Maybe it just felt extra long because Mark and Zack were up at 4:30. To be honest, I didn't get up then because Ben was still asleep, but I did wake up about every 5 minutes from then until 6 to make sure nothing crazy was going down. Maybe it was because I was a tiny bit cranky. Maybe it was because Kevin left the house at 5 AM and didn't get home until 7 PM. In any case by about 10:45 I was crazy. I needed to make lunch but didn't really want to eat anything we had. I was going to mail some things but couldn't find my stamps. I knew that we'd better get out of the house and do it quickly. I had a few books waiting for me at the library, so we loaded in the car, got some fast food and went to the library. It was perfect. The little kids played with blocks and trains, the big boys picked out books and then played with blocks and trains with their little brothers. Eric and Mark are the proud owners of their very own library cards now.
Everyone was so tired and I was too, so they all went to bed at 6:45 without complaint and I didn't hear from them until 5:50 this morning. That's still way too early but it's a heck of a lot better than 4:30.
Today I've gotten off to a pretty slow start, but I think we'll go to the playground before it gets too hot. Getting out of the house is going to be instrumental in surviving this summer.