The Morning Routine

Standard

Every weekday morning is the same scramble to get out of the house on time for school.

“Scorch- eat faster!”

“Dude- white t-shirt goes under your long sleeved shirt.”

“Bean, sit still and let me try to get a comb through your crazy hair.”

The kids do more or less what’s asked of them while running around like wild monkeys. Each morning breakfast is eaten, kids are dressed, hair is combed, teeth are brushed, shoes are slipped on and we, miraculously, make it to school more or less on time.

But now, it’s snowing most days and this seems to add at least 10 minutes on to our morning routine. Boots need to be put on and sneakers packed.  Then there is the daily fight with Beaner on whether or not she needs to wear a hat. Most days, quite frankly, I throw my hands up and let her freeze.  Thank goodness she has figured out how to put her jacket on herself because before she did, that was a 5 minute battle with one of us trying to jam her coat on her all the while she’s shrieking “Me do it myself! No help!!”

And then we go outside. Scorch wants to shovel on the way to the car- which means he’s taking the snow from the yard and tossing it on the driveway. Not helpful.  Beaner wants to walk- but not the car. She wants to walk into the snow- which is all fun and games until she hits a hill in our yard with drifts bigger than her.

Finally both kids are corralled into the car.  I immediately take Beans boots off once she’s buckled in because if I don’t, she’ll eat the snow off the bottom of her boots.  Charming, no?

Once we get to school, it’s boots back on her, hustling into school and then taking boots off and putting sneakers back on Scorch. If I’m lucky, Bean will sit quietly while I do this. If I’m not so lucky, I have mornings like today where she takes her boots and socks off and dances in the hallway barefoot while signing “1-2-3 Jesus Loves me!” as loudly as she can. Thankfully she’s 2 and adorable as all get out even when she’s being a total PITA, so most people think it’s funny.

Except for me. I’m so tired by this point I just want to go back to bed even though I’ve been up only 1 hour and 15 mins so far! Thank goodness we only have 3+ more months of this weather!

 

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