Breath and Laugh

Although days are long and some days I may feel like I am never going to get through them, I have to say some of the days do provide a lot of laughs when all is said and done.

Yes at the moment when it is happening, I tend not to see the humor in the situation.  I tend to think:

Can’t I catch a break?

I have no time to deal with this

This is the worse thing ever (NO it is not)

May famous line~ Seriously?!??

And a lot of other things go through my mind that I probably shouldn’t share 😉

I just had one of those evenings this past week.  Spreading myself too thin but thinking how I have a handle on it. I wasn’t stressing.  I wasn’t snapping at the kids.  I was calm and cool.  Then the phone rings.  I get a call from my groomer asking me to remain calm and everything is ok. But I needed to come at get Mazy.  She had accidentally nipped her tail and it wouldn’t stop bleeding.  I could tell by her voice she was so upset. I just took a deep breath and did what I had to do.  Got my sitter to come over to stay with two of the kids, called the vet, got in touch with my hostess for the evening (I had a Thirty-One Show-30 min away), and left to get Mazy.

Get Mazy and after calming the groomer down and letting her know I was fine, dog was fine, these things happens, I left to go get Ella who had dance and head to the vet.  It was during that short 5 minute drive from the Groomers to the dance studio where I started to get stressed.  But I knew there was no reason to be.  but I was having one of those moments when IF things were different and I was not alone in this thing called life, I would still be heading to the Thirty-One Show and Ryan would be taking the kids along with the dog to the vet.  All would be fine.  MY life wouldn’t be disrupted.   It was one of my “DR” moments.  I’m allowed to have them.  Right?  YES I am.

The dog was fine.  Never knew anything happened to her.  The kids were fine.  My hostess was SO understanding and still had her party minus me (technology is a wonderful thing).  WE were all fine.

I don’t like when I allow trivial things get to me.  I don’t like to sweat the small stuff.  I know I am allowed to and I know things could have been worse.  But they weren’t~thank goodness.  This was one of those moments that even though it was an inconvenience it ended up be funny when all was said and done.

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Mazy is fine.  She is a hot mess with her half-groomed style going on and a pink gauze bandage at the end of her tail. The size of the bandage makes it look A LOT worse…it is just the very tip.  But that is what makes this inconvenience one of many that puts it in perspective and reminds me, staying calm and just going with what life throws at me is how I need to look at things.  It makes for a great story.  It made us all laugh.  It made me slow down.  It reminded me sometimes things will happen and you just have to go with it.  I say all this now until the next thing.  And there will be MANY next things.  But hopefully I will handle the next things the same way and if I don’t, it’s OK.  I am allowed those moments.

Picture Day

Picture Day….

3 Kids

2 Girls with 2 distinct styles

1 smelly boy

Curling Iron

Flat Iron

Gel

Dog chasing cat

No coffee

Tears

Hair not straight enough

Hair not curly enough

Half-ass shower

Dog has to go out

Take another shower

Near wipe out on wet bathroom floor

You want me to wear what

My hair

More tears

Make breakfast

Make lunch

Glares

Still no coffee

Silence all the way to the bus stop

Bus comes

Coffee

And that was our morning.

I love picture day.

It’s Happening

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It’s happening….my 5 yr. old is growing up.  For the 3rd time in a 2 month period we had to spend an afternoon going through her clothing stash because things were “no longer her style”.  When did she get a style?  Well at least one she was aware of?

So I put on a brave face and let her sort her clothes into “keep” or “donate” piles.  My heart was breaking as I watched her put all her Ariel, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, Princess style shirts & dresses into the “donate” pile.  There were a few she kept for “when we go to Disney” pile (umm they probably won’t fit her then).  The only clothing left that remotely is still “little girl” are her jammies and character undies.

How did this happen?  When did this happen?

I asked her what her “style” was and she simply replied….anything sparkly, pink, black, cheetah, zebra print, etc. Well OK.  Yes it is somewhat still “little” girlish but she is picking things her older sister would wear and wearing it with sass.  The only thing that keeps her new “style” cute and little is the fact that she only wears leggings, yoga pants, and still prefers dresses and skirts.

So I guess I will cherish the dressing up and singing along to the Frozen Soundtrack as much as I can since in a blink of an eye that too will go away.

Little Successes

Homework time is never a dull moment in our house.  By far the most fun person to do homework with is my son.  He knows how to  make homework time the most painful experience next to giving birth.  Add being overtired into the equation and it is just a barrel of laughs!

Tears, yelling, scribbling, looking at words and just saying the first word that comes to mind, and the 10 minute reading per night just makes you want to stick a straw into the wine bottle like a caprisun but you can’t have a drink yet because you have to pick up or drop someone off at an activity.  It is just painful!  I get just as frustrated as he does and I think I would literally bang my head against the table if it wouldn’t completely squash any confidence he had or hurt me in the process!

BUT he surprised me tonight!  He completed his entire homework without me and when I asked him to read the words and make the sounds for his one assignment I almost banged my head from falling over!  The boy got every single word correct and the annunciation of the words blew me away!  Could things be slowly turning around????  Yeah I won’t be holding my breath but I certainly will be taking every night of little successes like this as often as I can!

THE LETTER!

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Oh boy it’s the time of the year that you receive the infamous letter from school.  You know THE LETTER that states your child’s teacher for the upcoming school year.

You always know who gets their mail first because somewhere on social media it is announced.  Sometimes it is straight forward and other times its is vague.  But no matter how it is mentioned, the news gets out and you better get ready for your newsfeed and your phone blowing up with notifications!

My phone wasn’t just blowing up but Ella was getting texts and emails on her iPad too!  It was a bit odd to have her come up to me and say “Did you hear….”  Ummmmm no and how did you?  A whole new ball game with a pre-tween!  I refuse to call her a tween yet or is she?  What age does that start?

So now with THE LETTER in our hands, reality sets in, and it is time to get ready for what is to come.  I said to them tonight at dinner~

Buckle Up Buttercups!  Your days of summer are coming to a screeching halt!

I am such a nice mom 😉

 

 

ONE

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The theme for this school year….ONE

ONE school

ONE principal

ONE Open House

ONE school calendar

ONE lunch menu

ONE pick up/drop off

ONE holiday concert

ONE school phone number to have memorized/saved in my phone

ONE source of school fundraising

ONE source of school commitments

ONE set of procedures (which I already know-yay!)

ONE place for parent-teacher conferences

ONE school schedule to follow

ONE school closing/delay announcement

ONE set of paperwork (sort of)

ONE

And it will only be for ONE year until it becomes two again.

 

Mom and Son Time

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With the girls both having an activity in the morning this week, I am getting so special time with my son.  This is very rare.  I rarely have just one of my children unless it is a school day.  So to say I am going to enjoy this opportunity is an understatement.

So I asked him what he wanted to do with the next 4 mornings without the girls and he immediately said he wanted Dunkin’ Donuts every morning, a trip to Dick’s to look at football stuff, and school shopping.  I almost fell over on the last one but I will take it.

What is your favorite thing to do with each of your children?