The girls were excited the first morning of school. They woke up up with a little coaxing, got themselves ready an were ready for the bus a few minutes early. When they got home, they talked to me and sounded (moderately) excited about their days.
The 4th day of school is a slightly different story. The girls are still adjusting to the new schedules, and are having a hard time falling asleep after sitting all day, learning new things and getting used to new experiences. My plan was to bring them to the pool after school, but neither girl likes that idea, and with the pool closing at 7pm, there really isn’t enough time. So, they are up and down and wandering around the upstairs until all hours– its almost like they are toddlers again.
Which, of course, makes mornings more difficult. They have both started setting alarms, which is great. Neither one wakes up to the alarms, though, which is not so great. Especially since they want to wake up SUPER early so they have time to get everything ready in the morning. And then they complain both that I am waking them up too early, and that it is too early for them to be awake. Typically, there is also at least one (per girl) complaint that I have not woken them up early enough.
Homework (yes, already!) takes extra reminding and prodding. They do not understand why they can’t talk to their friends and play games before they get their work done. I have homework of signing reams of papers, making daily trips for new school supplies, subscribing to the new teacher blogs and double checking to see what “extra” things their teachers have requested for the classrooms.
Throw in efforts to get them to eat balanced dinners at a reasonable hour, actually showering before bed, and brushing both hair AND teeth in the morning before leaving… it makes me miss summer. My prayers during the day include pleas for all of us to settle into our routines, please don’t let me spend all our waking hours together yelling at or nagging them, and please, please, please send me a sign if/when they truly need an exorcism.