The days are long and the years are short. That’s what I keep hearing and I have to agree.
What seems like a few days ago, I was packing a back for “school” for my oldest daughter that composed of diapers, wipes and bottles. Now, she’s dressing herself, packing her own lunches, doing daily homework and determined to be taller than me in the next 1.5 seconds.
These kids grow up way too fast.
When Wayfair asked me to write about my mornings, I figured everybody would love a little dose of the typical weekday morning getting ready in our house with four daughters.
I say typical, but there are three versions of days throughout our week and that doesn’t count weekends. So, I thought I’d pick a day that seemed most normal.
6:30am wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast, pack lunch, find all the things for school that we had when we went to bed the night before but now we can’t find.
Once the older two are semi-out-of-the-way, I follow behind them and clean up their lunch making messes. They make great lunches in bento boxes like these from Wayfair. I love that they make their lunches and so do their teachers.
7:20am head outside for the oldest two to catch the bus.
Around this time, two littler voices are calling for “mommy come get me” from their room. Then, the second dose of good and and crazy mornings begins. More getting dresses, eating breakfast, packing another set of lunches and finding all of the things that we had when we went to bed but now can’t find.
Meanwhile, I still haven’t had breakfast. And, I’m likely not dressed. But, it happens. And the kids are happy and taken care of and healthy.
8:00am pack school bags with lunches, snacks, a change of clothes and diapers and put them in the car.
8:15am the younger two are settled and playing and I run upstairs, get dressed, brush my teeth and get ready for the gym. Somehow I always manage to remember my water bottle and towel.
Oh, breakfast, it’s time I eat something before running the kids to school.
I’ve been on a serious smoothie kick lately. Most of the time, I blend one up and run out the door with it in my hand. But, when I have a couple extra minutes, I make a smoothie bowl. It fills my belly until lunch time, gets me through the rest of the crazy good morning and even through a workout (recipe below).
8:35am we need to be headed to the car and loading everybody in. With two kids that think they can get into their seats and/or buckle themselves, this can often be a 5 minute ordeal. But, we make it. Most of the time, still smiling because one day, they won’t be little. And, won’t need buckling.
8:45am I can drop off the second set of kiddos (am I the only one with four kids that thinks of them in pairs?). I walk them inside and chat with their teachers, give the girls hugs and kisses and they are off with their friends.
9:00am I leave the school and head to the gym.
9:30-11am hit the gym and work out. This is my reset for the day. I can burn some energy and get the good endorphins flowing.
11:00am I head home, eat lunch and have about 1 hour to get some work done before picking the kids back up from school.
12:45pm Drive to pick up kids from school.
Sometimes, it’s a wonder I get anything done that isn’t kid related, but I’m glad I’m able to give them the time they need every morning and every day. And, I’m lucky I get a chance to breathe and have a little me-time in there, too.
Want to make your own gluten-free dairy-free green smoothie bowl to have a little yummy good morning time?
- almond milk
- frozen fruit
- fresh or frozen berries
- chia seeds
- chocolate gluten-free granola
- almond butter
- Your favorite smoothie blended. This smoothie was almond milk, spinach and frozen fruit blend.
- Pour into bowl.
- Top with your choice of berries, chia seeds, almond butter, gluten-free chocolate granola, bananas (if you must), mango, and or nuts.