Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Not So Quiet Times

One more Disney picture had to share. Snapped at the end of the day, I think it captures pure exhaustion. (l. to rt. Cousin Will, Aunt Heather, Chris and Cooper at his finest)

I was reminiscing this afternoon. My mind raced back a couple of years to a time where we had just one or two children. Every afternoon was nap time...honest-to-goodness, full-fledged, everyone-actually-sleeping nap time. Every day I could count on at least an hour of silent serenity. While the little ones were deep in slumber, I'd have time to whittle down my to do list, return a few calls, and maybe just maybe sneak in a few z's myself.

Fast forward a few years and a couple of kids, and nap times have become a thing of the past for most of the Wood boys. Now, it's called quiet time, although I think the word "quiet" rings with irony. (Chris has actually coined it "fight time.") Each day, I attempt to put my non-napping boys in quiet time for at least an hour. But, it's just not the same. There are questions, commentary, and bickering that ring throughout the house. Even if they reside in separate rooms, they still manage to communicate (oftentimes harshly) with their siblings.

Each day I grapple with the question, "Is it really worth it?" Maybe wrangling the boys into their rooms with the hope of a little tranquility and productivity has become unattainable. Maybe it's time to break out the white flag and surrender to the fact nap times of the past are just that, a thing of the past.

But, I still have a little fight in me (and a lot of laundry to do). So, I continue with quiet time, accepting the fact times have changed and headphones do wonders.

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