It's been the busiest back to school week that I can remember since I was PTA President when Dale was in fifth grade! I climbed into bed last night at 12:45 and said out loud, "I didn't blog!" Really and truly, I expect things will settle down now that we are getting back onto our routine. Our routine... shoot me! Here's the morning schedule...
3:55 ~ Doug's alarm wakes us up.
4:40 ~ Doug's morning goodbye kiss wakes me up again.
4:55 ~ My girls alarm wakes me up so that they can get up and start doing their hair
5:30 ~ My Quayd alarm wakes me up to make sure he's up for his turn
5:55 ~ morning prayer
6:00 ~ We all load up and I take the kids to school for Q&G's early morning Seminary class this trimester (We're carpooling with the B's, so not every morning do I have to drive. Those mornings, I don't have to get dressed)
6:55 ~ ZJ's bus arrive
7:00 ~ I go back to sleep until 8:30
Right now, it's not so bad to have so much activity in "the middle of the night" because it's not pitch dark outside. When the time changes and winter comes, it's literally "the middle of the night". I'm not a huge fan of them going to school so early in the mornings, but we will survive! I was talking with an Idahoan a few days ago. They go 8-4, Monday through Thursday and have no school on Fridays. That sounded pretty nice!
Our evening schedule is so much easier! Doug goes to bed at 8 and the kids all follow shortly thereafter because they are exhausted. Quayd's working after school some nights, so this will be interesting. It's always a busy few hours before bedtime and then I wind down until midnight. I'm working on a 10:30 curfew for myself, but I say that every year and manage to make it to bed that early about five times a year. A night person, I will always be, Im afraid.
With this extra early schedule, I took one fast picture of everyone and we were off. It was too dark to do the pix on the front step like we've done every year for a decade. But, here's this years "First day of School" pix.
Quayd's a Junior this year! OH MY! What a boy! This year, he's working as a bagger at our local store, saving his money for his mission. which is less than two years away. He's started dating and "hanging out" with his "Bros". He's tall! I mean TALL! Almost six feet! He eats seven cheeseburgers, 17 pieces of pizza, 9 pieces of three inch thick french toast and a bag of Doritos or box of Wheat Thins in one sitting. He's a growing boy! He hates ketchup or tomatoes of any kind, other than pizza sauce. He's composes musical scores to life and is always humming some dramatic music to wash dishes, clean his bathroom or while he draws. He's passed his drivers test, but never gotten his license and doesn't seem to be in any big hurry. He's still not sure what he wants to do "when he grows up" and we're just fine with that because right now, he's just focusing on graduating and preparing for his mission. He still kisses his mom goodbye, good morning and hello every time he comes and goes. He'll tell you that his dad is his best friend and hero. They really are great friends and fun to watch together. Quayd makes us laugh all the time! We are so proud of this boy! Oh! Did I mention that he is LOUD!?
Grace is a sophomore! Help us all! She's four months away from dating. She reads and reads and reads all the time and has a love for learning. She loves clothes and jewelry and makeup and hairstyles! Oh, and texting. She's quiet and timid and has mastered the art of "eye-rolling". She doesn't need to say a word because the eyes say it all! She's our head cookie baker and has taken over my job of seeing to it that the cookie jar is rarely empty. Grace tries really hard to live close to the Spirit. Her gentle nature is admirable. She has a beautiful voice, loves choir and sings while she does the dishes. Grace started Drivers Ed. this trimester. YIKES! She is my assistant laundress and does a great job ironing for extra money. Grace wants a "real" job more than anything and can't wait to be sixteen so she can A. Date and B. work. She's a great saver and a great shopper. She loves the mall and Pinterest! Grace loves words. She keeps a journal of new words that "strike her fancy. We love this girl!
ZJ is in eighth grade this year. She's amazing! ZJ cooks and cleans and organizes and leads us all. She's got the cleaning OCD, for sure. She's not afraid to speak her mind or stand for what she believes in. She really wants to be home-schooled so that she can "keep me company every day." (Or is it go out for lunch with me every day?) We are close friends. She's all about modesty! ZJ isn't anxious to wear make-up, but she could spend all day doing her hair. She's a reader and loves playing piano. She is my "RIGHT" arm. She is so demonstrative. ZJ can tell a story in the most animated way. We love to hear her tell stories and she can mimmick any voice or accent, it's hysterical. She loves her nerd glasses! (No, they aren't real!) She is a comedian and she makes us laugh all the time! Oh my gosh, we love having her in our home every day!
Here they are after school...Quayd will be getting ready for work after his nap. (That's my earring on his shirt. He fell asleep while playing with it.) The girls are looking for a cookie recipe on my iPad. The gallery is the happening place after school!
Having three teens in the house this year will mean lots of noise, lots of laughs, sometimes some drama, sometimes chaos and most of the time fun! It's going to be a great school year!
Life is good!