Mornings usually run smoothly in our home. My wife and I are really great partners when it comes to raising our children and seeing that they are fed, dressed, and out the door in a timely fashion. Recently, my wife had a pretty bad cold and went straight to bed after work. It was a Friday evening, so I figured that was ok. She could sleep off her cold over the weekend. I could deal with being a temporarily single dad.
We Can Be Busy with Three Girls at Home
My 3 younger children have various activities scheduled for Saturday mornings. Friday evenings we have a simple dinner, maybe watch some TV or play a game. Then it is off to bed. Before they retired the oldest of the three reminded me that I needed to wash their outfits and uniforms for the next day. I put the wash on, finished the dishes, checked on my wife, and then crawled into bed.
Saturday morning I got up to make the girls some breakfast before we headed out. Yes, they are girls. Imagine their horror when they discovered I had forgotten to put their clothes in the dryer. Now, my son would have shrugged and worn whatever. Not the girls. Okay, I threw the clothes in the dryer, as we still had an hour and went to make coffee and cereal. Ugh! No milk in the fridge. I like milk in my coffee and the kids wanted cereal. I could feel a mutiny brewing.
Our Local RaceTrac
It was quick decision time. I got the girls into the car still in their pajamas, as I couldn’t really leave them home while Mom was sick. I forgot completely that I was also in my pajamas. I even had slippers on, which I only noticed once we got inside our local RaceTrac to grab milk. It was actually a pretty funny scene. The girls and I got laughing so hard. Right there I decided that we were going to enjoy the moment and I allowed them to get whatever they wanted for breakfast.
Two of them went right for the Swirl World frozen yogurt with the 41 toppings bar. The little one wanted a hot dog from the roller grill that caught her attention. She could not have been happier. When I saw that RaceTrac was offering any size coffee for $0.50 with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich during January, I went for that sweet deal. I got myself a Ham, Egg, and Cheese Croissant and a giant hazelnut coffee. Just before leaving, I decided to get a creamy, cold, fresh milk shake for my wife’s sore throat.
The girls ate on the drive home. I enjoyed my much-needed coffee. We cleaned up, put the now dry clothes on, and hit the road again. Yes, I had gotten out of my PJs.