Schedules and the "new normal"

Monday mornings are almost always the death of me. I have these wonderful ambitions to get us all moving and out of the house smoothly. I get the laundry all put away, I plan in my head what Sarah and I will wear the next day.

And then Sarah wakes up at 2:00 in the morning and doesn't want to go back to sleep. Or she wakes up at 5:00 and is ready to play, and I get behind. Or I remember just before time to leave that she needs diapers or wipes. Or she decides to *ahem* mess up the clothes she has on.

And so we run on Monday mornings. But I'm hopeful that when John starts his new job next week and is working from home (hooray for him, a bit of jealousy from me) he can help me out in the mornings, or take her to daycare on days I'm running hopelessly behind.

I've been giving lots of thought to the idea of making a "new normal" for us - not just on Monday mornings, but every day. Something to combat the sedentary life we find ourselves living most of the time. I want Sarah to grow up thinking exercise and activity are fun, not just chores. That requires a new way of thinking from all of us.

If we're going to change Monday morning, why not change them all, right?