The first hour

May 6, 2012

Last week I took a break from making a list because I joined my friend Brenda for her book blog party. You should check out her new book Skewered Halo. It’s a fantastic read. I’m back to join the list master Stasha for Monday listicles. This weeks topic comes from Stacey of Mothering Moments and her new link up An Hour in a Day. And how cool is it that we can link up this post twice?

So, here goes, the first hour of my day from Monday through Friday… 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM.

1. 6:30 AM I get up, brush my teeth and wash my face.

2. 6:35 AM I sneak into the closet to get dressed.

3. 6:40 AM I start the shower for/ and wake up the boy and lay out his school uniform.

4. 6:45 AM I wake up middle daughter, lay out her uniform and remind her not to dilly-dally (is that a word?).

5. 6:50 AM I go downstairs and head straight for the Keurig and my morning cup of coffee. While that brews, I pack school snacks for the kids.

6. 7:00 AM Start preparing breakfast for the kids and make little one her apple juice. She will have snuck down by now.

7. 7:10 AM I sit for a few minutes, sip my coffee ( Ahhh, bliss.) and check FB, Twitter or my e-mail.

8. 7:15 AM The kids need reminding to finish up their breakfast, put on their shoes and get going.

9. 7:20 AM Little one decides she wants to ride with us so I rush upstairs to get her dressed.

10. 7:30 AM I usher the kids to the car, remind one or the other that it usually helps to have their back-bag on hand and drive to school.

There you have it, the first hour in my day. There is very little variation throughout the school year and we all have gotten used to the routine of it.


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  • Megan@MondayMorningMusings May 6, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Busy mornings! I can’t imagine having 3 kids to get ready.

    My 6:30-7:30 is very easy: I’m still asleep. My first hour is also very easy: drink 3 cups of coffee and try to open my eyes. Yup you guessed it, not a morning person 🙂

    How was your anniversary dinner, darling?

    • Susi May 6, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      I’m not much of a morning person either. I don’t talk much and don’t really get going until about 9 AM. Dinner was fantastic. We tried a new seafood place and it was just decadent. Very small and intimate restaurant… perfect for date night. After we had a drink at a beach bar/restaurant that we hadn’t been to since they renovated. It was great. 🙂

  • Runnermom-jen May 6, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    That sounds very much like our house during the school year, except my kids are usually doing some wrestling or fighting. Your house sounds a bit more relaxed 😉

    • Susi May 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Oh, some mornings are pretty bad… they do gripe at each other from time to time. I’m just grateful that they are used to the routine and don’t give me too much trouble about it.

  • Stacey May 6, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Dilly-dally is most definitely a word. I like the ease of a well-oiled routine and it looks like you have it down pat! Thanks for linking up!

    • Susi May 7, 2012 at 10:44 am

      That’s exactly what it is. A well-oiled routine. And thanks for having me. I had found your meme before and have been wanting to link up… this made it easy. i’ll be back!!! 🙂

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell May 6, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    What would we do without our morning caffeine to start the day? Can you even imagine?

    • Susi May 7, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Oh please, I don’t even want to think about it. I have to have my coffee…

  • Bruna (@beeswithhoney) May 7, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Your day doesn’t sound as stressful or tiring as some of the others. You’ve got a nicely organized crew! Dilly dally is indeed a word and if not, we know what you mean silly so don’t worry!

    • Susi May 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

      I’m glad to hear it. And I do like my routine so it doesn’t get stressful. 🙂

  • Stasha May 7, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Dilly dally better be a word cause it describes most of my son’s day perfectly!! Love reading this list and I could smell the coffee and feel the peace you enjoyed for those 2.7 minutes!

    • Susi May 7, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Yes, that first sip of coffee came quite in handy this morning. My middle daughter dilly-dallies all of the time. 🙂

  • Alison@Mama Wants This May 7, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Sounds incredibly organized! Mine is different most days, though the first hour is usually a little slower. But then, I have mommy brain and can’t really remember what happens 🙂

    • Susi May 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Ha ha ha… it’s only on school days. My weekend mornings are not that organized. And during the summers it differs, too.

  • Kate F. (@katefineske) May 7, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I love routine! It is the non-routine days that mess me up 🙂

    • Susi May 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

      I’m with you on that. If the school week routine gets thrown out of whack I always have a hard time keeping it straight!

  • Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms May 7, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Your morning sounds like clockwork, except for maybe the dilly-dallying. 🙂 And it just has to be a word, right? Ellen

    • Susi May 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

      It better be a word because i use it all the time. And yes, my mornings are like a well-oiled machine. I can’t function otherwise. 🙂

  • Colletta May 7, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Next year my youngest starts school. I don’t even want to think about trying to get two girls up and off to school!

    Here’s my list:


    • Susi May 7, 2012 at 9:38 am

      It’s not too bad. You’ll get used to it quickly. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again.

  • Katie E May 7, 2012 at 10:37 am

    It always amazes me how much we can pack into that first hour! Yours sounds busy.

  • Robbie May 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

    My mornings are quite similiar except instead of coffee I suck down a cold coca cola!

    • Susi May 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

      I could never to that… drink soda first thing in the morning. My friend’s mom always drank coca-cola. But I guess, as long as some caffeine gets into your system it doesn’t matter what form it has!!! 🙂

  • Sandra May 7, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    And yet someone else mentions the Keurig. I feel so left out. I’m not a coffee drinker but my brother has been raving about this Keurig…~pondering if I should give coffee drinking another try just so I can go out and buy one too~

    • Susi May 7, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      It’s a neat device and not just for coffee… they have teas, hot chocolate, latte and even apple cider. I also use it without the K-cups and just use the hot water for my tea. 🙂

  • RoryBore May 7, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Left Brain did a fantastic job at all the things you listed this morning.
    my own morning was rather less rushed.

    but now, I’ve dilly-dallied blogging too long while laundry awaits.
    see, totally a word – I even used it in a sentence 🙂

    • Susi May 7, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      That’s a relief. 🙂 Glad Left Brain let you ease into the morning.

  • Jackie May 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    The monotony of routine, so comforting and helpful!

    • Susi May 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      For sure. i need it in the mornings.

  • Yoli May 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I love how many of us check our email in the morning! 🙂

    • Susi May 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      It’s ingrained. Can’t go for too long without checking it.

  • paul May 7, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    You’re a trooper. I’m still trying to cope with the 40 minute break between waking up and having the first cup of coffee. I need mine injected directly into a vein before much of anything else happens. No dilly-dallying around with my caffeine fix. LOL

    • Susi May 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      It’s sheer laziness that makes me wait… I just don’t feel like going up and down the stairs a bunch of times!!! 🙂

  • Jennifer Worrell May 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Getting two ready is hard enough, but three? Confession: sometimes my little ones sleep in their clothes.

    • Susi May 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      My kids have fallen asleep with their clothes on and I won’t always change them. As long as they are not super filthy and sweaty I let it go.