This morning has been a zoo around here. Everyone is whining and complaining. My husband has already dubbed it a nap day, but the bad moods don't bother me.
Here is a list of why the kids' crankiness is totally worth it:
1. They were up late catching fireflies
2. After catching said fireflies, they stopped for homemade chocolate chip cookies
3. During the late bedtime, the twins were listening with rapt attention as we near the end of their first Hardy Boys mystery
4. The princess read "Hop on Pop" to her daddy and it took a loooooong time
5. We spent time as a family
Normally, I (and the kids) strive on routine. Bedtime, though later in the summer, is early enough to give everyone plenty of rest, so we can avoid the unpleasantness of the next morning. Sometimes, however, it's important to let the schedule fly away with the fireflies and just enjoy the time that's chocolate chip cookie sweet.
This summer will never come again. Soon my five-year-old will be reading to herself and we'll miss her patient little voice, brimming with pride as she reads Dr. Seuss for all the world to hear.
School starts in five weeks. There will be no time for tandem twin bug hunting and shouting for jars when the twinkling prizes have been caught.
Schedules are guidelines, not straightjackets . Run with it. Grumpiness can be alleviated by a nap, but the memories will last a lifetime.