How the ideal evening has to go, for all our sanity's sake:
By 4.30: pick up Nev
By 5: home, potty
5.30/6pm : dinner
7pm: potty, jammies
7.50: last call (water, potty)/ last book
8pm: close the door
Hard-learned schedule, that one. Leave a LOT of buffer. But try to have a good half hour of stories.
Unfortunately, ANYthing that threatens the above -- like beautiful weather that invites us to hit the park before dinner, therefore throwing it all off by an hour or so -- will make me all twitchy, even with the post-dinner buffer.
Yesterday I was prepared, so "pre-dinner" cheese, veggie pouch were part of the "get back to the car" enticement at the playground. Home at 6. Still closed the door on them at 8-ish.
Today, we have some family fun activities as Nova's school, smack in the middle of the dinner routine. Thinking to do something similar to yesterday.
May have to save my daily caffeination for the afternoon, rather than morning....!!!