Everyone has them right? Those days where everything goes wrong, nothing works out, everyone is grumpy, etc. I think I just seem to have more of them than the next guy.
I attribute this to the fact that I have four kids who are all as different as night and day. There is literally nothing that makes them all happy at the same time, except cookies. It makes for a lot of fighting and a lot of frustrations.
Lately, things have been heating up around here because they all want to go outside and they can't due to the rain. The rain and March-like weather....in June. But, this leads me to my newest "worst day ever" (I'd like to point out here that I am constantly saying that today was my worst day ever, so it's hard to keep up.)
The kids were being nightmares, I was tired and slightly grumpy. I had a lot to get done and all I was really accomplishing was pulling a kid off my kitchen counter tops every 3.5 seconds. It was frustrating. Then I went to change the laundry over and they did a fridge raid.....not good. I ended up with butter and yogurt everywhere.
I cleaned up that mess and stepped out onto the front porch to water my flowers and when I came back in there was an entire box of baking soda on the floor and they were dancing around in it like savages doing a rain dance (please! no more rain!). Cleaned up that little mess with the shop vac and went upstairs to make beds/gather laundry. I heard the front door open and little feet fly across the deck. I flew down the stairs and looked out the window to see the kids, all four of them, running down the water and mud that was on my black plastic row for my tomatoes in the garden.
They were having a grand ole time, really whooping it up out there.....I just wanted to go back to bed....
But then, I laughed. I had to laugh. I had to let it go and just laugh. Who cares if my work didn't get done? So what if they just made an extra mess for me to clean. They were enjoying life. What good is it to live if you have to be so serious, so driven all the time?
I have work that needs to get done everyday, yes. If I didn't we wouldn't eat or have clean clothes or a semi-clean house. But, I think I need to let go, stop worrying about the quantity of work done and start looking at the quality of life we're making.
My kids don't deserve a mom who is grumpy and angry at the messes that they make (although, some of the messes should never get made in the first place!), they should have a mom who tries her hardest to let them be kids, and get dirty and PLAY!
So, going forward starting today, I am going to make sure that we all, including me, do something everyday that is childish, silly and just plain fun....it's going to be good for us all. Sometimes it's going to be spontaneous, sometimes I'll just go with whatever they are doing, sometimes I'll plan it.
I'll let you know how our experiment goes!
Enjoy your weekend and take some time to just have fun!
Make sure you check back over the weekend, I have two different desserts to post for you all: My Easy Coconut Cream pie and Pistachio Lush, delicious! (And, no, the pistachio one doesn't have booze in it. I don't know what it's called a lush....)