We have a plan, The Hubby and I. A plan to simplify. A plan to organize. A plan to de-stress.
We've had plans before and then something would happen. The baby. Him working late. Someone dying. An unexpected visitor. Illness.
This is our plan, for better or for worse. On Saturdays (or on Sunday mornings) we're making a meal plan and a grocery list. I go to the grocery every Sunday morning, so this works out well.
Sunday evening is when the excitement happens, though! Sunday evening we're planning out the week ahead. We're looking at The Hubby's work schedule to figure out when he needs to work a bit late. Based off of that, we decide who is doing pick-up and drop-off at daycare and then which dinner we'll have which night.
We've also decided that we want to work some activities into our nights. We want to start working out a bit more. We want to spend more quality time together. So we're picking 2 nights to work out (and then will try to do some active stuff over the weekend). Then we're picking two other nights to spend doing some more fun things. We've made a list of six fun things we'd do and we roll a die twice--once for each night. The number on the die corresponds to one of the fun activities.
For instance, Tuesday night we went through videos (The Hubby) and photos (me), worked on downloading, editing, and organizing them. It's something we both like to do and need to do. Then tonight or tomorrow (I forget which night is our workout night) we're going to put together a puzzle.
This is all a structured way to eliminate the evenings that were filled with me sitting in the recliner with the laptop, watching TV and surfing, and The Hubby sitting on the couch watching TV and snoring. We're hoping it will encourage us to interact more and really make the most of the limited time we have together after Baby Girl goes to bed.
There will still be TV-watching, of course. Last night, for instance, we watched The Biggest Loser in the basement while we worked on organizing stuff from the craft room. Being productive, talking to each other, and watching TV all at once--love it!
I hope we can keep it up. So far, it's felt so nice knowing what's going to happen each day and not going to bed feeling like the evening was wasted.
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