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School's in Session, and this Mama's Tired!

This summer, when I had all four of my young kids at home each and every day, I dreamed sweet blissful dreams of when the school year would resume back up. Heck, I even considered making a secret paper chain or something to hang in my closet so I could keep track of how many “sleeps” I had until the 2nd grade and Kindergarten started.

To reduce my kid count by 50% each and every day excited me. I don’t mean to sound like a bad mom (exhausted or fatigues would be more accurate), but I was pretty pumped to see summer vacation come to a close.

Because wow, keeping kids properly entertained and stimulated day in and day out is no joke. To all you homeschooling mama’s out there? I’m not worthy.

But then somewhere during those first few weeks into daily grind, I realized going back is school really hard work!

Our morning starts at 6:45 for all six of us. And while we do our best to be prepared the night before, it’s still a rush to get out the door in one presentable piece.

Eat Breakfast, drink some juice, swallow a vitamin.
Nurse the baby, change the baby, dress the baby.
Feed the toddler, change the toddler, dress the toddler.
Dressed the big girls in proper school uniforms. Make sure all shirts are tucked, all socks are white, and all pant are khaki and include a belt. And now that it’s fall, don’t forget the cardigan, for when it gets cold in the classroom.
Make sure lunches are pack appropriately. Sandwich, dairy, grain, fruit and drink. All parts and pieces need to be accounted for.
Find the homework, signed the homework. Put the homework in the backpack.
Brush the hairs, scrub the teeth. Wipe the face clean.
A hug around the neck, a kiss on the cheek.

And then we all (my four kids and I) tumble into the minivan around 7:35 and make the pilgrimage down the road a few miles to the front entrance of the school. We cross our fingers that we’re not late, and no tardy marks are administered.

Know what’s hard? Getting 4 children (one of which is a 8 month old baby) out the door in time, looking mildly presentable. From the time we wake, we have 45 minutes until the car leaves the driveway.

I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong. I’ll never be a summer vacation hater again. This getting up early and stuff, putting on a bra and getting to class on time? It’s for the birds!

Today, we make a paper chain to count how many sleeps until summer vacation starts.

What do you do to make getting out of the house run smooth? Clearly, I need some pointers in this department.

by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 8:32 PM
It's not too hard here because dh gets up with us in the morning and only our oldet goes to school in the morning. My kindergartener goes in the afternoon and baby is home with me. I pack his lunch and help him get dressed. He plays on the iPad for a bit while eating breakfast and then gets picked up infront of our house. Next year I'll have 2 to get ready in the morning..yikes!
by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 8:55 PM
No school here yet
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by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 9:12 PM
Its so easy now, I really don't even have to get out of bed some mornings. If dh is getting up for work he will go wake them up and they get dressed and brush their teeth. Then Jr brings his shoes for me or daddy to tie and the girls bring their hair stuff to me. If we don't get a snack the night before out, the girls get theirs and help Jr get his. The only time I have to get up is if dh goes in before 630 and I have to get the baby out anyway. They catch the bus at the driveway so they tell me bye and lock the door on the way out. I can hear them out my bedroom window.
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by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 11:22 PM

lol I always take a shower first. Then I run a bath for the kids. I wash them up and get them out and dressed. Then I get ready. I will then get the lunches ready while they are eating breakfast.  Then I make sure everything is in their backpacks that they need. I send them off and go to work. :)

by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 11:59 PM

Maybe one of these days I'll figure it out.  Some days are better than others.  Baths always have to be the night before.  Getting them in bed on time is important, so they will get up the next morning.

by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 12:14 AM

my daughter does really goodat getting herself ready!  she's 5!

by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 12:15 AM

get clothes ready the night before

by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 12:15 AM

also, my daughter eats breakfast in school so we don't have to worry about breakfast in the morning.

by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 9:51 AM
Get clothes out the night before and pack lunches.
by Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 10:41 AM

It can definitely be tiring!

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