Just about this time of year the kids begin to adjust a little better. They get considerably more time outside than in the winter and so they are more tired by 7:30 or 8pm. The fact that their room isn't completely dark doesn't matter as much. But that 4am sunrise (technically 4:30 these days, but it may as well be 4!) gets them up early. The chances of me getting up before them long enough to get in exercise, prayer, shower and getting dressed are very slim (not that I was able to accomplish this during winter, but that is another story!). There is usually someone up between 5 and 5:30 and the others are up by around 6 with the occasional lazy bones sleeping till 7am!
For Jim and I, the end of the day can be frustrating. We usually go to bed between 9 and 9:30. It is still quite light out by then and it is just counter intuitive. Just when you begin to adjust to this, the day begins to shorten. For a few short weeks it seems "normal" with sunset shortly after dinner and sunrise after 6am. But then it just get's strange again...by the fall you see kids walking home from school in the dark. It is only 3:30 but it feels like night time. Two years was not long enough to get used to this. I can't even imagine living in someplace like Alaska!
Of course daylight can't be confused with sunshine. That dreary Scottish weather has it's own issues! However, I am sure once we get back to California and experience a hot August I will be longing for the clouds and rain that are out my window right now.