I INSISTED on lugging this thing down from the States - and paying Continental's fine. And it was worth it. Ohhhhh, was it worth it.
And the second secret is thus:
It's waking up early.
Now, if my parents read this, they would laugh their heads off. I was notorious for sleeping in during my seminary years, and I religiously followed the teenage stereotype of refusing to get out of bed before noon during the summer months. College was worse - I made it my personal goal never to have a class before 11AM. (There was one semester that I had an 8. I missed a lot.)
But NOW. Dude. I'm unhappy if I sleep in past 6. Two words for it, my friends: ME TIME. It is the only time I have for MOI. I get up, I exercise (yes! exercise!), I read my scriptures, I straighten up the house, I take out the garbage, I even start laundry sometimes. All before 7. (30 minutes exercise, 15 scriptures, 15 house) It's a beautiful thing. I'm calmer during the day. Isaac dumped out a bottle of baking soda all over the kitchen? No prob! Nathan threw every toy he owns in the pool to see which ones float? No biggie! I had ME TIME!
I only get it by waking up early. It works. Try it.
Another plus: teaching kids the benefit of exercise. Nathan LOVES "working out." Yoga is his particular favorite. (He does many poses better than I do!) But my favorite part? He says he has to exercise to "be strong like Mommy." HA!