A really good new normal.
We are in full school mode and it has been great all around. I get up well before the kids each morning, but usually by the time I'm getting out of the shower and throwing on some clothes, they are either getting dressed or wandering downstairs to the living room for our Bible time.
Everything has consistency to it right now and I love that!
From our 6:45 Bible time to our friendly bus driver Joe pulling up to our street corner at 7:45, we are falling into a new rhythm. The boys know what is expected of them, as do I, which makes us all happy.
And there are no complaints.
Although we're still in September and not January, everyone is excited for school and is much more eager to tackle tasks like, say, READING and WRITING, without whining and complaining.
No teeth pulling required.
The trade offs have been that our afternoons are not as relaxed. I pretty much have to schedule time for the boys to chill and play before homework, soccer, dinner, and bedtime.
When I last blogged, Rufus and Squirt had yet to start their school year. Rufus took on Kindergarten with gusto and hops on the bus each morning like he's done it every day of his life.
He did happen to start Kindergarten with a shiner though.
If he only would have listened to me about not running and jumping in a shoe store, he never would have taken a face plant into an ottoman... poor thing.
Smiling with Joe, our happy bus driver who gives us the added benefit of returning to us all the stuff our kids forget on the bus.
That very same day, Squirt went and became a big boy and started preschool.
Not even a, "Bye mom! I'll miss you! Can't you stay with me because I'm your baby? Here, I'll shed a tear or two to make you feel better." Nope, plopped on the rug and loved every minute of it.
Lots of people asked me what I was going to do with my very first morning with no kids at home. I told them what I told my Beloved.
I'm getting a 60 minute massage for time served.
Then I went and ate lots of bon bons. Because that's all I do now.