I am a morning person.
I wake up READY to go! I have so many ideas, goals and plans. I am like jet engine approaching take off, but the tower has delayed my flight for 40 minutes.
The reason from my delay? Kids.
For years, I have spent my mornings frustrated, hurrying the kids along and generally creating stress.
Seriously, last year I would make the kids’ breakfast and then stand there saying “eat faster” while I stared at them. What a mean mommy!
This school year, I decided to take a different tack. Instead of “poor me, I have to do…” I am adopting a positive attitude.
I am pouring that pent up energy into providing the kids a great breakfast, getting them ready for school and getting any extra chores done along the way that I can.
I started by getting some fun breakfast foods for the freezer. Each morning they can pick what they’d like. This morning, Abby picked waffles.
I also start the hash browns since they taste better in the oven.
I cut out the directions and eliminated the boxes since we are down to just our side freezer.
Joey picked eggs. I just got this new egg cooker from Pampered Chef. I am not a chef, but as I was taking pictures for this post I realized most of my kitchen is from Pampered Chef!
I love this egg cooker. Here’s how you use it. First melt little pats of butter in each well and then roll them around to coat the sides.
Joey will eat 3 eggs! So I mix those eggs with cheese in a measuring cup. I use a measuring cup because it is easier to pour out of.
Joey likes lots of cheese. I also pour my first glass of ice tea for the day. This Pampered Chef pitcher is as old as Joey, 13! I bought 2 of them when he was a baby to mix his formula. We have used them both every day since!
I pour the mixture evenly in the wells and microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
Yummy, fluffy eggs!
Round 1 is ready.
Soon after, the hash-browns are ready, too. Oh look – on a Pampered Chef stone.
Yes, I know we use a lot of paper plates. I have a lot of battles to fight; morning dishes are not one of them.
Next, I get the lunch boxes in the backpacks, computer zipped up and by the door and electronics and phones in backpacks as well. I end by making Abby’s daily water bottle.
My mind is always racing with ideas for MY day. So, I use this backdoor check list to make sure I don’t forget anything the kids need. It would be a HUGE bummer to have to drive down to their school. (Over an hour round trip!)
Now I check the clock and see how many minutes are left. Instead of hounding the kids, I remind them of the time and then LEAVE. By now, they are usually bickering anyway, so I either – wash dishes or start a load of laundry.
Both of which have the magical noise-cancelling sound of water.
I keep putzing around folding, drying, straightening -OUT of eyesight. I know I’m intimidating. I know I will badger them if I am near, so I am one room away. Available.
Once the kids are off to school, I used to come home and start working right away. But now I take 5 minutes to clean off the counter….
Finish whatever I was working on in the laundry room….
And finish the dishes or start the dishwasher.
Ah – less stress and more order. Now that’s more like it!
What is your morning routine?