This week I decided to do my me time another day, since today is Valentine's Day. It's not a huge deal between my husband and I, but I thought it would be nice to spend the day together. The whole day. Plus, Ethel is totally into Valentine's Day, so I wanted to be around for the morning at least and give the kids cards and a small token that Nani mailed to each of them.
Fred woke early again today, a pattern he started in the middle of the week. This morning he held off until 5AM, so that was a lucky break. Even being Daddy's day to get out of bed with the kids, I jumped out of bed as soon as I heard Fred open his bedroom door. Daddy's reflexes are quite dulled in slumber, so I took this one for the team. Fred agreed to turn on a light and play in his room, and he did so for about an hour and a half. I have to admit (now that the sun is up and I've had some coffee), he was really sweet as he played with his cars in his room, quoting Dinosaur Train, singing songs, and organizing the cars by color. I still dozed on and off until he finally exited his room, announcing that it was time to start the day. He and Daddy brushed their teeth together and headed downstairs. Ethel was still sleeping in her bed, having gone to bed late after a birthday party yesterday.
I somehow found sleep again and was able to keep my eyes shut and my mind turned off until about 7:30, when I decided to check the morning news franchises. I'm a Good Morning America girl on the weekends, when I happen to catch the AM show. It's been a while since I checked in on Bill and Kate, but, they haven't changed much since I last saw them. Then I figured I'd check on Lester Holt over on Today, and learned about the Olympic happenings I'd missed while I was out last night, and couldn't keep my eyes open for later (sorry Apollo).
I soon heard some noise from Ethel's room, and found her on her bed, having sorted the goodies from her adorable goody bag from yeterday's birthday party. A cute Princess purse, one of those little metal ones with the beaded handle, filled with bubbles, some candy, and assorted other trinkets. She's taken the candy aside, and then asked me to put it in the candy bin I have in the cabinet. I guess my habit of scavenging the kids' goody bags over the years have paid off, as Ethel readily offered the candy for storage, rather than pulling the covers over her head attempting to hide while eating a Butterfinger. I dutifully agreed to put the candy away for her, and she opted to play with her goodies instead of joining the boys downstairs and getting some breakfast.
Eventually she conceded and Daddy and the kids had breakfast while I watched a little Teen Mom, 5 Ingredient Fix, and the Biography on Elton John. I am a sucker for mindless TV, and the ADD lends well to my ability to channel surf and still keep up with each show. :)
Daddy came in about a half hour ago to wish me Happy Valentine's Day, and agreed that I would spend a little more time relaxing before joining the family. After all, the last four Sundays I was already heading out the door at this hour. I wiped the sleep from my eyes and headed down to get a coffee. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Daddy had remembered to turn on the coffee maker for me. Suddenly, the fact that the dining room light was on (something that would normally irritate me) was a non-issue. I got my coffee and came back upstairs to find Ethel wearing the Snow White dress she'd worn to the birthday party (and last weekend to the story time), which I'd placed in the laundry basket last night. None of this bothers me right now. Rather than walk around the house and nit-pick, as I so commonly do, I am enjoying a relaxing morning.
I realize that the past four Sunday mornings have allowed the kids and Daddy to establish a morning routine which doesn't require whining for Mommy, nor Mommy's intervention. My house is calm, my family is happy, and anything that needs to be done will be there when I decide to tackle it. What a gift my alone time, my me time, has given me. Even if the calm is disturbed, even if Fred has a "I've been up for four hours and I'm crabby" meltdown, I've had this moment to see how wonderful my family is.
I will probably take this weekend off from my me time, and that's fine with me. I hope the girls behind the counter at Panera understand, and I hope they still have a warm hazlenut coffee for me next week. I'll miss hearing about what the three ladies did this week, what movie pulled back guy recommends, and seeing the two guys who got the tall table last week. Hopefully we can all start again where we left off when I return next week. We'll enjoy our coffee together. I'll do my reading. My kids will have their time with their Daddy. And I'll have my coffee. Yum.