The kids got their lunch while I was exercising downstairs, and then I was checking email. I noticed things had gotten a little quiet, and came upstairs and found this:
Dean and I just replaced our mattress and this is our old waterbed mattress, with the water tubes removed. The kids have been using it as extra living room furniture until it gets taken to the dump. I guess having it there inspired the kids. (I’ll bet this was Mabel’s idea; she’s been on a campaign to get the kids to set healthy goals, such as only one treat a day and only using half of their daily hour of screen time.) I saw Mabel’s eyelids flutter, but I don’t know if she was half-awake or just dreaming. I’m sure the other three kids are sound asleep, since none of them could fake holding still this long. Dean’s at work and Isaac’s gone on a church youth activity, so my house is completely quiet.
We did go swimming this morning, and have had quite a few late nights recently. Still, I’m a little astonished. I’m not sure how to celebrate the occasion. Maybe I’ll take a nap, too.
Update: Mabel just woke up, and she says what actually happened was that Henry was cold, and lying on the mattress, so they wrapped him up in a blanket, and then Rosie wanted to be wrapped up, so they just made a bed for all of them, and then they fell asleep.
2nd update: They only stayed asleep long enough for me to take a shower. Still, it was lovely while it lasted. And they woke up cheerful.