In the past few weeks, the Bears have been waking up at UNGODLY hours, anywhere between 5:00 AM and 6:45 AM (which is right before Thomas leaves the house for the morning, and cannot be of any assistance). It hasn’t been predictable, no patterns, disturbances, or changed routines to provide reasonable excuses. They simply wake up, start chattering, and soon recognize that it has been an ETERNITY since their last meal.
During Thanksgiving Break, this wasn’t too much of a difficulty, since Thomas was here to take one child, while I took the other. This past week, however, has seen far more breakfasts eaten much earlier than usual for the bears, and far more cups of coffee for Mama Bear.
But last night, they slept.
Unfortunately, we didn’t.
First disturbance: work on school stuff, house stuff, and cleaning until far too late in the evening.
Second disturbance: when you hear the mouse-trap upstairs become fully (and agitatedly) occupied around 1:00 AM, don’t go back to sleep and ignore it.
Third disturbance: I had a dream that Fuzzy Bear was back with us, that he was very sick, but the hospitals wouldn’t take him, and his new family were trying to get our foster-license taken away, or some such other horrible nonsense. I woke up, weepy, confused, which of course, woke up Papa Bear.
Fourth disturbance: hear the mouse trap become violently UN-inhabited with the dog barking at the stairs that lead to our attic (which happens to rest right outside our bedroom door). Walk around the downstairs trying to find the mouse, because it sounded like it fell down the stairs. Go upstairs to investigate the trap. Discover that the trap is empty, and the mouse no where in sight, because the original occupant of the mouse trap was NOT actually a mouse. It was a RAT! (We later figured out that we have a Roof Rat, a common enough rodent in this part of Texas.) We cornered it in our attic, but it escaped down the stairs and out the cracks in our living room where the chimney is being replaced.
So, we decided to get up after such bizarre adventures. Coffee, Scriptures, and Prayer together this morning, which hasn’t happened for a while, since the Bears have been waking up at such odd times.
The chimney is almost done, thankfully, so that should help to eliminate the potential entry ways for the tiny livestock.
Today is Athletic Field Day at school, so Papa Bear got to wear regular, comfortable clothes, with no lesson plans or printing necessary.
I don’t have to go in until later today, since I don’t have classes, and I wasn’t needed for the festivities.
The Bears are at the baby-sitter’s house for the morning, so I am getting some cleaning, baking, and laundry done before heading in to school for the final festivities.
And, the Bears slept until 7:00 AM, despite the rodent-caused ruckus this morning.
So, a rough night was had by Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and the Roof Rat (who was, after all, stuck in a sticky situation all night), but joy comes with the morning.
Soli Deo Gloria