After one full week home, I have discovered a good routine. I have made sure to wake up at the same time I was waking up while "working." This means that most days it's by 5:20 to exercise. I'm finding that I'm waking up without an alarm clock by that time and contemplating exercise anyway, so I'm getting myself out of bed to do it. Morning routine is the same, wake the kids up, breakfast, off to school and then it changes. I come back home with A and B and we eat breakfast. Then it's play time and by 10:00 we're all ready for another snack. After snack, we've been running errands (grocery store, Sam's Club, Target, Wal-mart, getting pictures taken ;), etc.) One stop a day has been a good rule of thumb so far. Today, we're off to a Holiday Bazaar at a facility that I worked at for 5 years. After our errands, it's lunch time followed by story time. Alex has been laying down great for me as long as he has his "naptime" blanket, which is much different than his bedtime blanket. He had a blanket at daycare for naps and has continued to use the same one and knows what time it is then. Nap for an hour, tidy up the house and relax for a bit then it's off to get the girls.
There really is little down time throughout the day and now I realize why our house never seemed to get straightened out during the summer when my wife was off school. I have a greater appreciate for those that can stay home and I am proud to be one of them.
Eating has been fine as I am treating my day like a job and only eating at specific times. It's still the evening that seems to kill me. Have a great Friday. Off to buy a new battery for the pedometer...have two pedometers and they're both dead. I've been pleasantly surprised by the number of steps I've been getting at home too.