I love my kids. They are really lovely and although there are ups and downs, the wonderful times outweigh the difficult ones. I had a recent example when unexpectedly we were without child care for a week! Our day went something like this:
I started on calls at 7am, kids ran in and out, wanting to hear the calls, wanting to speak on the calls and making quite a bit of background noise as I tried to work.
At 9am, I took a break for a pit stop to the bathroom with a detour to get Little Mstr’s hyena. It was in solitary confinement due to the kids non-compliance when they were supposed to clean their room several months ago. Hyena was forgotten until very recently when he was rediscovered and my little Mstr has been on a relentless pursuit ever since (and cleaning his room like a champ)!
Sometime between 9-10, Little Miss managed to get me to let her polish her nails. She picked out a color and went to work. That focused activity (did I mention I had calls) lasted about 10 min before my husband found a spill on the floor and that was the end of that. A bit of a bummer as she is usually pretty good at polishing her nails and gets mostly in the lines!!
At 10am when I finally had a break, we went outside for the kids to ride bikes and me to work on my laptop. Of course our neighbor came home about 10 min later and my children badgered (uh I mean beguiled) her into a playdate with her son who is a year older. That resulted in said neighbor and I sharing a workspace at her dining room table while the kids played together for a couple of hours. It was actually quite productive and mostly interruption free.
We raced off at 12 because Little Mstr had an appointment at 1p. We didn’t have enough time for lunch before leaving the house, but did get some yogurt from Starbucks next to the office before his appointment. And the kids took the opportunity to have an in depth conversation with (quiz mercilessly) a local police officer – they discussed all of his ‘tools of the trade,’ his car and lots of things!
Little Miss wants so badly to go to her brother’s appointment so today’s treat (distraction) was to get her a pedicure (did I mention she only did 2 toes before the spill)? It took a bit longer than expected so I had to carry her back with no shoes to get Little Mstr.
On the way home in the car, we had a great conversation about their dialogue with the police officer in town. I finally found a way to explain that police are there to protect and to serve, but that you always have to trust your intuition and respond accordingly. Unfortunately, there are bad people in the world and some of them might be police who might not have your best interests at heart. The kids key takeaways: listen to your intuition – if it tells you someone is bad, be polite and respectful, but get out of the situation, you can always rely on your wisdom from God, call Mommie and can always pray. I was quite pleased with how well our discussion landed.
Lunch was served and I was super proud of my little ones who decided they were still a little munchy (or I didn’t feed them enough) and they made their own cheese sandwiches. This included getting a real plate and warming the sandwich in the microwave with only the help of a step stool (no help from Mommie needed aside from finding the cheese). They even did the dishes after lunch!
The next big activity was for a ‘stand’ in the yard – they would not be deterred from this venture and in fact, it turned into the highlight of the day! The kids made their sign, helped make the tea (no fixins for lemonade), got the ice from the ice machine and helped set everything up.
They made $4 on $0.50 cups and met some friends who were on a walk which turned into another fun ‘playdate’.
With a day like this, I didn’t have much time for photos, but I did manage to snap a few. Having said that I really want to remember this day. It was a great example of the gift of watching my children grow up right before my eyes! If you made it this far, thanks for reading and sharing with me.