Monday, September 22, 2008

Four in the Bed

My days as of late have gone a little like the kid song “Roll Over.” Remember that song:

There were four in the bed and the little one said roll over, roll over. So they all rolled over and one fell out. He gave a little scream and he gave a little shout.

The “little one” represents the changes in my life since I moved from Grapevine. First change—the glorious hour of exercise a day. Then there is the social life, which has tripled with so many friends and family members so close (An enthusiastic loner by nature, I spend as much time overwhelmed by my social interactions as I do enjoying them. It is important to add, however, that these people are the reason Ryan and I move back here in the first place and are well worth it.). Last, the cubs. Their nap requirements are dwindling… as is my sanity.

So naturally, things are falling out of bed. First to hit the floor, obviously, is my writing. How I love words, manipulating them to do what I want, swinging them around to evoke emotions, pairing them in ways that make others laugh, agree, and sometimes blush. I miss writing so.

Also, it seems that I’ve lost any time for reading. Books, blogs, and yes my friends, even my scriptures have been neglected. I’ve haven’t even signed up for my new library card yet, whereas before I’d visit the library weekly, always leaving with five or more pounds of loot.

These are very important pieces of me that have been pushed to the side by other very important pieces of me.

Rather that pick and choose, I’ve decided to add an extra hour to the day. Being that the sun was not very keen on the idea of slowing her routine, however, I’ll just have to do it myself… gosh dang it. I’ll add another hour by waking up early every day, before the kids, before my hubby and before that cheeky sun.


Ryan laughed when I told him my plan because he has no recollection of me EVER getting out of bed before him. I am not what you’d call a “morning person.” I've never wanted to “get the worm.” But do I really need nine hours of sleep a day?

I can do it. Holy hummus, I can do it.

11 comments:

Melanie said...

I've never thought of you as an enthusiastic loner. Enthusiastic yes, but loner no. I think most of us do enjoy our alone time though.

Good luck with your goal to get up earlier. I've been doing that as well. More hours in the day please!

Kristy said...

Oh wow, you rock! I totally support that goal (though I know how hard it might be, being an anti-morning person myself) because I look forward to every one of your posts. And you might even inspire me to try waking up earlier so my exercise routine can roll back in. :)

breanna said...

More power to you Bethany! I'm right with you on that "I don't get out of bed until Michael comes in and pulls me out" thing, so I admire your ambition.

Matt and Christina said...

Hey, we have locks way up high where the kids can't reach even with a chair, we got them at home depot and I think they are called butterfly locks, we have them on all the exterior doors so our kids cannot escape. I hope this helps good luck, give Doug kisses for us, my kids still ask for him every time we drive pass your old place. We hope things are going well for you guys.
Love,
The Stevulaks

John and Mikelle Hafen said...

you are awesome and do make me laugh with your writing! i need to get my hour a day in too! just waiting for lil ace to sleep a little longer in the night so i feel like a person again, but i am starting to wonder if that will ever be possible now that i am a mom...just waiting until i have yogurt on MY couch!

Jessie said...

It's hard, but it's amazing what a little extra time in the morning can do for your day. I find if I get a few things like my scripture studying, piano practicing, and getting dressed in first thing in the morning it brings on a whole better day for me and my family...

Chris and Tara Mason said...

I am sooooo not a morning person! I end up enjoying my "me" time after everyone goes to sleep in the evening! It would be better to do it in the morning because then I wouldn't get too carried away reading, scrapbooking, or whatever and balance my time and energy better!

The Brock Family said...

Good Luck with the early morning thing! My kids wake up way to early as it is to do that! I enjoy reading your blog, you have a great way with words.

adrienne said...

Get your priorities straight, girlie. That extra hour in the day was supposed to translate into 4 or 5 posts this week. This is just as bad as Colin Firth deciding not to make a movie for a few years. Fine for him, but what about MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE?

Rachel Evans said...

If you can do that, then you are my hero! I set a weekly goal that this week will be better then the last, I will wake up early, and b4 I know it... it's 7 and my boys are up. I am so not a morning person either so 7 is still early for me!

And a loner... I don't think so. But I totally know what you mean about needing your own space. Some of the best days are spent kicking it around the house! I call my p.j's my work uniform! I love living by family again, hands down, but it does make you busier! I am so glad that you guys are here!!!

Ryan said...

So can I ask you about the worm when you get up in the morning? I loved doing that back in the you have to take me to work because we only have one car days. I love and miss you. Good luck with this.