slice of life

A Venti Kind of Morning #SOL21

Most mornings, I drink my coffee at home.

Most nights, I get enough sleep.

Most mornings, I feel ready to conquer the day after drinking an iced coffee with macadamia milk and six Splendas*.

Most nights, my children sleep through the night.

This morning, at 12:30 a.m., as I finished The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (A FABULOUS, CAPTIVATING BOOK!), a little voice called from down the hall, “Will someone come read to me?”

This morning, at 12:31 a.m., I walked down the hall, pillow-in-hand, and said, “I won’t read to you, but I’ll snuggle with you to help you go back to bed.”

This morning, at 4:45 a.m. my sweet son woke me out of a deep slumber and told me he had to go to the bathroom.

This morning, at 4:50 a.m., I said, “You don’t need to be up for at least two more hours. Go back to bed.”

This morning, at 5:45 a.m., I could tell Ari wasn’t going back to bed. I told him, “I’m going to try to go back to bed until seven when Daddy leaves for work.”

This morning, at 5:50 a.m., Isabelle noticed Ari was up when she was on her way to the bathroom. I made her promise to go in only if she would play quietly with him.

This morning, at 5:55 a.m., I settled back into bed, put on a Headspace Sleepcast, and attempted to go back to sleep.

This morning, at 7:00 a.m., I rose and made the bed. I found Isabelle, requested that she get dressed, and asked Ari to do the same. I needed “a serious coffee.” Even though I probably could’ve functioned on my regular iced coffee, I wanted to do more than just function.

This morning, at 7:45 a.m., the three of us were driving towards the local Starbucks where a Venti White Mocha, with an extra shot of espresso, was created with a mobile order. I sipped it on the way home with more than enough left to enjoy alongside my breakfast.

This morning, at 8:10 a.m.**, which is much later than usual, I was eating my usual four-seed bread toast with peanut butter. But this morning, I had a high-test cup of caffeination.

*= Don’t judge on the Splenda front. I detest coffee and only drink it out of necessity.

**= If there’s a silver lining to having Isabelle do remote instruction from home, it’s that we don’t have anywhere to be in the mornings. She does her morning work somewhere in the house and then heads up to her bedroom, closes the door, and starts her school day at 9:00 a.m. Plus, my work day doesn’t begin until 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays so there was plenty of time to move slowly this morning.

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20 thoughts on “A Venti Kind of Morning #SOL21

  1. What an exhausting night-turned-morning! I like the repetition of “This morning, at…” to get a sense of the real-time struggle. A Venti to the rescue! I’m glad you added explanation for the six Splendas. As a person who drinks coffee straight or with just a splash of milk, I just could not fathom why. Loved the pic of your morning feast!

  2. I love the way you used time to organize this slice. I have had nights like you describe. It’s so nice that the children are old enough to entertain themselves for a little while in the morning!

  3. Love the repetition here- so effective to mirror your tired mama feelings- and love how much I learned about you. Kristin Hannah used to be my go-to for ensuring I would easily fall into a book; her writing is as familiar to me as a cup of hot tea.

    Some days are just like this…

  4. Each time you started a line with, “This morning at…” I thought, “Oh, no! There’s more!” I may have a venti with you!

  5. I understand why you drink coffee even though you do not really like it. Hope this day can be peaceful and more leisurely. I love your peanut butter-on-toast breakfast! I often have peanut butter on an English muffin.

  6. I feel tired reading this! I don’t have kids but my husband, dog, and I ALL regularly have trouble getting good nights of sleep. And a Venti anything always needs an extra shot of espresso. =)

  7. The dance back and forth between morning and night was lovely. Then the continued events throughout the morning amped the sleepy moments into exhausting ones. Thank goodness for coffee.

  8. Oh, I’m tuckered out just reading this. Since I’m not a coffee drinker, I might have needed a hot chocolate to kick start me after a night like this. Good to hear that you enjoyed The Four Winds. Waiting for it to show up from the library.

  9. I rely on a “red eye” (coffee + espresso) on such mornings…and then another coffee when I get to school. Thanks for sharing this slice structure 🙂

  10. Your repetition had me captivated from the start knowing all too well ‘those’ nights with little ones. BTW The Four Winds is on my ‘to read’ pile. Can’t wait!

  11. As I person who chronically has trouble staying asleep through the night (without any littles in house), I I sympathize and empathize with your experience “This morning.” Praying everyone sleeps through the night tonight.

  12. I was TOTALLY judging the Splenda! I say this in a comment to you every year, but I think there’s a picture book seed in this slice–something about the repetition is calling out picture book if you could frame it in a child’s perspective (or a pet’s perspective!)… Just saying.

  13. Your Splenda amount makes me feel better about my two in a large unseat tea. It always seems to be the nights I stay up reading or to finish a project that my boys have trouble sleeping! Great to have the coffee and the time to enjoy it.

  14. Love the most mornings and this morning repetitions…and what sounds like a lovely “correction” to a not so lovely wake-up (or maybe not even yet gotten to sleep). And now I’m wanting to read The Four Winds!


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