I wanted to do a post about a typical day, so I took some pictures of the kids a couple of times during out morning routine a while ago. I was glad I did, because our morning routine changed quite a bit shortly afterwward.
Rob was working four 10's, so he would go in early and get off early, and he had Fridays off. I worked from 9 - 5:30, so the kids and I had a couple of hours together every morning and I would drive the carpool to school.
Erin would get up and would be dressed and making her bed right as I was finishing getting ready for the day, so I would help her with her hair. Then she'd start practicing piano while I got Robbie up. He would be ready when Erin finished piano, and we'd sit down to read scriptures together.
After that, it was time for breakfast, usually cold cereal. But sometimes we'd have cinnamon toast, and sometimes I'd make eggs. Their favorite was mornings when I needed to run to the store for something. They loved this because it meant they could get donuts for breakfast! Yay for an unorganized mom!
After breakfast & brushing teeth, they would "do their writing". We have them write their spelling lists every morning - it's good practice for spelling and it helps their handwriting! Robbie also works on his Rocket Math, and if they have to work on memorizing any poems, they practice those, too.
If they got their boring stuff done quickly, they had time to play before we had to leave for school. For Erin, this was mostly messing with the cat, checking her e-mail, drawing, or listening to music.
Robbie dawdled a little more, so he didn't always have much time for playing. But he usually played with Legos. Erin's best friend and her twin brother would get dropped off at our house shortly before we had to leave, so the girls would do girl stuff together and the boys would try to annoy the girls.
Then we'd pick up two more kids and drive to school. I'd wait for the crossing guard to get them, and then head to Mesa for work. This picture is from last year, but this is all our little carpool buddies crossing the street wtih Mr. Glen. They're all good kids.
Now I have a new job, and I have to leave much earlier in the morning, so Rob changed his schedule around and it's his turn to have mornings with the kids. I miss it, but it's a good job, and I get home a little earlier in the evening now. I'm glad Rob gets a turn to have mornings with the kids - it's a good way to start the day.