09 April 2009


I made a mistake.
I made a BIG mistake.
I made a BIG rookie mistake.

Yesterday in my steam-coming-out-of-my-ears-push to do all things domestic and get ready to leave town, I didn't put the boys down for a nap. What was I thinking? Come on. No nap? It started as if I don't put them down for a nap, maybe they will fall asleep sooner in the car and sleep a little while longer before getting to Mimi's house and thus making the transition from sleeping to seeing-Mimi-and-Peepaw-waking better. Obviously this didn't happen.
While my laundry list of things to do included finishing, folding and putting away 5 loads of laundry; cleaning the bathroom; dusting the house; vacuuming (because we doesn't relish in coming home to a pine-sol, soft scrub, pledge smelling house?); removing all road-side bombs from the backyard; picking up the backyard so that if a stray neighbor were to pop his head over our fence he would be amazed at how tidy my kids keep things and thus deduct that I have the best dedication for teaching my kids the art of picking up; removing all trash from my house (again for smelling reasons); AND THEN packing for our 6 hour trip. I had some things to get done. I foolishly thought that by keeping my children awake I could 1) get things done without waking them since some of the things needing to be done would wake them and 2) I was still thinking about that 6 hour trip looming over our heads. Rookie.
So they stayed awake.
And then graced us with a look at their tonsils all thru 281 S.
We did however have some brief moments of solitude when listening (us)/watching (them) to "Monsters Inc.," "Wall-E," "Dumbo," and "The Little Mermaid." Have I mentioned that I LOVE our portable DVD player? So we made it in at 12:02 am and the boys finally got put in bed about 12:30 am but not before Tyson had a full on tantrum because he wanted to "stay up till morning." Ha! Silly rabbit, Tricks are for kids!


Amy said...

We clean before vacations too. It's nice because we always seem to forget and then it's a nice surprise when you come home to a clean house! (Our kids don't sleep in the car when we want them too either).

Brittany Skloss said...

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who's kids freak out when I try to do something nice (like let them skip naps one day). I had to do the packing thing too (for 18 days!). I thought my head might roll off from all the thinking about onesies, socks, pants, jackets, pj's, blah, blah, blah in two sizes. I'm convinced I'll have this packing for a group of people thing down (probably when they go off to college!). See you soon!

Brooke said...

Why is it that I can fall asleep within 5 minutes in the car, but my kids can stay awake for the entire 5 hour trip? Amazing. Glad you made it down there safely!