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Making the Most of the Mornings

Posted by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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Y'all, I want to thank you. Seriously.

I came into this series thinking I had it all nailed down; I kind of believed that there was no room for improvement (or even wiggle room!) in our morning routines. Mostly because I am a creature of habit.

But this series not only helped me define what works for us, but it also helped me craft what loopholes we found as I traversed things like putting a house on the market and having a baby. You guys had GREAT suggestions and I feel like it was kind of eye-opening for me, to realize that maybe there's no one right way - not even for my family.

Variety being the spice of life, and all that jazz. I guess.

This morning was our dry-run for our new normal. I put down my foot that we would have a couple of mornings where we would pretend to get the kids to their own, specific schools, and that way we'd know how realistic our timeline was. (See? I project manage EVERYTHING. Oh, my lucky, lucky husband.)

Then we had a wrench thrown into the plan when the throttle sensor went out in my (new! ARGH) minivan. Said van will be in the shop for a number of days. (Hopefully, we'll get the darlin' out before school starts. CROSSING ALL APPENDAGES THAT THIS HAPPENS.) And, of course, it fell on a morning where I had to be at work by 6:30 a.m. to prepare for a program review.

So we had a really hard first run of things. All kids were fed, dressed, and shoved in a car by 6:15 a.m. There was no fuss, no whining, and no tears. And the good news - as I'm choosing to see it - is that if we can do it when it's hard? Doing it when it's easy should be a no-brainer.

This weekend is our last weekend before the chaos of school sets in. We'll spend it finishing up our back to school shopping, splurging on lots of ice cream, and SLEEPING IN. Now that the kids remember how early early truly is, I might be able to sneak a couple of hours in on a random Saturday or Sunday.

To sum up: i've learned that making the most of your mornings consists mainly of taking it one day at a time.

Okay, now: what are we doing for lunch?

by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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loveTHEviking
by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 6:33 AM

Ian has been in school for about a week now and things are finally starting to settle down here and get back to normal. And I couldn't agree with this more--->"making the most of your mornings consists mainly of taking it one day at a time."

sukainah
by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 10:21 AM

My oldest has been in school for 2 weeks now and my youngest started pre-k this week.  I'm still trying to adjust since this is the first week for my youngest, ever! Now I have to find a way to squeeze in appointments for myself while the kids are in school.  My pre-K only goes 1/2 days, so I have a very small window to get things done.

sukainah
by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM
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Yes!  I have to remind myself of this one!

Quoting loveTHEviking:

Ian has been in school for about a week now and things are finally starting to settle down here and get back to normal. And I couldn't agree with this more--->"making the most of your mornings consists mainly of taking it one day at a time."


dusky_rose
by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Still trying to make the switch back to getting up early. *sigh*


la_bella_vita
by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM

 We start school monday. i plan to follow a strict routine.

Vertical15
by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 12:40 PM

I wish I had it as together as you!  I'm just hoping I don't have to work too late on Sunday and that I have my act together on Monday morning.  I've let the kids stya up late the last few nights.  Like really late.  To allow for an extra bit of sleep in the morning. 

Still thanking my luck that our schools don't start till 9am and we are one of the last bus stops on the route giving us ample time in the mornings. 

EthansMomma2010
by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 1:30 PM

 oh man. there is nothing worse than your car not starting on a busy morning. ugh.

sukainah
by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

I wish my kids would sleep in, in the summer, but they get up at the same time, just 1/2 later than when we do for school.  Not good for mom LOL

Quoting dusky_rose:

Still trying to make the switch back to getting up early. *sigh*


goddess99
by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 2:39 PM

We still have another week and a half before school starts. I dread getting up early.

Leelee1008
by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I am honestly looking forward to as someone put it on facebook the other day a "scheduled life" again... 

back to school is a hopeful time for me... Our routine was pretty much tore to Shhhh this summer. DD has gotten wayyy off her bed time, so has the boys. Breakfast is whenever they roll out of bed, lunch is whenever, and dinner is as well. I apparently am a person who craves schedules... Never knew that about myself until this summer.... Lunch again was pot luck LOL

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