Last week, we had a hectic, crazy morning. I was not finished getting ready before my kids had to be up and as a result I was running very late! I had to be to work and take my kids to daycare. We were rushing around, couldn't find shoes, couldn't find my stuff. I was yelling at my kids to get this, and do that. It was so stressful that on the way to town, I felt defeated. I felt like a failure. I hate starting my mornings that way knowing it'll be a long day before I see my kids again.
There are a couple areas that I need to improve. The first would be my own morning routine. My dream morning is to get up around 530, exercise for at least 15 mins, drink a cup of coffee while reading my bible, get my shower and be completely ready- dressed, hair and make up done- before getting the kids up so that my focus can them be on them. This, however, rarely happens. I am usually able to get a couple things done but not everything. I either work out or read my bible but struggle with doing both. Probably because I do not get right out of bed at 530. I did the Proverbs 31 study through goodmorninggirls.org this summer and will be starting a study on Colasions in a couple weeks. I hope to have things down more consistently by then. Working out is something I struggle with because I don't enjoy it, but I know its important. I prefer getting it done in the morning before my shower since I don't like being sweaty ;) I've played with the idea of working out and showering at night to give myself more time in the morning but then theres my hair and I really enjoy my morning shower. This routine is something I'll continue to tweak until I can find something that works.
The other are is having my kids prepared. School starts next week and I need to be more organized in getting them ready. The morning after our hectic morning, my day off, the girls and I sat down and talked about how to make our mornings more smooth. It was nice to solve a problem together. We decided to have shoes and clothes picked out the night before and ready to go. I usually have their clothes laid out but we seem to constantly be missing a shoe! We talked about having backpacks ready also. I think we came up with some great ideas! Now, we just have to put them into practice.
Hopefully, with lots of prayer, our mornings will see an improvement in September!