Thursday, June 11, 2009

All Before 6 am

5:19 am: Wake-up to get the baby who is wanting to nurse.

5:21 am: Think that I hear some noise downstairs, but assume it's probably my overactive imagination.

5:23 am: Hear another noise downstairs which sounds like silverware and wonder why anyone would choose to steal our silverware over our 2002 computer or our garage sale couches...

5:25 am: Derek rolls over; I make eye contact with his alarmingly large, scared eyes and whisper loudly, "There's someone in our house downstairs." (He always wakes up like I've told him there's a killer in the house, so his expression is no change from the normal.)

5:25:35seconds am: Derek jumps out of bed and tiptoes--as quietly as a man just startled from a deep sleep would--to our door where he cranes his neck to listen for the next noise.

5:25:36seconds am: The next noise.

5:25:39seconds am: Derek walks out our bedroom door without a backward glance at his wife and baby and goes to save his family.

5:25:43seconds am: Derek finds Ryanna in the kitchen making breakfast to surprise all of us.

5:26 am: Derek tells me that Ryanna had planned to surprise us this morning. Mission accomplished.

5:26:15seconds am: I request spouse to tell me what the plan of surprise is. He answers that she's making us breakfast.

5:27 am: I hear another noise and deposit sleeping child in his room and venture downstairs with total fear--a six year old loose in a kitchen--any mom knows what I'm talking about here.

5:27:15 seconds am: Ryanna yells, "Surprise!" And I am. And what do I find? An English muffin with peanut butter and honey on it for me to eat. She's made Derek a peanut butter and honey sandwich already in its ziploc bag and sitting on the corner of the counter ready for him to go to work and she's in process of making something for Owen to eat. I tell her she's very sweet and I'm going to go back to bed for a little bit, so she can finish up.



5:30 am: Ryanna, "Mom, where are the eggs?" Which phrase causes me to get out of bed again and tell her that she absolutely is not allowed to use eggs by herself and definitely don't turn on the stove or oven. She's a smart girl, but let's not be crazy here.

5:40 am: I descend the stairs to find a present wrapped for me and one for Derek--which causes Owen to whine about his lack of a present--and the same note for each of us which reads, "Thank you for taking care of me." (No misspelled words either--a child after my own heart.) So, what were the presents? Well, Derek received the book The Ordways by William Humphrey and for me? Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right by Ann Coulter. Both books we already owned, but have not yet read.




Isn't she a sweet girl? How thoughtful of her to not just make breakfast for each of us, but to give us gifts and write us notes? What a lucky mom I am.

18 comments:

Scott & Tami said...

Oh my gosh...that is so precious...if it was only 3 hours later in the day!!!!

Mariley Johnson said...

That could have been the sweetest thing ever! except it was at an insane hour!
No really, what a thoughtful daughter you have. You must be a thoughtful Mom to teach her things like that.

Cari.Ryan Florence said...

That is the cutest thing ever!! What a little sweet heart you have on your hands!! I think the present idea was my favorite part of all :)

Mel said...

So cute! What a thoughtful little girl!

Melissa said...

That is really so sweet! She's a keeper!

Lara said...

What a dollface. The fear that someone was stealing your silverware was all worth it. :)

Jessica Martiele said...

That girl ROCKS...and so does your storytelling! :) I can just imagine Derek, wide-eyed and searching for a baseball bat, 3 seconds out of bed...awesome.

Tiffini said...

That is very sweet!! (and, I am very impressed that she spelled all those words correctly.)

BTW, I miss getting comments from you on my blog...sometimes I wonder if you're still alive! :)

steve said...

Pretty cute and thoughtful!!! More happens at your house before 6am then most households all day!

JenW said...

so awesome! i would have been freaked out at that hour as well, glad it was such a sweet surprise:)

Mama Corleone said...

What a cutie! The only early morning surprise I get from my kids usually involves the flu.

Brittany and Scott said...

what a busy morning you had. ryanna is sure thoughtful.

Lacey said...

How fun! Just not at 5:30am!!! Holy Cow that's early! She must have been really excited to make breakfast for you! And how impressive, no mispelled words!

The Schneider Family said...

SO SWEET! IT sure makes all the crazyness of being a mom SO WORTH it! What a great child you have! And, she sure is growing up so fast!

rachel said...

She is amazing!! I can't imagine our five year old with such improv visions. I give the girl major props. She even got blog publicity;) Way to go!

Ruth Petersen said...

What a sweet thoughtful girl. Can't wait to see all of you.

citymama1 said...

How sweet!

wackywilsons said...

That is the cutest thing I have ever heard!!!

I love love love the story...Ryanna is a gentle and thoughtful little woman isn't she! And she wrapped those books all by herself? I wish we could've seen her think up the idea beforehand...did she think of it the night before or at 5am?

So cute