I originally posted this two years ago at mrsmomdragon.com. It’s been brought to my attention, through the posts of other friends, that we need to focus on the positives in life. So, if you find yourself being attacked in every direction…relax and try to see the light.
Yesterday I took a challenge to write a blog post every single day for the month of November in honor of National Blog Posting Month aka NaBloPoMo. It is now the 2nd of November and I’m writing my first one for the month. Yes, I realize I am a day behind. I have also realized that this is why I am not good with diets, a workout regiment, or even New Year’s Resolutions. Apparently I lack the self discipline to…follow through. Well, realizing I was a day in and already failing at my new “challenge” I went to bed last night in a really poor attitude, and unfortunately that attitude has thrown up all over my Friday.
I pride myself in being a pretty positive person, trying to always see the good in situations…but today is one of those days where I have been tested in every turn, to see the positive and carry on with a smile. I have really struggled to see the glass half full, and being as it’s the month of thankfulness, hopefully after I write, I’ll be able to look back and see the good.
I woke up this morning at about midnight. Not because I wanted to, but because Eydan has felt pretty crummy these last few days. Did I mention we’re leaving on a road trip to Wisconsin tomorrow night? Anyway, after about my 4th trip up the stairs to find his binky or to give him his blanket he had thrown overboard, I decided it would be best to just sleep on the couch. (Groggy Caiti doesn’t mix well with stairs) So, every hour I was up with Eydan. Finally, he fell asleep…with his foot lodged in my temple. At this point, I really didn’t care. He was asleep. Unfortunately I wasn’t.
At about 7am I heard Chewy and Ray head up the stairs (hoping Eydan would stay asleep), but he loves his Daddy so much I almost think he has a 6th, maybe 7th sense… and he just knows he’s around. “Dada, Dada, Dada.” Ok, it was time to get up. I managed to stumble off of the couch and go wake the other 2 kids up. They got ready for school, and as we headed out the door they both said simultaneously, “Mommy, we need lunch money!” Did I mention we are leaving on a road trip to Wisconsin tomorrow night? I assured them I would make their lunches when I got home and deliver them before lunchtime. As forgetful as I can be, I even set an alarm on my phone to remind me.
Anyway, we headed off to school with no lunches and as I’m dropping them off… Ray calls. “Honey, please come pick me up, and take me to work. I ran out of gas.” Ah, YES. Finally, it was HIS turn to be the one to run out of gas. It really DOES happen to people, other than me! I withheld all of my smarty pants comments and headed pick him up. We took Ray to work. Phew. We got home and I started the washing machine…we WILL have clean clothes for our trip. Did I mention we’re leaving on a road trip to Wisconsin tomorrow night?
Pretty soon my phone alarm starts beeping. Why in the world is my alarm going off at 10am? Oh yeah, I’m supposed to meet friends for coffee! Oh. Ugh. Oh yeah, lunches! I get the lunches made, load up in the car and we head to the school to deliver the lunches. Boy, the kids are going to be so proud that; 1. I didn’t forget and 2. I’m early! I sign in to the school and we head down the hallway. I drop off Em’s lunch on her desk (she’s going to be so excited that I snuck a pack of Skittles in it). We walk into Bubba’s classroom and his teacher immediately says, “Is he ok?” Elijah turns around to look at me with a red, watery, swollen-underneath eye. I think we all know what that means…he has pinkeye. Or as we like to call it “poop eye”. Did I mention we’re leaving on a road trip to Wisconsin tomorrow night? I left the school with an extra kid…we headed to the doctor. Headed to the doctor so he could tell us what we already knew. But the last thing we need is to spread poop eye…errr…pink eye to everyone.
We wait, and wait, and wait at the doctor. Finally, Ray told me to take Eydan and Steven (our friend) home to feed them lunch. So Ray waited and waited and waited. Meanwhile, I got home with the other boys and low and behold I find some non-expired prescription medication in our bathroom cabinet. For what you ask? Poop eye! Oh boy, do I dare even let Ray know? My stomach sank, knowing the frustration we were both feeling having to wait SO long! I decided this conversation might be better via text. I was a few minutes late because they just sat down in the exam room. Sigh.
At that time I realized I had a load of laundry in the washer that I needed to put in the dryer. I head downstairs to a “wet” smell. Hmm…I turn the corner into the laundry room and see that there is water surrounding our washer, and dryer. I grab a pile of towels that luckily were in the “dirty” pile, and for a border around the washer and dryer. It now somewhat resembles a mote. Apparently I overfilled the washer just a wee tad. I was just trying to get all of the clothes cleaned asap. Just a hint: overfilling your washer is NOT the way to do that. Did I mention that we’re leaving on a road trip to Wisconsin tomorrow?
Wow, I’m already feeling better and starting to look at all of this in a new light. I’m thankful for a new day. Although I missed my first day to blog, I realize that I still have 29 days in the month of November to write.
I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to take care of my babies when they don’t feel good. Eydan is not a snuggler, but when he doesn’t feel good…he’s all about the cuddles. I love that.
I’m thankful that we had the supplies necessary to make lunches for my kids so I wouldn’t have to write a check for $4.
I’m thankful that I am not the only one who runs out of gas. Ray does it too…and now it’s recorded.
I’m thankful for friends that understand you have to miss the coffee date, because they’re moms too…and they know taking care of your kids comes first.
I’m thankful for the doctor’s office. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to get Elijah’s poop eye medicine. Well, technically we didn’t need the doctor’s office today since we already had a supply of the needed medicine at home. But that’s neither here, nor there.
I’m thankful for naptime. Today, without it, I wouldn’t have been able to fold the 5 baskets of laundry that WERE clean already. Not only did I get it all folded, I also got it put away. Go me. (Except for Eydan’s pile that he (so rudely) shoved off of the couch when naptime was over.
I’m thankful that there are good days ahead. Not every day is as challenging as this one has been. Tomorrow’s a new day, and it’s going to be great…why, because I said so. Did I mention that we’re leaving on a road trip to Wisconsin tomorrow night?