Friday, March 22, 2013

Hi Ho Hi Ho It Is Off To School We Go

Get your coffee.
This is the longest conversation
I have ever posted  I think.
I am writing it so the girls
can read it someday.

The girls don't often spend the night 
at my house when they have school
the next day.
the other night was an exception
and SweetCheeks ended up 
spending the night by herself.
She did her
 " Kiddygarden homework"
sitting at the island.
She ate dinner, took a bubble bath
and went off to bed early.
I had to wash her clothes so she could wear
her same school uniform the next day.
She was up early, ate a good breakfast,
brushed her teeth, got dressed and 
was ready to go.
As we are walking out of the house
the phone rang.
Ria:  Tell SweetCheeks today is dress down day.
She's supposed to wear something besides
her uniform.
(The catch is you "buy" the right to do that 
by bringing a non-perishable food item
for those in need)-great idea, huh

uh-oh-here is "the look"
after getting that news.
Too late to change now-
we are 60 steps from the car
and will be late if we stop now.
I pick up Ria & Lulu at their house to drop
all three of them off at school.
Conversation in the car as we drive away.
Ria:  SCheeks- I brought you an outfit you can 
change in the bathroom.
SC:  R-I-A.....What outfit did you get?
Ria:  A nice one-you can change in the bathroom.
SC:  Did you bring me a can of food?
Ria:  Yep!
Me:  Did you bring one for yourself, too?
Ria:  Nana!  Stop- Go back-I forgot one
for myself.
We back up about a city block
(they live on a cul de sac-no traffic)
Ria runs in and gets a can of food.
Seat belt buckled we start for school again.
Lulu- SCheeks! Do have the scrip money?
SC:  Yup!
Lulu-Let me see it!
SC: (scrambling madly in her back pack)
Here it is!
Lulu:  That's not it, SCheeks.
SC:  Wehll, Sorrhee, Lulu- I don't know what it is anyways!
Lulu:  Nana- Stop- We have to go back
and get the scrip money.
This time we back up TWO city blocks.
Lulu runs in house-and can't find the
scrip envelope anywhere.
Back in the car -seat belts all buckled.
Me:  Lulu- what are you going to do if
you don't have your scrip envelope?
Lulu:  Nothing- we don't need it today anyway.
SC:  Who's gonna help me change in the bathroom?
Ria:  Lulu will.  I'm supposed to see my friends.
SC:  Lulu- will you help me?
Lulu:  (big sigh)   Yeah- I guess so.
SC:  I hate this world!
We get to school.
We hold the drop off line up for
a full three minutes while we unload
three backpacks,
a bag of SCheek's clothes..
SCheek's snow pants, mittens and hat,
and the package that drops out the door
when they get out.
Me:  Bye, girls-Love you-Have a good day.
SCheeks:  Pffffttt....It's already a bad day!

And that folks, is why I ordered a 
TRIPLE shot at Starbucks before 
I headed home.

your photo name


WeeFaerie said...

Ha! That sounds about right for a school morning lol! I just made a comment on facebook that it felt like a 2 pots of coffee kind of morning. I'm glad I'm not alone :)

A Vintage Fairy said...

I love conversations children have, they are so funny, almost like they are adults. They just have different topics. Ha Ha!! Have a great week end!

vivian said...

sounds like a pretty typical morning trying to get all my kids out the door to school, though the boys would be rough housing and someone would get hurt and the bus would be waiting outside beeping the horn and Id be yelling.. hurry up hurry up! I'm not driving you to school!!
Happy Friday!

Susie said...

What are you saying Diana? You know that's a normal day with kids.LOL That is , it sure used to be for me. :):)Oh how I miss those days. You earned that cup of coffee, bless your heart. xoxo,Susie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

LOL! It sounds like Sweet Cheeks needed a triple shot of chocolate in her chocolate milk, Diana. : ) Poor kid! I used to hate when there were mornings like this before school started when I was a kid. It affected my whole day.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

That sounds like a normal day at my house LOL!!! Our school does the same thing on dress down days. We either bring in food for the local food pantries or a dollar and they send the money to a local charity.
I LOVE "the look" from Sweet Cheeks!!

BECKY said...

A triple shot indeed!! I had sooo many mornings like that with all of our girls! But had more wonderful ones, thankfully!!

Have a happy Friday, sweetie!

Tete said...

LOL- no wonder you pull your hair out sometimes. They are such little blessings covered in fun, aren't they? Good thing SC has 2 older sisters to watch out for her. Just wait until high school. Might be worth getting them their own car so you can sleep in.

Anonymous said...

whew! That is a triple shot day!

Maria Elena said...

Diana, I remember those days! Three kids in the back seat every morning to drop off at two different schools and everyday somebody forgot something. And when all was said and done, had to get myself to work on time. Don't know how I survived! LOL Now, they all drive themselves to work and school and I just enjoy the peace and quiet while I drink my coffee and blog. :) At leas until they start giving me grandchildren! LOL

Ellie VanCaster said...

Oh man, that is so funny-it's so slapstick/keystone cops/3 stooges type of funny.
What would they do without you Nana? ;-)

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Seriously, how lucky are these girls to have you??? Patient and nice! And so deserving of a triple shot!!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

I think I developed a nervous tick in my eye reading this. I can only imagine.

I do not have gbabies, but my youngest sister's youngest is 8 and spends time here often and I can definately kind-of imagine how it could be.

Whew. Triple shot for me too empathizing with you!

You are a really great Nana.

Have a great NON SCHOOL weekend!!

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh my goodness, when did life become so complicated! And to think, this is only kindergarten. lol I LOVE the photo of SC after the news. That is priceless! I just burst out laughing when I scrolled down and saw it.

You deserved Starbucks. :-)

Shirley said...

Good Morning Diana, I chuckled all the time I was reading this. It reminded me of when mine went to school. Only I just dropped them at grandma's as I went to work. The pictures are priceless. You definitely deserve the Starbucks. I am drinking hot tea this morning. Have a wonderful day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

Karen said...

lol... good thinking!....

They will roll over laughing about this someday :-)

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Poor Sweet Cheeks. The weight of the world on those little shoulders!

Patty Patterson said...

Sounds like three girls is plenty. Maybe I should be glad we're getting a boy! LOL And what is scrip money?

andy said...

I think you deserve your Starbucks ! Have a wonderful weekend !

tammy j said...

i'm with sweet cheeks on this one.
on a morning that should be nice and calm ~ NOT!!!!
she's a character. following in her nana diana's footsteps! xo

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Oh Diana, thank you for that long chuckle to start my day with.....perfect!

Nellie said...

Sounds just like a usual school morning.:-) We had to have our girls out the door at 7:25 to catch the school bus. That was much too early, in my opinion, but it did not improve. Our mornings always seemed to be rushed. I often felt like I had already run a marathon.:-)

Have a good Friday!

xo Nellie

It's Just Dottie said...

Oh! The sweet joy of being a Nana!
Smiles, Dottie

Beth said...

LOL!! You are a great nana and Sweet Cheeks is adorable!

Sherry Calamia said...

Wow! That is some morning! One that I am all too familiar with… You are definitely a sweet Nana, that's for sure! Have a great weekend:)

bj said...

Holy cow, girl...been there...done that so many times, I've lost count. When our grands were little, same thing about not staying at our house on a school night but things DO come they stayed several times during the year. Never, not once, did we get off to a smooth start, tho. I want those days BACK !!!

Victoria's Vintage Designs said...

LOL Diana, I sure don't miss those school days. Have a great weekend! V

Lucille said...

Well, poor SweetCheeks, it was just too much for her! It's nice to see the lovely relationship those sisters have. Lovely memories, Diana. Those girls adore you and they should. Hope you enjoyed your triple coffee.

Shelia said...

Ha ha! I love it! You're the bestest grandma! Aren't these kiddoes adorable?
Wish I could have my little one over to spend the night. She's so very far away.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Tina Lou said...

Oh, I don't miss the drama of those school mornings!
Poor Nana.
xo, Tina

Kathleen said...

Diana, you won!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Oh my gosh...the dramatics. {I hate this world!} LOL...thanks for making me laugh this morning. Girls are always entertaining!!!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Just chuckling at the memories I have of very similar days...
Now tell SC from me that she should sit down to write her own version of Alexanders "Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day" : )
And you go have another Starbucks, If I lived closer, I would buy you one myself....

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Diana, I hope that you are keeping a log of all those fun times you are having with your "GIRLS". I look forward to reading about their experiences in everyday life. LOL Some of it probably is stressful for you but reading it always make me chuckle. But look at all the memories they are making.
Have a very special weekend and maybe the snow will melt.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

...that's why I have a triple shot every morning...

must love junk said...

Wow, never a dull moment!! Starbucks was invented for moments (and mornings) like these! :)

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

Sometimes I wonder how I did this on a daily basis. I was lucky...only 2 kids and the town was so small that I could get back home in less that 5 minutes with the exception of the years they were in 5th and 6th grade. I can still multi-task well, but it is with my tasks, not those of small ones!

Gina Gao said...

This sounds really great! I liked this post very much.

Suzan Sweatman said...

That sounds like you needed a little something more than caffeine lol
Have a glass of wine tonight Diana!!!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I just discovered your blog and really enjoyed it...I have those days as well...I am a new grandma though and getting those first calls for help!! I hope you will stop by my blog and say hello!!

jewels in the garden +: ) said...

You deserve the triple shot Nana!! I thought it funny that you are on my blog's sidebar with your hi ho hi ho and right below you is my daughter's with a pic of Snow White! LOL

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Way a fun way to start my day! ... You deserve your Starbucks for sure!

Claudia said...

Absolutely adorable! Those kids are so funny! Bravo to you, Diana, for the patience of a loving Grandma!


20 North Ora said...

Hilarious! I'd need more than Starbucks I'm afraid!


Sarah said...

Oh, the joys of getting off to school in the morning. Thank goodness for Starbucks!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Oh, my! Bless your heart - and theirs! They will laugh years down the road at this dialogue - so wonderful for you to record it - I hope you had the best coffee that day ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh my! What a morning. I just saw where Burger King has lattes for $1 each - I could just sit there all a.m. saying, "give me another!"

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

What a "no good, horrible, very bad day"! A line from one of my favorite kindergarten teaching day's books. Triple shot- I love it! They will love reading this one day and smile at how much their Nana Diana loved them!

Missy George said...

All that and the day has barely begun...I feel for you Diana

Ron said...

I say you need more than a triple shot. You need a bottle of wine. I loved this post. Children are the darndest! xo


LOL!! Anything you post with your lovely sweet chicks is gotta end up to be fun and this is no exception!! You cracked me up honey..yes, you need a glass of wine, I would have a shot of whisky, cute, though!! You will always remember it, even more than your little have so much for her, I don't blame you, you're going thru the best times of life, dear sweet Nana. Enjoy the weekend!

joanne said...

you should get a free triple shot for all that effort, and a driving award, and a crown for patience...;j

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

GAH! You have the patience of a SAINT! At least they keep you entertained and us too :)

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

ha! That was some morning with your sweeties. Thank heaven for Starbucks!

ImSoVintage said...

And that my friend is why parenting is for younger people :)

Jann Olson said...

Bad day or not, gotta love that sweet cheeks!

Maureen said...

What a great reminder of how mornings used to be! I'll remember that tomorrow as I linger over my coffee for most of the morning.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

You just took me back.

I miss those days sooooo much.

I would love a call to run forgotten compression (jock) shorts to school before the team bus leaves, or the day we woke to find that our dear departed Chocolate Lab, Shelby ate Guatamala!

I watched kids before and after school. All of my kiddos knew my guilty pleasure..."single grande non fat latte with two pumps vanilla!

I hope my grands are close by so I can have a relationship so wonderful as the one you have with yours, Sweet D!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Geez, I guess that is why we have kids when we are young, God was so mart and had this all figured out!! I sooo remember those days!!


Karen said...

What a sweet Nana you are! And that little darling is the cutest little sweet cheeks! This post made me smile, and laugh and now I want a triple shot! So, so cute! xx

Laura said...

thats funny! no wonder you needed that!! and life can be so tough when you are a full time kindygarden student!
laura xx

Gert said...

Oh my gosh, this is hilarious! She (SC) is so funny!!


Jettie said...

And now you know why some grandparents move to Florida and live with gravel and sand in their yard.

Pam said...

I'm not sure a triple shot was enough for all that! That is too funny!

pink*cherub*moon said...

Aye carumba! Sounds like quite a morning! I remember those days and really don't miss them. LOL! Hugs, Leena

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

...and that is just one of the reasons we home schooled. :)

Annesphamily said...

Oh goodness, what a day that was! Kids make us crazy but I am not sure what we would do without them! I always say I wish I had invested in Starbuck stock!