The morning started off amazingly. The girls slept in, and a little before 7:30 Ree woke me up, and said “Oh mama, look at the sky, it’s so beautiful.” And it was. An amazing pink and orange sunrise sky that we just stared and stared at. Ro came in shortly after, and we all snuggled in the big bed and turned on some cartoons. We ♥ afternoon kindergarten. Then I remembered the box of Christmas cookies on the nightstand (don’t ask) and wondered if Ro and Ree wanted a cookie for pre-breakfast. They’re too young to fist-pump and say “Hell, yeah!” so instead they bounced up and down on the bed saying “Yeah!” making two syllables out of the “yeah” in their funny emphatic way.
A few minutes later, I slowly wandered downstairs to get some hot tea for me and some warm milk for them. The microwave was working away and I was browsing through email on the iPAD when a new message was delivered: “Early day today, school starts at 8:05,” I read. It took a minute to sink in. Wait. What? Early? Today!? But, OH MY WORD SCHOOL STARTS IN LESS THAN TEN MINUTES!!!!!!!!!!!!
I yelled upstairs as I started running, “Do you girls have an early day today?!!” “Yes” they happily replied, still in bed and with not even a second’s hesitation. Gahhhhhhhh! “Get up, brush teeth, get clothes, fast as you can!” I screamed, tearing into the bathroom myself. No time for a bra, a big coat will do. Thank goodness I fell asleep in fleece sweats instead of pajama bottoms last night. Maybe a quick brushing of the teeth in case I have to go into the office and explain things. Grab one of TubaDad’s stinky golf hats, run downstairs and throw granola bars into yesterday’s still-unpacked lunch bags (there’s a sip or two of water left in those thermoses, they’re fine), then grab the girls who are wearing god-knows-what but at least are dressed and run to the car.
Dropped them off at the back gate (with what looked like half of the school and their frantic mothers) and they ran to class, getting there only two minutes late.
(breathing, breathing, breathing...)
After a HUGE jug of coffee, I’m going to pop into my Google calendar and reset all early-school-day notifications to 1-day warnings. Ten minutes, rrrrrr, what was I thinking?!
Wishing you (and me) a peaceful, relaxing day...
~~ Update: I was pleasantly surprised to see that the girls actually had on tops *and* bottoms when I picked them up from school. We were running so fast this morn that I really only had time to do a shoe check and was a little worried. Whew. And they actually didn’t do too bad! In Ro’s defense, the bright purple socks are the ones she slept in and she didn’t have time to pick out new ones.