Friday, February 4, 2011

Four. FOUR!!!

Did I mention that we've had FOUR snow days?  In a row.  Four.  Without a break. 

If I counted correctly (and I may be off by one or two), my routine-drive, slave-to-predictability daughter has been in school 12 days since December 23rd.  If you're keeping track, today is February 4...That's 12 out of 42 days...not counting weekends.  If you're paying any attention at all, that's a very rapidly increasing amount of stress and tension for her dear, sweet, tender, loving momma.  ;)

I love my children.  LOVE them!  But holy cow, could I ever use a break!  My patience is running thing, as are my ideas to keep them busy.  If I hear the words, "You're mean!" or, "I'm not playing with you!" or, "He's bothering me!" one more time, I just might lose my mind entirely!  Yep.  They're wearing me down, and they know it! 

I think they've pretty much figured out that I am going to let them watch movies when they want or eat snacks when they want because I just don't care right now.  The littlest one and the biggest one are in their room right now, playing instead of napping, and I'm ignoring them.  Why?  Because I just don't have it in me to tell them...AGAIN...that they need to lay down and sleep! 

They've been in pajamas all week (except Stinky...and yesterday Bugsy wore clothes because he couldn't get his Crocs on over his footies) and I just don't care.  I'd be in my pjs, too, if I didn't have responsibilities!  (And besides, I'm in sweats...which sometimes double as pjs...)

The thing is, I think maybe I need an attitude adjustment more than they do!  That's right...I'm admitting it.  Here and now, for all the world to see.  I am frustrated and irritable.  I'm low on patience and high on...grump. 

  I'm frustrated BECAUSE I'm frustrated! 

I'm deciding, right now, that when naptime is over (not for another 25 minutes at least, if I can control it at all), I'm going to be joyful.  I'm going to make the afternoon more fun for all of us.  I'm going to do everything I can to be a shining example of God's love and grace. 

And maybe, just maybe, we can enjoy the rest of this last snow day together!

Please, Lord...let this be the last one! 


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