some days, we're up fairly early in this house (you don't say?!). other days, parker surprises us and sleeps in! until 7! old bridget would never have considered 7:00 sleeping in but new bridget... well, new bridget does a little happy dance complete with a shuffle-ball-change if the clock strikes 7 before her eyes are open.
anyway, this particular saturday morning, wake-up was around 6 or so. we hung around in bed for a bit... as long as parker would allow, really... and then i slowly made my way downstairs with the little dude (dad got to sleep in!) nestled on my hip. early mornings are usually spent in our study (fancy name for computer room) where you can shut the doors completely so the lucky sleepers aren't woken by parker's antics and the room also gets cozy warm real fast. it's our favorite hang out room almost all the time, but especially in the chilly massachusetts mornings.
a few minutes later, down came william. the boy is always afraid of missing something even though nothing is ever ever ever going on at 6 am, but, nevertheless, he's been waking at that hour for, oh, his entire life. so, parker, william, and i were killing time before the others woke up and breakfast and such began. i had a cup of coffee and we were all in our pajamas and it was chilly out, but not too chilly that a bike ride couldn't be on the menu.
the neighborhood was quiet. we might've been the only ones awake. the sun had barely made its appearance yet. we bundled ourselves up, myself in steve's vest and my uggs and parker wrapped in a fuzzy blanket, and went for a short bike ride. i can't say i've been on my bike at 7 am too many times in my life, but nevertheless, this ride would have to be my favorite early morning ride. we made a quick stop at a nearby pond where william searched for some tadpoles and then back on our bikes we rode, returning home for breakfast. it was peaceful and special and quiet. pajamas, two of my boys, two bikes, and an early morning.
i think we'll do it again.