Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Sometimes, we will look at one of the kids and think, "How can this little one belong to us???!"

And other times, we can't deny that these kids are chips off the old blocks!

What do you think...could these two be twins, separated by 30 years?

On a random, slightly related note, sleeping has been interesting around here lately. The kids are "usually" in bed by around 8, and up around 7. Sometimes a bit earlier or later either way, but that is generally the framework.

Lately, however, we have been WAY off. First of all, the sun has been up so late in the evening that bedtime has crept back a bit. Then, we have frequently had summer evening plans that have also contributed to the late nights. To top it all off, 2 weeks ago we took a GRAND family vacation to the Rocky Mountains for some camping. I am working on some blog entries from that trip to share soon (it was so so so wonderful!), but we were there for a week, and the kids definitely adjusted to Mountain Time Zone.

So, this combination of factors has brought bedtime to 9ish, with the kids often wound up and not actually asleep until more like 9:30 or 10. Which has then brought wake-up time until more like 8 or 9.

I've got to admit...a fews days this week, it has been AWESOME!!! I slept yesterday until 9:30 in the morning. It was unbelievable!!! That hasn't happened since before I had kids, literally!! Today, I got up earlier, but the kids didn't get up until 9:15. I can't even begin to tell you how much work I got done on the house, all before they woke up. It was lovely and all sorts of wonderful.

Now, it's not perfect. Aaron and I can't get much done in the evenings, or spend much time together because the kids are awake so late. And there are days that we have things we need to get done, and I am having to wake them up, which means they aren't quite getting the sleep they need on those days, which also means they can be cranky, no fun for anyone.

So we will definitely be moving back towards a more "normal" schedule. But I just had to comment on my magical couple of "sleep weeks", before I am back to being up by 7 everyday and I forget entirely that there were a few blissful weeks of summer sleep-ins!