Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The 5:00 Hour

It's a stressful one, don't you agree?

Everyone is hungry. The house is suffering from a day's worth of living, and children are starting to get restless.

So, today, when Ada wanted to lie on the couch and watch "George" during that dreaded hour, I happily agreed.
I was so hungry, and the house was an absolute disaster. I wanted to get things together just a bit before Scott walked in the door. I hate for him to be greeted with such chaos. I would like for our house to be somewhat of a haven after his day at work. So, while Ada lounged on the couch, I dealt with this.And I got dinner together. More for my sake than anyone else's. Did I mention that I was starving?

But Ada's lounging lasted maybe five minutes. I turned around to find this.

She is "talking to Near" and watching the boys next door play basketball. George was forgotten.

And now on to the other hard hour--bath time and bed time. Ada has a hard time winding down at the end of the day. After bath, there is lots of bouncing and running in circles and pretending to be a frog, and I try to corral her long enough to get her pajamas on, hair brushed, stories read, and prayers said. It's a work out every single night. Wish us luck.


Deanna said...

These evening hours are a trial at our house sometimes too. To make it even more crazy, my girls are ready for bed at 6:30, so we struggle to fit it all in before they pass out! I'm trying to enjoy these days of early bedtimes...I'm sure they will be running in circles and delaying bedtime soon enough. : )

Bethany said...

I hear ya, except my '5:00 hour' lasts more like 5 hours!! Even now, it's 10:45PM, I am just now hearing Caroline begin to settle down in her room. Yep, that's what I said...just now. She's bee in there for a long time! Dinner...always a struggle!