What is it about starting a new school week after having a week off that is so… daunting?
Today is Monday. By 7:30am, we had already had a few set-backs. It began with a very wet bed. Some days I think my 4-yr-old will be in pull-ups at night until she is twenty!
Follow that with an explosion. I decided to make some Nordic pancakes for breakfast and all that was left to do was to turn on the blender. I checked to make sure it was on its lowest speed, as I always do. However, I neglected to note that the “variable speed” setting had been switched to “high.” It was straight out of a movie — so bad that I actually had to laugh. In my hair, all over my pajamas, and everywhere you could think of in my kitchen.
Next came the finding of a dead lizard next to the couch. Eow. At least it wasn’t the dead bird from yesterday when my husband was home to take care of it. Silly cat.
We dropped the big girls off at piano and headed to Target for a quick trip. On the list — jelly for p,b, and j at lunch today. I got home and opened the jar to find it had already been opened once upon a time, and was several shades of white and green hairy mold. (Sorry for the graphic description.)
By now you are certainly thinking I am having a bad day. And, it’s true that I wasn’t exactly thrilled at what was happening. But, at the same time I felt a sense of peace through it all. I think it started when I was able to laugh at my blender blunder. Oh, why can’t I have that kind of an attitude more often? God has such grace for us crazy mamas, doesn’t he?
Tonight after supper, instead of doing dishes I somehow ended up chasing the kids around the house with a banana peel. You should hear how loud 3 girls and a toddler boy can scream. I think the game went on about 45 minutes. Even when it was over, Sierra went down the stairs, into the trash can, and returned with the peel and said, “Here Mom – come chase me, again!”
From there, we played beauty salon and I had two kids massaging my feet with lotion, while two brushed my hair and “painted” my nails. It’s a game I’d highly recommend after a stressful day.
Right now the dishes are still on the table and stove. Remnants of this mornings explosion are still being discovered, (like in our fruit bowl). My to-do list still has many boxes to be checked. But, my heart is full.
On a side note, these are just some of the pictures of the last few days as we took down Thanksgiving and transformed this place into a Christmas wonderland. Actually, we have kept it pretty simple. Not every ornament is up; not every decoration out. But, it feels great to be done already. And, it brings me such joy to see the little ones enjoying this season.
Now I think I’ll go sit by the tree and have another look at that to-do list!