DST. Friend or foe?

We are finally into a little bit of a groove with the whole daylight savings time-thing. It is still light out at 7:00 when I am herding the girls upstairs and attempting to get them to bed. But by the time we brush teeth and read “just one more” library book, dusk – and the girls – have settled in and our new magical bedtime seems to be between 7:35 – 7:45pm.

While I cannot explain it, if we go just a few minutes beyond that time, it is a nightmare getting them settled down. And if it is a few minutes before the sacred time, it also just doesn’t work.

So Mommy is working very hard on hitting our target time each night. It also allows Mommy and Daddy a few hours of sweet peace as well. It really is good all around.

But because of the same daylight savings, we have been able to go outside after dinner and just play! Emma has discovered all of the games we used to play when we were young, and she has taught Addie how to play all of them as well. There is still a little frustration when Addie decides she doesn’t want to play “by the rules,” but the running around out in the fresh air has been priceless for the whole sleep level in our house.

So we’ve been playing Hide-n-Seek.

“Eight, nine, ten. Apples, peaches, pumpkin pie, who not ready, here I come!”


It is supposed to be, “Apples, peaches, pumpkin pie – whoever’s not ready holler I.” The girls learned that from their big cousin, Alexis. But it comes out a little different each time Addie yells it.


And we’ve been playing “Tag.” Emma especially loves this one and talked Uncle Jeff, Wendy, Mommy, Daddy and Addie all into a rousing game after dinner over the weekend. (Mama didn’t have her camera for that one!)

Not really sure who is “it” here…neither seem to be trying to catch anyone.


And they are both very fond of the “wind the swing up and let it go” game. Which makes Mama sick just to watch them, but it is well worth it to hear Addie exclaim, “Whoa! I’m dizby, Mama!” when she gets off.



And although it isn’t really a game, it is incredibly sweet to watch Em gather dandelions that have gone to seed for Addie to blow apart. She is finally blowing them – she used to just pluck the tops off and pull them apart.





It’s hard to curse daylight savings time when it provides a few extra hours of fun each night (and more photo ops, too!).


10 Responses to “DST. Friend or foe?”

  1. 1 MamaGeek April 1, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    DST is a wonderful thing (now if only the snow would let us get OUTDOORS). Those are FANTASTIC shots Carrie. I absolutely love your subject, the exposure and the vignetting!

  2. 2 Sassy April 1, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Will you email me and give me some of your best photography tips?
    You have a great eye and capture some great shots…Very crisp and clear.
    I have a Canon Rebel Digital and Photoshop Elements, will you help me?

  3. 3 Kim April 1, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    rubbing salt in our “can’t get outside because of the rain and cold weather” wound. nice!

    Love all of those fun pics. I especially love Emma’s boots…. too cute.

  4. 4 Christina April 1, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    We’ve had the same experience with daylight savings. It was hell at first, but now dusk is falling just as she settles into bed at about 8:00. Sweet.

    I can almost hear the laughter in those pictures. and wow are they great pictures! Especially the trio of your little dandelion wisher.

    P.S. Cute shirts! And Em’s golashes. 😉

  5. 5 carey April 2, 2008 at 4:23 am

    great pictures!!
    i love dst for the same reason.

  6. 6 MommyBrain April 2, 2008 at 10:44 am

    I cannot wait to play tag with my girls someday. I love em’s boots. I’m really enjoying DST, too but it’s been making me run late a lot. I used to take dusk as a sign to start preparing dinner which doesn’t work if dusk is 7pm and bedtime is 7:30pm. Oops.

  7. 7 Maggie April 2, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    So cute! Great shots! My favorite game when I was little was always hide and seek – especially in the dark with flashlights!

  8. 8 Colleen April 2, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Adorable shots.

    Oh how I long for it to finally be warm enough to get outside with no coat!!!

  9. 9 MelodyA. April 2, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    (Creeping my way back in to reality 😉 )

    It’s exactly the same here. The girls love to play outside after dinner so I’ve been trying to have dinner ready by 5:00 so that we have plenty of outside play time. Then we come in at 7:00 to start our bedtime routine. I’m not usually done until 8:00. I would love to end at about 7:30 or 7:45. But we didn’t play outside when it when it got dark early and they really missed it.


  10. 10 Elisa April 7, 2008 at 9:50 am

    LOVE the series of photos with Addie and the dandelions!! very sweet!

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