Our 7 A.M. Routine. It Isn’t All Sunshine And Roses
There are two types of people in this world.
Morning people and not morning people.
Everyone has a different morning.
Some people wake up with the birds and sing along with them.
Other people are pulling the covers over their heads at 7 am.
I am definitely not one of the #Momsof7am. Sleep is my friend and I like to enjoy my friends. Apparently sleep likes me too because even at 7 am it doesn’t want to let me go. But with 3 kids that need to be AT SCHOOL at 8 am sleeping past 7 am is not an option.
Let me walk you through my morning. It is fast and furious and sometimes not too pretty.
This is what my morning looks like.
7 am hits and I ‘encourage’ the kids to get out of bed and get dressed. When I say ‘encourage’ I mean go into their rooms, give them a hug, tell them it is time to get up, we are already running late and they better get moving because they can’t afford a tardy at school. And please, put on a uniform that is fresh today. No one wants to see yesterday’s art project stains on your pants.
I go down stairs and start making lunch for my son because there are only 3 lunches a month he will buy. Chances are, today is not a ‘buy’ day.
I plop down the pieces and parts for my son’s lunch and the table is still not cleared from the night before. Why? Because we got distracted with our nightly routine of showers, signing papers, reading and game playing to make sure it is clear. Also a side note, our table is never clear.
I head back upstairs and chances are only 2 of the kids have moved a muscle. I encourage them again to get moving, we are going to be late…. only this time with my Batman voice. I know you have the same voice. It might be called something different but it is the voice that the kids know you mean BUSINESS and they need to move, NOW. I don’t use the Batman voice first thing in the morning because I am still under the illusion that my kids will joyfully and willingly arise from a peaceful slumber with just the gentle squeeze of my hug and my whispers of ‘good morning sunshine’.
Nope. We have resort to Batman.
Next is the hunt for socks.
I would like to tell you that the photo above is staged for this piece but it is not. THAT is our ‘lost sock pile’. Yes, we are a family of 5 and we have 235 lost socks. The number is not that high, I think, but it is a HUGE pile. And EVERY MORNING we struggle to find matching socks (in white, grey or black ONLY… because, you know, uniform dress code) and every morning it is a struggle.
More often than not I will get socks that kind of match and hope they don’t have ‘sock check’ that day.
Repeat the lost sock exercise but do it with shoes.
And yes, jackets don’t always get hung up.
I told you it is not always sunshine and roses!
Even though we are super busy (see: super late) I am working with my kids to make their own breakfast. (One more thing off my list in the morning!)
The past few weeks my youngest daughter has been wanting eggs in the morning. She is at the age where, with supervision, she is able to make her own eggs on the stove.
Here is our Easy Egg recipe/technique:
- Use a small saute skillet.
- Over medium heat, heat 1 pat of butter until it starts to foam.
- While the butter is melting, with a fork, beat your egg, a pinch of salt, and 2 grinds of pepper until the egg is starting to get frothy.
- As soon as the butter starts to foam, pour the eggs into the pan.
- When you see the eggs start to set on the edges, use a plastic scraper to pull the outer edge of the eggs to the center. This will cause the uncooked eggs to run to the outside and cook.
- Flip the eggs in the pan or fold them over to cook the top.
Turn the eggs out onto a plate.
Now it is time to eat quickly because our morning is not done.
We had a new box of Little Debbie® Mini Muffins so I let them have a pouch with their breakfast. Naturally they wanted the mini brownies for breakfast because who doesn’t love a mini brownie for breakfast!?
Also this is a rare sight. The younger two getting along and challenging each other to find the fastest way out of the maze on the Little Debbie box. I call this ‘evidence’ that they do get along once in awhile.
While the other two are eating my oldest is making her own lunch.
She took it upon herself at the beginning of the year to help me out and make her lunch every day. I was hoping her making her own lunch would last a week but she has surprised me and made it EVERY DAY that she does not buy. I am proud of her and it has been a big help in getting ourselves out the door.
Today is running club after school so a pouch of Little Debbie® Mini Muffins goes in the gym bag along with a water bottle.
We are coming to the finish line with our morning routine.
A few minutes on the tablet to play a game while hair is being brushed and we are almost ready to hit the road.
We have made it out the door this morning and no one cried, including me!
Also I will make note that Easter is over and it is time to take the Easter wreath off of the door.
And please teachers, don’t give her grief about the blue edge on her sock!
Once the kids are dropped off at school I feel like I deserve a reward for the crazy that we call our 7 a.m. routine.
That comes in the form of a cold brew latte.
Before you go to bed combine:
- 4 cups water
- 2 ounces finely ground coffee (yes I weigh it. but you can call it 1/2 cup if you want to )
Allow it to chill out in the fridge over night.
Filter out the grounds with a strainer lined with a coffee filter.
Don’t have a coffee filter? If you use a paper towel. I won’t tell and I won’t admit I told you to do so.
Use an emersion blender to foam some milk. This step is not necessary but foam makes me happy.
I like a 2/3 milk to 1/3 coffee ratio but do what works for you.
Grab a pouch of the Little Debbie® Mini Muffins not only because they delicious but if the kids can have mini muffins then you can too!
Sit back and enjoy your latte and Little Debbies because we have to do it all again tomorrow morning.