Written by Sarah Mackenzie of Read-Aloud Revival.
This year we’ve got quite the crew:
- 14-year-old (8th grade) girl
- 12-year-old (6th grade) girl
- 10-year-old (5th grade) boy
- 3-year-old girl
- 2-year-old twin tornado boys … or as I’ve seen referenced elsewhere: twinados
My two little identical alarms run into my bedroom and wake me up. I miss the days of rising before my crew and having just a few minutes to myself, but this is not the season for it. The twins keep me running hard and long most days, so I sleep until they wake me.
The 3-year-old is not usually too far behind them. They pile on the couch under blankets and we do the early-morning-snuggle routine before getting started with first breakfast.
It’s time to wake the big kids. They have breakfast, and the toddlers settle in for second breakfast. Then I sneak off to shower while bigs entertain littles.
Big kids get ready for the day and do a morning job each (like emptying the dishwasher or taking out the trash), and I try to kinda-sorta tidy the kitchen in preparation for the day ahead.