Wednesday, September 15, 2010

a new normal

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.

Consistent.

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.

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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.

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That very same day, Squirt went and became a big boy and started preschool.

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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.

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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.

7 comments:

Kristin said...

hahaha
first, glad it is all going well! 2nd....i get asked too what i am doing - and some joke and ask if i sit around watching soaps eating bon bons! right....
i am glad to hear it is going well laurie!...for all of you!

dogfather said...

That sounds great! Now you will have some time for me when I visit. Dad and daughter time, can't wait!
Love
Dad

MN Hunderfunds said...

STOP BEATING UP YOUR KIDS! That's a pretty slick story bout the "fall" but you and I both know this kind of photo evidence will only incriminate you to DCFS!

Love you,
Jeff

Kristy said...

I am glad to hear the boys are adjusting well in school. (I am sure all of your hard work with homeschooling has a lot to do with it!) Enjoy your time alone, it is well deserved!!!!!!!

heresthediehl said...

oh my goodness, what a coincidence! all i do is eat bon bons, too :)

glad to hear all is going well for the boys.

also, i'm loving squirt's first day of school footwear!

Mama Shoe said...

Yay!! Happy to hear all is going so well.

Had my second day w/o kids, and I thought of you. Remind me to go buy some bon bons, so silly of me to forget that's what I was suppose to be doing.

Mountains, snow and sweet little toes said...

I have some bon bons for you. That's all I do too. That and watch Oprah.

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