Thursday, October 04, 2007

Life in the Carpool Lane

Life in the carpool lane sure has been crazy!! I guess the thing I miss the most about homeschooling are the lazy of days of being in our pajamas and cuddling on the couch reading great books together. Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying having three out of four kids going off to school too. It's just different.

Here is what I mean: On Wednesday I left the house at 8:45am. I dropped Sam off at pre-school at 9am. I picked up Daniel (he's hanging out and homeschooling with us on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the morning hours that Sam is in school and his mom is working as the preschool director). The boys and I headed to the church office. I made copies, cut, folded, and prepared for Sunday... with Moni's help of course!). At 11:30 I left the church office and stopped at Sonic for fast food....and all of you that know me know that I hate stopping for fast food...yuck! Jake, Daniel, and I picked up Sam from pre-school and headed over to the consignment sale to drop off some stuff and help Stephanie get stuff on the racks. We ate our fast food there. Daniel stayed with his mom.

Sam, Jake, and I drove 20 or so minutes to Jake's guitar lesson, only after stopping off for a quick errand. After Jake's guitar lesson (where Sam won't sit still and "has to use the potty" every time) we drove to get the girls at school. We sat in the carpool line for 30 or so minutes. Now we are headed for home!!!

By around 4pm we finally pull in the driveway. I realize that I forgot to run the dishwasher and the beds are still not made ( I don't want John to think I sat around and ate bon bons all day). I run around picking up, making beds, moving the laundry from washer to dryer, etc.

Now it's homework time. Sadie finishes hers in an hour or so, amidst antics and such. Lilly is....... well, Lilly. She has locked herself in the bathroom again. Hmmm. This unnerves me daily but I guess it's the only place she can get some peace and quiet and I can't tell her to do stuff.... kinda like John in his X-box cave (Halo 3...uugh). After Lilly emerges from her hide-away I beg, plead, and threathen her into getting all of her homework and studying done.

In the meantime I need to get dinner going because Jake thinks he actually might die of hunger. Thankfully, I got up early this morning and put chili in my crock pot so I've only got to set out the toppings, bake the corn bread, and serve the drinks. Jake has to set the table to get his mind off his hunger pangs. He whines the whole time, but gets the job done.

John gets home around 6:30. We eat dinner. At least one out of four kids doesn't want to eat dinner on any particular night so we have that battle. I win. heheheheh. I am bound and determined.

After dinner, Lilly is still doing homework. I quiz her and we study. I do lots of threatening, ranting, raving, etc. I put yet another load of laundry from the washer to dryer. Now there's clean laundry dumped on my bed. I have one to two loads of laundry per day.

8:00pm.... begging, threatening,etc. for kids to take showers. Still folding laundry. Lilly is still studying. Everyone wants dessert. Okay... snacks for everyone who has already bathed or showered. Lilly does not fall into this category, but she is now getting answers right when I quiz her!!! Yahoo!!!! Good times!!!!

9:00pm. Three out of four kids in bed. Lilly is finally learned and showered. Now she needs her bedtime snack.

9:30pm.. still folding laundry. Piles are stacked outside of my bedroom. Kids (at least two out of four) can put their own laundry away. Yes, I still baby Sadie. I hang up the clothes in her closet since she can't reach that well (errrr...truthfully she can do it just fine, but I pick my battles... she's the baby girl).

10pm... fall into bed and wait for the alarm to ring at 6am..... to do it all over again!!!!

Guess what???? I wouldn't trade it or my family for the world~~~~~


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