Sunday, August 29, 2010

A change in the weather

The temperature at the beginning of the week was hot. I couldn't even imagine how we were going to handle going to bed early, waking early, and going to school with the temperature on condusive to swimming. I was nervous about the schedule, nervous to babysit my new little girl, nervous about waking early and just sad to see the kids go.

Now the air is cool and it seems like it is getting dark so much earlier. We wore sweaters to church today and put on jeans and sweatshirts after church. We might have to turn on the heater tonight. We have begun to look forward to fall. I think my fall decorations will come out tomorrow. I think school is going to go well. Ali has the teacher I wanted and now Ashling does too. I guess belonging to a community for awhile tends to help you get the teachers you like.

Our routine is working. Emily arrives early at 6:00 am. She watches a movie while I run. The kids get up at 6:30 by Daddy and clean their room and make their bed. Their clothes are chosen the night before so there are no fights or complaints in the morning. They even find their socks before bed. We do hair and then once ready assend the stairs for breakfast. The girls pack their lunches with a little help. (One snack, one main item, one fruit, one treat, one drink, one water bottle.) When I drop them off Annika and I have 3 1/2 hours to ourselves. We clean, play, walk, and enjoy our time together. Ashling and Emily get picked up after lunch and they play for 1 1/2 and then read with me. I pick Ali up and take Emily home. Another snack, playtime, soccer, homework, chores, and preparing dinner take up the afternoon. Then we eat, shower, and get in bed. I think I can handle it.... The best part is the 2 1/2 hours Cameron and I have together before we go to bed.

I think it is good that we have such a good routine for the week down. Our Sunday routine just got harder. Cameron was called to be ward clerk. I am sure he will do great but I will miss sitting with him in church. I will miss him coming home after church. Hopefully we can figure out a new routine to help.

I feel adjusted to fall and excited for the routine, for the predictability, for the fast pace. I can't wait to see the leaves change and for the first snow to fall.