The Amazing Race to the School Bus

August 20, 2012

I rolled over, opened my eyes and looked at the clock.   I blinked several times and bolted upright.  Can that time be right? Is it really 7:20? This is not the way to start the school year off.

“Wake up! Wake up!  We have 5 minutes until the bus is here!” I shout as I run into the kids’ room turning on lights and throwing clothes at them.  “Get up! Put your clothes on!  We don’t want to miss the bus on the first day of school!”

Emma was first up, dressed and downstairs. She had her socks, shoes and backpack on and was waiting on her brothers in under two minutes.  Caleb and Ethan both came barreling down the stairs together, racing to see who would be first. 

We had one minute left and I was getting worried, “Drew! Are you coming? The bus will be here any minute!”

“I’m coming, I’m coming!” he said with that wonderful teenage attitude.  “Man, this is too early to be up.” He complained as he started getting on his shoes and socks.  Yes, this was a stark contrast to his sleeping-in-until-noon days of summer and he was not adjusting well.

I glanced out the window and saw the school bus at the neighbor’s house. “OK – it’s go time! The bus is here!” I announce as I try to brush each child’s hair a couple more times on their way out the door.

Caleb, Ethan and Emma marched out of the house and onto the bus but not before I snapped this quick picture of Emma and Ethan.  We usually take first day of school pictures of all four kids but this year I accepted the fact that I would have to settle for second-day-of-school pictures.

Drew was still getting his shoes on so I held up one finger to the bus driver signaling her to wait just a minute.  “Drew, she’s waiting on you!  Hurry up!!”  It’s a good thing we have a patient bus driver!

He grabbed his book bag and iPod and put his head phones in. “See ya mom!” he called as he walked out the door.  A couple strides with his long legs and he was on the bus.

As the bus drove away I sighed with relief amazed that they all actually made it. I looked around the living room to make sure there weren’t any missing items (or kids) left behind but luckily it was just the normal clutter and mess.

My husband and I were talking the morning’s excitement when he noticed I looked a little worried. “What’s wrong?” He asked.

“I feel bad that the kids didn’t get any breakfast.”  I confessed.

“Do you normally feed them breakfast?” he teased with a grin.

I laughed and replied, “Well, I at least try to give them an Oreo or a couple fish crackers on their way out the door!”

“They’ll be fine!” He assured me.  “Maybe we should eat some Oreos in their honor. Would that help?”

“Well, maybe. Chocolate does always make me feel better.” I admitted. “But tomorrow will be better. Tomorrow we are not going to oversleep and I will be a better mother and make sure the kids get something to eat.”

A new school year always brings challenges for kids, but the parents often have an even harder time adjusting. Of course, it’s great to have the kids back in school and not complaining “I’m bored” five hundred times a day but it can be stressful.

So, if you’re stressed out with the kids going back to school … have an Oreo or two. Or maybe you are celebrating the kids being back in school … have an Oreo or two.  Or maybe you are congratulating yourself for getting up, fixing a homemade breakfast and giving your kids the proper send off … have an Oreo or two (but don’t tell me about how perfect your morning went because that’s just mean).  Or maybe you are exhausted like my friend, Tiffany, who was woken up by her kids standing by her bedside at 4:45am : They were dressed, had fixed themselves breakfast, and had their shoes, socks and backpacks on all ready for school over 2 ½ hours before the bus was to arrive … if so, have an Oreo or two.  See the common theme here?

Here is my favorite first-day-of-school picture.  This was from 2009 and I love the look of mischief on Ethan’s face! I originally planned to blog about the first day of school 2012 and have a nice picture of all four kids to compare with this picture from 2009. Oh, well! Maybe next year!

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2 Responses to “The Amazing Race to the School Bus”

  1. Glenda Says:

    How precious they are, so very cute. What an amazing first day of school story. Certainly one you all won’t forget. Made me laugh! Keep writing of their and your situations!

  2. Linda Brock Says:

    You are a great mom. Relax and have an oreo!!


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