Getting back into the morning school routine after lazy summer mornings is challenging, especially when you have a kid (my not so sweet in the morning Lily) who is a big morning grump. My strategy for a successful morning is simple: get up early. I’m not exactly a morning person myself, but kids and life have forced me to embrace getting my butt out of bed before 6:30am. This isn’t even early for many people, but it is for me. If I can manage to get up at 6:15, I can do a “kick butt 30 minute” Jillian Michaels workout and take a shower before Lily even wakes up. Then I move into breakfast-making mode. Weekday breakfasts have to be quick, simple, and reasonably healthy. I try to avoid super processed breakfast cereals, although the kids occasionally force me to buy stuff like Maple Pecan Clusters and the like. However, with enough fruit and a little honey, the kids will eat—and sometimes even request—things like Weetabix or oatmeal. Today, we had oatmeal with strawberries, bananas, a little brown sugar and half and half (decadent!). I love oatmeal. You can quickly cut up some fruit while microwaving a bowl of Coach’s Oats (the kids’ favorite oatmeal) and get that breakfast assembly line going. My 10-year old can make his own bowl of oatmeal, which gives me time to slap on some under-eye concealer and brush my hair. Every minute counts in the morning.
In order for me to survive the morning rush, I have to pack lunches the night before. Last night I made lunches to order: the kids wanted peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches instead of the lovely avocado, carrot and ham roll-ups that I already had in the fridge (no problem: those went to Daddy). They also wanted lots of fruit, so I packed pink lady apple slices, strawberries and our very own home grown cherry tomatoes.