Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Nighttime at the Taylor Home (Photostory)
Nikaya and Zahara are chatting away.
"Uh, oh. Here comes mommy." (Nikaya)
"Why is this light back on? You two are supposed to be going to sleep." (mom)
"Zahara wanted the light on." (Nikaya)
"What's wrong, Zahara?" (mom)
"Mommy, I heard something." (Zahara)
"Something, like what?" (mom)
"I don't know, but it sounded scary." (Zahara)
"Come on, let's get you back under the covers. There's nothing scary in here. I told you not to watch that tv program. Now you're all spooked." (mom)
"Can you check under the bed to make sure nothing is there?" (Zahara)
"Yes, honey, but I promise you, there's nothing there." (mom)
Antoinette looks under the bed, just to appease Zahara.
"Goodnight, Nikaya." (mom)
Antoinette turns the light off as she leaves the room.
"Nikaya, can I sleep with you?" (Zahara)
"Okay. Come on." (Nikaya)
Antoinette heads back to her room, where Tony is waiting.
She slips off her bedroom slippers and climbs into bed.
"What took so long? I said goodnight to the kids almost an hour ago." (Tony)
"Well it took two books to get Kenaz to sleep, and Zahara was spooked by some imaginary ghost. I warned her about that tv show." (Antoinette)
"But it was just a cartoon." (Tony)
"I don't care. I know how she is." (Antoinette)
Antoinette takes one more look at her munchkins before cuddling up next to Tony.
"This is my favorite time of the day. Finally, some peace and quiet." (Tony)
"I know." (Antoinette)
"A few more days and we will have the entire family together. I bet you're excited to spend Thanksgiving with your dad." (Antoinette)
"Yes. It's going to be a wonderful Thanksgiving. Especially now that dad and Rod have made amends." (Tony)
"Well tomorrow I will spend the whole day cooking." (Antoinette)
"I wish I didn't have to work tomorrow." (Tony)
"But you do, so we better get some sleep." (Antoinette)
"Goodnight honey." (Antoinette)
"Goodnight, dear." (Tony)
"Mommy? [no answer] Mommy?" (Zahara)
"Zahara? What's wrong?" (mom)
"I can't sleep." (Zahara)
"Go turn on the light, honey." (mom)
Zahara runs to turn on the light and comes right back. This gives Antoinette a little time to shake off the grogginess.
"Oh, come here. Are you okay?" (mom)
"I had a bad dream. They were coming to get me." (Zahara)
"It was just a dream, Zahara." (mom)
"Is she okay?" (Tony)
"Yes. She will be fine." (mom)
Tony turns over and goes back to sleep. Antoinette consoles Zahara.
"You're going to be okay. I won't let anything come get you." (mom)
"Mommy, can I sleep with you and daddy?" (Zahara)
"Just close your eyes, and you will be asleep in no time. Mommy will keep you safe." (mom)
Zahara fell asleep pretty quickly. Antoinette carried her back to her bed and tucked her in.
The reading area.