I woke up to the sounds of talking and giggling from the girls room. Nothing unusual, except that it was not quite 5:00 in the morning, and it was still dark outside! So, I headed upstairs to remind them that they are not allowed to get up until their clock says 7:00 or later. And what a sight met my disbelieving eyes!
They were fully dressed. Their hair was brushed. Their beds were made. And they were all sitting on Jaela's bed reading together. At 4:54 in the morning.
When they finally noticed me, it got really quiet.
Me: What on earth are you doing? It is still dark outside, and your clock does NOT say 7:00!
Anya: Daddy woke me up and I couldn't go back to sleep.
Jaela: Daddy said it was early in the morning.
I got suspicious.
Me: Have you been up since Daddy got home?
Oh boy. Mike flew late last night, and got home at 2:45 a.m.
I made them get back into their beds and told them to go back to sleep, and NOT to get up or even talk until that clock said 7:00.
They obeyed, with a minimum of protest, but it's going to be a long day!