O.K. First, no news.
This weekend we were busy. We had an event on Saturday and a party on Sunday. One event a day is plenty for us!
Saturday was the annual spring event for our foster care agency (tocallhome.com). There was hat making, a cake walk, Ronald McDonald came to do a magic show… And then, the wave pool. At the *very * last minute Brian got invited to go see Conan O’Brien in Vegas so he left about halfway through. My plan was to stay at the pool for as long as I could handle all four kids. I have to say that they were so well behaved! They listened to me, they stuck together. They were being kind to each other. I am so proud! It was so nice being able to actually enjoy their company rather than fighting them to just behave enough to not drive me mad. I feel like they’re getting older and it’s a good thing.
Then came Sunday.
Or, maybe I should back up to Saturday night? Yep, better start there. So, the children wouldn’t settle down. It was frustrating because they were all exhausted from the long afternoon. There were no naps and they were very clearly ready for bed. Bean ended up sleeping with me (my bad). And the boys just kept chatting and playing. I had to go in and settle them down about 5 times. Once they were finally settled, I headed to bed early. But, sleep was not meant to be. Bean kept kicking me and playing with my hair.. and she loves to be right next to whomever she’s sleeping with.. I do *not* like anyone right next to me when I’m sleeping. Then, right around 2:30 David came into the room and turned the lights on.. I woke up to him very close to my head in tears. He’d lost a tooth and was very freaked out about it. I did manage to get him calmed very quickly and Bean didn’t even notice.
But, I was awake at that point and I had a hard time calming myself back down.
I have to say that there is a huge difference between 8 hours of sleep and 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I get enough sleep, but it doesn’t give me the same energy when it’s broken up like it often is. What year will I get to sleep again?
So, I guess that after that I was a little grouchy on Sunday. And so were my kids. Nothing was done without a battle. Messes were made with nobody willing to pick them up. Attitudes were flaring.
We had a birthday party to go to and they did do surprisingly well there, but the ride over was a mess. And on the ride home I have to say that I was just steamed. They’d been given treat upon treat this weekend and they were complaining that I wouldn’t let them eat all of the candy in their goodie bags. Really?? Who raised them like this?
I guess this post is turning into a bit of a rant.
So, with that I’ll go onto the gross. Why didn’t anyone tell me that kids were/are so disgusting? Really!?
There are hand prints on just about every surface in my home. There’s toothpaste in the sink on a daily basis. I can’t keep up with it. I hate the fact that my home looks like this. Help!
Today while the kids were gone I got a chance to mop the kitchen and I got a few loads of laundry done. I feel like progress has been made. Brian was a gem and did the dishes for me last night as well as doing some general clean up around the house. So, I guess I’m on my way to minimizing the gross.
Now I just need to keep learning the skills of my trade & hopefully at some point we can minimize both the bad and the gross.
Here’s to more good!