Ok all my mommas out there… how do you put little kids to bed when it’s still light out at 9pm?!?
We’ve been living in Michigan for 3 years, going on 4 years now, and I am still not used to the fact that it doesn’t get dark until well after 9pm. Sometimes even after 10 pm later in the summer.
I remember visiting Traverse City when I was a kid and always watching the sunset at my Grandma’s cabin then going inside and looking at the clock and saying, “holy crap, it’s 10:30 pm already?!?”
Of course the whole time thinking it’s like 7 or 8. But I didn’t think much more about it beyond that.
Then when we were getting ready to move here, we came up to house hunt and after a full day we decided to go to the movies before heading to the hotel for the night. We came out of the movies at around 9:40 pm and I remember saying, “What time is it? Why is it so light out?”
Putting the kids to bed isn’t so bad when they are older, like my oldest is 10, and they listen. Or when they are little and have crib bars to keep them from getting out of bed.
But when they are three and you put them into their new toddler bed next to the converted crib they used to sleep in because now you moved the baby from mommy’s room to share with her sister.
Then after rocking and reading good night stories, and kisses, they still decided to get out of bed and run amuck in the room for a while.
Or you look at the monitor and she is sticking her arm in the crib where the baby is and messing with her. Or singing at the top of her lungs. Or she is pulling on the blinds and curtains to look outside because it’s still daylight.
I mean, seriously. What is a momma supposed to do?
And don’t even get me started on the moms here that still put their kids to bed at like 7-8pm and it’s like noon sun streaming through the window.
And no, blackout curtains are not 100% effective nor are they when your toddler is pulling them.
I know what I’m gunna do… just stuff my face with more of these shrimp fajitas and hope for the best. At least eventually they both go to bed and sleep all night together without any crying after we leave the room.
Eventually getting out of bed will become less and less frequent.
- 1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 8 oz mini sweet peppers sliced
- 1 medium red onion sliced
- 8 small corn or flour tortillas
- 1 avocado peeled and diced
- queso fresco crumbled
- 2 limes quartered
- In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with salsa and chili powder.
- In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, add olive oil, peppers and onion. Let cook for 5-6 minutes until onion is slightly translucent and peppers are soft. Transfer to clean plate.
- Using the same skillet, add entire contents of bowl with shrimp and salsa. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes until shrimp are opaque and cooked through.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and add pepper/onion mixture back to skillet. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.
- Remove from heat and serve immediately in tortillas topped with avocado dices, queso fresco cheese, and a squeeze of lime juice.