saturday morning view.

Growing up in my house, Saturday mornings meant cartoons and dry cheerios. My sister and I would rise early and help ourselves to a bowl of cereal, knowing that our parents weren’t planning to be up any time soon. Eating in the living room was frowned upon so the chance to perch in front of the TV with a little snack was definitely a treat. We’d settle in for all our favorites – the Smurfs, the Snorkels, He-Man, Scooby Doo, and the like. Sometimes Jem if we were lucky. Can I get an ‘amen’ from all you 80’s babies?

Those mornings sprawled out with my sister have always been special to me. It was an opportunity to practice being home alone, even though we very much weren’t. And we ruled the roost for a couple of short hours. Of course, by the time Gargamel started pulling his stunts I was ready for my mom to get up, but it sure was good while it lasted.

These days, I’m thrilled to give my kiddos the same opportunity. And not just because of the bonding time they have together, but because sleep – sweet sleep! – can be so hard to come by in this stage of life. There’s nothing like sinking a little deeper under the duvet on a chilly Saturday morning, with no where to be but there.

Which was actually not the case on this past Saturday morning. I had a ten o’clock session and wanted to get a 7 mile run in before heading out. So I left my honey snoozing in bed and crept out of the bedroom to find my children snuggled up in front of the TV, cereal in hand…

Except, that’s not what I found.

What I found was even better.

JanineJanuary 30, 2012 - 7:04 pm

Well, I can’t believe you caught that sweet moment. My husband and I pray that our kids sleep past 6:30 on Saturdays. For some reason, they both wake up before the crack of dawn and come crawling in our bed. I will have to try that out on them.

BethJanuary 30, 2012 - 7:11 pm

Love this!!

J.J.January 30, 2012 - 8:48 pm

I have those same memories, amen Jem, and I just love those – I found my two curled up together tonight at bedtime:)

Jessica WJanuary 31, 2012 - 8:21 am

So sweet!

LoriJanuary 31, 2012 - 10:11 am

Those photos are absolutely precious!! And from one 80s baby to another – those were some awesome shows!

DeborahJanuary 31, 2012 - 12:02 pm

I’m quite a bit older than an 80’s baby, but AMEN! My sister and I would watch cartoons and eat Cheerios, Cap’n Crunch or Honey Combs. Loved it!

Stephanie @ La Dolce VitaJanuary 31, 2012 - 12:09 pm

I wasn’t an 80’s baby, but still young enough to watch the smurfs! And oh my goodness how precious are those two!?! The last one just kills me!

JenniferJanuary 31, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Oh my goodness, how sweet is that?! Oh, and even though I was an adult in the 80’s, I still loved Smurfs. Especially Grouchy. 🙂

ValerieFebruary 6, 2012 - 10:22 am

So beautiful and sweet! 🙂

basking. » The PigBearFebruary 16, 2012 - 11:11 am

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