Yellow Bus Means GO!

I don’t know how you do it. I just don’t have that kind of patience.

Those words? I’ve heard them more times than I can count.

But, today, I turn those words back to you who will soon be getting up before it is bright to wake a bunch of sleeping children and then get them (go-go-go-go-go!) off to school.

This week, Belly started day camp. Day camp with a bus pickup and drop off. The first morning, she was so excited, she got up before my alarm and was dressed before my coffee was made. I still almost had a coronary trying to get the kids dressed-fed-out before the bus visited the end of our street.

I know we’ve gotten settled in our ways (our s-l-o-w morning ways), when all this activity before 8am makes me want to take a nap before noon (I did take one, yesterday. oh yes, I did).

And, then, there are all the details. Is her lunch ready? (no) Does she have two clean bathing suits and towels? (no) What did those papers in her backpack tell me to do? (can’t find) Did she brush her teeth? (she’s not even up yet lady)

You’d think that once she’s on the bus, I’d breathe easier. But, no. I then start thinking about what I can get done before the bus brings her home.

And then, it’s 4pm and she’s home, hungry and tired. A full-day of camp has been kicking her little seven-year-old butt. By 7:30, she can barely keep her eyes open; by 8, we usually have exhausted tears as she realizes that she needs to walk ALL THE WAY UP her bunk bed ladder to reach the pillow.

Does she love it though? Oh, yes, she does. And, I think it is worth the trouble which is a good thing since Jilly has already asked to be signed up for next year.


  1. Jennifer, Playgroups Are No Place For Children says

    Do they have camps for us adults?

    Sounds like it’s an adjustment, but ever so fun!

  2. I’m with you! I actually did almost the same blog entry.

    Love the new look!

  3. AnotherMomCreation says

    Funny, I was just thinking about her and camp before I clicked on the link to FOM.

    I actually mentioned to my little ones that in 2 short weeks we’ll be taking practice runs at getting out of the house by 8:25 AM…. it was met with groans… but it is time.

  4. I’ve been lurking, but add me to the list of moms who could have written the same post.

    Only our camp required me to get up early and haul the kids there and back myself (and it was not close).

    Every morning, I thought, “I don’t know how some parents do this every day.”

  5. SuburbanCorrespondent says

    Nice new look…and I don’t know how they do it, either.

  6. That is why I LOVE homeschooling. We no longer live in a 9-5 world. I myself (When I was in the working world) loved the 3-11 shift. That is not to say I slept my day away, oh no. I still got up, did what I had to do and still waoked a late shift…but that is me.

    I let my daughter sleep late. But when we have places to go or things to do, then we tighten the belt and do what we have to do to get the job done.

    I keep reminding her that it is OK to be a late sleeper, for who knows, she may be a nurse on the 11-7 shift, and beleive you me, just coming out of surgery, those midnight shifters are needed!

  7. ok, I didn’t even consider the fact that if you home school you don’t have to do the drag everybody out of bed in the morning and get them dressed while it’s still dark out routine. holy cow! i may just be on board. (except i’m sure i would be the mom who would give the kids a worksheet and blog for 2 hours. that can’t be good.)

  8. Pirate Boy love camp. He is worn out when he gets home everyday.

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