Mornings are often chaos in our house with 4 children to get up, dressed, fed and on the way to school.
We run on a fairly tight schedule because we have to. If one thing goes wrong, and one part of our routine is delayed, then the next thing gets held up and so on, and so on. The end result is usually something important gets forgotten (lunch, PE kit, homework, musical instrument) and ends up with me being very grumpy.
The major change to our routine this school year has been DD1 starting Secondary School. She needs to catch a bus to the train station, then get the train to school but doesn’t like walking to the bus stop when it is dark and raining. It’s only a 10 minute walk, but I have taken pity on her this winter, and provided she is quick and helpful in the mornings , I have been running her down to the bus stop in the car.
Of course, this takes time and has necessitated some changes in our original schedule. The other children have to get up a bit earlier and move a bit faster to get their bits done before we go. But we’ve all adjusted and now have the new routine down pat. Except when it’s been cold enough over night for things to freeze.
It’s happened so infrequently this year that I always get caught on the hop when it happens. We come charging out the door, bundle into the car ready to race for bus and are presented with a windscreen thick with frost. Bummer.
So we sit there for 5 minutes with the defrosting program on high and the wipers going, until we have enough vision to make it safe to drive. All the while hoping we don’t miss the bus and have to chase it down. This hasn’t happened yet.
Roll on Spring proper and mornings light enough so that DD1 can make her own way to the bus stop again.
For more Morning inspired photos, check out this week’s Gallery over at Sticky Fingers.