My inspiration for this record of my days:

“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Rush Hour

Between 7:15 and 7:45 am is rush hour around here.

It is also the time, apparently, to make some noise.  After a good 10 hours of silence (while sleeping), and before hours of having to be relatively quiet at school, the kids feel the need to get it all out!

Here are some of things going on during rush hour today:

Savannah practicing the piano.

Rebecca folding a big pile of laundry in the middle of the family room, while singing the national anthem at the top of her lungs.

Caleb whistling, rapping, or opera singing, alternately, while he wandered around wrapped in a blanket “looking” for a clean uniform shirt.

Jonah repeatedly pushing the button on the Handy Manny tool box to hear it play the theme song.

Simon throwing a kicking, screaming, fit… first because he had to have his pants changed, and then because I couldn’t feed him fast enough.

Everyone needing me to sign their planners and reading logs.

Everyone trying to pack their lunches while Jonah chased them around with a lightsaber.

Some people complaining that they were still hungry because they didn’t like the millet cereal I cooked for breakfast.

Most people (at some point) tattling on Josh for tooting.

And me, somehow still smiling, taking some Excedrin!

1 comment:

  1. Boy, am I sorry that I missed all that because I had to make it into work for a 7 AM meeting. Can you repeat all that tomorrow so that I can enjoy it too? :)