Tuesday, July 19th 2011
Sweet Dreams

When the kids nap, I re-charge. It is the special time of day in which I read, write, ignore the laundry, water plants, pluck eyebrows,  and avoid considering plans for dinner. It’s not a terribly productive time period, but it is crucial nonetheless.

Ethan-11yr does not nap. He has Quiet Time, which involves silent activities in his room while his brothers nap. Caden-7yr is transitioning out of napping by “trying” to nap for 45 minutes and then reading after that until Seth-5yr wakes up. This way, if he is so tired he needs a nap (still quite frequently), he gets a good nap because he’ll fall asleep in those 45 minutes. If he doesn’t need one, no biggie.

Either way, the house is silent and I am at peace. It happens every day. It’s glorious. Beautiful. I have no idea how so many of y’all do it any other way.

Yesterday no one napped and it made me crazy. Today, I planned.

After swim lessons, when the boys were all wrinkly and cold and hungry and whiny, I suggested an at-home spa treatment. (the irony here being that I personally HATE spa treatments, but I didn’t tell them this.) The boys could have a warm bubble bath, chamomile and lavender (sleep inducing, I”m so sneaky) bath salts, Elmo bath color tablets, etc. Then I would wrap them up in their terrycloth bath robes (with a planetary or  dalmatian theme) and blow dry their hair before tucking them in under their favorite chenille blankets.

I had three VERY enthusiastic volunteers for Spa Day.

I have three VERY tired, clean little boys right now, starting on their naps/Quiet Time with all signs pointing to extreme success/peace/silence/sleep/thank GOD.  They have been pampered right off into dreamland.

We might need to do this more often.



7 Comments on “Sweet Dreams”

July 19th, 2011
1:35 pm

Um, can I sign up for Spa Day and a nap? That sounds like heaven.

July 19th, 2011
1:38 pm

yeah, you CAN. for you I’d throw in a chocolate-y treat and a warm, purring cat.

July 19th, 2011
4:16 pm

I want to come! I could use a long fragrant bath, and a blowdry, and most especially, a chocolate-y treat.

Mother T
July 19th, 2011
5:36 pm

I want directions to your house, please? I could so very much use a spa treatment. Of course, at my age any time a nap is included is good. **Big Grin**

July 20th, 2011
10:16 am

Oh man. I’m so sleepy today. This sounds like the best deal ever.

July 20th, 2011
2:16 pm

Road Trip!

Mother T,
Point your car towards West Texas!

It is a pretty sweet deal. Assuming you don’t mind mis-matched sheets. I like high threadcount, but can hardly bother with matching them.

July 20th, 2011
5:38 pm

Oooh, how I wish! Unfortunately, Cassie is not house-trained yet, so we can’t take her to anyone else’s house.
I don’t mind mismatched sheets ;)

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