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i am  not a morning person. therefore, i will not, nor will i ever be the mom that whips up a kick ass breakfast every morning (at least not consistently). i like to wake up slowly, to linger in bed. because of that, the kids often beat me down the stairs in the morning. sometimes it’s by seconds, sometimes by minutes and on occasion it’s more minutes than i care to admit. our house is  small, so i can lie in bed and listen to them. sometimes there are giggles, sometimes there is arguing over who is touching who too much and this early in the day, etc.. other times i hear them foraging for food. luckily, their most oft requested sustenance in the a.m. is dry cereal (they rarely take it with milk) and they can easily get that for themselves. (and really, it’s more of an appetizer, since they’re grazers).

don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean i don’t offer to cook, i do. but, they have their favorites. dry cereal, frozen waffles still frozen (i chalk this up to their quirkiness, because i don’t get this at all) – sometimes with a side of fruit, eaten while sitting on the couch absorbing an episode of mr. bean. most days making breakfast is toasting a waffle and then slathering it with some peanut butter and honey. on those days, we’re usually heading to school, but enjoy lounging around for as long as possible.

 

in the midst of all this i’m usually just trying to guzzle coffee while it’s still warm (remember i am not a morning person , i tend to set my coffee down and forget about it), making lunches, brushing teeth, getting little people to put on underwear, pants at the very least. but, i love the morning when i have time to make myself a decent breakfast in the hopes that they want to eat what i’m having. (i don’t do frozen waffles still frozen). sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. my favorite, eggs, seem to be off their menu lately.

then there are days where no one wants to eat, but they are ready to go go go and i might find myself mixing paint instead of pancake batter. these are the days when they roam around while eating, grabbing whatever suits them. i find myself stepping over the abandoned remnants. apparently, cracking open pistachios while wielding a sword to battle medusa at 9:00 in the morning is tricky business and takes a certain kind of finesse. one that none of us in this household possess.

 and we have our days when we cook a big, hot breakfast, but i’ll admit when we do have those days, we eat late. technically, it would be brunch, but i’m not a fan of that word. sometimes it’s just the four of us, other times friends come by. they bring the biscuits, i cook a mean sausage gravy (or so i have been told), matt makes a killer pot of coffee or two. brunch schmunch. if it’s before noon it’s breakfast.

our breakfast times may be rather sporadic, unplanned and sometimes a free for all. but, there is something about this (dis)organized chaos that  makes me want to wake up and get the day started.  and it may or may not have some thing to do with witnessing amazing bedhead and living in a house full of goofballs. (of course, the coffee helps, too).

(they asked me to take this picture. i’m not sure if they’re supposed to be monsters on the prowl or if they are just really excited about that pineapple and watermelon. i’m guessing both).

are you a morning person? is there a breakfast routine in  your house? do you have a quickie go-to breakfast ?

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  1. March 14, 2012

    I’m writing this comment as I lay in bed with my daughters foot stuck in my side as I hear my son walking into my room..he’s now here for a morning snuggle…and in 30 min or less I have to have them fed and on the way to school…I don’t do mornings either 🙂

    • jess lewis #
      March 14, 2012

      that sounds just like my morning today! those morning snuggles are so worth being a little late.

  2. Mountain Mama #
    March 14, 2012

    I am that annoying morning person, most weekdays my alarm goes off at 4:30 so I can beat everyone to the office for a couple of hours of actual work. Because of this weekday insanity I am up by 6:30 on the weekends so big breakfasts are now my specialty, the higher the fat, calorie, carbohydrate and salt content, the better. And if I have the time for Hollindaise sauce I will put it on anything, hell, I will even eat it with a spoon. We have been into burittos lately which are super yummy, although my timing on having all of the fillings ready simultaneously needs some work. Dry cereal is a favortie in our house too, as well as fruit and cereal bars and sausage balls. Ya can’t go wrong with sausage balls! I really dig your Darth Vedar spatula. . . . . And I am very glad you are blogging again 🙂

    • jess lewis #
      March 14, 2012

      sausage balls and hollindaise sauce? i want to wake up at your house, it sounds like you do breakfast right!

      • Mountain Mama #
        March 14, 2012

        I will have plenty of balls on hand when you come to the mountains in July! (y’all are coming right???) I will send you the recipe because they keep very well and can be grabbed and gobbled on the go.

    • jess lewis #
      March 14, 2012

      yes! we will be there in july. i can’t wait. i’m ready for a road trip!!

      • Mountain Mama #
        March 15, 2012

        Woo hoo!! I CANNOT WAIT to see the Lewis clan 🙂

  3. lifeineden #
    March 14, 2012

    I have some that wake up too early, they go down and forage too. We are a mostly dry cereal house too, although waffles get toasted. Weekends sometimes means pancakes, but it’s hit or miss. Sadly breakfast here is rather boring and routine. Not much variety or experimentation. But hey, they get fed. 🙂

    • jess lewis #
      March 14, 2012

      what is it about dry cereal? it’s definitely the favorite around here, no matter what i offer to cook. glad mine aren’t the only ones foraging!

  4. March 14, 2012

    ha! this WAS my post before my camera broke, confessions of a non morning momma…
    i love grazers and lingering in bed and coffee. and oh how i miss the south’s biscuits and gravy… maybe you can teach me how. so yes in our house it is cold cereal most days before shuffling out the door bed head and all. on weekends i do love to cook one big breakfast, feels fancy, but we eat it in our pj’s bed heads and all. i love those slower mornings.

    • jess lewis #
      March 14, 2012

      poo on that camera! i would have loved to have seen that post by you. that wasn’t my original plan, it just seemed the most fitting with all the food shots i had. i plan on making you biscuits and gravy some day. after we’ve slept in for a bit, of course.

  5. joelynnej #
    March 14, 2012

    Bahahaha: Brunch! Do you watch Misfits? —-> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9LtyOnf23M&list=FL3nB1n6Qb_Hs3bwFJfAHXyA&index=1&feature=plpp_video

    • jess lewis #
      March 14, 2012

      oh man, that sums it up for me. i had never heard of that show. adding it to my queue. i watched a few clips on youtube, it looks like it’s right up my alley.

  6. March 14, 2012

    breakfast usually consists of o.j. and pb&j on toast…side of vitamins….nothing fancy…well, maybe on the weekend…maybe. absolutely love your shots…even though our mornings sound similar…mine don’t look quite so beautiful….

    • jess lewis #
      March 14, 2012

      thanks, lisa! mine like pb&j’s in the morning, too, IF they can make it themselves. since that can be time consuming that only happens on super lazy mornings.

  7. March 14, 2012

    I used to hate mornings. Despise them, really. But lately I’ve been getting up an hour earlier than the kids just to sit in quiet and drink my coffee. It’s been way enjoyable. Doesn’t mean I still don’t feed my kids dry cereal. The fanciest I ever get is pancakes..the kind that come from a mix..where you just add water. Honestly the only time I ever cook breakfast food is when we’re having it for dinner, like last night.
    P.S. I blogged a little about our morning routine the other day too. I love it when things like that happen..like there’s a lateral line connecting everyone.

    • jess lewis #
      March 14, 2012

      breakfast for dinner is my favorite! really, i could eat breakfast for 8 out of 10 meals a day. the other 2 would be food from the taco truck. i would be in serious trouble if there was a waffle truck near us.

  8. Kate #
    March 14, 2012

    My kid won’t eat breakfast (unless we’re completely unable to access food, like on a long morning stroll or in traffic, then she’s starving). I used to stress over this – pancakes, muffins, every cereal under the sun, fruit, scones….a lotta work and mess, and the kid’s still not eating. So now I literally open the fridge, grab a handful of any sort of berry, scoop out a coupla big glops of yoghurt into the blender, then into the sippy cup and into her hands. Done. And since it isn’t “food”, she drinks it down.

    • jess lewis #
      March 14, 2012

      that’s a great idea! i think we’ll give smoothies a shot now that the weather’s turning warmer.

  9. March 14, 2012

    That last picture might be the greatest thing ever.

    • jess lewis #
      March 14, 2012

      they are definitely a hoot.

  10. damiec #
    March 14, 2012

    I was a morning person of necessity while I was a corporate drone – at one point I had a 2.5 hour commute – each way. no place that comes from but sleep. And my husband, during our many childless years, would sleep 1/2 the weekend daylight. When we had our kids and I started staying home, everything flipped. He started getting up super early to exercise before they were up and let me sleep in & 9 years later this pattern mostly still holds. I think my die-hard non-morning person has taken up residence. Before we had a school schedule to hew to our mornings were quite leisurely, now we’ve got a routine that has Craig making breakfast while I do lunches.

    But as for what they eat – bizarro. Dry cereal with a side of milk for the boy, anything from pb toast to sardines for the girl, and most days both kids start off with a side dish of olives??? And on leisurely weekends one of them still might crawl into bed with me, only after their Dad has given me coffee, to have me read a few chapters of whatever I’m reading aloud to them. Those mornings are my all-time favorite.

    My little guy has those pjs Henry is wearing in the last frame (which is really fabulous) when I saw your photo I think I grinned even wider because of it.

    • jess lewis #
      March 14, 2012

      sounds like our kids have similar palates, though they prefer their olives and sardines after noon (henry prefers the sardines, bea is the olive muncher). i love that they want you to read your book to them. sounds like a great way to start off a day. especially if there’s coffee in bed (which totally makes me think of that song by squeeze).

  11. March 14, 2012

    Coffee and lots of it if I’m home. Starbucks oatmeal or scone with tons of coffee if I’m on the road. This post got me through a very boring lunch. Thanks.
    p.s. Love the processing on these.

    • jess lewis #
      March 14, 2012

      me too. sometimes disgusting amounts of it. i always say i’m going to try to cut back, but i’m always lying.
      glad i amused you. and thanks! i’m using some actions i hadn’t used too often.

  12. allison mcd #
    March 14, 2012

    i wake up early, but mostly to be alone and ease into my day … i’m not going to talk to you (or even smile) until i’ve had two cups of coffee, a good serving of protein, and a whole lotta quiet time.

    your photos here are awesome. the colours are awesome. (and i love that last one the most).

    • jess lewis #
      March 14, 2012

      i’ve considered waking up earlier than everyone, but i get my alone time at night. i guess that’s the way i’m wired.
      quiet just doesn’t exist in my mornings.

      if i had asked them to pose that way (as if i would even be able to come up with that idea), i would have gotten sneered at.

  13. March 14, 2012

    I am soo a morning person. But I am not a cook so my family doesn’t benefit 😉
    Love these pictures, love your words.
    Why can’t we be neighbors?!

  14. jess lewis #
    March 14, 2012

    i am a night owl, but on the occasion that i wake up super early i tend to enjoy it. i just can’t ever get into the routine of being a morning person. i’m an okay cook. i’ve got my dishes that i love. luckily, matt is a natural chef.
    neighbors sounds good! maybe when we’re all retired we’ll get that photography commune going.

  15. Jill #
    March 14, 2012

    Alarm rings at 4:45. The phone rings at 4:49. Both ring more than once. But by 6:05, I’ve put the bread in the toaster and am ready to eat my tasty toast, make a cup of coffee for the long seven-minute drive to work, and am on the road by 6:25. Because those school buses are murder in the morning? But come weekend? God, I love a good breakfast scramble or an eggs Benedict. Any time.

    • jess lewis #
      March 14, 2012

      you may be an early riser, but your mornings sound efficient and i like efficiency. if i have to set an alarm, i need to give myself at least 15 minutes of leeway from the first buzzer until i actually get out of bed.

      i haven’t had eggs benedict in a long time. you and mountain mama are making me want to change that. yum!

  16. March 15, 2012

    My daughter wakes up way before I do. Not because she gets up crazy early… she really doesn’t… just cause I’m super lazy and would sleep till noon everyday if people would let me. When I get up to feed the baby in the middle of the night I set a bowl of dry cereal and a sippy cup of juice in the living room with one of her shows cued up on the TV on netflix so when she gets up she goes out there by herself, starts it, eats her breakfast, and I get another hour or so under the covers.

    • jess lewis #
      March 15, 2012

      i had many a morning like that when bea was still nursing. thank goodness for netflix!!

  17. Laura #
    March 15, 2012

    Coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Every time I go in for a physical and they ask me how much caffeine I consume, I’m tempted to lie… but I don’t and when I see the look on their face (almost a full pot?! GASP!) I could give a shit. I love coffee and must, must, must have it in the morning. I’m generally more of a morning person, but not an early morning person, if that makes any sense. I think more clearly in morning after a cup of coffee. Usually Michael is up first and he wanders downstairs to have dry cereal, though lately he’s started adding milk. Celia is a pancake and OJ girl. Oatmeal for me or a breakfast protein bar is we’re way late. Pack the lunches and out the door. On the weekends, though, Kevin loves to make a big Sunday breakfast for us as we linger. God love a man who loves to cook…especially breakfast.

  18. jess lewis #
    March 15, 2012

    you’re not alone. that is about how much coffee i drink, too. though it’s throughout the whole morning. the morning person, but not early morning person totally makes sense. i have days like that. most days really. i just have to get up and moving. at my own pace and with coffee. and yes, a man that loves to cook. i lucked out in that department, too. not sure my hips did though : )

  19. March 16, 2012

    wait. breakfast? what the?

    today it was oatmeal with chocolate chips out of mason jars in the car 25 minutes in because i accidentally threw the jars in the basket with lunch in the trunk. on a day like today where we actually need to be out of the house at a certain time because people are relying on us, my alarm goes off two hours early so i zombie around a bit to sort of wake up before heading out.

    not a morning person.

    • March 16, 2012

      my kids would love to eat oatmeal out of a jar while riding in the car! my problem is when we have to be somewhere i never get up in time to make the oatmeal.

  20. March 16, 2012

    I generally am a morning person, as long as I’ve had a proper night sleep (which means the toddler had to have had a proper night sleep). I still need a gallon of coffee though. Our standard breakfast is scrambled eggs with sliced fruit – which the 9 year old knows how to prepare. Huzzah!

    • March 16, 2012

      maybe if i let the kids cook the eggs they would eat them more often. henry has the coffee making down, we’ll have to work on the breakfast making next.

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