Weekly Wrap-Up: The One Where We Did Stuff

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Weekly Wrap-Up

How’s that for a title? The One Where We Did Stuff? You know what that means? It means it was just your ordinary, average week. Nothing exciting, just a lot of routine busyness. And, man oh, man, the busyness! We’re not even working at a full schedule yet. It makes me wonder if we’re going to be doing school at midnight once I add in the few remaining things in our next six weeks.

I think a big part of – or at least a contributing factor to – our busyness is Brianna’s work schedule. It’s been great for her paycheck, but rough on me since she hasn’t got her driver’s license yet. She’s ready; she just wants some more practice at parallel parking before she goes to take her test. I’m thinking that taking her for her test is going to be near the top of our to-do list for our first break week this year.

Today was our first normal Friday at home in several weeks. I’m pleased to see that a new addition to our Friday schedule is working out very wellcomplete your cleaning checklist. Everyone – including me – has a basic list to complete before they can consider their work schedule complete on Friday. It’s stuff like:

  • Put all dirty clothes in the laundry hamper
  • Put away clean clothes
  • Empty trash
  • Dust
  • Vacuum

For the first time in many, many years, we’re not really doing our daily chore chart. We’re at a season in life where it’s not really necessary. The kids know to brush their teeth and hair (usually). Everybody knows that when the dogs or cats are out of food and water, they’d like for you to take care of that for them.

So, instead of daily stuff, I’m expecting them to do more serious upkeep on Fridays. That ensures that we go into the weekend with a clean house (that makes me happy), and doing those things on a regular, weekly basis keeps the mess in the kids’ rooms from becoming overwhelming. So far it’s also been good for avoiding that feeling of not having the kind of productive day we thought we’d have on our lighter school day.

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  1. I think I’m going to make our Fridays become weekly chore days, too. It seems to be the day we get the least “schoolwork” done so it makes sense to do the chores then instead of take away from another more productive day.

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