Getting Up Early

No one told me that I was going to be tired every night if I get up early in the morning.

Hey! That’s a dirty trick.

Give that boy a gun, will ya!

Our youngest visitor had quite the time with this little gun.

It’s only 10 pm and I am totally exhausted. It feels like midnight. I can barely keep my eyes open (much less string sentences together in a coherent fashion), but I haven’t written email to my family, caught up on my homeschool emails or read all the hundreds of blog postings in my RSS reader.

tarah, sarah and elise

These three 5 year olds are GREAT friends!

What I have done, however, is made Tim’s lunch, cleaned up the kitchen, run the dishwasher, emptied the washer, started the dryer, and put five children to bed.

brigette, hannah and bethany

As are their older sisters.

Not to mention:

- worked on my Beth Moore (Daniel) Bible study
- taught school
- exercised
- prepared meals for my family
- visited with a friend and her five children over lunch
- welcomed five additional children for the afternoon (making it a total of 15 kids here at our home)
- delivered dinner to friends from church
- created an Impress presentation for my homeschooling co-op class
- picked up kids from their church outing

And so much more (hopefully not too much more as I can barely function right now).

some Star Wars warriors

Adam and Daniel take on the bad guys in their Lego Star Wars computer game.

I’ve decided to give myself permission to be tired. Of course, with computer troubles and a stubborn determination to add a few pictures to this post, it’s now just after 10:30 pm. And I wonder where the time goes. Sigh.

What time do you wake up in the morning? Any other night owls out there who have to get up early in order to ‘get everything done’ in their day? As if it were possible to get everything done. How many hours of sleep does a mom really need?

Project 366 – Day 16

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14 thoughts on “Getting Up Early”

  1. Looks like you got the important things done, and so many of them! Great work, Kathy! You definitely have permission to be tired! See why I’m usually no good at games late at night? Hopefully your body clock will soon adjust and it will get easier.

  2. Kathy, my alarm goes off for the first time at 5:15. I’m working on waking up and running in the AM before school but I usually do not get out of bed till 5:30!
    I also have fallen asleep at 8:30 and 8:45 this week… I am NOT a night owl.

  3. That’s the ‘funny’ thing, Kathy, you won’t have a problem getting up early IF you go to bed early! I’ve been staying up regularly until about 1 a.m. That makes 6:45 comes awfully early, and I often sleep right through my (radio) alarm. And I “should” be getting up at 6:15. But I only need 6.5 hours of sleep at night, and it would be easy to fix if I’d just go to bed at a reasonable time!

    It makes all the difference for me that my kids and dh all need several hours more sleep than I do; so my “alone” time (which means “computer time”) comes naturally. :)

  4. Please get sleep, dear Katherine. Your family needs you energetic and creative–two of your gifts!!

    We bloggers don’t NEED you as much. Is there anyway to stop everything mid day and get in a nap?

    JW and I got about 7.5 hrs. of sleep last night.

    I love you. AK

  5. You are a very busy woman. I hope today isn’t quite so full.

    As for the sleep, I’m one of those people that need AT LEAST 8 hours of sleep every single night or things start to get ugly. After a few days of not getting my beauty rest my body will do something horrible, like giving me a migraine that will force me to crawl into bed and do nothing else until I catch up on those missing Zs.

  6. It’s probably best I don’t say much here as I’m one of those morning people that everyone loves to hate. I feel the day is gone if I have slept in until 6:00 A.M. If I’m up past 10 P.M., I am a zombie. I could blame it on being pregnant and having four other children six and under, but these have always been the hours of sleep even before children. :>)
    Many Blessings,

  7. Hi Kathy!
    The pictures came out great…I would love a copy of the one with Daniel and Adam.

    I chuckled when I saw the title in my inbox this morning. I rolled out of bed at 8:35….it’s now 8:39 on my computer. I went to bed at 11:30 last night after taking a hot bath so I could fall asleep quickly. I’ve found that I really do need 9 hours of sleep on a regular basis in order to be “awake” all day. If I get less than 9 hours, I fall asleep while reading stories to my littles in the afternoon. I’ve also found that I have more focus when I am in the middle of being required to listen and discuss things. I can do a 5 or 6 hour night once in a while for a super organizing frenzy, but not very often.

    I agree with your aunt about you have the gifts of being energetic and creative! I guess part of the gift is that because you ARE so energetic and creative you like to always have busyness going on around you eh? There’s never a dull moment at you house!

  8. *sigh* I’m so with you on this one Kathy. In my ideal world, I would stay up till 4 am and sleep until noon… I just can’t get anyone around here to cooperate with my schedule : D

    I’m about ready to give in and take up coffee…

  9. I am a complete & total night owl. I love staying up long after everyone has gone to bed. I’ve really felt that I need to start getting up early though – like in 5am early. I have yet to make it. My hubby does need to be up early for work though & I do now at least try to go to bed when he does – typically about 10pm. That makes it a LOT easier to get up around 6am – still not as early as I would like – but way better than what I used to do (stay up until midnight-1am & sleep until 8am). Of course, ALL my boys are early birds. Blah!

  10. Holly at Aiming High totally has me busted. I was going to post some witty comment about pregnant mommies of twins needing about 9 hours of sleep a night, and a 1 – 2 hr nap during the day. But wow! 4 kids under 6 and expecting another… she totally has me beat.

  11. Yep. I burn both ends of the candle here as well. I rarely get much blogging time anymore. On top of all the normal family/kid stuff and homeschooling responsibilities this is also a very busy time for me getting the year end bookwork done for our business.

  12. I am also a 9 hours a night kind of a girl. Unfortunately I am also a night owl. When you have children AND are homeschooling them, that combination doesn’t mix well.

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