Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Morning Schedule

A couple of weeks ago on a Friday, Sarah was farting around in the bathroom while she was supposed to be brushing her teeth and here comes the bus around the corner towards the driveway.  I yelled at her to come on, I ran up the stairs (we have a split foyer and I was by the front door) as she ran down, I grabbed her backpack and threw it to her, she ran out the door and I yelled "Have a good day! I love you!"  After she left, I thought to myself that will NEVER happen again!  I cannot send my kids to school while we are in a crazy panicky state of running around the house not knowing our butts from a hole a ground. 

I decided it was time for a morning schedule.  It should benefit us all.  Mike is already on his way to work by the time the kids get up so it's just me and the girls.  Sometimes that is a good thing since we all get a little crazy sometimes while doing our morning routines.

This is our schedule for the mornings:

  • 4:00-4:15 a.m. - Mom (that's me) gets up and gets showered.  Then I go to the living room and try to wake up while watching the morning news. I get myself dressed, hair done and makeup on by 5:30.
  • 5:30-5:55 a.m. - Kids get up and get their clothes on.  It takes me going back and forth to their rooms a hundred times trying to get them up and dressed while I'm also fixing their breakfast.  The hallway gets a lot of traffic from me.
  • 5:55-6:10 a.m. - Breakfast - I use this time to make sure Sarah's backpack is all together and everything is signed that needs to be.
  • 6:10-6:15 a.m. - Brush hair
  • 6:15-6:20 a.m. - Brush teeth or put on shoes
  • 6:20-6:25 a.m. - Brush teeth or put on shoes
  • 6:25-6:40 a.m. - Maggie gets her backpack in order, Sarah and I put up any "woobies" they have gotten out because they think the house is a meat locker and I put way anything else needs to be put away.  OR the kids can hang out and watch cartoons granted everything is done on time.
  • 6:40 a.m. - Sarah goes to the bus stop with the twins next door, which just so happens to be the end of our driveway.
  • 6:45 a.m. - Sarah heads off to the wonderful world of school
  • 6:50-6:55 a.m. - Maggie and I finish up last minute stuff, like making sure the dog is fed and has water, getting my stuff together, etc.
  • 6:55 a.m. - Maggie and I head out the door and I take her to school and begin my one hour commute to work!
So far, everything has been going good.  No pissing matches in the morning with the girls.  I have not stuck to this minute by minute, but what I'm doing is working.  By the time Saturday gets here, I'm ready to sleep and I have a tendency to nap alot during the day on Saturday. 

So anywho, that's my morning schedule! 

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012


When I'm in a better mood and don't have so many negative things to say, I will come back and blog.  Hopefully I can clear my head this weekend.  I'm gonna try to do some Halloween crafts and/or scrapbook.  I want to see Alabama put a whippin' on a real team this weekend!

Roll Tide!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Life Can Get You Sometimes

As you may or may not know, my mother had gastric bypass surgery April 2011.  During that surgery, her doctor found a spot on her small intestines and tested it to see what it was.  It came back as ovarian cancer. She had surgery, had treatment, then had to have her gall bladder taken out, then continued treatment until December.  She had a good report at the end of December, her hair started growing back and she was looking great and feeling great.  In April she had a clean report and sometime in July, she started feeling bad, having stomach pains, etc.  She goes in for a CT and it had come back with a vengeance.  She had surgery on August 6th and it was the size of a small cantaloupe.

Well, while Mom was in the hospital recovering from surgery, Dad was admitted because apparently he had had a heart attack on the Saturday before!  Really?  I asked them if they were trying to kill me!  My youngest brother was out of town working and the other one lives out of state, so I was on my own. Luckily they were at the same hospital.  The day mom went home from the hospital, I went and got her, took her home, packed dad a suitcase and took it back to the hospital for him.  I felt like a crazy person that day but I will do anything for my parents. Dad had a new stint put in and he's doing great.  Mom has had her first treatment and is doing well. Her doctor is putting her on different meds this time so she won't lose her hair.   Hopefully she is on the mend and can stay cancer free for longer than 6 months.  Praying hard for this.

They are leaving to go on a week cruise with my aunt and uncle and some other friends next week and I'm so excited for them.  This is the first time they have taken a trip like this together.  I think Dad went to the Bahamas years ago for work and Mom spent two weeks in Japan when my brother was stationed there and his wife was sent to Iraq and he had to come to the states for work and no one to keep their kids.  I'm so excited for them!

School started and it's been crazy! Maggie is playing volleyball and Sarah is taking jazz and hip hop.  Three days a week, we are busy busy busy.  I had to finally make a morning schedule for the girls because our mornings were starting to be running-out-the-bus-as-they-pull-up kind of mornings and I can't live that way.  I will show you their schedule in another blog post.  We are having a hard time with Sarah in school right now.   She is on ADHD meds but just can't seem to stay focused.  She can't do the work at school, but does it fine at home.  I'm sure it has NOTHING to do with the fact their walls are covered with brightly colored school stuff.  I mean, have you seen an elementary school classroom lately?  It's not their fault, but I'm sure it's not helping the matter either.  I'm trying to keep her on a tight schedule, both in the morning and evening.  I don't want her to feel like there is no control around the house, no structure.  I am  We are very fly by the seat of our pants and this madness has to stop.  Volleyball will be over at the first of November so then we will be down to only 1 night a week where something is going on.

I'm gonna start cooking more in the crock pot, hopefully so I can use the time I would have spent cooking helping Sarah and Maggie with homework, etc.  I implemented the morning schedule this week and so far so good!

I will post my morning schedule before the weekend.

I feel like I'm finally settling into some kind of routine and I can get back to blogging!  Hope to see ya'll around!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Cloudy With A Chance of.......Bacon?

My girls love the movie "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs".  It's actually a cute movie so you should see it if you haven't already.  While we were eating dinner tonight, I asked the kids if they lived in a town like that, what kind of food would they want falling from the sky.  These are the answers I got.

Maggie (age 11) - "pizza" rolls stuffed with cream cheese, bacon, ham and salami.

Sarah (age 7) - Oreos, cheese balls, cheese sticks, sandwiches, bacon and with an occasional shower of Dr. Pepper.

As different as my girls are, they have one common interest.....BACON!

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