I have a general idea of how I want to spend the day. I am working on making some type of a schedule that my kids and I can follow. That way each day would be predictable and allow my kids some comfort in knowing what is coming next. That being said I have a hard time following any schedule or being on time for anything so this is very difficult for me to do!
This is my perfect day plan:
8am wake up breakfast, bath if needed, get dressed
Work out, usually yoga (we tivo Namaste Yoga)
12 Lunch then nap or nap then lunch
around 2 snack if needed
4 snack if needed
bath if needed
quiet play hoping to get ready for bed
7;30- 8pm get ready for bed
That if my idea of a perfect day. If we need to run errands we would do so in the morning before nap or after nap time if we have to. I prefer the morning since it is very hard to get my kids to nap at the same time. Some days I can't get Evie to nap at all.
I try to make sure we do the following every day, watch Muzzy (foreign language tapes) and read! The kids love Dora and Diego so we usually watch at least one episode of each every day (mommy loves tivo). We also color and make crafts. Mommy usually makes the crafts while they play color on paper, but then they have fun playing with whatever we make.
The best is to save toilet paper rolls. You can do tons of things with them! Like, let the kids color them. They can do this in their highchairs. Then tape 2 of them together to make binoculars. As long as your little one won't eat them! I let my son do it, even though he eats everything! I just give him his binkie first. He has tons of fun and feels so grown up! We also made penguins out of some! Mommy did most of the work while they colored on paper. I used packing tape to tape them together. This has 2 benefits. It holds up well and kind of makes the toy temporarily water proof.
I get a cake or pie pan out and fill it with uncooked oatmeal. Then I give the kids measuring spoons and cups along with other small toys. It is like they have their own indoor sand box. If the floor is clean you can recycle the oatmeal to play with another day! It makes a big mess, but the vacuum picks it right up. The kids have so much fun it is worth it!
We also build with wooden blocks, and mega blocks! I have a cabinet in the kitchen for the kids to. I saved the containers from formula. We make towers with them then take turns knocking them down. Evie can stack them up until it is one higher than her height 35 1/2". So it is a little over 3 feet high.
I don't worry about messes because most of these activities provide so much opportunity for learning that it is worth the mess! Which usually isn't that bad! I have a vacuum from Wal-Mart that I love. It is called a Shark and you plug it in to charge it. It is so lightweight and portable, which makes it easy to use. On the shortest setting for the handle my 1 year old can push it around. Which he loves and I get some of my floor vacuumed for me! Thanks little buddy!