Saturday, May 24, 2008

Preschool, Nighttime, and the Chipmunks



Zach and Kammy went to neighborhood preschool this year. I don't know if they got anything from it, but it worked out great for me. I mean, two kid-free hours, in a row, twice a week. It was almost like heaven. Here they are at graduation.

Last night we picked up Jake and went to the drive in movie. We saw Alvin and the Chipmunks. It was cold, but we kept the windows open and the kids were bundled up in the back of the 4Runner with their pillows and blankets. They loved the movie and fell asleep in about 15 seconds when we got home. The best part was the $5 bucket of popcorn and the $10 Tostitoes pizza.

So, this next piece of information is something I thought was so sweet. It's something I miss out on a lot because I'm at work during bedtime. Don't get me wrong; I hate putting the kids to bed what with all the waiting around and hovering like a vulture making sure they brush their teeth and getting drinks and listening to the whining and the bargaining for five more minutes. It's a taxing process at the end of the day. Zach's usually no problem but Kammy is a night owl. We will probably have late night girl parties when she is older. But what was I saying? Ah, yes. When Dave puts the kids to bed, he gets the pajamas, the teeth brushed, the stories read, the everything done. Then he puts the kids in bed, shuts off the light, threatens them with the very breath of life to stay in bed, and leaves. When I put the kids to bed I do all that, but I sing lullabies before I leave. The main thing I wanted when I was a kid was a lullaby and so I decided that was something I would do for my kids. I've sung enough now that I've made up for any I didn't get. But I still sing because they demand it and it helps me calm down at the end of the day, too. Last night I was singing (the Chipmunk's Christmas song by request) and tickling Zach's chubby little cheek and his eyes fell closed and he drifted off to sleep with a sweet little smile on his face. Don't you think it's cool that even a disillusioned mom like me could get a kid to fall asleep with a little smile of his face?

5 comments:

Kristin and Steve said...

Priceless.

A better way to say priceless is price list. Funnier don't you think.

MamaB said...

I completely understand. I HATE bedtime. Really hate it! It's always a fight and more often than not I end up yelling and threatening and stuff. But I do sing to my kids (although it was easier when they were all in the same room so I didn't have to do it twice!) But it did help to calm things down a lot. And I got to practice singing in a place that was not so scary! (The girls don't care if I can sing...only that I do!) Thanks for the inspiration. I need to get better at doing that. Especially with Kayla...every night she wants to sing the same song (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star!) But I don't feel bad because when Meg was that age she wanted the exact same song. Crazy!

Dave said...

Graduation for the gifted don't you think? What kind of gifted, I will leave it up to your imagination. Let's just say I am not a beliver in award shows, american idol and dancing with some washed out star bring me to shear bordom. It is all for the kids though and I understand that I just wanted everyone to know that I would have had a better time pulling an ingrown toe nail out.

Emily said...

I never went to preschool, and I turned out just fine, (I think?) I guess it is the thing to do now. I've gotta say I do look forward to those kid-free hours too!

*We're Unplugged* said...

Jax loves Alvin and the Chipmunks. He sings most of the songs from the soundtrack daily. It is extremely entertaining and annoying at the same time!