Today was the big kid's first day back at school. Johnny is joining the girls this year and he was super pumped. He and Mary get to be in the same class. All the kids get new teachers. We are all not feeling as shaky and newbie to this whole school thing. We all got up early enough to not be late. I made waffles and bacon for breakie. And my bathroom totally flooded from the base of the toilet with washing machine water. EXCITE!! I digress...
If you'd like a little window into our world since New Baby (Clem's official title for Francis) it's this- Kirby: wakes up at 5:00, goes to early morning boot camp down the street, gets home at 6, prays, eats a good breakfast, reads, works, showers, dresses, accomplish, accomplish, etc etc etc-----------> whispers to me that he is leaving for work around 8--------> I wake up around 9. All kids are watching cartoons, except Pete and Joe. Who are asleep. Confusing, I know.
Half of me has been relishing in this luxurious laziness, the other half of me is just feeling soooo much more like a human being than I did while I was pregnant and that human being is ready to seize all the days. I made an ideal daily plan a few weeks back and have been gearing up to implement it for the sake of all mankind but especially all my children and their heritage of tardy allthetime.
At the end of last semester, when I was v preg and v moving, they were late almost e v e r y s i n g l e d a y. And hairs were often unbrushed and etc. But this year! I resolve to start anew. I'm not pregnant, and not moving, and, you know, just need to get better a life in general, per usual. I resolve to tackle the problem spots of our school lives and fine tune our family structure. Mostly, planning and prepping for meals and getting uniforms ready way ahead of time... and getting myself out of bed.
Last night we got the kids bathed (GASP), brushed hair and clipped finger nails - how sad, that this is like something worth even mentioning in a blog post? lolol. We laid out uniforms and shoes (because how many mornings are stalled bc of shoes??! TOO MANY), said prayers and went to bed at normal times.
When I jotted down my ideal day, I simply thought of all the things I needed and wanted to accomplish, and figured out where and if they could fall into our day. I knew that in order for my kids to make it to school totally ready and relatively peacefully, it fell on me to be awake and ready for them. So, my goal is to wake up at 6 so I can get a quick jog in (fitness?? whattt??!?), drink coffee in peace, pray a teensy bit, and start breakfast. If they are up early enough and their clothes are already out then all they are responsible for is dressing, making their beds, and brushing hairs/teeth. They have a good 45 min before we have to leave for school, and I figure they can accomplish those things incl eating in that time frame... I hope -__-. The few changes I've made to their school prep mostly involves meals. This year, I decided to plan one lunch for all the kids for the whole week, prep all the ingredients, and keep them in one drawer in our fridge. I'm hoping this will lend itself to less last minute meal prep, less requests for "something else", more kids making their own lunches, and less lunches comprised of jelly and jelly sandwiches come Friday. I am also planning to hardcore meal plan our breakfasts for both health and convenience. That plus my new early riser self should really turn school mornings around over here. At least for a week or two, right? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
This week's breaks:
Mon- healthyish frozen waffles and bacon (check)
Tues- leftover oat/almond meal muffins
Wed- yogurt and sausage
Thurs- leftover leftover oat/almond meal muffins
Fri- scramby eggs with cheese
This week's lunch:
pb + j, cucumber slices, raw cheddar, apples.
TODAY = SUCCESS. I even jogged/walked woot woot. (Even though as I walked past our house in the direction I never drive I spotted a Johnny dress shirt crumpled in the dirt near our street eyeroll.)
Prayers for continued successes or even semi-succeses, please! And the energy to get back on the train when I will (inevitably) fall off. Over... and over... and over... and... over.
School! What are your school hacks? Aside from Toaster Strudels...