The first morning back to school after any extended break is when I have the best shot at being an organized, on-the-ball Supermom. Today was no exception. I didn't linger in bed stupidly long after my alarm went off. I let the kids sleep until 8:00, figuring they probably needed it, but that it would be early enough that we wouldn't have to rush too badly to catch the bus at 9:00. Soren was, initially, terribly upset that he'd "overslept" (he's been getting up between 7:00 and 7:30 on his own for most of the school year so far), but I was able to coax him back into a good mood with just enough silliness.
Eleri has never been much of a morning person; more often than not, if our mornings are harried and chaotic, it's at least in large part because I've failed to rouse her from her bed early enough for everything to go smoothly. A minor disagreement or disappointment with regard to wardrobe (or acceptable options thereof) can set us back many unhappy minutes and put her in a foul temper for the rest of our time together before they're out of the house and on the bus. Today, though, was relatively drama-free. Everyone got up, dressed, fed, lunches made, teeth brushed, stuff gathered, hair done, and out into the frigid morning with smiles on our faces and with time to spare.
(The Friday before winter break, by contrast, had us sprinting for the bus. We nearly missed it. And I'm pretty sure Soren had run out of time to brush his teeth that morning. Hot Mess Express.)
So yes, the kids went back to school today, and Tom went back to work. The house was well and truly quiet, and even though I feel a little guilty saying it, it was glorious. Any morning I don't end up yelling at someone or running around like a lunatic is a pretty good morning, and today was downright lovely. Since my job went on hiatus in the fall, I've sometimes felt adrift and guilty about not doing enough with my days while the kids are out of the house, but a positive start to the morning set the stage fairly well for an overall productive day, catching up on laundry and errands and lectures in the Coursera class I'm taking. It was actually cold today, and I even saw a few little tiny snowflakes blowing around when I was coming home from the grocery store in the afternoon.
Anyway. I'm thankful for the good day, and hope tomorrow can be similarly productive and pleasant.