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Getting out of the house in the morning, well, it looks a little something like this:

Roll out of bed. Throw on some clothing. usually yoga pants and a tshirt.

Pour Isabella a bowl of cereal.

Wake Josh up.

Wake Josh up.

Wake Josh up.

Fight with Emily about what she’s going to eat for breakfast.

Pour Isabella a second bowl of cereal.

Wake Josh up again.

Fight with Isabella about what she is going to wear.

Give up fighting (picking my battles, yo!) and allow her to wear a dress. AGAIN.

Wake Josh up again.

Wake up Josh again.

Brush Emily’s hair.

Make lunches.

Physically drag Josh out of bed; spray him with water.

Remake lunches because no one liked them the first time.

Pour Josh a bowl of cereal.

Let Indiana out.

Dress Josh while he’s eating his cereal.

Pour Josh a second bowl of cereal.

Fight with Isabella to get her shoes on.

Fight with Josh to get his shoes on.

Put Indy in his crate.

Set the alarm.

Get us out the door.


Want to weep the entire way to camp.

Want to weep the entire way home from camp.

Want to weep for not having this in my hands.

BUT! I have started doing something fantastic!

I bought a travel mug AND a box of All-Bran bars.

Instant breakfast. Which, I assure you, keeping me from weeping and makes it a little nicer for everyone around me. Trust me.

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  1. Morning for me is tip-toe, quiet, quiet, be vewwwwy quiet…or else the kids will hear me getting ready for work, thunder downstairs, and want me to do unreasonable, social things like interact with them and pour them cereal.

    Friday school begins. Then all bets are off. I think this year I may get a bugle!

    Comment by daysgoby on August 31, 2010
  2. And I…just checked the rules and I don’t qualify. Sigh.

    Hey, cereal people? Moms in Canada have hellish mornings too.

    Comment by daysgoby on August 31, 2010
  3. Well my mornings consist of me hoping the kids stay asleep long enough for me to shower and get ready for work. Then attempt to put on my makeup while the baby tries to eat it and empty out my makeup bag, oh and all while listening to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. And then just as I’m sneaking out the front door my daughter wakes up crying that I didnt give her a hug&kiss. After she gets her billion hugs and kisses she starts whining that she wants milk but her daddy cant get for her only me. So I end up being late to work for the 3rd time that week!
    .-= krystal´s last blog ..krisy0987- hmm since i cant get into my email im putting this here for myself later http-wwwfeelslikehomeblogcom-2009-04-zucchini-bake- =-.

    Comment by krystal on August 31, 2010
  4. I love that your dog’s name is Indiana!

    “Don’t call me Henry, I like Indiana!”
    “Indiana was the DOG”

    Awesome. For real.

    .-= Hamlet’s Mistress´s last blog ..One of the boys… =-.

    Comment by Hamlet's Mistress on August 31, 2010
  5. My morning looks something like two zombies bumbling around the apartment bumping into each other/the walls/the cats, heh.
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..Phoning It In =-.

    Comment by Anne on August 31, 2010
  6. I’m so jealous you actually have to wake up a kid. Mine wake me up really, really early. I, too, have the lunch box battle, but nothing gets in the way of making my travel mug of coffee for the 20 minute drive each way to school.

    Comment by Laurin on August 31, 2010
  7. I grab a protein bar!
    kmassman gmail

    Comment by Kelly Massman on August 31, 2010
  8. Greek yogurt~

    Comment by sara on August 31, 2010
  9. I try to be quiet as to not instantly wake the baby so i can have my morning coffee before he wakes up. If we are in a rush I love to grab a Natures Path toaster pasty especially the blueberry ones and a glass of Simply Orange juice. Healthy and on the go

    Comment by Liz on August 31, 2010
  10. RIght now mine consists of one kid running into the bedroom and throwing a video or DVD at me and telling me its his/her turn to pick a movie.
    I then drag myself out of bed, turn on the coffee maker, get the kids milk or juice, and listen to them fight for the next hour or so over whether we’re having pancakes or oatmeal for breakfast, while I drink coffee and catch up on what I missed on the internet last night. Yee-ha baby.

    Comment by monstergirlee on August 31, 2010
  11. Pretty laid back actually. I always make the lunch and put out clothes the night before. Breakfast is always a smoothie with fruit, veggies, soy protein and p.b. that I make on Sunday so it’s just pour and drink haha. Little tv watching, get dressed and off to school.

    Comment by Amanda Starr on August 31, 2010
  12. Mornings at my house I let the 2 dogs outside then feed them and a cat and some fish.
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..My favorite possible scar =-.

    Comment by Kristen on August 31, 2010
  13. Clifford. Begging for more Clifford, followed by many, many suggestions of things to do other than watch TV. More begging. More suggestions. Waffle/pancake or cereal. Clothes. Tooth brushing, complete with possible bribes for opening wide and standing still. Out the door.

    Comment by Mama Bub on August 31, 2010
  14. Hectic and a little disorganized since three kids have to take baths in the morning they have set time limits & if we get behind its a quick bowl of cereal or pop tart a little more time it’s frozen waffles
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    Comment by Tabathia B on August 31, 2010
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    Comment by Tabathia B on August 31, 2010
  16. Wanna get the summer morning schedule, weekend one, or the SCHOOL year one? Tomorrow starts a new school year so we will go with that!
    THIS coming from an incurable insomniac that is up all night online or doing laundry and dishes until 4 AM.
    Alarm ONE rings at 6…hubby. Coffee, grabs briefcase, kiss g’bye and he’s OFF. (donuts if anything).
    Second alarm…6:30. RIGHT after I dozed off. 17 year old. Showers, makeup, STAY IN THE BATHROOM ALL MORNING! Yell at her to grab something to eat. Cereal in a bag…she HAS to get to school for the half-hour of social time before class. (Note…last years backpack had over a DOZEN baggies of smooshed poptarts, granola bars, or cereal in it. Icky.) THIRD alarm at 6:40…my early teen son. RIGHT to breakfast just as MY alarm rings.
    MY alarm…6:45. HIt again. 6:54…ARGH! Get my 10 year old out still half asleep.Breakfast leisurely; cereal, bagel, or poptarts & milk. ALWAYS running out the door at last minute to get ride to school from neighbor. Get those two out the door. Let dog out. Clean up after them all…fold laundry, eat MY breakfast. sigh…mourn for my kids growing up too fast.

    Comment by Eileen on August 31, 2010
  17. tWeeted this!

    thank you!

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    Comment by Eileen on August 31, 2010
  18. Is your travel mug any good? I can’t find one that doesn’t spill.

    Comment by Tammi Marie on September 1, 2010
  19. We like frozen waffles and smoothies.

    Comment by Linh C on September 1, 2010
  20. Mornings are frantic (mainly because I never leave myself quite enough time), so I usually have a granola bar for breakfast.

    Comment by Rachel on September 1, 2010
  21. Our mornings are pretty quiet. The kids are usually still asleep and I try not to make much noise so they STAY that way for at least another hour. I’m not around to enjoy the extra quiet though, oh no, I’m heading to work. Breakfast for me? Yogurt at my desk. Breakfast for the kids? Probably gogurt or dry cereal. Who knows…
    .-= One Mom (Kristina)´s last blog ..If I had a million dollars I would probably spend it all on preschool- shoes- and diapers =-.

    Comment by One Mom (Kristina) on September 1, 2010
  22. A chaotic rush out the door because I sleep ’till the last minute. So I grab a banana or a poptart and eat it on the drive.

    Comment by jennifernm on September 1, 2010
  23. My daughter, who is in 6th grade, is like molasses in the morning, so it’s pretty much me telling her to hurry up 10000 times. Fun. 🙂

    Comment by Katie on September 1, 2010
  24. I’ll grab a breakfast bar, fruit or a frozen waffle.

    Comment by Patty on September 1, 2010
  25. I fix cereal quickly for the kids before they get on the school bus.

    Comment by Mami2jcn on September 1, 2010
  26. Granola bar and cup of coffee on the go!

    Comment by Georgia on September 1, 2010
  27. I sleep as late as I want for the first time in my life….yeah to be 62. I ease into morning with a bowl of cereal and orange juice (a glass full not a bowl of juice). Don’t speak to me for the first hour and we’ll get along just fine:)

    Comment by Terri on September 1, 2010
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    Comment by Georgia on September 1, 2010
  29. i get up around 11 everyday, gulp down bananas and whatever i can grab and hurry to work.
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    Comment by sy on September 1, 2010
  30. i tweeted:

    Comment by sy on September 1, 2010
  31. My morning is very simple. Wake up around 6-6:30, walk from my bed to my computer, start working. 🙂

    Comment by Avitable on September 1, 2010
  32. Easy. Blend a healthy protein shake. Boil water, grind coffee. Pour boiling water into coffee in a filter.

    Comment by Lewis F on September 1, 2010
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    Comment by Lewis F on September 1, 2010
  34. Wake up take the dogs out wake everyone up go get dogs wake everyone up again head for kitchen put cereal and milk on table make sure everyone is up dressed and now eating dump all leftover food and were out of here

    Comment by Bonnie P on September 2, 2010
  35. My morning begins the night before when I set my alarm to get up before the kids so I can get myself presentable…the morning begins with me hitting the snooze alarm a few times…the kids waking ME up..and then trying to throw some breakfast together while they’re off getting dressed and brushing their hair. On those mornings I get up later that I hoped (i.e. pretty much every day), some toasted frozen waffles or cereal or instant oatmeal are placed before the kidlets…much to their delight. 🙂
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    Comment by Lori A. on September 2, 2010
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    Comment by Lori A. on September 2, 2010
  37. It’s crazytimes around here, but consistently so. At least.

    banana for each boy, followed by toaster waffles and me realizing we have four minutes to leave the house or we’re late for school

    Comment by Maria on September 2, 2010
  38. Roll out of bed late.
    Put microwave pancakes in microwave.
    Make Anna’s lunch (same thing every day, THANK GOD).
    Make sure the clothes Anna put on match.
    Fix her hair.
    She kisses me goodbye.

    Claire is a whole other comment entry…

    Comment by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on September 2, 2010
  39. We wake up, come down, Davey makes a pee pee, we snuggle, I make coffee, the kids all wake up, we eat breakfast, brush teeth, fix beds, and get started on school work. I drink coffee, take pictures, and Skype chat!

    During the summer it’s mostly the same we just don’t fix our beds OR do school!

    Comment by Mishelle Lane on September 2, 2010
  40. wake up get licked by dog, take a shower , stop dog from licking pillows on bed, get licked by dog, get dressed, brush teeth and hair, put in contacts, put on deodorant, get licked by dog, pull cup of frozen iced tea from freezer fill, take vitamin and allergy pills refill tea, add to bag for work find shoes, get licked by one dog while the other one has a fit because closet door was opened and shoes put on, leave for work and drive an hour finally get breakfast after arriving at work.
    .-= nancy´s last blog it is august =-.

    Comment by nancy on September 2, 2010
  41. Mornings at my house consist of batteling with my daughter to get up. Fighting to get her to eat and fighting to get her in the shower!
    Then it’s all about getting dressed, which sucks. Wake up the little man and take my daughter to school.

    Comment by Sheila Hickmon on September 2, 2010
  42. My morning is pretty smooth because I have a 15 yo who has to get up and out on his own…heck I am still sleeping. So,I make what we call egg o’ muffin sandwiches and bag them for the freezer on the weekend. Then he, who always running late, can grab and heat.

    avennett AT verizon DOT net

    Comment by Amy V on September 2, 2010
  43. I get up first then get the kids up when I’m out of the shower. Dad makes lunch, kids eat breakfast, I get them dressed, I leave for work, dad takes them to the bus, dad leaves for work….very busy and we don’t have a minute to spare!

    Comment by Debra F on September 2, 2010
  44. Our “nest” is empty, so I just have to get myself out the door to the office in the morning. I take some yogurt and fruit, and maybe a granola bar to eat at my desk.

    Comment by Amy L on September 2, 2010
  45. I am generally up before any one else so I can have a calm breakfast to start the day. We all like cold cereals so we have this not only on rushed days but any day; sometimes adding fresh fruit.

    Comment by Betty N on September 3, 2010

    Comment by Betty N on September 3, 2010
  47. My go to breakfast is cereal bar, breakfast shake, or fruit smoothie. Thanks!


    Comment by Leah on September 3, 2010
  48. Wake up when I hear Theo call “HEY MOM! COME HERE!” over the monitor. Change diaper, get him breakfast. While he’s eating I get ready for work, not without interruption. Throw clothes on him while he’s running around the house and then zip out the door (me frazzled and sweaty, him protesting about his shoes). Drop him off at daycare. I grab Dunkin Donuts on my way to the office.

    Rinse and repeat.

    Comment by samantha Jo Campen on September 3, 2010
  49. Morning looks like one sleepy girl protecting her coffee in front of the computer and catching up on the hundreds of emails that have already arrived from the East Coast as one unsleepy puppy nips at my feet. I love mornings.

    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on September 3, 2010
  50. For me, morning usually consists of a bowl of cereal and rushing off to work.

    mattschmunk at gmail dot com

    Comment by Matt on September 3, 2010
  51. Morning looks like me shouting orders and my kids scurrying around trying to get out the door in time!

    Comment by Kerry on September 3, 2010
  52. mornings look …….ugly when its a school day.

    Comment by heather badolato on September 3, 2010
  53. My mornings start with a smiling 2 year old who as precious as she is doesn’t say “good morning” but rather “I pee’d in my bed. After a while the other two get up and I no longer exist. Well, that’s until there is more pee to clean.

    Comment by Lori on September 3, 2010
  54. Up at 5, out the door by 6. I’m pretty sure I shower & make a smoothie during that hour but my eyes are not really open, so I can’t say for sure.

    Comment by Daisy on September 3, 2010
  55. I love breakfast, I would eat it for every meal if I could! If I have the time, I love to make french toast or crepes, but most mornings I just have cereal and a piece of toast.

    Comment by Allison on September 3, 2010
  56. I’m not usually a happy camper until I have my coffee and bagel in my cubical.

    Comment by Sarah E on September 3, 2010
  57. If I have bananas, those are the easiest to grab. Pop Tarts or granola bars are next. Then maybe prepackaged peanut butter and crackers.

    Comment by Carol on September 3, 2010
  58. Morning at my house is a serious fight over what Allie is wearing to school followed by a bigger fight over her refusal to eat breakfast. This is followed by me speeding to her school so that she’s not counted tardy.

    Comment by Amanda on September 4, 2010
  59. Our morning is usually quite organized if I get up on time. I fix breakfast for kids and hubby then get everyone to school and work.

    Comment by Jessie C. on September 4, 2010
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    Comment by Jessie C. on September 4, 2010
  61. Mornings at our house are ALWAYS utter chaos. I am thankful for Pop Tarts and Granola Bars–that’s what we usually have!
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    Comment by Carolsue on September 4, 2010
  62. Luckily, I only work 2 mornings a week most weeks. On those days, I try to hop in the shower before the kids wake up and start getting myself ready. Then, I get my daughter up and get her breakfast (usually cereal or toast). While she is eating, I get the baby dressed and fed. Then, we get our shoes on and head out the door.

    Comment by Nicole on September 4, 2010
  63. Tweeted!

    Comment by monstergirlee on September 4, 2010
  64. I’m a morning person. It’s my favorite time a day. It’s quiet except for the boyfriend snoring in the other room. I put on the kettle then feed the cats pacing around my ankles stalking me. I check my email then the kettle whistles. I set the tea to steep and go write a blog post. Midway through I grab my cup of Irish Breakfast tea and finish writing. I go make breakfast- two eggs usually poached and whole grain toast. I have another cup of tea. I take my vitamins. Then I go get ready for work. I’ve probably been up for 1.5 hours at this point. And yet! I am still usually late for work. Go figure.

    Comment by sizzle on September 4, 2010
  65. I work 2nd shift so there’s frequently that moment of panic when I realize I hit the snooze button one too many times and now we have t-minus 10 minutes to get it out the door or be marked late at school (daughter had detention last year because we were late so many times) Breakfast is the big skimp on those mornings and I refuse to suffer mommy-guilt because my daughter didn’t eat something before leaving the house. Those are the mornings we grab a cold pop-tart, cereal bar, banana, squeeze yogurt or even cookies as we’re flying out the front door.

    Comment by shel on September 4, 2010
  66. I’m so not a morning person, so things are rushed around here in the mornings.After battling the kids into their clothes, shoes and so on, I’ll make them a bowl of cereal or in a rush we grab a banana. Then momma comes home and back to bed I go…lol!

    Comment by Belinda P on September 4, 2010
  67. Tweeted!

    Comment by Belinda P on September 4, 2010
  68. Morning is lazy at my house because I work evenings!

    Comment by Kacie on September 4, 2010
  69. My kids are older so they get ready by themselves but I have to make sure they are up on time and on schedule to leave for school on time

    Comment by Susan Smith on September 4, 2010

    Comment by Susan Smith on September 4, 2010
  71. I get up around 6:00 and have about an hour to work on things/make breakfast before my two boys get up. Breakfast normally takes up 30-45 minutes. We have fun talking and playing together while we eat. 🙂

    Comment by Carrie on September 4, 2010
  72. My kids are old enough now to get their own breakfast–which is nice for me! They help themselves to cereal (or, if they want something hot, they’ll toast PopTarts or Eggo’s). So nice–I can just sit and drink coffee while they get ready for their day.

    Comment by Natalie Vandenberghe on September 4, 2010
  73. Morning for me means trying, I repeat, TRYING to get the kids ready so they don’t miss the bus. They’re 1st and 2nd grade so they eat breakfast then do their chores while I get lunches packed. Pop Tarts are a big hit around here!

    Comment by Nicole Brady on September 4, 2010
  74. I am a stay at home mom and have 1 3 yr old little girl so our morning’s consists of playtime, movie time, and breakfast!

    Comment by Nicole Greene on September 4, 2010
  75. We’re actually pretty laid back. Up at about 7:15, dress, teeth, breakfast, out the door by 8:30!

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    Comment by Cori Westphal on September 4, 2010

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  78. My children are grown so mornings are quiet in my home and well organized.

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    Comment by Janet F on September 5, 2010
  79. Morning is me staggering around attempting to dress myself. Then I grab a few crackers and a piece of fruit and gooooo!

    Comment by LAMusing on September 5, 2010
  80. I’m retired so morning is sleep in, then have a bowl of cereal with fruit or a sweet roll (I need to GAIN some weight).

    Comment by Norma on September 5, 2010
  81. A granola bar or power bar and a banana in the car while I’m dropping off the kids at school and heading to work!


    Comment by Jamie on September 5, 2010
  82. Everyone here is in shifts in the morning, passing one another by in the kitchen grabbing granola bars, coffee and juice.

    Comment by Shane on September 5, 2010
  83. My tweet for your Blog giveaway is:

    Comment by Shane on September 5, 2010
  84. my son wakes me up every morning telling me he’s hungry we go down stairs and i ask him what he wants and his usual response is..later..ugh! he just likes to get up real early
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    Comment by nan lara on September 5, 2010
  85. My morning is easier than yours. Alarm rings at 6:19 AM. I throw on yoga pants and a t-shirt, heat up something for my daughter’s lunch, and hand her 2 homemade muffins as she comes down the stairs. Drive to the bus stop at 6:33. Get to bus stop at 6:39. Bus comes at 6:40. I go home for coffee – ahhhhh!

    Comment by barbara wright on September 5, 2010
  86. Morning looks like me being glad I don’t have children! I still have to be quiet because Ole Waxy doesn’t get up until I’m leaving.

    Comment by slynnro on September 5, 2010
  87. My kids are up before me. On lucky mornings my son gets dressed before waking me up. My daughter tends to sleep in, so he gets ready for school while she sleeps and she eats breakfast after we take him to school.

    Comment by Katherine C. on September 5, 2010
  88. My wife is a morning person, so we get up on time, if I don’t, she will hit me over the head with a frying pan. J/K! So we are rarely rushed, unless she is out of town and I am in charge of the kids. Then we end up eating cereal for bf, lunch, and dinner!

    Comment by PauleyD on September 5, 2010
  89. My tweet isn’t showing up, so I am posting again:


    Thank you!

    Comment by PauleyD on September 5, 2010
  90. Mornings are quite nice and everyone is set to a different time so it works out well.

    Comment by MARY on September 5, 2010
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    Comment by MARY on September 5, 2010
  92. Mom is usually still sleeping and I am busy getting the coffee going and letting out our dogs, all nine of them while munching on a granola bar.

    Comment by Courtney on September 5, 2010
  93. Morning is getting up early so that I can get dressed and have a bit of quiet time before I get my two daughters up and begin the mad rush that is our school mornings!

    Comment by Tracey on September 5, 2010
  94. I’ve yet to try the all bran bars but my kids think they’re great. I’m a dry cereal and coffee to go gal.

    Comment by Lori Z. on September 6, 2010
  95. What mornings look like at my house? Right now they are calm, cool and collected.

    Tomorrow, school starts and that will all change. No doubt.

    But breakfast is a must. Call me old fashioned….or strict. I’ve been called wors 😉

    Comment by won on September 6, 2010
  96. mornings just look crazy at my house. usually breakfast is cereal & milk, but if we’re in a jam or running late it’s an apple, string cheese, and milk

    Comment by jay w on September 6, 2010
  97. My mornings consist of getting two girls ready for school and entertaining the baby in hopes that everything goes pretty smoothly and no one is in tears before 9 am!
    .-= Michelle Pixie´s last blog ..I Want To Remember… =-.

    Comment by Michelle Pixie on September 6, 2010
  98. We grab a granola bar and a banana and rush out the door at our house.

    Comment by Jill H on September 6, 2010
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    Comment by Jill H on September 6, 2010
  100. Oh the dry cereal in a bag–how it has helped me!

    Comment by Grammy T. on September 6, 2010
  101. Morning at my house usually means trying to wake up between 7am and 7:30am and then my husband makes us breakfast (usually oatmeal). I’ve got it pretty good 🙂

    Comment by carmen on September 6, 2010
  102. When in a rush, we grab a cereal bar or a granola bar and a gogurt!
    .-= shelly aka allysmama´s last blog ..Ten Tips for a Cleaner- Greener Home =-.

    Comment by shelly aka allysmama on September 6, 2010
  103. Morning looks cranky!! Roll out, shower, eat something, go to work, wake up 🙂

    Comment by Steph on September 6, 2010
  104. tweet
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    Comment by shelly aka allysmama on September 6, 2010

    Comment by Steph on September 6, 2010
  106. fresh fruit and iced tea

    Comment by Melinda on September 7, 2010

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