Monday mornings here can be a bear, or it can run like a dream. I never really know how it will go until I wake up. Here is how our morning went today.
This morning I woke up a little later than I wanted. I don't usually set an alarm, because I usually wake up at the same time. And, my mom will get a laugh out of this, I already had a text from her about what Jake needed to bring for their math session this morning. My brain starts working and I realize I will have to run by the store to get something for the kids to take in their lunch tomorrow. We are out of things that don't need cooking. I hopped up, get dressed, and headed to the kitchen to eat breakfast telling the dog to shush and quit whining. As I walked into the kitchen, I realized the dishwasher didn't get run last night. David was working on a leaky faucet and kept having to turn the water off. I didn't want to start it and then have it turn off, so I would be smart and start it at bedtime. Hee, hee. I ignore the stack of dirty dishes awaiting their turn to get clean.
As I ate I realized the dog had some extra energy, so while I drank my coffee, I went outside to throw the ball around with him. I threw, he just stood there. By the way, he is a retriever. Yep. I found the soccer ball. He loved that, went crazy, I went inside to begin supper.
Supper starts in the morning. This is really a good way to do it, because the bewitching hours of 4:30-6:30 are just that-bewitching. For us, in this season of life, we are gone most days between 3:45-7:45. So, we eat lots of crock-pot suppers. And that means, it begins early in the day.
Apparently, I didn't print off the recipe like I thought, so I had to get on Pinterest. I caught myself from getting too distracted, found it and proceeded to copy it down. By copy, I mean write it. We were just about out of copy paper and I knew the kids would need it for school. (I was right. Before 9:00 we were out). Jake and Katie came wandering in. Jake told me his molar was hurting again real bad. I took a look. I can't tell if it is pushing on a bracket and decided it deserved a trip to the dentist.
I call David to check in for the morning. He left before we were up and going. Fill him in, then between the dog barking (he knows David isn't at home) and two children standing in line waiting for me to get off the phone, I end the call early.
I waited till 8 to call the dentist, and they can get us in at 11:15. I call my mom and reschedule tutoring until after that. Sara Beth knows we are getting out and wants to go so we can swing by Target and get the new Taylor Swift cd. Since at this point, I have to go and get copy paper and lunch for tomorrow, I realize why not. We will all leave, go to the dentist, eat lunch at Grandmas house, go to Target.
The kids get started on school work. Sara Beth throws in a load of laundry as I start browning meat for supper. I am browning several pounds at one time so it will be in the freezer ready to go when I need it. In between turning the meat, I grab clothes to throw in the laundry as well, to make a full load. While I am browning meat and doing laundry at the same time, I am instructing 3rd grade cursive writing, clarifying 7th grade geography assignments, letting Sara Beth know that several emails have come in from her honors biology teacher, wondering what my afternoon will look like if I end up having to take Jake downtown to the orthodontist, mentally planning what I will get at the store, what to-do's I will need to take for my 3 hour sit at swim practice and pleasantly realize, I can get grading and a grocery list done.That is if I stay focused and can do that while I visit with other swim moms. My social outlet of the week.
Meat has been browned, I have assisted in 3rd grade helping verbs, dirtied up several more dishes and realized the kitchen won't get clean today. I now must go "put my face on", saute onions and bell peppers, do third grade school work, smile as I think about all my kiddos watching their Latin video together, call and let my mom know we will all be there for lunch, not just Jake, put everything in the crock-pot before we leave at 11, let the dog out of the kennel, put clothes the dryer.
Hmm, I think that about covers it.
It's only 9:30.
(Disclaimer: No children or dogs were harmed during the publication of this blog. It was done a few sentences at time and made the mom feel much better, and that despite the fact the house will probably stay a mess for the entirety of the day, she has accomplished much already)