phone, I can now take pictures without looking goofy with my camera around my neck at the dentist. I’ll update later and add the pictures.

Time to pack diapers, bottles, juice, snacks, books, etc., so we’re NOT the main spectacle in the office!

PRAY FOR ME!

~audrey

**UPDATE**

Here are some pics from our ONE HOUR/ABSOLUTE MIRACLE adventure at the dentist:





The dentist was a complete success. A few pieces of cheese and some hot wheels cars worked wonders on the babies as they zoomed all three boys through x-rays and cleaning in one hour. An absolute miracle!
Can I just add one more miracle that baffles my mind…..I can send myself a picture from my phone through a text message to my email account so I can then put the picture online. From the time I press “send” on my phone until my computer tells me I have a new email: THREE SECONDS!?!

Baffled.

Very cool. Technology is amazing.

You would think after three parrots children, I would have learned my lesson as far as what I say in front of them. Apparently I haven’t quite learned my lesson yet because as my sister-in-law got in the car a few hours after the dentist, she asked Joshua how the appointment went and whether or not he’d need a filling for a cavity that we already knew he had. His response was, “No, mommy said I have to get this hideous silver thing over my tooth until it falls out in FIVE YEARS!” (I guess he heard me complaining to my hubby! Oops again!) Yes, since the cavity is between two teeth, they cannot use a regular filling and instead will have to, as Joshua heard me say, cap it with a hideous silver cap until it falls out when he’s TWELVE! Don’t smile too big for the camera honey we don’t want them to see your bad tooth!
Lord, help me! haha!