Let me remind you once again, that this is just what works for our family. Your routine will of course be different, as your family needs are different! And so, here is Part 4.
While I’m reheating yesterday’s beef enchiladas or some other such appetizing dish, the children are setting the table. Then it’s time for lunch, which begins with the Angelus and Meal Prayer.
While we eat, we listen to audio books from Audible, because on most days I just want to zone out. (The children are forever asking me questions all. day. long. and my brain needs a rest.) Recently, we finished Ralph Moody’s 3rd book, The Home Ranch, in his Little Britches series. Now we’re listening to The Return of the King. (Both of these are excellent books, by the way, if you’re looking for a good read aloud.)
11:45am Cleanup and Read Aloud
When we’ve finished lunch, each child clears away his or her dishes and has another chore to do. For example, the Eldest wipes the table, Child #2 sweeps the floor, Child #3 hand washes any dishes that cannot go in the dishwasher, and Child #4 dries.
At this point, I read aloud. Generally I chose something we’re reading for history, as I prefer to do history as a group. We just finished reading Knights of Art, which detailed the lives of the Italian Renaissance painters, and today we began Saint Francis of the Seven Seas by Albert Nevins.
12:15pm Blessed Quiet Time
I usually read to the children until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer. You know, for like 15 minutes. Then it’s that blessed time called Quiet Time, wherein all children are herded to the basement for about an hour. They are forbidden to come upstairs during this time, unless of course something serious happens, in which case there had better be blood to prove its gravity.
In any case, almost every day I lie down for about twenty minutes. Then, I make myself a cup of steaming, hot tea. I usually have Lord Bergamot Blend No. 55, from Steven Smith Teamaker, which my husband orders online.
Then, I head over to the computer to do a little work in peace, and if time allows, I read a book too.
Stay tuned for “A Day in the Life of Crazy Fool: Part 5.”