L.B. Simmons

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Play/Pause…My Favorite Bedtime Ritual



So I’m looking down at my watch.  9:31 PM.  Are normal children not in bed by this hour???  This is a question that plagues my mind almost EVERY SINGLE NIGHT.  I seriously think it’s the freaking 5 hour naps they get at daycare.  Ahhhhhh!  Anyway…

Just to give you a slight taste of my world.  I have three girls.  I have an awesome attitude-errific 9 year old.  A wonderful and loving, but often in her own little world 7 year old.  And a four year old who obviously requires no sleep.

I am literally laughing right now, thinking about my night tonight. I don’t get many guilty pleasures…but I am completely addicted to Vampire Diaries.  So, like any typical night..we started the 45 minute epsiode at 7:30 and we just now finished.  At 9:31 PM.  Cuz that’s how we roll in this house.

Play.  Pause.

Play. Pause.

Play. Pause. THREATEN.

Play. Pause. THAT’S IT!


Not only is there a lot of play/pause action, but there is also this.  How in the world do they synchronize their timing when they come out of their rooms?  It’s like military precision. One comes out.  Pause.

“Can you get me something to drink.”

“No, but YOU can get you something to drink.”

Child audibly sighs and gets drink.  Back to room.  Resume watching.  Pause. Another one comes out.

“What are you doing?”

“Going to the rest room.”

5 minutes and a lot of random noise in the bathroom later.  Back to room.  Resume watching.  Pause. Last one comes out.

“Mommy, can you get me a snack?”

“Ummmm, no. You had plenty to eat and it’s 8:45 at night.”

“But, Mommy…I WANT A SNACK!”

“Well, you’re not getting one…sorry.”

“You’re mean Mommy.”

“Yes.  I’m mean.”

“Mommy, stop saying that.”

Stomps off to bedroom after rather unfortunate 15 minutes breakdown of sanity and a lot of screaming.  Play.

Which brings me to now, where I am hiding in the office while my husband deals with them because I called an official Mommy Time Out.  AKA…blog time.  I do this because I plan on keeping written record of every single one of their RIDICULOUS actions and using them as blackmail in the future.  And you are here to experience every, single, moment with me.  🙂

Hope you all have a much more sane night than I did tonight!  xoxoxo



Author: L.B. Simmons

Bestselling author of The Mending Hearts Series (Running on Empty, Recovery, Running in Place), and The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller. Upcoming novel, Under the Influence to be released in May 2015.

9 thoughts on “Play/Pause…My Favorite Bedtime Ritual

  1. I’m guessing that was the youngest one???!!!

  2. I’m in love with your girls. They deserve their own book lol….

  3. Love the blog. We really need to get together some time. It has been WAY to long!

  4. Haha, my kids are the same way! Love, love you play/pause moments. I had a night just like that tonight! They know exactly how to push our buttons, and you are so right, I am keeping the same recordings for blackmail. Lol, you’re such a great writer I can’t wait to read your book 🙂

    • Thank you so much Leigh!!! That means so much to me. The book is full of these crazy children’s antics. I can’t wait for you to read it either…as a mother, I think you will really like it! ❤

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