Weekday mornings are crazy, right? We’ve got just over an hour to get four people dressed, fed and looking decent out the door. Homework has to get in the right folder and the folder has to get in the right backpack. Vitamins have to be taken. Teeth brushed. Marci’s hair has to be done which means we have to track down a hair clip.
I’m still not sure why we can’t ever seem to find the clip we want.
Mornings are busy enough but today we had an extra-crazy day. Today is field trip day. That may not seem like much but there are additional things to get done in that short amount of time. Brown bag lunch for Marci plus an extra lunch for Chaperone Daddy, bags for pumpkins, picking up the car for friends who’ll ride with them, and an outfit that doesn’t result in her new favorite phase “fashion faux pas” with her purple rain boots.
As soon as I tucked the kiddos into bed and turned off the lights, I knew we were in for a morning with the potential for meltdowns from one of us. Maybe me. So we did a little planning. It took all of eight minutes to:
- set their places for breakfast (napkin, spoon, glass)
- prep for breakfast (we’ll do yogurt which is super quick – bowls,granola and cereal ready)
- pulled out school lunch gear (lunch bag, Thermos food jar and pumpkin muffin are out on the island)
- staged food in the fridge (I won’t have to hunt for yogurt or lunch in the morning, it’s all together right in front)
I’m not sure why we don’t do this more often since it was so quick and easy, and has the potential to save time in the morning. Do you prepare lunches or breakfast ahead of time? What’s your secret for busy weekday mornings?
And to my in-laws who are coming into town that afternoon, the house is kind of messy…enjoy the kids and love us all anyways.