And it begins….the kids are refusing to get up for school.


The kids won't wake up for school
It’s only the 3rd day of school, and they are already refusing to wake up.

Thursday was the first day of school for my kids, they were all excited to go back, and I was excited for the quiet. Unfortunately, their excitement didn’t last long. Here is it, Monday morning, day three of the school year, and I am greeted with “I don’t have any clean shorts” which is true, my oldes son only owns 2 pair of shorts, and he wore them over the weekend. It’s cold, so I told him that he must wear jeans, “I’m going back to bed.” Oh, no….no you are not. Get up!

Onto the girls room, I hear “Maegamawele” which surely meant, “It is too early to get up, let me sleep!” NOPE! Get UP!

Next stop; the kitchen. I need coffee! Starbucks Blonde Veranda Blend™, I pop a K-Cup into my Keurig, and place my cup in the appropriate spot, then head back to the girls room. I see that they have taken the baby’s blanket off of her, and she is shivering, but still asleep, so I cover her up with her blanket, and grab an extra. It is SO COLD in here! It is only September, it should not be this cold right now. Which means, my next mission is to close all the windows, which were open yesterday due to the extreme heat we had.

The boy as up, the girls are up, well, except for the youngest two who don’t have to be up at this ungodly hour. My next objective is hot chocolate for all the kids! I had some Cafe Escapes Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa from when they were giving away the 12 count boxes on their facebook page. I made 4 cups of chocolate for the kids, when my 2 year old must have smelled it and woke up. She came running “I want one!” so a 5th cup is made.

This is when I hear “I can’t find any clothes!” from my almost 7 year old daughter. What is she talking about!? We just bought her 12 brand new outfits for school, she has only worn 2 and wash was done. Sure enough, all of her clothes are missing from her dresser. I have no idea where they went, and it is too early to try to play detective right now. I am sure they are under her bed, or stuffed in another dresser, but right now, I just want to drink my coffee. I tell her to go brush her teeth and hair, and I will look for an outfit for her after I have had some coffee.

This is the point where I sit down and start writing about all of this, cause it is just too crazy not to share. My 7th grader heads out the door on his way to school, and I officially have 12 seconds of peace!

Freshly finished with my coffee, I head out in search of the clothes. Sure enough, they were stuffed in someone else’s dresser. I grabbed a cute long sleeve EdHardy’s shirt and long denim skirt and hand them to my daughter, when I see my 4 year old come out of her room wearing my 2 year old’s pants. I have not been able to figure out why, but she always gravitates toward my youngest daughter’s pants. Once again, I have to explain that if the tag says “T” it doesn’t belong to “J” and off she goes to find a pair of her own pants.

Now my 3 year old is up, and it is time for him to get ready as well, since we are all going to the school this morning to donate the 62 Lunch Bags, 10 backpacks, 4 Teacher Gift Baskets and 7 Teacher bags that we filled up with goodies. Plus, he has school at 1pm, so it wouldn’t hurt if he was ready to go a bit earlier. Of course, he now wants hot chocolate, but he is going to have to wait until we get back from dropping everyone off at school.

The girls seem to be ready, other than the fact that they haven’t yet brushed their hair. I take this time to give them a couple of cute things from A G.E.M. Creation, that I picked up at BlogHer.

We seem about ready for the day. Everyone is dressed and ready to go, except for my 2 year old, which means that I am now off in search of itty bitty clothes.

This is all in under an hour of waking….be happy you are not me.

Willow Stevens

Willow is a mother of six who begins to feel the empty nest, with faer oldest child living with his long-time girlfriend in another state, and the next three begin their talks about jobs and the excitement of college and living alone. Willow started couponing in 2007 to save their family some money on the grocery budget. That's how Freetail Therapy was born, so that fae could share their knowledge of saving money with others. Though the site has become so much more since then, and now includes homeschooling and homesteading info, Willow still does it all on a budget and shares how. Willow enjoys snagging freebies, snuggling with their dog, Xander, drinking decaf coffee, gardening, cannabis and of course, their large frugal family.

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