Monday, August 25, 2008

The Morning

This morning started at 3:30 am when Jillian came into our room asking if she could watch TV. I honestly think I was still partly sleeping because I told her yes, just keep the volume on low.  It was after she left that I became slightly more conscious - as much as you can be at 3:30 am - and thought why am I letting her watch TV at . . . what time is it?  Good grief, that child was WIDE awake for such a time.  So I yanked myself out of bed, went into the living room, and told her that she needed to go back to bed - now.  It was about this time that the dog got up needing to go out.  I don't normally make a habit of letting the dog out at this time, but Guira is one of those dogs that will not get up at that time unless she NEEDS to go out.  So as I let her out I realized that she needed food (don't even bother to ask why I'm feeding the dog at 3:45 AM - it's like I cannot stop looking around at what needs to be done).  So I shove my hand in the dog food container to realize seconds later that her food is infested with ants.  I was annoyed to say the least - anyone who knows me well - especially from my time in the Dominican Republic, realizes that I have little tolerance, patience, or mercy for ants (I'm clearly not vegan).  

I quickly sprayed - bathed - the ants with clorox water (which was the nearest spray bottle I had) and headed back to bed.  With Jillian.  I realized that she would NOT go back to sleep on her own.  She would end up waking up her sisters, and it was worth sleeping with extra limbs on me than dealing with Stella at 4 AM.
We finally get back to sleep, and when I wake up . . . again, I realize that it looks pretty darn bright outside.  I quickly kick Arturo and ask him what time it is.  He says 6:50.  *&^%  The bus comes at 6:55.  I quickly go into crazy mode. Rip Abi out of bed (poor thing), and get her ready for school in 2 minutes.  I barely brushed her hair, and I'm not sure she brushed her teeth.  After she ran to the bus, I wondered why I didn't just drive her to school calmly?  That may be another post.
I wish I could say that this is the last of these mornings.  But somehow I know that I will be frantically getting my kids ready for the bus, tending to late night insomniacs, and constantly looking around to see what needs to be done.
My goal is to do all of this - as if for Jesus.  Oswald Chambers talks a lot about living for Christ in the mundane of life.  I'm not sure I did that this morning, but I truly desire to model out for my girls a passion for Jesus.  So that they feel His love in all I do for them & around this house.  No small task.
On a different note, Abi & Jillian love the Funny Pets & People show, and Funniest American Home Videos show.  They ask all of the time if we can be on it.  So whenever Jillian thinks one of her sisters or Guira does something funny she asks if I want to tape it for Funny Pets.  $10,000 would be nice.


Lala said...

I feel you! I am so lucky I have a couple more weeks until school starts but it is going to get interesting around here thats for sure! Our dog is the same way and if i don't let her out she will whine and whine and moan and growl until someone does, but once she is out she wants to play. Ugh.
I am never fast enough to catch funny things on video. 10k would be quite fab though! *wink

Debra said...

Mornings are so hard. There is no way I could get my zoo ready for the bus at 6:55. You rock Tracy!

Laurie said...

WOW!!! Sorry that the morning was a rough one. I seem to be a dead sleeper. I hear nothing sometimes I even sleep through alarms. This scares me when it comes to things like kids talking to me and me talking back without being aware of what I am saying.

A few weeks ago Joey woke me up asking where his dad was. He says that I wanswered him and told him "China". ... must have been watching too much of the Olympics. Sorry about the ants! That would have made me upset.

Jaime said...

I so hate mornings!

America's funnies home videos is a favorite around here for sure. My kids actually have a season on dvd and watch it all the time. And they laugh just as hard every time they watch it!

Becoming Me said...

Ohhhh bless your heart. I love your attitude and how you found the good in this.

Shannon said...

Oh, that is a rough way to start the day! Your outlook is inspiring. I need to adopt it!

Jocasta said...

Wow that's one early bus!

Connie said...

$10,000 would be nice huh???? With 5 kids NOTHING is ever enough. Those mornings are so hard and then you look back as you did, and feel so silly for the way you handled it, but it is sooooo hard to think rationally when you are soooo tired.