Monday, September 13, 2010

School Mornings

School mornings are total insanity around our house! Everyone has to get up, fed, dressed, and out the door by 10 til 9 a.m. Okay, so that's the ideal time we should leave, but we never do.

Of course, Abby, our early riser, always decides that school mornings are the best to sleep in. This morning, I had to wake her up around 8:10, which threw everything out of whack! They need to be sitting at the breakfast table at 8 a.m. for the whole operation to run smoothly.

Here's how it goes on a regular morning:
Prep begins the night before. I make all lunches, get their school bags packed, pick out clothes for the next day, etc. This speeds things along the next day.
7:45 a.m.-Make breakfast
8:00 a.m.-Kids sit down to eat (Michele or Pop-Pop (whoever is there to help) has to coerce them to eat and do it quickly. The kids usually don't eat well. We talk about what a great day at school it's going to be.)
8:30 a.m.-Begin getting them dressed. Will runs away without his pants or diaper on, laughing hysterically. Marie insists on a different outfit than the one I selected, and she must put it on herself...usually backwards. Abby typically obliges, but she also likes to dress herself some days. Abby and Marie both like to put on their own shoes, and they have to put them on the wrong feet like 5 times before doing it correctly.
8:50 a.m.-I am freaking out that we aren't in the car. Carpool line starts at 8:55. AHHH!!!
8:55 a.m.-They run to the door, pick up their bags, and Billy helps me load them in the car...still talking up school. Brief arguments erupt over who will sit where. We negotiate. Brief arguments erupt over who will push the garage button. We negotiate.
9:00 a.m.-I pull out of the driveway.
9:05 a.m.-I arrive at school, unbuckle everyone, teachers come and take them away. DONE!

They love their little school bags.
Rushing out the door, grabbing the bags.
Fighting over who will sit where.
Will has to check out the tire before leaving. Hurry up, kid!!!

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