Dear Morning Madness,
Now that I have experienced you for two weeks, I most certainly declare that you are not my favorite part of the day. By any means.
For the first time this school year, I must get two bodies out the door in time to catch the school bus. Double the pleasure, double the fun, right? I play the roles of a crazy alarm-gone-mad, a circus master cracking my whip, and an assembly line worker in the kitchen. I am Mother, hear me roar! Here are my Top Ten Morning Madness Hurdles each and every school day morning:
10. Good Morning, Social Media! After I wake up and wash up, and before I get the kiddos up, I get on my laptop. I check
9. Rise and Shine! This part I rather like--waking up the kiddos. First of all, I get to wake up Dear Daughter by doing things to her she would never allow if she were awake. For example, I get to rub her cheeks. (No, not those cheeks.) Secondly, I wake up Dear Son in my
8. Dressing and Grooming. DD dresses and grooms herself, after she checks in with me about the weather forecast. DS still requires help with brushing his teeth, and he'll let me pick out his clothes if I help him get dressed. I do both, since we're always short on time in the mornings. #CrackingMyWhip
7. Breakfast. In the shortest amount of time possible, I put breakfast on the table after consulting with the kiddos about their choice of food. Cereal, toast, oatmeal, or waffles. Water or milk. Even an occasional doughnut or homebaked goods. After the short order cooking is done, the kiddos feed themselves with my constant reminders: Eat! For goodness sakes, put food in your mouths! #IHaveEyesBehindMyHead
6. Check Homework/ Assemble Backpacks. I am the
5. Prepare Two Snacks. Our school has a wonderful snack policy: Healthy Snacks. The children must bring fresh fruits or vegetables and/or cheese. So my assembly line includes cutting board, knife, fruits, containers, plastic wrap, ice packs, and insulated bags. DS has long adopted the 'apple a day' philosophy, so he's easy. DD will rotate her fruits, which is nice, too. #HealthySnacksRock
4. Prepare One Lunch. DD prefers home lunches as opposed to school lunches, and who can blame her? Occasionally, she will opt for school lunch, which gives me an extra five minutes in the morning, but more likely than not, I make her a sandwich or a thermos-filled hot lunch of last night's leftovers. #MyBestGirlEatsLeftovers
3. Prepare Two Water Bottles. Wash and fill two insulated water bottles that keep water cold. #JustTheWayTheyLikeIt
2. Brush Hair/ Apply Sunscreen with Lotion (if necessary). DD takes care of herself while I serve the Prince. Shoes on, backpacks ready, and we're nearly there. #AlmostSeeTheLight
1. School Bus. With minutes to spare, we go outside to the curb and wait for the bus. Last minute reminders, hair/clothes adjustments, and Mama's hugs and kisses happen right here. DD always lets DS go on the bus first, like the wonderful big sister that she is, and off they go. #Hallelujah
(One day Dear Husband worked from home and witness this Morning Madness. He was compelled to ask me what was the matter, since I looked really peeved. To which I assured him that I happen to be peeved like this every morning. To which he snickered, "As long as it's everyday and not because something out of the ordinary happened today." Um, no.)
I go home to a messy kitchen and plates/bowls to put away. I make my morning coffee and eat my breakfast. And like so, my day really begins.
So, Dear Morning Madness, even though I've managed you with passing grades so far, I know that by cutting my timing so close will one day backfire. I also know that you will continue to evolve throughout the school year--specially when the weather gets cold and fifty layers of clothing, snow pants and snow boots are involved. But I guess I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. For now, I gladly do my Victory Dance as I watch the bus drive away into the morning sun and give me three hours of blissful alone time.
To clean the house.