I switch into autopilot every morning around 6:30 a.m. I go through my morning routine like Robot Mama making sure that everyone gets what they need before they run out the door. It almost feels mechanical how I move around the kitchen each morning: Get the waffles in the toaster oven. Pour the drinks. Pour the cereal. Cut the banana. Get the lunches ready. Take out the vitamin bottle. Check the backpacks for homework and library books. Make sure everyone has socks. I guess you get the idea by now :) When I'm particularly in morning zombie mode, I'll screw up how I distribute everything to the kids. That's when I'll hear one of my gang say something like, "Mom, why are you handing me his cup?" Just going through the motions.
After everyone is gone off to school and work, I enjoy quiet time with my little girl as we have an uninterrupted girls' breakfast. It's nice not having to be "on" during that meal. I can just sit there and hopefully begin to wake up. My really favorite time in the morning is my after shower song time as I get dressed in my bedroom. I love to put on one of my favorite songs and spend those 2 or 3 minutes singing along. Sometimes my daughter will join in and dance a little too! Today, I listened to "Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones. I absolutely love Norah's soothing voice and the almost mesmerizing melody of that song. I first heard it on "So You Think You Can Dance". It was such a beautiful piece accompanying an amazing dance interpretation. I can't wait until "So You Think You Can Dance" comes back. After watching the show, I know so much more about traditional and contemporary dance styles. Finding amazing singers has also greatly benefited my music collection. I really need to get that Ipod so I can have music with me all day. This two minutes in the morning and 5 minutes at the bus stop just isn't enough!