Thursday, February 5, 2009

the terrible horrible no good very bad grouchy mommy

Seriously, I don't know if I woke up on the wrong side of the bed yesterday or what but I was about ready to eat myself a kid-sandwich by 7:30a.m. It didn't help that both boys announced that they had things they were supposed to bring to school for science projects and book reports 6 MINUTES before they were supposed to leave for the bus and we were thrown into a tailspin of do-we-have-any-of-these and I-was-supposed-to-write-that's.

Grumble grumble grumble...

Then Sean gets in trouble at school doing something stupid and I get an email from his teacher.

Fester fester fester...

And then they come home and within minutes it all starts all over again with the you-said and the I-said and the you're-grounded-from-anything-electronic-EVER and I'm looking at the clock thinking "how long until bed time because I don't think I can go one more minute without either throwing a screaming tantrum myself or downing a ***insert hard liquor here*** or putting my children's faces on milk cartons and selling them to the gypsies!?" They can go to bed at 5:30, right? It's dark on the east coast already...

Bang bang bang... <----that's me banging my head against the wall, not committing homicide...

And then a well balanced meal of mashed potatoes, peas, and top ramen is served (I swore there was protein in there somewhere, oh well, maybe next meal) and the I-don't-like-this chorus begins along with a little peas?-why-do-we-have-to-eat-peas? encore.

{........} {........} {........} <----that's my wordless blank expression as I sit staring at the clock whilst they bathe, brush teeth, get in jammies and then again realize that they never did finish their homework we started what seems like 18 hours ago at this point.

To my credit, we did not skip prayer and scripture study. And to my very great credit, I said a calm prayer (even though little princes #1 and #2 started fighting in the middle of it and I had to dig down really deep to think happy calming spiritually-minded thoughts) thanking Heavenly Father that this day was coming to a close and please blessing us to have a nice soothing night, that we could sleep our angst away, wake up refreshed and happier and in better moods. To my extremely immense credit, I calmly got them into bed, kissed them goodnight, and shut their doors firmly behind me.

And then I cursed my diet because there was no chocolate to be found anywhere in the house.

16 comments:

Amber said...

Oh my goodness!! Well also to your credit - you're lookin really good! So curse the diet, but bless the diet, isn't this one of lifes peaks and valleys roller coasters?!? Anyway, good luck - you're lucky you're still sane. I have a few years until I have days like these...and I'm praying that I'll be prepared!

Daisy said...

Well we all have our ups and downs...

Passing by from BE... to give a hug! XoXoX

Lorie said...

I am super impressed! I probably would have skipped the scriptures at least and then felt bad later!!

Today will be a better day! Or sell them to the gypsies! I use that phrase ALL of the time!

B said...

Nothing sets the tone for the day like a crappy morning!

Jerry said...

Hi,

Its easier as a grandfather,looking back at the mistakes I made raising my kids, to be more calm with my grandchildren who now live with us. Its important to know when you are irritable that you probably don't have an accurate perception of what is going on around you. The thing I do is "tune out" and only interact with the kids to make sure they are safe. Otherwise you may say or do something that will have a lasting negative effect. Do you remember an experience from your past that made you feel terrible as a child but when you look at the situation from the perspective as an adult you realize that it was insignificant to your parent at the time? I've asked my parents about some of those things and they don't even remember them and as an adult it seems trivial but it had a negative impact on the "child" in me.

I say a little prayer and keep telling myself "I must do and say what's best for the kid. My expectations are not as important". Easier said than done huh? Appears you are doing a good job of trying.

About the chocolate. I have a box of cocoa in the house all the time. I put some in my coffee everyday. I actually prefer my coffee without it but I do it for the health benefit that chocolate has as an antioxidant and 'mood changer'. Many times when I get stressed or going to exercise, I put a teaspoonful under my tongue like the Skoal dippers do and
drink a little water. Weird huh? It was horrible when I first did it but it is slightly pleasant tasting now. It's one of those acquired things.

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Keep up the good work with the kids.

God bless

Christine #2 said...

Wow, weird comment above....anyhoo. I totally get the frustration...yikes. Abby's teacher always gives her 5 homework pages every night, so it always feels like we are doing homework at night and in the mornings because oops, she forgot something.

The only part I like about my diet is the chocolate fix I get with my slim-fast. Seriouly, Joey's been sneaking them and Abby begs to be allowed to have one for dinner.

Casey Lu said...

Your not alone Amie! Yesterday was one of those days for me. It didn't start till after the kids got home though. Donovan did something at school too and got a pink slip as I would call it, and now has a whole new project he has to do because of it and I am still not too happy about it cuz it means more school work help from Ehren or I. As well as being frustrated that the Membrane stripping didn't work. So yesterday wasn't a good day for me either. Hopefully today will be a better day for both of us!

wittygal said...

I hate days like that!!

Jennifer (jkincolorado) said...

I can't help but laugh! Your posts are so entertaining! I've been checking your blog for updates and realized I was stuck in January - DUH!! Now we're on the same page (literally!) You sound like an excellent mom. I look forward to your every post :)

Amie said...

Jennifer (in colorado) thanks so much for your kind comments! I always want to respond to you but since you don't have a blog, I have no where to go! Thanks again!

icancarryallthebagsandthebabiestoo said...

You're too funny! Seriously!!!!!

WE ALL have those days.

You're doing great.

Jenna said...

Oh poor Amie. I swear there is nothing harder than being a mom and putting on your game face!

lifeasme said...

Hiya
I just found your blog and immediately I read I'm not the only one that has days like that! A blessing tells me about patience...NOT something we want to hear at times eh? :)
Hope today/tomorrow is a better day! :)
Debs

Carrie said...

My favorite part--bang bang bang.

I laughed out loud at that! SO funny!!! Sheer genius...

jinxi~ aka angi said...

What was it with the kiddos this past week.. my little one developed the mouth of a 15yr old girl. grrr. Glad you hung in there without having to hit the liquor or tuck them in at 530pm hahaa.

Roger said...

My boys were being a handful this past weekend, so to get out of the house I took them to run errands. As one of their lessons in responsibility I take them to the bank to deposit a portion of their allowance money.

My son placed his small pile of dollar bills on the teller's counter, carefully arranged it, and then looked the teller in the eye and said, "That's the money you could be saving with Geico."

The ensuing laughter wiped away all memory of the fussing. Sometimes a change of scenery or the unexpected is all you need to get refreshed perspective.