An arctic blast is sweeping the US this week, and our travel plans played to our advantage. We headed south - to western New Jersey where this morning it was a tropical 8 degrees compared to our own western Massachusetts' 1.
We had promised to babysit the EGGs, our clutch of grandboys so named because of their first initials.
Our daughter was much, much smarter. She left early this morning to join her husband for the last four days of his business trip in Puerto Rico.
The schedule for the morning as it was related to me:
10 year-old will jump up on his own at 6:30.
5 year-old will need to be cajoled up at the same hour.
12 year old will blissfully sleep until 7:30, when the first two go, since he leaves later. I was warned that he might need a fair amount of supervision to get his morning self out of the door at 8:15.
Everyone was up and bouncing around from bedroom to bedroom at 6:25.
10 year-old, as expected, was chugging along right on schedule.
He was dressed and downstairs by 6:35.
This was probably since, as he informed me, he'd been up since
5:00. He pretty much keeps track of when everything should
happen and where everyone should be at all times, so he was
likely making sure Mom got out the door for 5:15.
5 year-old was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and cheerfully dressed
himself and bopped downstairs by 6:40.
12 year-old, the one who usually needs reminders, motivating
speeches, and brass bands before he's in his clothes, was smiling
and downstairs by 6:45. He even allowed me to talk him out of
his original ensemble of shorts with only microscopic resistance.
We got some form of breakfast in everyone, lunch money handed out, water bottles filled, back packs gathered and everyone to their various bus stops on time.
(I'm sure there's no need to mention to Mom anything about 7 AM video games or that I caved and let the kindergartener leave with his gloves in his pockets instead of on his hands. . . . )
Naps for sleep deprived grandparents.
Everyone home from school
Play date for 5 year old.
Possible friend over for 10 year old
Basketball practice for 12 year old.
And finally -
E's come a long way in his reading skills. I wonder if he'll read me a bedtime story since I may be in bed before him.