Reality bites.

I woke up this morning with a headache. I ate Frankenberry cereal (that I bought for Halloween, but my children had already ripped into it by the time I got out of bed) and Aleve for breakfast today. [Hangs head in shame.]


I keep wandering around my house in a fog. It looks like Toys R Us threw up on my playroom floor.Β  Mount Kill-me-now-jaro is piled high in my laundry room, and two beds in this house were peed in last night (luckily, neither was mine).

Natalie asked me for a sippy cup, so I found one, along with the one clean lid that was accessible. Does anyone else have a 3:1 ratio of sippy cups to lids? I paced back and forth in the kitchen looking for the milk I know someone opened this morning and then said, “Oh, it’s still on the dining room table,” to which Natalie quickly replied,

“Silly mommy. You are a disaster.”

Yes, yes I am. Bless your bright, perceptive and evil little heart. But you know what? If God can take matter unorganized and make worlds without number, then I’m going to have faith that He can help me make something productive out of this day. Mark my words, I will go to bed tonight patting myself on the back for a job well done.


18 thoughts on “Reality bites.

  1. If nothing else, you’ve made me, (and others I’m sure) laugh! That’s worth something, right? Hang in there, we all have our days!

  2. I agree…I got a good laugh. Sometimes it is ok to just do nothing, but that sometimes makes it all worse…So, my suggestion is to get your feel good music, turn it up and shake your bootie while getting things done. It is especially helpful if you have an iPod or similar then you can ignore everything else. It works for me. I forget how much this works, but I did it yesterday to de-Junkify my kids rooms and I was able to eliminate one black trash bag of trash and another one to donate. How do they get so much stuff??? The endless question. Hang in there and celebrate even a small accomplishment!

  3. Day in, day out. It’s a trial, all right, especially with “truthful” children. My grasping at straws used to be if I’d read a book or three to the kids then I had done something worthwhile. The rest of the day was just being there for the family in any form or level of “put-togetherness.”
    Hang in there.

  4. So sorry. Why does calling you a disaster sound so adorable from a toddler and so mean from a teenager, I wonder? Hope you are able to mount that pile of laundry or something else equally as formidable today. Or have a nice long nap. Either one would be great.

  5. Sigh. We live the same life. I love that, if only to know I’m not alone. πŸ™‚

    I just recently threw out any sippy cups that did not have lids. And lids that did not have valves. For now, we have a perfect ratio of cups to lids to valves. We will see how long that lasts.

    Frankenberry Cereal…yum!

  6. If I didn’t have in-laws coming this weekend, I would just sit on the couch and veg with my kids. I am kind of having the same sort of day. Trying to get a 5 yr old and a 3 yr old to clean up their room that looks like a hurricane threw up in there, is next to impossible. I do hope that you have a better day. Thanks for the post and I really love what Natalie said. It fits me perfectly every day.

  7. This was me yesterday.

    Two poopy bedsheets – three cups of spilled milk – a non napping three year old – a homework-refusing five-year-old – bread that didn’t rise – so much laundry piled on my bed I actually slept on the floor – broken washing machine ….

    When I spilled ketchup all down my (previously clean) jeans at dinner, my kindergartner aptly said, “Wow, Mommy. You’re having a bad day.”

    Yes, child. Yes, I am.

  8. Ugh! Hope it got better. Today was the first day of a new project for me and it was lovely til my husband and wonderful started stressing me. Then I felt SO guilty but the stress was so unbearable and I just wanted today to be special. Sigh. I hope your day got better and filled with beauty and laughter.

  9. I love the honesty of kids. Except when I don’t. πŸ™‚

    I still think you’re great too. I love checking in with this blog. Your last post inspired me to go dig out my book about Mother Teresa and read it. I hope it’s as good as the one you found.

    I hope your day went okay, that your headache went away, and that you gave yourself a nice break in some form or another (and that it involved chocolate).

  10. Hang in there. It will get better. It’s ok to take a day off. Just do the minimum…it will all be there tomorrow when you are hopefully feeling better.

  11. Yesterday was less than productive for me. I was sick for a week and celebrated feeling better by reading a book. Mt. Kill-me-now-jaro? LOL that describes my laundry more often than not!

    I saw the cereal on sale and got excited. Brings back memories of childhood when my mom bought sugar cereal about once a year and it was always Ct. Chocula and Frankenberry that she bought. I resisted last week, but don’t think I can hold out next week.

  12. So perfectly and humorously stated πŸ™‚ !! I have felt like a mother “disaster” the last few days, too. At least conference helped pick me up today … the parts I heard in between putting out kid fired πŸ™‚ !!

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