Now, I assure you , I am not delusional and I realize that the likelihood of ALL these things happening on the same day is pretty much nonexistent. But, we are supposed to be thinking about a perfect day. And, if my day went like this, it couldn't be much more perfect!
- First, I would have to wake up feeling refreshed, well-rested, and happy. This rarely happens. For starters, I'm not a morning person. Plus, I need my sleep and if I don't get a good 8 hours on a regular basis then look out! Most nights I get a about 6-7 hours. I usually get up at 5:30am on weekdays and, like I said, mornings and I do not get along.
- Secondly, my children would have to wake up on their own refreshed, well-rested, and happy. All three of them have alarms clocks, but honestly I'm not sure why. I don't think they have ever woken up when their alarm clocks went off. I have to go around and wake them up myself. Since I'm not a morning person and they are, obviously, not morning people, this is not a good combination. I wouldn't know what to do if they all woke up themselves!
- Third, there would be no arguments over wardrobe. We have tried picking out clothes the night before and I have mostly given up on them wearing cohesive outfits. But, it seems everyday at a least one of them complains about something being too small, too itchy, not clean, or too hot. (I swear my kids would wear shorts and tank tops year-round if I let them.) My youngest doesn't complain too much, but that's because I pretty much dress her like a rag doll each morning and, by the time she is awake enough to care, it's too late to change. (See #2) Honestly, I should probably include myself in this one, too. When I get dressed on the perfect day, my clothes would fit just perfectly and be extremely stylish.
- Fourth, everyone would get out the door calmly and on time. Nobody would remember something they need to get at the last minute. There would be no misplaced socks, shoes, or coats. I would not have to say, "Hurry up" fifty bajillion times. It would all just flow so smoothly that we might even be early!
- Fifth, I would have the time and energy to accomplish everything on my to-do list during the day. No matter what was on the list - laundry, dishes, errands, blogging, phone calls, work stuff, cleaning - it would ALL get done. If it was really, really perfect, it would all get done with a little time to spare so I could have a few minutes of down time before picking up the kids. (This might be possible if I combined this perfect day fantasy with my Tuesday Ten Superpowers list from a couple weeks ago! I could use my cleaning wand and complete tasks with super speed.)
- Sixth, it would be a day of no homework. No sixth grade math or projects. No spelling words. No addition flash cards. Just a relaxed, carefree afternoon.
- Seventh, in order for the afternoon to be relaxed and carefree, the weather would need to cooperate. It would need to be sunny and not too hot or too cold. The kids could play outside and I could take an afternoon stroll. Perfect.
- Eighth, no matter what I prepare for supper, it would turn out to be absolutely delicious and everyone would clean their plates without a single complaint. (It would also be helpful if the dishes washed themselves, but if everyone actually ate without complaining, I would be on such euphoric high, I probably wouldn't even mind doing them myself!)
- Ninth, bathtime and bedtime would go smoothly. For some reason, my kids always whine about taking baths/showers. I really don't know what they have against being clean. When bedtime rolls around, they are master stallers. Even though they are all capable of brushing their teeth and prepping for bed by themselves, I still have to walk them through every. single. step. What should take about 20 minutes usually ends up taking closer to 45 and, by the end, I am frustrated and exhausted. Then, when I think it's all finally done and everyone is settled, inevitably someone gets out of bed for a drink of water or a sudden ailment that needs immediate attention.
- Finally, tenth, everyone needs to sleep soundly and peacefully through the night so that we can all start over again with #1 the next day!
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