A day

“When it rains, it pours and opens doors and floods the floors that were meant to keep us safe and dry. “ -Patrick Monahan

I had a day this past week where I was overwhelmed with life. It was hard to find the good around me. I didn’t feel well. The kids fought endlessly. The house continues to be a wreck. The construction feels like it will never end. I can hardly hear myself think over the blowing fans that have been in my house for over two weeks. I accomplished nothing.

Two of our bathrooms flooded this summer causing damage, as well as disruption to our lives

I needed a day off. A break. An escape. I left the kids and dog to fend for themselves while I tried to rest. They are 4, 7, and 9. They “should” be able to do this. However, they continued to fight, eat massive amounts of snacks, make messes and then fight some more. The dog got into the trash and strew it all over the kitchen. There were multiple spills- including milk in the sweltering hot garage, followed by juice all over the kitchen floor. I yelled. They ignored me. I felt defeated.

The day was long. I was tired. They were tired from the endless fighting and nerf wars. I pried the bullets from the dogs mouth. I slipped on the water that came from our leaky refrigerator. By the end of the day, they all said, “i love you, mommy” before they eventually went to sleep.

The kids had lots of messy, fun at camp. I can’t compete with this nor will I try.

Were the kids on their best behavior? No. Was I on my best behavior? No. Could I have done more to entertain them? Yes. Was it good enough? Yes.

Not every day has to be an adventure. It’s okay for children to be bored. It’s okay for them to fight and attempt to work it out on their own. It’s more than okay for them to clean up their messes. It’s okay for them to see imperfection & emotion. At the end of the day, they know they are loved. Some days that has to be enough.

20 thoughts on “A day

  1. Dale Fermaglich July 29, 2018 — 1:49 pm

    Excellent blog, sad that you are going through all this

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  2. Tracy Hollowat July 29, 2018 — 3:16 pm

    Love the blog!

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  3. I understand the feeling of being overwhelmed with life. I get like that sometimes and have to go into hiding until I pull myself back together.

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  4. It’s okay not to be perfect all the time—no one is. Allowing kids to fend for themselves lets them learn problem-solving skills. They won’t always have a parent to intervene; learning this in the safe environment of home is crucial.

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  5. nice writeup, its okay to take a break once in a while

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  6. I have only one kid but I understand what you feel, most especially when my nephew and nieces came to visit us last month. And I was left with 5 kids including my son. 😉🙂

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting! I will definitely check out your blog!!

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  7. Three kids and a dog make you a hero in my book. Capturing some of the chaos really enhanced the story of your day!

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    1. Aww thanks! All moms are super heroes in my book

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  8. Everyone survived! I call that a win 😊

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  9. Loved it..It’s completely fine to feel so.. even I have days like these..but at the end of the day we should be determined enough to bounce back😉😉

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    1. So glad! I remind myself that we get another chance tomorrow.

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      1. Yeah.. That keeps us going😊

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  10. Oh my goodness…being a parent is another level of challenges and exhaustion hey? I am sure your little ones know (or they will know in the future) how loved they are. Well done for surviving…hope not everyday is as overwhelming…
    Makes me want to ring my mumma and dadda and tell them how much they mean to me.

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    1. Its ridiculously exhausting and challenging on a good day. It’s at another level when you don’t feel great! Survival is key! Definitely call your parents! I bet they would love that!!

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  11. Found you via Swimmers… Really liked this post.

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    1. So glad you found me! Look fwd to checking out your work as well!

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  12. I so can relate to this! It’s so very true. Kids don’t have to be entertained all the time!

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