“Mom, does that mean 8 in the morning or 8 at night?” asked my middle son, staring at the digital clock on the oven.
“It’s still morning, sweetie. Remember? You have only been up a little while.”
He nodded his head, looking relieved.
My 5-year-old has been obsessed with going to bed at 8 p.m.
With all of the activity of summer, he often found himself feeling tired and lacking energy. When it came time for his kindergarten physical in late August, he begged me to ask the doctor why he is so tired all the time.
“I think you need to get more sleep,” I advised. “You either need to go to bed earlier or take a nap.” Despite our attempts at an 8 p.m. bedtime, he and his brother couldn’t imagine going to bed before the sky was dark, so they would often spend another hour goofing off in their room.
“Plllleeeeaaaase ask the doctor?” he said.
So, we explained the symptoms to the pediatrician. He listened carefully and then gave the diagnosis.
“You need to get more sleep, buddy.” The doctor looked my son right in the eye and said, “I want you to go to bed at 8 O’Clock and don’t get up until 7. Understand?”
Now, without fail, he watches the clock to make sure he does JUST as the doctor prescribed. If the clock says 8, he rushes off to bed without any complaint.
Doc, could you have mentioned something about cleaning his room, too?
A few years ago, my life almost revolved around politics. As a state government reporter, I spent most of my time around politicians. I knew the issues. I understood the process. And I knew many government officials personally.
Maybe I understood politics a little too well. Since becoming a stay-at-home mom, I have pretty much tuned out politics. I have become so disinterested in that world that it’s hard to believe it was ever such a big part of my life.
But suddenly, I’m interested in politics again.
Did you watch Sarah Palin give her speech at the Republican National Convention? I can’t remember the last time I listened to a female speaker who inspired me. I wasn’t embarrassed for her. I wasn’t wondering how she would handle her critics. She drew me in, and I didn’t want to just turn her off and tune her out.
I’m not saying that I agree with everything about her.
But I do like her style. She took on Obama without seeming whiny. She’s strong, gutsy, dynamic and, yes, … inspiring. I have never wanted a woman in an elected position because of her gender. But I am intrigued by watching such a strong political force who is a woman.
I spent some time this morning reading the reviews of her speech… trying to catch up on her stand on the issues. That’s something I haven’t done in a long time.
This stay-at-home, minivan-driving mom is actually excited about politics again.
Starting second grade and kindergarten…
I’ll admit it. I’ve been secretly blogging for more than a year now. Well… if you call about 12 posts in 15 months blogging. And does it count if you don’t tell anyone you have a blog?
But here I go… finally making my blog public. At the same time, I’m launching my everydayMOM planner, which has been in the works for a while now, too.
It all started a couple of years ago when I was looking for a planner with enough space to keep track of all of the contacts, phone calls and bookings for my direct sales business. I created my Brain Book, which I started selling to other direct sales moms.
At the same time, I made myself a personal organization system that I called my everydayMOM planner. The MOM stands for Moments of Meaning. And the goal is to help moms organize their everyday tasks to give them more time to add some meaningful moments… with their kids, their husbands, friends… in their spiritual journey or pursuing a dream.
When other direct sales moms would ask me how I kept my home life organized, I would show them my binder. “Can I have one of those?!” they would often ask.
So, after several years of trying to create a format that others could use, I’ve finally published my everydayMOM weekly planner! Check out the link and let me know what you think!
I’m planning to use this blog to add ideas that aren’t in the planner. And I would love to hear yours, too!
These are some things to do that we really enjoyed!
DO drive the Roaring Forks Motor Tour. It’s really beautiful and there are some great places to get out of the car and explore the streams and trails.
DO buy the waterfall map for $1 and then take your pick! Laurel Falls is VERY busy, but still fun. We also drove to a few waterfalls.
DO take a picnic lunch to one of the parks in downtown Gatlinburg. They have nice picnic tables and it’s easy to go down to the stream and play on the rocks.
DO go to Cades Cove. It’s a 25-mile drive from Gatlinburg and then an 11-mile loop to explore the life of early settlers. If you are in good shape, you can ride your bikes around the loop. It is closed to cars on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10 a.m. Kent and I did this 10-years ago and we loved it. It’s too strenuous for young children.
DO go to the Ripley’s Aquarium. It had lots of sharks and amazing exhibits where you could walk in a tunnel under the fish tanks. Believe it or not. We got to see divers feeding the fish, too.
DO take along some books on CD to listen to during some of the drives when everyone is wiped out!
DO enjoy lots of candy in Gatlinburg. There are lots of things to do downtown. Ride the trolley or take the tram over the city. Play miniature golf, shop, ride go-karts.