Annabel had a lovely orientation day — she was slightly nervous but appeared more excited. I attended the last Zoom orientation session so have a bit of an idea what the year has in store for all 3 kids.
We had a family meeting last night about the morning routine.
We asked the kids what time they thought they should wake up in order to leave the house by 7:30.
G: Uhhhh . . . 5:30?
We settled on 6:40, since their clothes are laid out and getting ready doesn’t take too much time for them (and sometimes too much extra time backfires).
Then we asked about bedtime, and what seemed reasonable to allow for this 6:40 wakeup. (The summer wakeup time has been more like 7:00 – 7:15, though some days at least one kid is up earlier)
G: 5:30? (her stock answer apparently)
We then told them 8:00 for G (upstairs at 7:30, bed at 8), 8:30 for A&C (upstairs at 8, reading until 8:30). THEN we proceeded to miss this deadline entirely on day 1, but I think G was at least in bed by 8:30 and the other two shortly afterwards.
This morning I hope things go smoothly! Their clothing bins (downstairs) and now reorganized to include uniforms in one bin for each kid, and I think actually setting out the entire day’s outfit the night before does pay off (and our nanny had the idea of doing this!). I took breakfast “orders” last night though only one kid committed.
AND, Josh’s case was cancelled (#covid) so he is driving the kids. The best part about this one-drop-off scenario is that most days, Josh or I can take them. This leaves our nanny’s schedule more flexible so she can help with nights the kids have activities.
I also decided to play with a new daily layout to celebrate the season. Shown below is a kitlife undated daily that I purchased for review (okay, and to play with).
Kitlife planners are known for their low price points and wellness focus. I have to say, for $25 I was impressed (currently on sale for $20). The rings are not quite as heavy duty as say EC, but the paper is decent and the layout is incredibly functional for me.
Okay off to get a jump on my workout so I can help the morning go smoothly (I will likely get ready after everyone else leaves, since I don’t need to be at work until the luxurious hour of 8:30).