5:35 AM. That’s what time Kole decided we needed to start our day this morning. I was ok with it because Kenny was in LA for meetings and it was all up to me to get the three kids ready and out the door by 7:30. Ellie had her Thanksgiving Performance so I wanted to spend a bit longer than usual on her hair. Addison woke up next and she was in a mood. Ten seconds with Addison first thing in the morning will tell you exactly how your morning is going to roll. She wanted to wear her too small brown pants. Where were they? Oops — goodwill last week. Spent 30 minutes letting us all know how unhappy she was about that. Meanwhile, I’m running circles trying to get girls dressed, hair done, Kole fed, breakfast made, start a load of laundry with the one pair of pink pants that is acceptable for Addison to wear as soon as they are clean, lunch packed, me ready, kids all loaded in the car – it’s humid and cold – grab jackets for girls and a blanket for Kole. Buckle everyone in. The girls have 7 dolls piled in the car on their laps. For the love. I can’t even see their seat belts. Give my standard “ONE FRIEND EACH IN THE CAR!” lecture. Pull 5 dolls back out of the car and run them inside. Kole is getting fussy and needs a nap. Grab his binkie and a toy. Back in the car. Forgot Ellie’s lunch. Back in the house. Make sure I have Kole’s stroller. Back in the car. Purse? Back in the house. Grab purse and cell phone. Back in the car.
10 minutes later we’re at the school. Unload all three kids and jackets, lunch box, back pack, stroller, purse, binkie, toy, blanket. Walk Ellie to her class. Humidity is awful. Two minutes outside and Ellie’s perfectly straight hair that I spent 15 minutes on is turning into a frizzy mess. Addison’s bandage on her foot is sliding off while she walks and she is BAWLING about her owie hurting. Kole is beyond tired and he starts crying. Ellie is running 6 feet ahead of me. I can’t handle Addison’s whining so I throw her on my back. Drop Ellie off at class and walk back to my car – getting really frustrated with Addison at this point — “I want my daddy!” she screams. Feeling’s mutual. Go home and get Kole fed and down for a nap. Put Addie’s pants in the dryer and calm her down. Get the camera and video camera out to charge. Clean up the breakfast mess in the kitchen. Wake Kole up from his nap. Pack bottle, formula, toys, binkie, diapers, wipes, purse, snacks, water, camera. Fix my hair which is also a frizzy mess thanks to our lovely humidity. Load two kids back in the car and head back up to the school for Ellie’s Thanksgiving Performance.