Saturday, April 11, 2009

there is beauty all around...

....when there's no one home(this is actually how Kenneth's family used to sing the song)! This has been such an interesting week. I am so sick of being a single parent! Kenneth went to California on Monday for a very sudden job opportunity...which, while it is exciting career wise, it has been a whole lot of insane for those of us left in Texas. I have been full scale survival mode and my kids who were acting crazy before Kenneth left, decided to take it up a notch. Seriously, this period of our life is going to be known in later years alternatingly as the Heathen Takeover...and the Great Awakening of Atticus. He has become such a force to be reckoned with. Tonight after lights out I had to chase him out of Jane's bed twice and rescue her from bludgeoning by curtain rod. He is such an exasperating mixture of sweet innocence and mischievous devilry. And it is not like the other three are mild mannered innocents!

"Gavin, why is Anne crying?"
Gavin: "Cause I hit her."

Why why why why WHY!(which by the way is one of the most pointless questions you can ask a 3 year old...Did you do this? They can answer that...What did you do? They will answer that one too, and truthfully...but why? Why not? The reason: She was there...I was there...my hands were empty and I have no impulse control....The actual response: blank stare.

"Jane, do you want a cookie?"
Jane: "NO! MiNE!" (pitches a fit for the cookie that I am already handing to her)

Gah! I don't think I have prayed this much since I was a missionary. Most of the prayers are along this line..."Dear Heavenly Father, please please please make them stop screaming...And please help me to not hit them...And please help me to remember that I love them...and please make Kenneth suffer for having a good time in California...I mean, thank you for the wonderful opportunity it is
for Kenneth to be able financially support our family..." and so on and so forth.

I think it is so funny when people tell me I am a good parent or super mom or whatever...

my measure of success? I did not maim/kill my kids today!

Not only that, but they even got to eat somewhere close to 3 meals...

AND I have not listed them for sale on Ebay.


.....yet.

10 comments:

The Katy Daileys said...

Meg, I am so sorry this week has been so hard. You get tons of credit for just surviving the week! Hope he gets back soon! Love ya!

SHILLIG4FAMILY said...

I hope he gets the job and when he gets back you get a break.

Melanie said...

Tell me more about the job opportunity... how did it go this week? Does this mean you might move... or is it something he does from Texas? Let's talk again this week, when I'm not having a break-down! :)

~kiMbeRLy~ said...

When you do decide to put them up on ebay...give me a heads up! I will take two!!

Holli said...

Well, I still think you're super mom, not because you day dream about hitting them (What mother DOESN'T?!) but because you always find the humor in the trial. And, after being in some of those moments myself, I know it can be EXTREMELY hard to find humor.

Georgia said...

this post makes me laugh..not at your pain but b/c I have thought so many of the same things and Ive only had 2 kids for a month!!ya I know Im a wuss..all I can say is Amen Sister Christian Amen!

Joel and Crystal said...

Meg I LOVE your blog because you say the things we are all thinking but sometimes don't say...I have definitely prayed for help to not beat my children and I giggled out loud at the "Please make Kenneth suffer..."part Ha ha! You ARE a good mom. We are all trying and doing the best we can and it is quite a ride! One day you will look back and read about these times and laugh your head off...and probably cry too because of the sweet and crazy memories. Love you. Keep us posted on the California thing.

Stephanie said...

Ah! You are so lucky because I have a solution! Let me take Anne. I promise to take extra extra good care of her :)

Melissa said...

Meg you truly have a gift of taking a stressful situation and seeing the bright side in it all. To Stephanie, Anne is her good baby. . . you'd have to take another one. =)

Carrie Allen said...

I loved your mommy prayer Meg! I would love to peep in the window of your house. :) Congrats on the move and the new job opportunity!