I usually have at least two guaranteed moments of peace each day. They might literally be a "moment", but I usually get them each day. Today I happened to capture them on my iphone.
Moment of Peace #1-Right after the boys catch the bus each morning. The girls are often still sleeping. It doesn't last long, but don't they look sweet.
Moment of peace #2-All the kids are in bed, and I finally finish cleaning the house. It is about 11pm here. This is the only moment the house is clean.
I am really not a morning person by nature. I love it when I do get up early, but man it sure doesn't come easy for me. Those cozy flannel sheets feel so inviting when it is cold and dark outside. I really want to switch up my schedule so that I have those quiet moments BEFORE the big kids wake up. It would be really nice to get up and exercise before I wake them up. However, I just can't commit to that right now. Somehow breaking a sweat before 6am has never felt right to me. I COULD however, get up and put my exercise clothes ON so that after I get the kids out the door I would be ready to go. I could also read my scriptures and be more focused before they wake up. And wouldn't it be nice to already have a load of laundry in and breakfast going so they want to get up.
I remember my mom saying that she would think of her job as a homemaker as a "regular" job and so she would get up and get ready just like she would for any job. My job as a mom starts at 630am, so maybe I should get ready for it a little earlier. I don't remember my mom ever wearing her nightgown as she was getting us out the door. (Then again, I don't really remember what she WAS wearing either so it may not be too critical.) But what am I wearing as I kiss my kids and send them out the door? A bathrobe and my ugg boots. If I have to drive them, what am I wearing? A bathrobe, my boots, and sunglasses. I always threaten to get out of the car and blow them a kiss if they don't quit fighting in the car. (PS I think that if I am wearing sunglasses no one will recognize me.)
So...here are a few goals I am going to make publicly.
1. Lay out what I am going to wear the night before. I HATE deciding what to wear. My least favorite daily activity. It might be that I have no pants. And that might be that I can't bare to buy the size I need to get and am low on funds. (See my train of thoughts here...I need to be more positive about my goals.)
2. No TV past 10. (1030 max) I love turning on the news or whatever and tuning out, just not using my brain a bit. However, since it requires so little brain power...it also is inviting to stay awake way later than you would normally.
3. Try to get to bed early and read a little. Reading really helps me fall asleep and I love to do it. For some reason I just try to get things done around the house until I am dead tired and then just fall into bed.
And a final quote to inspire and also makes me feel better...
"As you create a home, don't get distracted with a lot of things that have no meaning for either you or your family. Don't dwell on failures, but think about your successes."
-Marjorie Pay Hinckley