It’s all because we ate an early dinner in the sukkah.
You see, we typically eat dinner at 6:30 p.m. since that’s the earliest my husband can be home from work. But not tonight. Even though my husband went into work this weekend, he was home all afternoon. We planned to go to our synagogue’s potluck dinner in the sukkah at 5:00 p.m. (We got there at 5:30 p.m. since yours truly got pre-occupied with work and forgot to start the dish she was bringing ’til 3:54 p.m.!) As a result of an early dinnertime and no kitchen clean-up, we had Isabelle upstairs, starting her bedtime routine at 7:06 p.m. That’s about a half hour earlier than she’s normally upstairs!
Everything went super-fast tonight, which enabled the three of us to crawl into bed at 7:25 p.m. for 35 minutes of bedtime stories. Never have I ever read her bedtime stories for that long! It was great. We read stories as a family, just like we do every night, but without the rush-rush-rush. Even though the clock was ticking, it seemed to be ticking slower since I knew we had more time ’til Isabelle had to turn in for the night. That means we read not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, but SIX books before bedtime! By the time we finished, she looked sleepy!
Right after we closed the door to Isabelle’s bedroom I gave my husband a high five. What an accomplishment to read that much and have such a relaxing night.
That said, we won’t be eating dinner regularly at 5:30 p.m. anytime soon. But it’s nice to know that we can do it once in awhile if we want to make Isabelle’s bedtime routine a little more peaceful.