Thursday, September 07, 2006

new routines

It's amazing how much you can tell about your kids' personality with how they react to change.

Big sis has been going to her new school for over a week now and so far so good. She's loving it. Made some new friends, joined the school's running club, keeping herself organized and on top of all her work. Hope this keeps up! And can you tell how very proud I am of her? Not only is she adaptable but a gogether too.

The twins started 3 days ago. This is their third and final year at this pre-school. Next year they go into Grade 1 at another school. So they are the oldest and know their way around. They get to stay all day now. They were SO excited to go back. They've been getting up way too early every morning filled with anticipation. They literally run into the school every morning without even a good-bye to ole' mom. What a change from 2 years ago when they had to be pried off my legs on those first days and I would then go sit in my car and ball my eyes out.

Baby boy's best friend didn't come back (a surprise to me) but he's OK with that. He just told me that he'll just have to play with other kids. A very easy-going young boy. Baby sis still has her best friend there. Which is a good thing, otherwise she wouldn't talk at all. Even though she talks a lot at home and is actually the dominating one out of the two, she's been getting quieter and quieter in social situations. She even tells me ahead of time before we go somewhere that she won't talk to anyone. So at school, she only talks to this one girl. Which is not really a good thing. Makes me sick with worry on what will happen next year when she goes to a new school with new people. Ah well, let's hope one extra year will give way to extra maturity.

And me? Well, as I said all along, when they would be back to school, I would start to take care of myself. So I've been making a conscious effort to eat better, plan our meals more and have been going to the gym every morning after dropping the twins off. Yep, every single muscle of mine is sore today. But its a good thing. And after the gym, I've allowed myself to go visit a few new stores in the area or have a leisurely coffee with myself and a book before heading back home to laundry, dishes, ya know, housework. I have a gazillion little projects in mind. Of course, there will never be enough time to do it all.

One big change in all these new routines is that I have to get up early. As in earlier than used to for quite a while. Have to get up at 6:30 to get breakie and lunch ready for big sis who leaves at 7:10. Then hubby comes down for his breakie and leaves by 8 and then its the twins turn and we are out of here by 8:30. And then evening routines all had to be altered. Earlier bedtimes for everyone, including myself or else I can't cope come 4 o'clock.

All in all, just new routines for our family. Just a matter of getting used to them.


mommaobrienx7 said...

It all sounds like it is going well. I'm glad your children are off to a good start to the school year. And CONGRATS to you for sticking with your exercise goals. I wish I had that willpower. I have unused yoga stuff sitting under my bed! I'm with you on the rising early being difficult. We have to get up at 5:30 cause the kids catch the bus at 6:30. UGH! Not fun.

nancy said...

Sounds like everything is going very smoothly for you all. And I am so excited for YOU, actually getting to the gym...hurrah! You can be my inspiration, ok?

Silver Creek Mom said...

Awww MAN...I haven't even got to the gym yet. Next week is pay week and I've asked My Hubby to set aside the money. I'm proud that your taking the time foryourself. I'm still getting used to the routine and Nathan is still fighting routine.

Grant you I like my quiet mornings.

I'm sure baby Girl will talk and this is just a phase. She talked to me on Sunday. And I'm somebody. (I think) ;)

I'm glad baby Boy and big sis are loving school. Nathanis still gettin used to it all and is having nightmares. SIGH. Every night at least 20 min of crying.

When can we have coffee? I would love to just sit and chat with you.


kate5kiwis said...

i am so inspired by your gym mornings.. i am trying to be good pushing weights at home.. ah, such a procrastinator... but at least to do *some* days, better than *none*.....

kate5kiwis said...

oh, and i'm so glad that big-girl is lovin her new world :o)