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I could dedicate a whole post just to the school run. To the chaos, the rushing, the nagging, the losing things, the forgetting things, the running late… It is my least favourite part of the day.
On a normal day my morning routine looks something like this:
Encourage kids to get up; encourage them to make their own breakfast; clean up various levels of mess from that activity; make snacks and lunches; pack school bags; lose things, find things, forget things; walk if we’re ready to leave early enough, drive if not.
When you add snow into the mix there is an extra layer of complication and aggravation, and occasional hilarity (Michelin Man kids anyone, dwarfed by piles of snow?!).
We add snow boots and snow pants in to the dressing to leave the house activities. We add shoes to change in to at school onto the forgotten items list. We add hats and gloves into the hunting high and low for category.
Forget walking to school; it has to be the car as the pavements will be impassable by stroller, and in some cases by foot! The piles of snow at the moment are hilariously high at points, and after our latest storm yesterday (must find out if it has a name…) another foot has been added to the mountains of snow lining the pavements. When you walk through teeny, tiny gaps with snow up to your waist on either side, it is certainly an experience!
During our first winter here I found this incredibly frustrating; now I just get on with it, I’ll get fit again come spring/thaw :)
So, we get everyone in the car, all forgotten items are retrieved, and we’re finally on our way.
Once we arrive at school I have a few options:
I can park in my usual spot. But, parking involves wedging the car up against the snow that has been piled high along the pavement edge. No chance of opening the doors on the passenger side… And, if I do park up and get everyone out of the car, will the wee girl manage the walk without falling over or getting lost in a snow drift :)
Or, if I’m lucky, I can park close enough to the drop off so that I can leave the wee girl in the car while I get the boys across the road, where they can then walk in with others (the drop off is very popular in the winter!). But, then I have to ask myself if it’s cold enough for them to be let straight in to the building (generally this happens when the temperature is below about -5C), or should I wait till I hear the bell :)
Or, do I do the drive-by drop off, knowing that I’m not really supposed to help the kids out of the car, but knowing that if I don’t they’ll fight with the door and trip over bags on their way out…
By the time I get home, it’s only 8.20am and I feel like I’ve done a days work…
How is the school run for you?!
[I may, just possibly perhaps, have had enough of the snow now; we’ve had over three feet in the last week!]