Thursday, November 12, 2009

It's the hap-hapiest time of the day!

I want to tell you all up front, I really love my children. They are smart and funny and pretty well behaved (for the most part). That being said I L-O-V-E bedtime! I am almost giddy when I call every one to prayer then send them off to their dreams. We have a deal in our house. If the kids have their p.j.'s on and their teeth brushed by 8:15 they can stay up until 9:00, if not they have to go to bed at 8:30. When we started I told them it was their responsibility and I wouldn't be reminding them of the time. We've been doing this for about a year and I think there has only been three times when someone has had to go to be early, and never all of them on the same night. Last night as I was listening to all of my children bickering over some video game, I looked at the clock to find that it was 8:18. I jumped up and found that none of my children had done their bedtime prep work. Chris thought I was a little too enthusiastic when I asked them what time it was, and totally unsympathetic to their devastated faces when they realized they had missed the deadline. Tears were shed and complaints of it not being fair were uttered, but once everyone was in bed they were asleep in less than half the time it usually takes them to fall asleep. Dalin, who folded his arms and resolutely and repeatedly told me he was NOT going to bed, was out in minutes. Sweet sweet bedtime.
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