his weekend we had a family event planned that required maximum cooperation from all three children. Since the event was planned for the end of the day at the end of the weekend it was in everyone’s interest that all three children were as rested as possible. The kids were already frayed around the edges from the exhausting Halloween week, so UnDorkMommy and I launched our strategy to get all three kids a nap. The baby wasn’t going to be a problem. The challenge was with the two older kids.
“OK, you two.” I said, looking both of them in the eye with my most serious face. “If BOTH of you take a good nap — and I mean a real eyes-shut-lights-out-all-the-way-asleep-having-a-dream kind of nap — when you wake up Mommy and I will give each of you not one, but *TWO* pieces of Halloween candy.”
That was enough. With little resistance both Episode IV and V were nestled under the covers, Jellycat and Bobo tucked under their arms, with the lights out. I quietly closed Episode IV’s door just as UnDorkMommy finished getting the baby down.
…and for one glorious moment in time all three of my children were asleep in their beds, at the exact same time in the middle of the day.
At first neither UnDorkMommy nor I knew what to do with ourselves. But we figured it out pretty quick. I put on my best “come hither” face and said to my beautiful wife,
“So, are you thinking what I’m thinking?”
“Yeah,” she said with an excited sparkle in her eye. ”You empty the dishwasher, I’ll rotate the laundry.”
45 minutes later Episode IV was up and the moment was lost.