Surviving The First Day Of School

I wasn’t very happy when that alarm sounded at the crack of dawn. ¬†And when I say “crack of dawn” ¬†I mean like the light was barely coming through the blinds and the sun hadn’t come up over the mountain yet.

At first I didn’t know what the sound was. ¬†I woke up thinking that one of my toddlers was surely going to be standing next to me with some new game they had wanted on their tablet making that hideous sound. ¬† And just as I was about to tell them to turn it down I realized it was…

THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL and my alarm was going off.

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I don’t know what this guy is so upset about … 8:20 is sleeping in

It took me about 20 minutes to actually get out of my bed. ¬†Took me 19 just to get my eyes to stay open. ¬†As everyone is well aware…I hate mornings and truly believe that school should start at noon.

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So I got myself up and ready and then went to wake the dragons. ¬†Two of the three woke just fine,¬†but¬†my little M is like her mommy and really wished that school started at noon too. ¬†And she wasn’t very excited about starting kindergarten in a new school after attending the same preschool for the previous year and a half.

I went to the closet and reminded her that she had a new Spider-Man shirt to wear to school and she quickly jumped out of bed and hopped in the shower.

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The morning went smoothly.  Got everyone dressed, matching shoes and socks, hair combed, fed a good breakfast, lunches were packed and backpacks ready and out the door we went.

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Don’t think that it will be like this all year people, because eventually there will come a morning where they will be eating pop tarts in the car with their hair barely brushed and be lucky if anything at all is matching. ¬†Don’t judge me. ¬†That’s just what I refer to as #momlife and I have many moments of it.

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I thought that I might have a problem with my youngest, this year, being the only one being dropped off at daycare but she was super excited to go back to school and as soon as they said they had a new pet for the classroom she was off and running.  Sparkly light up shoes and all.  Never even looked back. *sheds tear*

Then it was off to the elementary school. ¬†The chaos of the first day is just crazy. ¬†Parents and kids everywhere. ¬†I didn’t even try to get a close parking spot, ¬†I parked up the street and my other 2 and I took a nice stroll.

Little M held my hand tight.  I knew she was so nervous.  Little B man of course zoomed like a pro.

I showed little M where she was supposed to line up and even got her to smile for the camera.  Something that she rarely does unless I catch her off guard.  The look on her face told me that she was going to be just fine.

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Around 2pm I started to get really tired. ¬†Like tired enough that I felt like taking a nap…and I never nap.

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This is literally what I looked like sitting in my chair…I haven’t shaved in a while.

 

And when I went to pick up the kids I realized that I had gone the entire day (including making it to the gym) without any CAFFEINE!  WTF?!?!?!

I was so busy that morning running around like a maniac that I had actually forgotten to consume any caffeine. ¬†What mother in her right mind does that? ¬†Yes, I know, I must not be in my right mind…news flash there.

So needless to say, it was too late in the day to consume any at this point and when 8pm rolled around, and I put the kids to bed, I crawled into bed too.

The last time I remember looking at the clock it was 9:30pm. ¬†And I survived the first day of school without ever having a sip of caffeine. ¬†GO FUCKING ME!ūüôčūüŹĽ

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The End OF The School Year

Yesterday was the last day of school.  It was the last day of kindergarten for my little monster B, the last day of preschool for my little monsters M and Z, the last day of the 10th grade for teenage monster M, and this mommy will be embarking on the fall with a first grader, a kindergartner, one still in preschool, and a junior in high school.

To say the end of this year was crazy is an understatement.

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Little Monster M receiving her preschool diploma.  She got best puzzle award which is no surprise to me since she LOVES doing them.
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Little Monster B with his kindergarten teacher.  He got Best Tiger award which translates to best behavior for the school year.  

And the blogging has suffered as it’s always the thing that gets put on the back burner when life gets busy.

I have a white board that I keep all events that are coming up listed on so that I can physically and easily look at it everyday…several times a day. ¬†For the last 3 months it has had at least 10 events at a time listed on it. ¬†I am happy to say that as of right now I only have a dress rehearsal, a recital, and some packing, ¬†and then we are off on our first big summer family adventure!

I will admit that I will miss my few hours of “me” time in the mornings over the next few months but I won’t miss the constant chaos that comes with 4 kids in three different schools who all participate in extra curricular activities and me being utterly exhausted by the time I crawl into bed at night.

I’m hoping to get some writing done as I think it’s been a couple weeks since I even wrote anything.

And even though the kids were up at the crack of dawn this morning, it was still nice not to have to get up and get rushed out the door.  I actually finished a cup of coffee.

Here’s to summer and all the new memories to be made!

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The best $20 I have spent so far this summer.

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Throwback Thursday ~ A Day In The Life Of Domesticated Momster

This was part of a writing challenge I did last year around this time. ¬†It’s interesting to see how my Sunday’s haven’t changed much. ¬†So I have done a little update of what my weekday is like at the bottom.

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My Day In Detail…

It’s Sunday. ¬†Long gone are the days of sleeping until noon while battling a hangover that’s ¬†wanting to take over my entire body and smelling like whatever establishment I occupied until ¬†the wee hours of the morning of the night before. ¬†Waking up in a type of fog that not even coffee or a dose of 5 hr energy could lift. ¬†My mouth tasting like I had eaten a dead possum laying in the middle of the road on the way home. And continuing my day curled up on the couch with pillow and blanket in close proximity all while watching a marathon of “Lifetime” movies. ¬† Yes this was me…before motherhood…before my husband…now my Sunday’s are much more practical and meaningful….hahaha who am I kidding…Sundays are “pajama” days! ¬†It’s funny that this part of the writing challenge would¬†fall on the least busy day of the week for me.

On this particular Sunday…

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7:40am…heard hubby come home from working all night. ¬†Mumbled something along the lines of ‘hi…how was your night?”. ¬†Noticed Little Z was awake and ready for her breakfast. ¬†(I love when only one at a time wakes up…makes the chaos much more controllable…especially while I am trying to get my first dose of caffeine digested.) ¬†Made her breakfast and turned on her choice of cartoon.

8:00am…Snuck into the office for my morning “internet” routine. ¬†I love the internet first thing in the morning. ¬†Some people like reading a paper…I like looking through the world wide web for whatever tickles my fancy ¬†awakens my mind.

8:20am…I hear the tapping of two more toddlers feet shuffling along the wooden floor. ¬†They are rubbing their eyes and muttering “I want something to eat mommy”. ¬†You should see Little M’s hair first thing in the morning ….looks like she wrestled with a fuzzy blanket full of balloons and lost.

images-4Got their breakfast served and positioned them at the table ¬†while they quietly watched whatever cartoon was presenting itself on the TV. ¬†Yes I know that “society” says I shouldn’t let my kids watch tv while sitting at the table eating but quite frankly I don’t care what “society” says because they aren’t raising my 3 toddlers. ¬†I am. ¬†**thought for a whole other blog post**

8:45am…They all finish up with breakfast and wander into the living room, with “security” blankets in tow and find their comfortable places on the couch. ¬†Mind you…I have had to tell them to shhhh and be quiet, because daddy is sleeping, about half a dozen times already. ¬†I have no clue how he sleeps through 5 kids on a Sunday.

9:00am…Still surfing the internet

9:20am…gather up Little B Man’s dirty clothes that didn’t quite make it into the hamper…”supermom on caffeine” is now starting to present herself and has started her first load of laundry for the day. ¬†(I would like to know how the “Duggars” mom stays on top of her “19 Kids And Counting“‘s laundry pile…I know she has several washers and dryers but it’s still a lot of dirty clothes to tackle.) ¬†Putting them in the washer and dryer is the easy part…folding and putting away takes lots of patience and effort…especially if you are trying to be “super laundry girl” who doesn’t leave them in a heap on top of the dryer or constantly restarting ¬†the “steam and fluff” setting to avoid having to fold them while still getting the wrinkles out.

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11:15am…In two hours I have shushed the kids at least a dozen more times. ¬†I have made a snack consisting of 3 different kinds of fruits. ¬†(That’s the problem with them all having minds of their own now…they all 3 always want something different…last night we had to draw straws to see who got to pick the “time to settle down” flick of the the evening)

12:00pm…Lunchtime for the littles consisting of BBQ pulled pork sandwiches from a few nights ago. ¬†By this time of day I am starting to get a little “toddler” crazy. ¬†They are all fully awake and bouncing off the walls and I swear it’s worse when my husband is on night shift and trying to sleep. ¬†It’s like their little radars are beeping to remind them to be loud and obnoxious and see how many times mommy can lose her shit!

12:30pm…GO THE FUCK OUTSIDE!

12:31pm…I sit down at the computer to try and finish a thought only to be interrupted by the constant dinging of ¬†the dryer which has gone off not once, not twice, but THREE times now to remind me that it’s time to fold the clothes! ¬†Someone in this house keeps turning on the “wrinkle guard” option so instead of the dryer just turning of¬†¬†it starts back up every couple minutes until someone tends to the items inside. ¬†It’s a brilliant option developed by dryer manufacturers but for me it’s just a constant reminder that my laziness is wasting electricity.

2:30pm…hubby is awake now and making a mess in the kitchen before he gets ready for work. ¬†I think I might have actually got a couple blinks of a nap in there while the kids were “momentarily” behaving themselves. ¬† Baby Z also dozed off even if it was for only 20 minutes at best. ¬† Keeps the “crabbies” at bay. ¬†Now starts the “afternoon” chaos. ¬† Right now I am watching my husband as he writes on the egg container “HARDBOILED” ….twice….with a sharpie…as I hover over him making sure that the sharpie doesn’t get misplaced and then gets into the hands of my 3 year old toddler…the same toddler who has decorated the walls, doors, beds, and just about anything else with a surface…in which I have scrubbed off on more then one occasion. ¬†(By the way…the “washable/wipeable” crayons really do just that…they are every mother, with a decorative toddler’s, dream coloring utensils.)

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2:50pm…time to get ready for the gym…the kids are all well aware that daddy is awake now and are all in full on scream patrol! ¬†Mommy needs a break. ¬†Off to the gym I go…must keep up with my “trophy wife” status. ¬†**literally laughs out loud**

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4:45pm…home from the gym…had a great workout due to the fact that the gym was pretty much empty. ¬†I like when the gym is vacant…not only do I get to use every piece of workout equipment that I want without having to wait but I also don’t feel stupid trying something new. ¬†Inevitably every time I get the courage to try out a new gym apparatus I fail miserably and usually end up hurting myself, more out of embarrassment rather then pain.

5:00pm…WTF is for dinner? ¬†**opens refrigerator in hopes that the light in her head turns on** ¬†Oh look at that…lots of leftovers…problem solved.

6:00pm…Let the countdown to bedtime begin. ¬†First off…bathing the dirty little monsters. ¬†There is something about these last 2 hours before bedtime where a force bigger then all of us takes over…let’s say my full Momster mode comes out. ¬†All of us are tired and cranky and just wanting the day to be over. ¬†They seem to fight over every toy, tattle about every little moment and mommy’s patience meter is completely tapped out!

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6:45pm…I realize that I didn’t get the load of girls clothes in the dryer folded…DAMMIT! ¬†Here they stand soaking wet wrapped in towels while I try and gather up anything resembling pajamas…leggings and a t-shirt? ¬†Works for me. ¬†**listens to them whine several times about these NOT being pajamas**

7:40pm…That’s a wrap people…12 hours… in a day of the life… of yours truly.

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The average weekday for me goes something like this…..

6:30am ¬†Alarm goes off and I roll over to reach for my phone wishing that it’s possibly a false alarm going off. ¬†After trying to tap snooze a half dozen times with no prevail, I scroll through my notifications with one eye open and tend to a little bit of social media.

6:50am  Brew a LARGE cup of caffeine.   I get the mini monsters up.  2 of the 3 are good about waking.  The other is like her mommy and really prefers that school start somewhere around noon.  We are not rise and shiners.

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For the next hour is rush to get everyone ready to get out the door and to school. ¬†I must say “go brush your teeth” at least a dozen times. ¬†There’s also always a mad search for missing shoes, gloves, hats, etc. because of course they are never where they belong.
7:50am Drop teenager off at high school…which is literally less than a mile down the street. ¬†Yeah spoiled I know.

7:55am  Drop the girls of at preschool.

8:00am  Drop mini monster B man off at the elementary school.

8:15am MOMMY TIME which translates to gym time! ¬†I also usually make a trip to the store if needed, or clean out the Yukon, or run whatever errands need to be run at this time. ¬†It’s very important to get as much done as possible when I don’t have 3 little people to drag with me.

10:00am Back home and usually start a load of laundry and sit down to get some blogging done. ¬†Time goes by fast during this time. ¬†Before I know it it’s…

11:30am  And time to pick up the girls.

12:00pm We are back home and fixing lunch.  Of course they never want the same thing for lunch.  That would make life easy right?

From then until time to pick up little monster B man I usually blog, organize, do laundry, and repeat.  I have been trying to keep a schedule of blogging for so much time and then spending same amount of time doing something else.  That way I am not wasting all my time sitting in front of the computer.  So far this year it is working out horribly pretty well.

3:00pm Pick up mini monster B man.

From 3pm on is usually chaos. ¬†It’s getting home, organizing homework, reading, preparing dinner and if there’s sports to get to well then it’s move faster, make dinner faster, forget the homework until after the sports. ¬†And if I want to make the evening Zumba classes then I really have to get my ass in gear ¬†plan faster. #mommylife

8:00pm Kids bedtime. ¬†Sometimes it’s 7:30 depending on what kind of mood mommy is in or furthermore what kind of mood the mini monsters are in.

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8:15 mommy bath or shower time.  This used to be the time that I would pour me that large glass of wine to enjoy with my bath, shower, tv, blogging, whatever.

Little more blogging or watching some television. ¬†I rarely watch television these days though. ¬†There’s just other things I would honestly rather be doing.

11:00pm I usually try to go to bed but it doesn’t always happen. ¬†If I get submerged engrossed in doing something, then it can be another hour or so before I am actually in bed asleep…with one eye open.

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I Am Not A Good Teacher

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It’s almost that time. ¬†The time that 5 years ago seemed like a life time away and now it’s just around the corner. ¬†My first born…starts kindergarten. ¬†I really can’t believe where the time has gone.

This is where the the mother part of me has failed…

He is not up to par on his sheet of “things to know” when starting kindergarten.

I love spending time with my kiddos doing artsy stuff!  Not school work.  I have no patience when it comes to teaching school work.  Right now I am trying to work on phone number and address.  And of course because I am teaching one the other two want to play a part as well, which then leads to a cluster of complete chaos.  Mommy is pulled in all directions, an entire box of paper is now gone, and my son, who I am trying to teach, wants to draw pictures instead.  And I would rather let him.

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Nor have I ever possessed it.

I would rather paint a picture with them, then watch and observe while they place their toys from smallest to largest. ¬†I go through their toys every couple of months…I know what’s smallest to largest in there.

I would rather watch them play outside in the sprinkler then have them cut a dozen triangles out of paper.

I feel like as a mother …. I would rather have fun…then do schoolwork. ¬†School is for schoolwork. ¬†And the minute that phrase escapes my thought…I know that I can’t rely on the school system to teach my children everything they need to know. ¬†There’s too many students and not enough teachers.

I am very lucky that the son who is about to start kindergarten loves to learn and learns quickly. ¬†So far the only thing we are struggling with is shoe tying. ¬†I don’t remember anyone ever teaching me how to tie my shoes. ¬†I literally have a memory of me sitting in my bedroom with a stuffed animal that had a piece of ribbon tied to it. ¬†I practiced and practiced until finally I got it! ¬†Problem is…can’t get him to practice. ¬†He watches me or his older brother do an example of tying…he tries a couple times…then gets frustrated that he can’t figure it out and loses interest in the entirety of it. ¬†I have even insisted on taking away his tablet until he has practiced and learned to tie his shoes. ¬†I hate to see him frustrated. ¬†It frustrates me. ¬†It also frustrates me that I put him in a paid preschool and am not quite sure what he really learned there.

Frustrated,

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