The kids are back home with me, so I start a little earlier in the morning so that I can be all ready to go, then be free to help them get ready for school. Graham has been setting his alarm for around 6am, and then gets himself up and usually wanders in to find me. Setting his own alarm has saved us a lot of troubles in the morning - he has told me that he thinks it's easier to get up that way than to have me coming in to try and wake him up. We sometimes race to see who can get dressed first - he usually wins :)
This morning was no different. He was ready to go have breakfast before I was, and so he's been heading out to the kitchen to get started on it himself. So, so proud of how independent and responsible he has been. I give myself a once-over in the mirror in my bedroom to make sure everything looks ok. The kids aren't super helpful about telling me if something looks good or not - they say I look great no matter what I come out in (LOVE that about them!)
Getting Ellie up and going is a little more work, and agreeing on what she will wear is another challenge I face every morning. Today she vetoed every dress I suggested, but seemd ok with the pants and shirt I pulled out. We eventually all wander to the kitchen for breakfast - lately Graham has been hooked on what we used to call "raisin rounds" when I was growing up. Ellie prefers cereal with raisins, and sometimes has a cup of yogurt along with that. We also read over the lunch menu and Graham decides if he wants to eat at school or pack a lunch. Today I packed lunch for him and one for myself too.
We try to be in the car and ready to go at 7:30, which usually gets us to school just as the first bell is ringing and the kids are allowed to walk to class. I will sometimes go with Graham if there is something in his bag I want to make sure gets turned in. I've learned it's easier to send Ellie on her own way to class and promise to check in on her in a little bit. She's much less whiny and more independent when she's on her own. Today I helped G get his lunch in the bin, and then eventually made my way to Ellie's class as I had an observation to do in there anyhow.
After spending a little time at GIlham this morning, I headed to the middle school to finish up with the testing I started yesterday. I also had to fax a form to a doctor and learned how to use the new copier as a fax machine. I'm a little bit "fax impaired" and have the hardest time with those machines. Having it be part of the new copier seems to make it a little easier, but I was stumped at first. I tried on my own, but eventually had to ask for help to get it done.
I ate lunch while looking through emails - leftover pizza is one of my favorite cold lunches :) I'm always happy to get some time to have a lunch.
I had a long and difficult meeting this afternoon, so I was very ready to grab the kids and head home. Ellie always runs to get the mail, and today there was mail in there for both of them.
They got some awesome Halloween cards from Grandma Chery and Pa-Paw and they went right to work on the projects that each card had inside. Ellie's had stickers to decorate a sparkly pumpkin - when she was done she wanted to hang it on the bulletin board BY HERSELF!
Graham was busy cutting out bones and putting those together to make a fun skeleton.
While they were working on their cards, I was busy making their most favorite dinner of all time - Mac & Cheese (in the blue box....as if there is any other kind?!) I think they'd eat this stuff every night if you let 'em!
After dinner we changed gears and went back to school for Graham's first bball practice of the season. It was short notice, so only about half of the team was there. G had a great time and so far I'm really impressed with the parent that offered to coach the team. Looking forward to another great season where he can learn and work on developing some basic skills.
And who wouldn't love a coach that helps you "slam dunk" the ball!
I was was watching Graham practice, but also had my computer there so I could work on a few things. Ellie used the time to play on the iPad. Once we got home it was time to get ready for bed. Ellie insisted that she had to work on her sight words, and sat down on the couch on her own to do just that! So proud of that girl for all of the hard work she's putting into her homework.
We got through the bedtime routine, read our book, got everyone tucked in, and then I chatted with Kenny before getting to work on documenting my day.
Sometimes Sammie will sit in the chair with me. Sometimes I'll grab a handful from my not-so-secret stash of Fritos. And sometimes I fall asleep in my chair in the middle of whatever I'm doing. That's exactly what happened tonight :)