I love the few minutes of peace and quiet that I have in the mornings before I wake up the terrorist. During the past week that time has gradually decreased as I've had to wake him up a few minutes earlier for the added encouragement he needs to eat, wash his face, sing on the pot, brush teeth, and dress. He has to stop and play during his routine and it's with a great sigh of relief when he's finally clothed and polished and on his way to school.
I try to prepare myself during the day for what will come once I fetch him home from school, but there is no way to predict what will occur between 3:20 pm each day and bedtime. A roulette wheel is more predictable.
After we got home yesterday I made him change clothes and let him go out to play to release the pent up energy from a day in the classroom. In 30 minutes he was back in the house with both rubber boots full of water from playing in a ditch.
In dry clothes and bootless we then practiced spelling words, reading words, and practiced reciting a poem he's learning.
He watched cartoons and bounced around the house while I cooked supper. During this time he added laundry detergent to my washer load of already washed and rinsed laundry that was waiting for it's turn in the dryer. It took two extra rinses to get all the suds out.
For supper he consumed 2 chicken legs, 1/2 of a chicken breast, 2 carrots, followed by a bowl of banana pudding, and 1 snickers bar.
In his bath, he constructed a boat out of a new bar of soap using my old casino player's card for a sail, used carpet deodorizer as play foam, (that also took 2 rinses to remove), and soaked 3 towels and the bath mat.
After cleaning that mess, I left him to dry off and put on underwear. 10 minutes later I was back in there to see what was taking him so long and this led to our discussion about the difference in my new face powder and talcum powder and how they were for different parts of your body. Don't ask.
1 bowl of dry Honey Nut Cheerio's, several cartoons, and threats later, it was bed time. He went to sleep in less than 2 minutes, I had to rest awhile to even think about sleeping!