Monday, November 2, 2009

Just like any other day...

Here's the Halloween pudding - chocolate cake with cobweb and green icing. Mr Stressy didn't like the green icing (just normal buttercream with food colouring!)

Mornings at our house are manic. Is ours the only home to have mad mornings? Well, I need to re-phrase both those last 2 sentences. My mornings are manic, Mr Stressy and boys have calm mornings.

Alarm goes off at 6.45. I get up and make a cup of tea while Mr Stressy goes back to sleep for 10 mins. I take tea upstairs then head straight back down to make the packed lunches. Mr Stressy has a shower, boys stir bleary eyed and come down to watch TV, raiding the biscuit tin on their way. I empty the washer and hang up the wet washing. Boys shout me to come and watch some funny thing on the telly. Put down wet washing and go to see some inane rubbish on the goggle box. Finish hanging washing up. Empty dishwasher and put pots away. Set up breakfast. Line up lunches ready for collection. Mr Stressy comes downstairs and complains that the condensation on the upstairs windows is very bad and can I please wipe them down as he is far too rushed.

He goes to work. I dry the windows. Eldest son goes into bathroom then heads back downstairs to torment brother. Much yelling and screaming, Peacekeeper Mum rushes downstairs to restore order. Having nearly won the Nobel Peace Prize, it's my turn to use the bathroom. Half way through shower, knock on door - eldest son needs money (don't they always?). Leave the peace of a shower and drip back downstairs to find cash. Dry hair, slap some make up on, get dressed, charge back downstairs, grab breakfast then leave for the relative peace of work.

It is no wonder I often arrive somewhat frazzled. Where am I going wrong? Answers on a postcard please.

12 comments:

dottycookie said...

I have no idea, but if you find out the answer please let me know. I am getting heartily sick of ruashing down the road to school at 8.40 and hearing the bell ringing ... And I get up at 6.30 so it isn't like I'm lounging about.

trashalou said...

May have suggested this before but suggest wide-ranging and repeated use of whip and chair to best effect to obtain assistance where required.

wonderwoman said...

i think you deserve a medal!!! its only when you write down what you actually do that you realise how blooming busy you are!!!


xx

Daisie said...

Shout, scream!! I lose count of the number of times I have to yell; put on your knickers, where are your shoes, have you got your book bag/lunch etc. Not sure that screaming helps but makes me feel somewhat better! When you work out the recipe for stress free mornings please let me know!
xxx

Anonymous said...

I'd be cutting out Mr Stressy's cuppa and handing him a cloth
jenny

Mary deB said...

Ah, we all went wrong somehow by not being gazillionaires with household help, by marrying people not named Mr Totally Capable, by having children who can be accused of acting childishly...

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

It sounds like a rubbish way to spend each morning - but what depresses me even more is I think that it perfectly describes poor Mr Locket's morning - not mine :o(

I am a bad, bad person.

Lucy x

Ali said...

It's much the same here. Though I do have hubby trained to bring me a cup of tea for when I emerge from the shower.

Cybèle said...

I haven't got the answer but if you send me your address I'll send you a postcard... I like getting postcards, makes a change from junk mail!
My mornings are manic too but it helps that the kids go on the bus at a very different time and that eldest (10) is happy to get herself ready, so all I need to do is make sure I make her lunchbox and am dressed to take her to the bus stop (she'd do that on her own too if I let her but I don't want to be utterly negligent ;-)

Moogsmum said...

My mornings are very similar - except Moogsdad makes the tea and would have been told to shove the window wiping cloth up his a**e! He's up and out early, which is the best way as when he's around my morning routine goes even more to pot!!
I have to say, a total morning TV ban worked for a while...although oddly enough it seems to have made a reappearance this week!
One of the best things about working from home is coming in from the school run to a calm quiet house.
xxx

Karen Lizzie said...

Sorry no postcard to answer on!

When my life was at the lunatic stage, I always made linch boxes the night before, I hated it, but it made my mornings easier. I also banned television unless children were breakfasted and fully dressed and ready for school. I tried to make sure school bags were packed the night before and everything left ready in the hall. Please don't be fooled in to thinking I have ever been organised and tidy, it was just without control in the morning my children would have not survived even till the age of ten!
School dinners, if you can afford them make life even simpler.

I too would have told Mr Stressy if he wanted windows wiped he would be doing his own!

Mornings are far too painful to have to do anything but the minimum.

Handmade in Israel said...

My son would LOVE that cake! I made him a martian cake for his birthday last week (see my blog if you are interested!). But more than that, I love your description of your mornings. Why do we all do it?? I make the sandwiches, breakfast, organise the school bags and make the beds... whilst my hubbie gets showered! Men huh?