Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Mommy and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Usually, my posts are on the positive side. Not today. I have been having "one of those weeks". The kids getting into things that they shouldn't. Them demanding things of me. Me feeling under appreciated by everyone around me. Homeschooling. And it just seems to get worse by the minute. I know it is a sin to be having a pity party. I have been crying out to the Lord to help me be content, and to see the brighter side of things.

I have been extremely impatient with the kids, and am sad to say my own husband. No PMS isn't hitting me. It is just being overwhelmed with all the responsibilities of life, and feeling like it's all up to me for some reason. So as you can see, this gal hasn't got it all together. I just like to post the things that make me smile, so I won't go completely bonkers!

Last night, I sent the children to bed early. I myself went to bed early hoping that would help. I got up refreshed ready to start the day. Things were going well. Until...

Sweetie wanted to call Nana to chat with her. That's fine. Well, Nana, wanted to talk with me after Sweetie and her were done. Nana and I got to talking about the current events of the election, and Sweetie and the rest of the bunch all sneaked outside. (Normally no big deal. But I had left paint out there from the day before. We had been painting our solar system for school)

Sweetie, Bean, and Tiny Boy got into the paint, squirted it *everywhere*, rubbed it everywhere, and thought it would be great fun to paint the dog as well.

I captured the pictures, but I didn't see the humor in it. I had *so* much to do this morning. I wanted to exercise, do school work, yada yada yada. Now I have laundry (which I had caught up on over the weekend) three children to bathe, plus a dog. And the dog is a special case. I need to put his flea treatment on him, but he needs to of been water free for three days so the oils in his skin will help pull the treatment in his skin and stay in. Something has *always* been happening to keep me from putting the stuff on! So fleas are ever populating him.

All the stress from the past week just came toppling on me, and I reacted badly. Very badly. I threw them all in the tub, called my mom up and begged her to come and help me with the kids, all the while bawling like a kid myself.There is just so much that I need to do. It seems every time I get caught up on something, something like this happens, and makes me behind twice as much as I was before I had gotten caught up!

For instance:

The laundry room is atrocious, and it takes me forever to do laundry because I have to go through an obstacle course to just get to the machines.
I cleaned the dining room, where we eat, do school work and art on Saturday. It is now a mess, because projects from others are strewn across the the counter top, and I can't move them or else I'll get into trouble for misplacing something. Thus it makes it hard for me to do things such as school, and art projects. Or cooking. Or baking bread, that I haven't baked in a few weeks.

The bathrooms need a scrubbing down, even though I cleaned them Saturday, because the paint is all over the bathroom. Someone decided that they needed to go and get a towel to clean themselves up. So green paint is all over the white cupboards, and towels.

Since the dog needs a bath, he is going to turn the tub extremely dirty and it will cause me to have to scrub the tub, yet again. Only thing is, I have run out of tub cleaner, and I don't have time to run out and buy some because of all the other stuff that needs to be done.

So where does school come in? I don't know. You tell me. Off to wash the dog!


Esther Ruth said...

Awww, sweetie, those days are SO hard. I have them plenty myself. In fact, just last week, I had two days where I was just a horrible mother! Literally, I was not gentle...I tried hard to be but I just kept messing up...I reached out to God for grace...it was horrible!!!

Well, I guess we need to look at it this way as far as school goes. We can always make it up as we don't follow the year's school schedule. Also, perhaps with every thing that comes up, our children learn a little about life not just "academics".

Anyway, hugs from me here and give me a call...I'll talk to you shortly.

Amy said...

I just heaved a great big SIGH on your behalf! Why is it that in the middle of all these things they seem SO overwhelming!?

It wouldn't surprise me if an older mom, maybe with teenagers or grown children would tell us to treasure these days.

I hope things are evening out and settling down some for you, and God is filling you with His joy and peace through all circumstances! :)

By the way... thanks for being 'real'. The mommy-blogs that appear to have it all together tend to discouraging (and probably misleading) while those who aren't afraid to tell all (or almost all, heehee) are teh best encouragement!

Heidi said...

I have been there soooo many times, I couldn't help but smile when I saw your children covered in paint. But I also know what it is like when your well planned day takes a detour like that..Let me tell you a little secret... none of us *really* have it together all we can do is trust in the Lord to give us what we need for each moment,and situation that challenges us.... there is so much grace for you mama... just lean into Him a little bit more (crying helps too) Having your own mama to call for help is such a treasure....

Mrs. C said...

Don't despair; we all have days like this occasionally. Put the kids down for quiet time this afternoon and spend an hour with the Lord. And forget putting the dog in the tub; I bathe mine in the backyard with a garden hose. ;)

MrsMomma said...

I think we've all had those types of days. Just take a deep breath, and take one thing at a time. Don't stress over the things not done. I know it's hard, but not impossible.

Prayers & HUGS

Joelswife said...

Hugs to you!!! Days like this make you just want to run away and never come back.....
Will be praying for you.
Had to smile though at the dog. He looks great in his new color :)

Cassidy said...

*hugs* I'm glad you got the pictures. It's overwhelming today and adding a lot of stress for you but in a week or a month, you will look at the pictures, laugh & be glad you took them! Hey, besides they make good bribery photos when they are teenagers! ha ha ;)


jenny (mamaforhim on T2) said...

I totally know how that is. Hoping that it gets better...

rural momma said...

Heather~~ I'm one of the "older moms" and I am going to tell you to treasure those times. I know it is hard to see past today and other days like it, but believe me one day you will look back and days like today won't matter. In fact, you will most likely be able to laugh at them. The older I get the more the frustrations from my younger mom days, are viewed in a different way. I know it doesn't make today easier, but you are doing a great job. You don't have to do everything and be everything to everybody. Its okay to take a down day or two or three.... Things will get better.

Tanya said...

Praying your day had a better ending! ((((hugs)))) One day you will be able to look back and laugh, maybe....

May the Lord give you the strength to carry on.

Jennifer said...

Certainly we all have those days, right? But, I have to admit no one has ever painted my dog (I'm not sure if its just too funny or just too sad?!?) Thanks for sharing....makes the rest of us mothers feel "normal".

Praying for a better week ahead! God bless -


Pink Slippers said...

As i was looking at the pictures i thought "Oh another ordinary day". :)

crystal said...

Oh you had me laughing (cause the kids are just too cute) and I know what its like, and crying cause I know what its like...If I could count the days that nothing goes right or count the times that I need to scrub my tub (wait, mine needs scrubbed daily my kids are usually very dirty after playing outside..) How many days have I threw up my hands and cried..

My husband usually has a level head and he always tells me to just take 5 minutes to breathe and pray...it works wonders. My house may not be magically cleaned and my kids may not be magically good..but they are kids and soon they will be grown and I will wish for these days back.

And you are so blessed to have your mom there to help.

I hope you had a better day today and I'll keep you in my prayers.


Mommy said...

I pray today was better:) and you will look back at the pictures in a few days and laugh (hopfully)!!!

Tammy said...

I am SO sorry you have been having such an awful week. Oh, have I been there! When every day stuff piles up too fast and I just feel so overwhelmed and stressed.

You probably captured those pictures partly because you know deep down that after the kids are all grown, you are going to look at these pictures and smile.

But I totally understand why you couldn't smile today!

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