Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Adventures of “What In The World Were You Thinking”

There comes a time in every parent’s life where the thought of purchasing chains and locks makes perfect sense. Why is it that during the school year our children try and sleep later in the mornings, but during the summer they must get up between 5:30 & 6am (including weekends)? WHY?”

Not to long ago on a Sunday morning I found myself at our local park (1 block from the house) with a coffee in my hand watching 3 of my 4 kids having a blast on the monkey bars. This was all happening before 7AM. You would think that we would be the only nut jobs in the park at this crazy time of day……. You would be wrong. I found out that day that there is a place where the walking dead inhabit the earth. They even have their own language and indulge themselves with coffee. The mommies and daddies of the these, I guess you can call them “children”; I like little demons, were walking around aimlessly, slumped over, obviously wearing what ever they could easily find that morning, grasping their beverage, glancing at each other and without opening their mouths saying: Help Me, Please Help? They would look at me then look towards the entrance of the park as if saying “we're going to make a run for it, are you in”? I wanted to say yes but thankfully the coffee started to kick in and I heard my kids giggling.


Kim Ayres said...

This year, Meg has finally started to let us lie in until 7am, even if she's up earlier. It's been quite a breakthrough.

Rogan, on the other hand, is basically a teenager and has started losing the power of coherent speech and is lying in longer and longer.

Amy said...

Do we live near the same park? I knew that I was really close to the edge of sanity when I found myself almost yelling the local librarian because the public library doesn't open until 10 AM. Luckily I came to my senses before I went too far, but that was after I said, "are you kidding me? By 10 AM our day is almost over!" So, do you think I should send her a fruit basket or just slink around the edges of the children's section for a couple of weeks?

Sara said...

hahaha, yup, true about the early risers! Nathaniel is up at 5:30am!!! You have a great way of putting things into words. Love to ready your posts!

Jessica said...

Wow, is that what I have to look forward to with my children?! Ahhhhh! Joey wakes up at 8 and I think that that's too early at times!!

Tracey said...

Good lord no! We are pretty regular 7 am wake up call around here. But never dressed before 9. Sadly... I'd love to be outside before it gets too hot.

Nicki Mann said...

Don't try to run, man! They outnumber you! They'll catch you!

amy flege said...

yup. been there done it.. thank god for coffee and adult interaction!
love the new look!!!!

Mauzy said...

you forgot about the other side; the wake up at 2am and climb into your bed, then the alarm goes off at 6am and the child continues to sleep while you must get up.


Run man run. Love it.

Michelle said...

Too funny! Must say, you are way more adventurous than I will ever be. At the park that early? Dear God!

I’m with Jan – what’s up with my 5-year old in my bed at 3 a.m.; Elliot up periodically as the darn oximeter screeching wakes him and this baby in my tummy kicking me to kingdom come? I’m afraid that it will not end soon. Oh, and DH “gets” to leave the house by 5:30 a.m. to be at work at 6. It is no wonder that I drift through the house in PJs till 11 a.m. Just too tired to do anything else.

Great post!

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

Oh goodness...I taught Aviva on the weekend when she gets up to go to the couch and watch TV. And get a yogurt if hungry. She is usally good about it too.

BStrong said...

Kim – Yeah that’s right rub it in. You’ll get yours one day.

Amy – I think you should tell her that you’re her number one fan and then stalk her

Sara – Sometimes I suppose we just need to laugh no matter the situation.

Jessica – It will start to change. Get as much sleep as you can. You could always drug them, but that’s looked at as a no no.

Tracy - See Jessica, it sounds as if someone’s using the drugs. I’m an early riser anyway, but 5:30 is a bit too early. During the week I’m a 6:15 guy.

Nicki – The thought of running with children chasing me. Reminds me of the lynch mob in Frankenstein.

Amy flege – Thanks. The look is kinda cool. I used to get my coffee intravenously until the dr. told me to cut down. I love the stuff; I need it man, just give me a little…..I promise I’ll quit after this one.

Mauzy – That 2am thing thankfully stopped for us. It happens every now and again, but for the most part it’s that damn early rising.

Michelle – I had no choice. My wife needed her sleep and the kids were becoming loud. It’s me at the park or a cranky wife. Heck, I’ll take the kids in the park over that any day.

Dori – We still don’t trust our kids alone downstairs just yet. I guess we bring some of this stuff on ourselves.

Kim Ayres said...

I think "Had mine already" is the actual phrase

BStrong said...

Kim - I stand corrected unless there is more excitement for you in the future;