Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mornings at my house...

Friends and family know that I am not a morning person. I also know that I set the tone in my home. So, while I still would rather work most of the night and sleep in, I don't have that luxury anymore. I try to be happy, cheerful, okay, not cranky in the morning, so that the mornings can run smoothly. Do I always succeed? Heavens no, but at least I am trying right? My oldest son, Tyler, is going to seminary, so I get up early with him. He is like me, not a morning person, and I have to make a public apology to my parents, I am so sorry for all those "fun" mornings that you had to deal with me getting ready for seminary and school. I am lucky that Tyler is better at mornings than I was. Though we did learn the first year, that both of us awake at 5, not a good thing, so we changed things up.  Anyways, here is a typical morning at our house...crazy huh?

4:51- alarm goes off so I can wake up Tyler, and then back to sleep.

4:57 - alarm goes off again to make sure Tyler did get up and I go back to sleep.  He is like me and can "wake up", have a conversation, and still be pretty much asleep. My parents would watch me get up, walk across my room, turn off my alarm, and never wake up!


5:15 - Actually get up and go downstairs to spend some time with Tyler and say our family prayer before he heads out to seminary. This is where I am very blessed. Our friend is one of the seminary teachers and lives in the neighborhood next to us, so he picks Tyler up everyday. Because of him, I don't have to wake up all the kids, pile them in the car to drive Tyler to seminary. If you are a mom that has to take your kiddo to school and wake up all the younger siblings, you know what a blessing this is, Thank you Bro. Smith!

5:30 - Go back to sleep.

6:00 - Alarm goes off  yet again to make sure Travis has gotten up for school. Now Travis is a morning person. Most of the time he is up before his alarm even goes off, and is pretty much cheerful from the minute his eyes open. It is wonderful! And then, back to sleep again!

6:55 - Alarm goes off for the last time, and I get up and wake up the girls so we can pile in the car to take Travis to school. We have our family prayer in the car on the way to school. Last year I was really good about helping the kids learn an Article of Faith as well, and I don't know why we got out of the habit, but I think we will start again tomorrow. It really helps to set a good tone for the rest of the day.

8:00 (tues and thurs) - Take Daylyn to school for choir practice, and then Ally and I come back home.

9:00 - Girls catch the bus to school and then I have an entire 5 hours before I run to the school to pick up the boys from school.

* Note*

The craziest part of all of this, is that most nights I don't get to sleep until midnight! Sleep is over rated right? :) I know I am not the only mom out there that has crazy mornings, and I think it is amazing what families accomplish every day by the time the kids head off to school. Give yourself a hand, or a pat on the back for all you do everyday just to start the day. I think we all deserve it! Oh, and a secret that can make the morning easier....always have chocolate available!



Nicole Valentine said...

Good grief! I'd never be able to do that. I can't function with no sleep (as you've seen via broken laptop) and I am not a morning person at all!

karicarrigan said...

Did they fix the laptop? I can't remember? It is only this past 2 years that I have been able to wake and get up, do things, then go back to sleep. I think it is just too many years of not getting enough sleep, that my body doesn't give me a choice. Shoot, last night I didn't get to sleep until sometime after 2:40ish. I am so tired today!

Allfiredupglassbeads said...

This is why God gives children to the young. Good job, Kari!

Rebecca said...

Loved hearing about your morning. Ryan is my morning kid and Kayla is my night owl. I can't believe your "kids to school" routine is 4 hours long!

karicarrigan said...

LOL! Crazy huh! Actually the year I had one in jr high, the rest in elementary with one in kindergarten was the worst year. I was at the schools at 7, 9,11:30, 2, and 3. I was so glad when that year was over.

Nicole Valentine said...

They did fix my laptop, fast and fairly reasonable! I don't think I'll ever have "normal" sleep, I'm such a light sleeper.


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