6:45 a.m. - Surferman tells me to get out of bed. He's on his way out the door to usher at church. He knows I need to get moving to get what I need to do done. I roll to his now cool side of the bed. I want to be at church by 8 a.m.
7:05 a.m. - I look at the clock and think I really should get out of bed. I want to be at church by 8 a.m.
7:10 a.m. - I look at the clock and think I really, really should get out of bed. I want to be at church by 8 a.m.
7:12 a.m. - Bathroom stop. Kitchen stop. Ugh! Surferman didn't have time to make coffee before he left.
7:13 a.m. - Opened Grom's bedroom door to find him sitting on his bed. He looks at me seriously and says he's not ready for talking. Then he turns away from me, fold his hands and begins to pray for his "baby" monkey and then for himself. He prayed that he would have patience today, that things would go smoothly and we would be blessed by a good day. Mop my melted heart up off the floor. I want to be out of the house by 8 a.m.
7:15 a.m. - Grom goes to the bathroom. I dig through a laundry basket for clean pants for him and gather up his clothes. After much pushing of the belly button "button" and several "battery" changes - he is finally dressed. I only get cross 23 times and threaten a spanking once.
7:20 a.m. - Sippy cup of warm milk (Grom is particular and coddled) prepared. Vitamins placed on the floor so Grom the dog can eat his "treats". He goes down to my parents apartment to watch some Little Einsteins before church.
7:23 a.m. - More bathroom time. Still no coffee.
7:28 a.m. - Get me dressed. I didn't have to dig through any baskets of clothes. VICTORY!
7:31 a.m. - Wake up Gigi. Help her get her support hose on. Find a Christmas outfit for her to wear to church with my parents.
7:35 a.m. - Remember I have things to prep for Sunday School. I stopped teaching Sunday School and now I remember why - the Sunday morning making a big "Jesus Star" to attach to a pool noodle for the kids to follow around the room. No one has had breakfast yet, but I got the star made and found the necessary baby oil for the craft project. Aluminum foil is my friend. I want to be at church by 8 a.m.
7:45 a.m. - Gather stuff up that needs to go to church. Purse - check. Big Jesus Star - check. Laptop computer (I work at church and if I don't take it, I'll need it) - check. Baby oil - check. Sweater - check.
7:55 a.m. - Get to my parents room just before Little Einsteins is ending. Grom gets 2 minute warning. I want to leave the house by 8 a.m.
7:56 a.m. - Put together a tray for Gigi's breakfast. At least someone around here is eating breakfast.
7:58 a.m. - Grom walks into the house. Fight (I won) with him about using the potty before we leave. Find him a jacket and Momo. Belt Grom (into his car seat) and bring purse, baby oil, computer bag and Big Jesus Star out to car. I want to leave the house by 8 a.m.
8:00 a.m. - Pat knees and prepare to blast off as I pull out of the driveway.
8:01 a.m. - Realize that I don't have Grom's bag with change of clothes in case of an accident. Realize I never had a cup of coffee. Realize Grom and I didn't get breakfast.
8:02 a.m. - Tell Grom he can't have an accident today. He tells me we'd better turn around and go get his bag.
8:10 a.m. - Pull into Albertson's. Bagels for everyone and a VENTI 1/2 caff, upside down, extra Hot Carmel Machiato for me.
Good thing that church doesn't start until 9:30 a.m.