My house is a mad house at the best of times, but weekday mornings have to be the worst. I have never really liked any time before 8am, not even when I only had myself to worry about. Now I have four small people to chase after and make sure they are dressed, fed and clean.

I know this doesn’t sound like a huge feat, but there are only so many time you can say “put your socks on, no seriously put them on, we have to go. Wait, where are the socks I gave you?” Follow this with “Did you brush your teeth? Can I smell your breath? Go brush your teeth. For real, you have to brush them every day.” Hopefully you don’t have to also follow up with “Why are your socks in the fish tank?” because that’s how some mornings go, and that is before I even leave the house. Don’t make me tell you about the “Why does she get to sit in that seat?” “I wanted to pick the movie!” and “Wait, I forgot my (insert any number of things from hats and mitts to recorders here.)” discussions we have in the car.

It’s a wonder I still have my sanity.

This is why I love days that don’t come with timelines. This past week, I was off work, and I planned a special day to spend with the kids. Once everyone was awake, I announced they wouldn’t be going to school, and we would go to the aquarium instead. As you can imagine, this was met with a round of applause.

I started the fun at the breakfast table, by bringing out the Pillsbury Toaster Strudels. The kids gobbled them up, and at no time did I have to say “Please eat your breakfast” or “You are not going to the bathroom with a mouth full of food, I know you’re going to spit it out.” I did, however, say “Use your icing to draw a picture on your strudel.” Which they thought was cool, and now they can enter the Strudelgram contest on the Pillsbury website!

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So, with our bellies full, and our morning started on the right note, we headed to the aquarium to have some more fun! At the aquarium, I may have said things like “Do you want to touch the shark?” and “If you guys were tuna, I could sell you for $5,573.”

Disclosure: I am part of the Pillsbury Strudelgram Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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