My Children Are Still AwakeNaomi Odes
Today could be referred to as the quintessential summer day here in Vermont. It was in the high eighties/low nineties, but there was a breeze coming off the lake, which made it still hot in the sun but kind of lovely as well.
My husband and older son launched a sailboat today that my husband has had since college. This boat is the bane of my summer existence. It takes up hours and hours of time for extremely limited pleasure (for me). Most of the time, he has to “work” on the boat while I stay home with the kids. But that’s a vent for another occasion…
Now that Shnook is old enough to go with Daddy to the boat and “help,” (i.e. sit there and not get in trouble and/or hurt himself,) the two of them steal off in the mornings and leave me with Fuzzball and an entire day of nothing to do. Today would be a long one, they were going to motor the boat all the way down to our house from the Marina, which would take over 3 hours.
We were out of a lot of stuff, so we went shopping for food. Then we went up to the Marina to bring them the life jacket they forgot. Then we went home and played in the garden. Fuzz took a short nap, much to my dismay, and was ready for action once again. I brought him back up to the dunes, and got him plenty of fresh air and sunshine. We splashed around in the waves, played in the wet sand, “called” friends and relatives on the rocks and shells we found. We had a genuinely rocking good time.
We met up with Shnook and T for dinner where both boys gobbled up their pizza. Both seemed weary from their individual days of sun and fun. We were quite sure they’d go down quickly as soon as they got home.
Despite our best efforts to wind them down, talk about bedtime, read quiet stories, talk in quiet voices, (dude, we were both exhausted too), at 9pm, they were both still awake, and crawling out of their bed(s).
Sometimes I wish I had the patience to do everything it takes to get my kids on the strictest of strict schedules with black-out shades and special clocks, but something tells me that even then, they’d still be up.
So, why waste my time? It’s summer.
FYI, this is my last Toddler Times post, at least for now. I’m taking a little break from Babble blogging. I hope you will check out my personal blog, I Am Still Awake where I hope to be found more frequently in the coming days ahead. Thanks for all of your support, advice and comments over here!
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