Monday Morning Mania

It is no secret. I don’t like mornings.

Monday mornings are most likely my least favorite. I have a hard time getting everyone back in their routine.

This morning I didn’t just have a rough time. I failed. Miserably.

As everyone was getting dressed, Griffin, informed me he couldn’t find his belt. The same belt that he discovered was missing yesterday. The same belt I told him to look for, so he would know where it was today.

What is it with my kids and their belts anyway?

“You know if we put things where they belonged, we wouldn’t have to spend so much time looking for things.”

I’ve said this so many times. Apparently it is falling on deaf ears.

After, Griffin, looked for several minutes he discovered something…Ruthie’s Nintendo DS…under the couch…getting scratched each time the recliner moved.

“If we can’t keep those put up, I am taking them away until Christmas…(insert tirade here)…”

Griffin, looked several more minutes, but still couldn’t locate his belt. I pulled the “back-up belt” out. He put it on, and sat down to eat breakfast.

I had made oatmeal. Griffin loves oatmeal. Ruthie, hates it, but she was already long gone from the table. She had ate a cold bowl of cereal instead.

I gave a very small amount to Owen, and suggested he try it. The oatmeal didn’t even enter his mouth when he declared, he didn’t like it.

“You didn’t even try it.”

I could have said more. Instead I said, “Here. Eat a banana.”.

Sometimes we have to pick and choose our battles. And since we had already battled over the clothes he was wearing…

Apparently, I picked out “yucky clothes” that “aren’t cool”.

Deal with it, Mister.

As if that wasn’t enough, today there is a Santa shop at his school. He will be able to buy presents for family members. Most kids are excited for things like this. Not, Owen. He was mad.

“I don’t want to go shopping. I won’t get to buy myself anything!”

Yep. Your right. You won’t. Again deal with it, Mister.

It wasn’t long before, Griffin, was done with breakfast.

He went in his room, and proceeded to take off the “back up belt”. Instead, he was going to wear his belt that is intended for church.

“No. You will scratch it, and then you won’t have a nice belt for church.”

“But this one doesn’t look very nice.”

“Exactly! That is why it is the back up belt!”

We managed to brush teeth, and comb hair without a problem. Wish I could say the same for the remainder of our morning. But I can’t.

No instead, we found ourselves with muddy school shoes.

Amazingly, his play shoes were in better shape than his school shoes. {Insert sarcasm here} Of course, they were cleaner! He didn’t wear them!

And now I am not even going to think about the church shoes that are covered in mud…that were brand new prior to yesterday. Nor am I going to think about the khaki pants that were also brand new prior to yesterday. And yes, are splattered with mud. Nope. Not going there. I will deal with that later.

“You’ll have to wear your play shoes. You can’t wear muddy shoes to school.”

With his not so nice belt, and his old shoes on, he was ready to head out the door.

“You don’t have your backpack. And how about your library books? Do you have those?”

“Oh! I forgot!”

These are the same books I reminded everyone to place in their backpacks yesterday…twice.

We finally made into the truck. And as far as I know we had everything. (Feel free to insert another tirade here, for I am certain I took full advantage of a captive audience as I drove.)

With, Griffin and Ruthie, off to school, I took, Owen, into his classroom. The same kid that didn’t want to go shopping and had informed me I pick out “yucky clothes”, remember?

His teacher greeted him with, “Oh look. You are wearing that cool shirt again!”.

And with that, he smiled, and headed off.

Only At My House,





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