Now, fast forward a few months and this serene picture is painted very differently. You arise to a very annoying, screeching alarm to which your body revolts. You stumble around haphazardly, trying to pull yourself together for the day. Should you dress warm for the cool morning or cool for the hot afternoon, since you didn't have time to check the weather report. You walk into the kitchen, make a pot of coffee and proceed to wake up the children. Two of them jump right out of bed in great anticipation of the day ahead. Two hide their heads under the blankets, trying to squeeze just a few more minutes of sleep into their morning. The other two wake up to all the commotion, rubbing the sleep out of their eyes. You quickly pour yourself a cup of coffee and begin to take a sip when one of the children shouts that she can't find her shoes. Another needs help pouring her cereal. No breakfast choices today. Everyone gets cold cereal and juice. You yell to the two sleepy-heads that they have 5 minutes to get upstairs and to the table. You reach for that full cup of coffee once more when your youngest spills her juice. You run to the table in an attempt to corral the mess before it drips down to the floor. With minutes to spare, miraculously everyone is ready to head out the door. You load up the van, only to find out that someone has left their mid morning snack on the counter. You volunteer to run back into the house to retrieve the item and find your un-drunk, now cold cup of coffee sitting alone. You nuke it, because it is better than nothing. Somehow, you leave on time and head to school.
After school, there are a few papers the kids bring home that need to be signed. You have had to plan an early supper, because football practice begins that evening. Once again, your loading up the van, making sure that everyone has their proper equipment, water bottles and other necessities. When all is said and done, everyone is back home, showered and in bed by 9:00 PM and in one day you have put 120 miles on your van.
Welcome to a brand new school year. Although the first scenario may be slightly exaggerated, the point is that it feels as if we went from zero to mach sixty in just a moment of time. As it took us a little while to get used to the freedom of summer vacation, so will it take some time to get back into the routine of school and schedules. And I have great expectations of drinking a fresh, hot cup of coffee each morning too!
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