Wake-up call via Sponge Bob Square Pants blaring through the house. Can't stumble to the coffee maker fast enough. A whole lot of wide-eyed blinking as I focus on getting the right amount of coffee beans in the grinder. Only spilled half of the fresh grounds on the counter while attempting to fill the filter. A few minutes later the liquid mojo is working it's magic.

Isn't it strange how kids can get up early on non-school days without issue but when it's a school day (or an important morning) a parent is shooting orders like a crazed military Mom. I have to wonder if I am doing something wrong while school is in session. Should I find something, anything, to excite the kids about the next day of school next year like "Now remember tomorrow is chicken nuggets for lunch!" Okay so maybe that isn't the best example but I could give it a try.

Try to Do Better During School
1 - Make note of the possibilities during the school year (easy morning wake-ups).
2 - Take more care in saving soup labels & box tops.
3 - Make a set time for homework and stick to it.

Nothing can shake you out of a morning moment like a phone call from another parent. Seems quite a few kids have come down with hand, foot and mouth disease since the last day of school. Nice. What a way to "have a great summer vacation" people. After hanging up I turn to Little Man and DD asking if they have a fever. Little Man reports a sore throat; possibly one of the first signs according to net. Great cloud of doom is back.

4 - Hose down the kids with insecticide after each school day.
62 Responses
  1. Tiffany Says:

    You are so funny. Everytime I come, I get to laugh.

  2. Lex the mom Says:

    What ails them makes them stronger...yeah, genius. I so wish those infections didn't pass themselves on so easily! I'm with you on the dousing!

    I think I'm rather lucky most school mornings, I don't have to fight all too often. That will change, I'm sure - but for now, I will be happy they don't give me a hard time (I just don't try to carry on a conversation with Kyle - life is easier that way ;)). I don't think anything compares to getting up during the summer knowing they don't have to go to school. We can't match that power. I was thinking on it, though - I like the idea of little notes of encouragement or funny. Just to let mine know I get it.

  3. Oh God I hope they don't have HFM disease that stuff is HORRID. Yes. We have had that here.

  4. What is up with getting sick outside of school? We started our summer vacation with strep.

  5. We have the same problem. Dragging the kids out of bed on weekdays is awful. On weekends? They spring to their feet at 6:30!

  6. Insane Mama Says:

    Tell little man I have a sore throat too! Summer hell starts in one more day over here, I can't wait for school to start and it's not even over yet

  7. Ann Says:

    What is up with getting up even earlier on our days off?
    I really hope you don't have any sickness in the household. (Fingers crossed)

  8. Tiffany Says:

    Are you on vacation, or has your house been invaded with childhood infectious disease?

    I miss you!

  9. -Bridget Says:

    It sounds like it's going to be a long summer. :) But it also sounds like you are going to have plenty of fun along the way.

  10. Hope summer vacation days 3, 4, 5...are going well!

  11. Heather Says:

    AAACK! HFM - NOOOO fun!!! I hope if your kiddos did have it, they got over it quickly and without sharing it with anyone else!

    I dread all those school year diseases (in our house, the kiddo caught the "exploding from both ends in succession and occasionally at the same time" bug twice, strep throat from her teacher no less and pneumonia last year) and am so relieved when summer rolls around and we can air out the house and the kiddo. Of course she goes to summer camp five mornings a week and then we hang out at the pool in the afternoons, so plenty of opportunities yet for summertime sickness.

    I'm thinking of installing a Lysol shower in the doorway to my home and just spraying everyone down as they enter and exit. I bet that'll make me a popular playdate host! :D


  12. wendy Says:

    LOL! Yeah - hosing them down is probably a good idea! Hope the rest of your vacation has been better.

  13. Katy Lin Says:

    yikes! hope the kiddos are feeling ok! - thanks for the laugh! hope you're enjoying basking in SITS love :)

  14. Party of 5 Says:

    #4 is oh so true. So true. One week after the end of Kindergarten Monkey came down with Mono. Yep a 6 yr old with Mono. UGH! (Takes a few weeks to show up)

    Happy SITS Day!

  15. Jen Says:

    I can't imagine my kids not getting up early. Of course, they are too young for school so maybe that is yet to come. But then I suppose if they don't get up for school, I will still have to get up early. Do mom's ever get a day to sleep in?

  16. Debbie Says:

    Oh yes...I make my kids wash their hands first thing pronto when they walk in the door after school. I even make their friends do it...those school germies are the worst.

  17. Amy Says:

    I agree...they can't get up during the school year but come summer, they are up before the chickens! :)

  18. Oh, the days of summer. Never ending, bored kids, sleepless mornings and never enough coffee!

  19. Melanie Says:

    I love hand, foot and mouth the disease. Oh the things these kids pass around. And I started counting down the days till school starts again after about day 3 of vacation!

  20. Kathi Says:

    Great post...so true about kids getting up at the crack of dawn during summer, but yet we have to drag them out of bed during the school year!


  21. EmmaP Says:

    i am envisioning you hosing them down with insecticide! hahaha.

    yes - summer mornings come too early. they rise up with the sun. i started leaving little yogurt cups on the bottom shelf of the fridge and little plastic baggies of granola on the counter the night before. i told them - "If you wake up before mommy, and if the Little Hand (on the clock) is not on THIS NUMBER (8) yet, then here is what you make yourself for breakfast..."

  22. Crazy Momma Says:

    Oh I can SO relate! My 8 year old is up and at 'em every Saturday morning for cartoons...come Monday for school I am screaming into his bedroom door...

    Too funny!

  23. Jess @MCC Says:

    HAHAHA Too funny. My oldest has had that, and it was not fun. icky stuff.

  24. mrsbear0309 Says:

    Yikes! What a way to start the summer, nothing like one last communicable disease hurrah to remind you why kids should walk around in sterilized bubbles.

  25. Rhea Says:

    knock on wood, but my kids have been so healthy all summer. I dread the germs spreading and school starting.

  26. Thank you for the laugh. Can I borrow that insecticide my son comes home with all types of things (well really just colds) from daycare!

  27. Perez Family Spot Says:

    When my baby turned 1 yr old, we had the party as Chuck E. Cheese. He and his 3 yr old brother both got hand foot mouth and I thought I seriouly was going crazy from all of the bleach and sanitizer fumes. I went thru 4 large containers of Clorox wipees and 2 big bottles of laundry soap. That is the worst thing anyone can go thru, not only the kids, but mom too. They say once they get it, they can't ever get it again. Thank God!

  28. Kimberly Says:

    This is too funny, and yet, all too true! All the weird diseases that get carried around at school freaks me out. I'm a teacher, so that's kinda bad! I try to use hand sanitizer on myself and for the kids all the time, but there's only so much a girl can do! :)

  29. MomMega Says:

    Oy! I am going to enjoy the time before my son starts school and brings home germs.

  30. Adiel Says:

    Great punchline with to-do #4! You're a pretty funny lady!

  31. Amy Says:

    Oh HOW FUNNY! The box tops..Oh, I feel for you! I always feel soo guilty when I forget to save them!

  32. Karol Says:

    Good times with the sickness! That sucks big time. Definitely buy the econo-value insecticide. Before you know it, they're back to school!

  33. Karen Says:

    No better way to start a morning off, than with fresh ground coffee!!

    I do help out at a local school. I often feel like spraying myself with insecticide, once I get home!

    LOL ...

  34. Sherri Says:

    This is one thing I am not looking forward to when school starts. My daughter will be in Kindergarten. She just has to look at someone who is sick and she catches it!

  35. What IS that about kids? M-F can't get em out of bed, S & S, can't keep em in it....

  36. Hope the upcoming days of vacation are better for you!

  37. Ronnica Says:

    Where do all these diseases come from? When I was little I got the chicken pox, and I got colds, but that was it!

  38. Melissa Says:

    I remember my son getting that when he was two from a nursery. I was selling Mary Kay and would occasionally drop him off there if I had a skin-care class. I don't think he went back after that. I just remember a lady at our church looking at my son like he was a leper. At that point I felt like sending my 2 year old son over to give her 18 month old daughter a nice big smooch.
    I think he must have only had a mild case, because I recall the problems others have had.

  39. Jen Edwards Says:

    hine-sight is 20-20

  40. Molly Says:

    My son got that from daycare a couple of years ago and passed it on to me. The ulcers in the mouth were excruciating! This year he is at preschool and head lice and strep are rampant. Such fun!

  41. Dana Says:

    Seriously though....my boys are awake and curled up on the couch watching cartoons SO early on the weekends yet it's like pulling teeth to get them out the door on time. And that's WITH me playing the dreaded drill sargeant! If you find any helpful hints, do share!

  42. EmBee Says:

    Finding something exciting to look forward to always gets me out of bed.

    If it's a day I dread, than extra cozy is my bed.

    Wow, I'm like a poet or something!

  43. Apple Joos Says:

    "Liquid mojo"

    Amen, sister, amen.

  44. omg, the germs from school are just ... gross. I always used to dread those flourescent pink sheets of paper that would come home from school advising of strep, lice, whatever. UGH.

    If I could have, I would have preceded my kids with a can of lysol and sprayed everything within reach before they touched it. Not that I'm paranoid or anything.

  45. We usually stay well until it's vacation time. Then, someone comes down with a fever while away from home.

  46. Missy Says:

    Here's an idea to get them excited: Hey kids! We're going to break out the baby pool in the back yard today, only the twist is that it is filled with 20 gallons of Purell! Fun fun!

  47. I am taking notes--my daughter starts kindergarten this year and I never thought about hoof and mouth disease being a possibility! ;-)

  48. Yowza...I hadn't put the "hose down" on my "things to do once my kid enters Kindergarten in the fall" list. Ugh...I can't imagine the stuff he'll be bringing home.

  49. Stephanie Says:

    It is weird how that works - the kids are up and about before the crack of dawn, but on days when you need them up you just can't get them to move!

  50. Heather Says:

    I have my older kids (ages 8 & 10) trained to wash their hands as soon as they get off the bus, anytime they are in public, after being at a friend's house...it's hard to find a balance between being a germophobe and just cautious. Right now I'd rather they lean towards germophobe status :)

    Congrats on being the SITSta of the day!

  51. Vicki Says:

    Yuck, I only used to get two colds a year...until I had kids. Now who knows what is always floating through the air...Hope they ended up being ok!

  52. Kat Says:

    My friend's sons both got that. And it was horrible. I am hoping that it passed you by.

    And we have been lucky so far to pass by most of the illnesses being spread around school. Think I'll knock some wood just in case...

  53. Good...I'm not the only military mom!

  54. ugagirl30 Says:

    My son is the absolute worst at getting up and ready during school. But summertime strikes, and he is up and at 'em. Why don't I get to sleep in during the summer??????

  55. lynn Says:

    I know, what's up with them getting up at the crack of dawn on days off? Especially when I've let them stay up later the night before. My youngest is like that. My older is almost a teenager. I think she'd sleep all day if I let her!

  56. Michelle Says:

    Ahhhh... aren't you looking forward to the beginning of the school year? :)

  57. Apryll Says:

    I hope your summer has gotten better....not too much longer before school starts again. :)

  58. ~*Paty*~ Says:

    I have the same problem with getting to work. I can't wake up during the week, but on weekends I'm up so early I don't know what to do with myself.

  59. Jenni Says:

    During the summer I like to let the kids stay up just a little later so they will sleep in in the morning. There is something great about getting a little quiet time in before the chaos ensues.

  60. AFRo Says:

    Hand Foot and Mouth Disease - My boys had it when they were around 2 years old because Mr. AFRo thought it was cute that the little one was kissing some strange little girl in the parking lot of his BFF's office. They even took pictures.

    BFF emailed me the pictures, I zoomed in to look and showed Mr. AFRo the obvious blisters around the child's mouth. Then I proceeded to explain to him that our boys were not even 3 yet and I did not appreciate him encouraging exchange of kisses or anything else because HUH-Lo... we have our first disease. ICK.

    Whatever though. It's part of it. I didn't know until then that humans could get this one. I thought it was only found in cows.

    We live and learn.

  61. I just love this blog

    My lifesaving investment was a coffeepot with a timer so I meaasure out the grounds and water the night before and wake up to hot coffee.

    Of course that requires that I actually remember to load the coffee maker with coffee and water the night before. I'm still working on that.

  62. I remember haveing SO much trouble scraping my body out of bed on FREEZING winters mornings when I lived in Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia, when I was about eight. It was SO hard to get up!