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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Up All Night?

The children are napping. This is an anticipatory measure for the long night ahead. IF I let them stay up.

I haven't told them that there is a possibility that the two of them can stay up later than ever before. I'm not yet certain if I can live with that decision.

There is so much to take into consideration.

I don't have cable, so we can't watch the ball drop. In fact, I have no TV channels at all, so we would have to find entertaining things to do for HOURS. That shouldn't be a huge problem but seeing as how staying up this late is so far from our norm, I'm not sure that I can pull it off without major meltdowns from one or both participating parties. The question would more than likely be who would freak out FIRST. At which point one or both would be forced into early retirement, and really, that is never all that much fun. That forced bedtime as opposed to the jolly staying-up-late thing that may have been promised.

So I have resolved to not promise anything, nor mention anything, about perhaps staying up late. We will just play it by ear. That way, if one or two meltdowns occur necessitating immediate bed time enforcement, it won't be the loss of a really cool privilege. It will simply be time for bed. Time for bed a little outside of normal routine, but time for bed nonetheless. No promises.


Nikki said...

I remember how fun it was to stay up late on New Year's Eve. I will probably not even make it to midnight tonight! Good luck with that!

Bernard said...


How well can they read the time?

You could just set some clocks so that they're reading midnight earlier, and then celebrate at, say, 9:30 PM.

Of course, this will only work if they're not expecting the neighborhood to burst into song or some such thing.

I hope you have a wonderful, stress free, and peaceful New Year's eve. Best wishes for 2007.

jill. said...

I hope things went well for you guys last night :) Happy New Year!

Amberthyme said...

Did you keep with the routine? Or did the kids stay up 'till midnight? I chickened out-- all the kids were in bed by 8:30.