Summertime can get a little tiny bit crazy around our house, but you guys have really been requesting this video so I wanted to take you along for the crazy ride. Today I am sharing with you our Summer Routine.
I am going to give you a little sneak peek into how the blocks of our day work during the Summer months so you can organize your Summer and minimize the chaos.
What are the biggest struggles you have with Summer routines for your kids? Do you find it easier or more difficult to plan your days when the kids are in school or out of school?
Our Summer Routine 2019
- What We Eat in a Summer Day
- Summer 2018 Routine (See how it differs!)
- Summer Bucket List
- August 2019 Meal Plan & Grocery Haul
Even though it’s Summertime, I still wake up 2 hours before the kids do (at 5am!). I had thought about sleeping in a little bit and giving myself an hour, but being a business owner and WAHM trying to grow my business, I really need that extra time.
I will usually use the first hour to get in a workout most mornings, and then the second hour to get myself ready for the day. If our morning isn’t supposed to be too busy, I will use that hour to get work done instead.
Once the kids are up for the day we will all get our breakfast. It’s usually something simple. Mav had cereal this morning. For more of what kinds of meals we eat in a day, check out my recent post about what we eat in a day, summer edition.
During this time I will also look at my meal plan for the week and see what’s for dinner that night, if I need to prep anything or start the crock pot for later.
The kids and I then get dressed and ready for the day.
One thing I have really trying to be intentional about, which can be hard in the Summer, is my daily scripture study. Even if I only get 15 minutes while I am drinking my breakfast smoothie, it just sets me up for the whole day and gives me something to focus on.
Mid Morning Block
Out of the house at least once a day. Zoo, Sea World, Hiking, Parks, Scooters, Beach, Bay. Huge lifesaver to give kids space and minimizes sibling rivalry. On this day in particular, it was a bit hot outside but we had a book of science experiments that we had so much fun doing together!
We are usually doing something pretty simple for our lunches over the summer. We have a pretty consistent rotation of foods the kids eat when we are home and when we are out and about.
If we are home with access to a microwave they will have chicken nuggets, rolled tacos, or quesadillas. If we are out and about we lean a lot on sandwiches and lunchables.
Another big thing we are working on this summer is independence. Trying to get the kids to build confidence in getting their breakfast and lunches done for themselves, doing their own hair and taking their own showers.
Nap Time/Quiet Time
Before Mav takes his nap we all sit down and read a book together. Then while he is napping the older kids get to have quiet time where they work on workbooks, painting, drawing or other activities. Each project they finish they get a piece of candy. I am really trying to limit screen time for them so they only get to watch a little bit if I need the house totally quiet to get work done.
This is the biggest part of my day where I really try to get work done for Pennies into Pearls! I can usually get a solid 1-2 hours of work completed.
This is the hardest block of the day for me because it is usually getting quite warm (no AC) and the kids tend to get a little restless. It’s also still a few hours before hubby gets home. Anyone else feel that way in the afternoon?
We usually spend this time cleaning up and preparing for dinner. Then it’s off to the races with making dinner, eating, scriptures and then getting everyone ready for bed.
What does your summer schedule look like? Do you like to have everything planned and organized, or do you like having more space in your day? Let me know I would love to chat more about it!
What does your summer routine look like?