Monday, August 11, 2008


Today is a rare day in our household. Its mid-morning, and instead of busily working away doing farm chores, homeschool lessons, and housekeeping, we're munching on donut sticks and enjoying the Olympics in our pjs!

Now I know that for some of you this is no big deal. I CONSTANTLY hear complaints from my adolescent offspring about how their friends get to sleep in til 10, 11, or even later in the morning. But those friends don't have a former green beret as a daddy. Or a mommy who really, really needs help around the house. A household of 9 just doesn't run very smoothly if half the family is not out of bed til the middle of the morning.

But this morning I woke up late due to Benadryl taken the night before. Most of the kids were pretty tired and wanting sleep since we had a very busy weekend...11 year old son even had a trip to Ship Island with his boyscout troop. And when we did wake up, it was lightly raining and behold! The Olympics were on tv!

So, in a rare, but very popular move, I made the executive decision that today would be a lazy day filled with lots of Olympics (and Michael Phelps), easy food, minimal jobs, and light if any schooling. Wait...aren't the Olympics educational? Yeah! They are...all that geography and history and fine arts and math and science...its all there...really! Even, as my 14 year old pointed out, PE!

'Course, as she just added, "we only get to watch it, we don't have to do it, thank goodness!"

So, the dishes might stay piled high, the Latin dvd unwatched, and the dust bunnies safe from destruction, but that's okay. Because today we're having the kind of day that my kids will include in their collection of fun childhood memories in years to come.
And their mom is enjoying a lazy day without feeling guilty.
Ahh-h-h-h-hhh. Now those are some sweet words.

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