Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The things you do for love.

Saturday night, after the extra boys had gone home, I hit a wall of exhaustion I hadn't felt in a long time. I was drained and tired and all I wanted to do was go to sleep...on the trampoline.

What?

You mean, if you were dog tired, you'd want to crawl into your cozy bed with the down comforter and the Tempur-Pedic pillow and snuggle in for a good night's sleep?

Not me. No sir'ree. No how. No way.

My kids had been begging to sleep on the trampoline and, you know, since it's February, why wouldn't now be the perfect time of year?

Can we, can we, PLEASE?!?!?!

O.K. Fine.

Will you sleep out there with us, 'cause it's dark?

Baby, the police helicopter flies over about 10 times a night most Saturdays with it's spotlight on. You'll probably have enough light to read by.*

PRETTY PLEASE?

Children, you know you'd have plenty of warning if someone were to come in the backyard because the neighbors' many dogs bark at the slightest movement. All. Night. Long.*

PRETTY PLEASE with Milk Duds on top? My children totally know how to break me down.

At this point, Trey was faking some sort of fast-induced hearing loss.

Ok, seriously, how bad could it be? I weighed the pros.

1. I could legitimately go to bed at 8:30 even if the dishes weren't done.

2. I could still take my Tempur-Pedic pillow outside.

3. Our sleeping bags are supposed to keep you warm up to, like, 20 degrees below zero.

4. I could score major cool points with my children.

5. The little people are really funny when they feel like they're doing something crazy.


The cons I initially blocked out. Throughout the night, however, they came to me one by one.

1. Every time someone moves, everybody moves, and moves, and moves.

2. Our sleeping bags lied.

3. Sadie, even when sleeping rightnexttome, will still try to crawl into my sleeping bag in the middle of the night which will result in everyone bouncing, and waking up, and talking about how "totally awesome" this is.

4. There are a LOT of sirens in West Dallas on Saturday nights. Coupled with the screeching of some sweet twenty-fos.

5. The police helicopter does indeed fly over our neighborhood, with it's spotlight on, about every hour. It's like a giant coocoo-bird armed with semi-automatic weaponry.

6. Neighborhood dogs get confused when children and their mom sleep on the trampoline. They spend the night barking to each other trying to see if anyone can figure out what the heck is going on.

As you can see, the cons slowly but surely outnumbered the pros.

At about 4:30, Trey came out to check on us. We were all awake, cold, and ready to get in our own beds. Oh, wait, I'm sorry, what I meant was that everyone wanted to come sleep in my bed. And 'fnuggle.

I still earned major cool points. Totally worth it.

* Clarification: I did not actually say these things to my children. I promise.

16 comments:

Best Life said...
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Best Life said...

My kids have been BEGGING me to do this ever since we got the trampoline for Christmas. You make it sound so appealing. But in my case it would be country sounds. Cows mooing, crickets chirping, deer running across the yard...I'll have to carefulle weight those pros and cons. Lisa~

Sarah said...

Ok, I used to love sleeping on the trampoline!

......when I was like 15, and 3 of my best friends were doing it with me, after a night of pizza and gallons of Dr. Pepper, and full of excessive energy and giggles!

You kill me. :-) And you are right--you are one of the coolest moms I know!

Karin Katherine said...

I will do anything for cool mom points too. But why do they always involve us being cold and getting no sleep?

hannahgarippa said...

I used to sleep on the trampoline in High School. I loved it. My friends and I would bring blankets and pillows and stay up all night talking...so truth be told I guess we didn't sleep much.

You are seriously one cool mom, and I'm not sure you have to score points to prove that. Love to you.

Henley on the Horn said...

You never cease to amaze me! I can just envision you all trying to sleep, bouncing from side to side, with a large helicopter spotlight going over your faces while dogs bark & howl!! I hope you have been able to sleep since then. You're amazing in my book!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Oh, you are an awesome mom! They will always remember this night, I'm sure.

Jo said...

I love it! What a trooper mom you are. I should try the February idea- would cut down on bugs I'm sure.

Jennifer said...

I am usually just a lurker, but had to say thanks for reminding me that I LOVE being a mom!

Kim said...

You win the COOL mom award!

Mrs. Troop said...

What an awesome mom you are! I am LAUGHING LAUGHING at your comment about the police helicopters. We had them constantly at our other house. I can't say it made me feel "safe" though? Although the one night I called about gun shots in front of our house the police DID come really quickly. They are nice that way.
Happy sleeping in a BED. Maybe you'll even have it to yourself. :-)

Oatsvall Team said...

yeah for the cool points ... my hubby and boys did that one night and made it till 2pm, so you guys are way tougher ...

oh the things we do to put a smile on our kids faces or it could be used as a great guilt trip in the future ... hee hee

Grace said...

This sort of makes me NOT want a trampoline...:-)

emily said...

I loved sleeping on my tramp. We slept the whole night out side, but my dad got scared and came to sleep with us:) and since when do you have a new trampoline?
-avery

Angela said...

OK...I live in small town USA in small state USA..and NO way have I said YES to this similar request!!

It's the bugs, I can't do it...I know I'm a wimp...

But how come hearing your story makes me want to pack up the kiddos and come do it in the "hood"!! lol Too funny!!

Thanks for sharing--
Angela

Thanks for sharing,
Angela

Tricia said...

You totally had me rofl with this one. Cracking up. You are a way cooler mother than I am for SURE. I have never in my past nor now, owned a trampoline, so this is one life experience both I and my children are being deprived of. I am going to try really hard not to dwell on it too much, though. :-)