At our house we take off running on Monday. We leave by 7:45 am to make the 45 minute drive to Classical Conversations where I am a tutor for this exciting "Classical Christian Community of Homeschoolers." That really means we have to be out the door at 7:30 because it takes that long to do jackets, shoes, and make sure everything is in the van. I guess this is how it would be if we were leaving for school everyday like many of you do- and how DO you do it?? No matter how I pack and prepare ahead of time, we always have the last minute frantic rush to get the kids to choke down the rest of their cereal- and don't forget to brush- and it really doesn't look like you brushed, try again- and is it HOT in here?- and why don't you have socks on yet- and WHERE are my KEYS??- and WHY did you take your socks off- and finally, we're off.
(Wait! Did I say "van" and not "truck?" Why, yes I did. We did it- we took the plunge and bought a 15 passenger van. Yes, it's a beast, but I love the roominess of it. I'm still getting used to driving it and it has a very different feel than Babe, my beloved and faithful Suburban. Still, I think it's a keeper. Now we'll be ready when we come home with our children from Ethiopia.)
The mornings are busy, but fly by. Then we rush home to eat lunch so the 3 youngest can have a nap. Today I packed lunches so when they got home all they had to do is grab their bag and sit down on the floor. Yes, the floor- they wanted to have a picnic and how could I resist such a cute idea?
After lunch it was naps for 3, rest for 2 and I cleaned the dust bunny colony out of my room. Now I'm just having a quick cup of tea while 3 play outside before I get the 2 youngest up from their naps.