I promised yesterday to tell you about my evening routine . . . or lack thereof. I don't like to go to bed. I do like to get up early and get the day started in a sensible way, not scrambling around, eating breakfast at 10:00, and realizing half the day is gone before we even get started good. One disadvantage that I have, as far as having a schedule, is that everything we do is based at home. My husband works at home, I am a stay-at-home wife and mother, and we homeschool. There is almost nothing that we have to be on time for! That probably sounds heavenly if your husband works an early-morning job, you have small children, or your children go to school! But when you don't have outside influences to keep you on somewhat of a schedule, you tend to just do things whenever, if you're a more laid-back family like we are.
So anyway, I like to get up early, but I don't have much outward motivation to do so. Therefore, I figure I can stay up as late as I want to, because I can sleep in if I need to . . . a vicious cycle. So what I've had to do is decide when I need to go to bed in order to get up fairly early. I like getting up around 6:00, because I can shower and dress, then have my devotions in a leisurely manner first thing in the morning. I've found that I don't have any trouble waking up at 6:00 if I go to bed around 10:30 or so. So that is my goal - in bed by 10:30. I think I've set this goal before, actually. See how fickle I am?
My "routine" for the evening has been to stay up till I'm dead tired, drag up the stairs, take off my clothes (of course dropping them where I stand), and drop in the bed. Most of the time I'm so tired by that point that I don't wash my face, I don't put anything away, I don't want to snuggle with my husband - just leave me alone and let me go to sleep! This is not good. We both need that time together at the end of the day. I've decided on an evening routine that I want to start around 9:30 to 10:00. Here are the components of my routine:
Turn off computer
Pick up living room
Check kitchen; make sure sink is empty and shining
Turn down bed covers
Put on jammies
Wash face & brush teeth
Snuggle with Wes
Wes is not a morning person, but he doesn't like to go to bed alone. Even if he's worn out, he'll stay up till I go to bed. I've found that, if I will begin preparing for bed, he will soon be in there with me, and we both get a better night's sleep. So it looks like I'm the one in charge of bedtime - POWER!!!! ;) It's taken me almost 22 years to realize this.