My Daily Routine

My Daily Routine

schedule by Luna

The schedule Luna made for me.

One day not that long ago Luna came to me with this schedule that she had made for me. She figured that since she has her daily schedule on the fridge door, I should also have one. The schedule she’d made was quite amusing! She had written all the important things, like school (meaning that during that time I’d take her to school or fetch her), doing the dishes, playing with the kids and watching a movie (meaning when I put on a movie for her and Isla). The good thing is that she remembered to add ONE hour a week when I could do “whatever I wanted”:)

Since I don’t have a job here in Spain (yet), I usually spend my days at home with Isla. Now that Isla has finally learned to be without her diapers, we’ll get her to school soon if there’s still place for her. Then I can start helping Antti with his work and maybe start looking for some other job (like teaching). But for now, this is my daily routine, that is to say, the things I usually do during the day.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

8.00 Wake up, prepare Luna for school
9.00 Breakfast, morning routines with Isla
10.-13. Outside with Isla: usually in a park or doing errands
13. Prepare lunch
14. Get Luna from school
14.30-16 Help Luna with her homework
16. Prepare dinner
16.30-18 Outside with the kids
19.30-20.30 Exercising
21. The evening routines with the kids
21.30 Get Isla to bed
22.30-23.30 Quality time with the husband (watching tv and eating)
23.30 To bed

Tuesday and Thursday

Isla climbing

In the park with Isla during Luna’s Art club.

8.00 Wake up, prepare Luna for school
9.00 Breakfast, morning routines with Isla
10.-10.30. Playing with Isla
10.30 Get to language school
11.-12.30 Studying Spanish
13. Prepare lunch
14. Get Luna from school
14.30-16 Help Luna with her homework
16-17. Take Luna to Arts club at school and go outside with Isla
17. Prepare dinner
19.30-20.30 Exercising (usually with Luna)
21. The evening routines with the kids
21.30 Get Isla to bed
22.30-23.30 Quality time with the husband (watching tv and eating)
23.30 To bed

Saturday

Antti at a beach

One of our family trips to a beach between Almunecar and Nerja. Antti enjoying the October sun.

9.00 Wake up
10.30-13. Cleaning the house
13. Prepare lunch
14.30 A trip somewhere with the family (attractions, beach, park..)
18.00 Prepare dinner
19.30-20.30 Exercising
22. The evening routines with the kids
23-24 Quality time with the husband (watching tv and eating)
24. To bed

Sunday

7.45 Wake up
8-9 Prepare for the church
9.15 Get to church in Nerja
10-13 Church
13.30-15 Eating out in Nerja
15-17 Chilling at home
17-18.30 Evening stroll/park with the kids
21.30 The evening routines with the kids
22.30-23.30 Quality time with the husband (watching tv and eating)
23.30 To bed

There are some “empty spots” which are usually occupied by household chores or playing with the kids. I’d be interested to know how much housewives in general play with their kids. I mean, really play, that is to say hold the toys in their hands and pretend to be them. The problem with my kids is that the more I play with them, the more they want me to play. And playing is usually quite boring for me. I’d rather read for them or go outside with them. Right now I maybe really play an hour a day with them, with Luna even less, since she has so many activities already. In the evenings the kids usually watch some tv, and usually during that time I’m exercising (5 times a week). A few days a week I take Luna with me to exercise (she’s riding her bicycle while I run).

Lately I’ve realised how much time you can spend on cooking. I’ve never been the cooking type, so what I did in Finland was that I bought food which was already cooked, like fish fillet or chicken ribs. Here in Spain I, or we, have tried more to prepare the food from the beginning till the end. We’ve tried quite many recipes for fish, shrimps and chicken. I think I should maybe have a page in the blog just for the recipes, just to have a place where to keep them when we want to cook the same food again.

kids playing

Kids playing in the park in La Herradura where we go during the evenings.

Antti works from Monday to Friday from approximately 9 to 17. After that he sometimes goes to the park with us and in the evenings plays with the kids. On Tuesdays and Thursdays his work starts later because of my language school, so the workday might end around 20. Antti NEVER went outside to the park with us in Finland, so I’m really grateful that he does it here. He doesn’t usually work during the weekends, that’s our family time.

Our quality time in the evenings starts quite late nowadays because of Isla. I have to be with her until she falls asleep and by that time I’m falling asleep beside her myself. But I don’t want to miss our tv time, so I stay awake during an hour while eating evening snack.

The most difficult time for me during the day is when I’m helping Luna with her homework. Not because of the homework being in Spanish, which can be a bit demanding as well, but mainly because of Isla. Of course she wants to be with us in the same room and Luna can’t stand it. At times Luna’s attitude towards doing homework hasn’t been the best, so I’ve had my share of flying pencils and shouting. Lately she’s done better, maybe because of the Christmas time being so near. She has this paper of minuses and plusses on the fridge. Each evening we decide if she has behaved well or badly and write a minus or a plus.

kids and a Christmas tree

The kids from our congregation having a Christmas activity.

Maybe I should also tell something about our church where we go on Sundays. We are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints. In Finland there are around 4900 members and in Spain around 51 200 members. However, our congregation here in Spain is a lot smaller than in Finland, there are maybe 30 active members. We would actually belong to Motril congregation, but since there are no kids there we decided to go to Nerja. The trip to these two places is approximately the same, 25 minutes by car. In the church we first have a meeting with all the church members and then split into different Sunday school classes. I just got a new post which is to teach 3-year-old children. It’s Isla’s class, so I’m excited. It’ll be a bit challenging for me to teach in Spanish (and at the same time in Finnish for Isla), but the things to teach for this group are luckily quite simple, so I think I’ll manage just fine.

So this daily routine of mine is bound to change a bit when Isla starts her school, like I said. Maybe then I’ll have more time for myself during the day (working or relaxing). Maybe we can even sometimes do things just the two of us during the day. Looking forward to that:)

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