All are early. Some are painfully early. Some start with coffee and Bible reading for a half hour before anyone else wakes up. Some start with nursing one baby in bed while another one is hollering at me from her room to come get her and, consequently, waking the third one up.
I favor the mornings that I am on the couch, reading my Bible, coffee in hand, and my sweet little girl wakes up in a happy mood and runs out to join me, flopping herself into my arms with her wild blond bedhead and her binky in her mouth.
I just adore getting time alone with her in the mornings.
I get her a snack (her first request) and then wrap her up in her fluffy pink robe. We sit on the couch (or at the table if the snack is messy) and read books.
One of our absolute favorite books is called "Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She was Extinct". It is silly, has opportunities to read in really funny voices, and talks about chocolate chip cookies... what more could a kid ask for? We still don't own it, but we borrow it from the library every chance we get. Once we even got a copy with the audio CD (hilarious) and listened to it on repeat for about a month every time we drove to preschool and back.
If you have kids, need a good laugh, or can read, do yourself a favor and go get this book. And then get yourself a snuggly toddler in a cozy robe to cuddle up with and read it in the early morning.
PS a year ago today: from shaggy to stylin'