Monday, November 11, 2013
Reaching new lows. . . every single day.
Some weeks I'm not sure how we keep on keeping on over here. I know we have soverymuch to be grateful for. And I am. But OH the mess and OH the drama of . . . well. . . I guess that would be human beings. I may have eight kids, but I'm sure your kids have drama, too. (Please say yes.)
Last week Little Man got sick early Monday morning. On the carpet. Which is fine, because here enters "handy dandy steam cleaner". But obviously that wasn't on my agenda for the day. Duh. I don't really mind setting aside my "list" and snuggling with a sweet 6 year old. But it doesn't take long to get behind.
He spent a day resting and was back at school Tuesday. Wednesday, two of the kids had eye appointments and one had piano. And I may have baked 14 dozen cookies for our Fall Festival bake sale at school. Thursday WAS the Fall Festival and that is some serious fun. And I was tired. We ended up with a group of football guys watching the OU game here, two girls spending the night, and I'm pretty sure more kids actually slept here, but who is counting (The house was a wreck so the kids just blended in.)? Friday we were out of school. The football guys had breakfast, one of my girlies had a birthday party, we had lunch with Granddad, and our last regular season home football game/senior night. That was quite possibly the windiest game I've attended in 19 years. The fact that it was miserable weather made it easier to not get emotional about my first-born graduating from high school, though. So there's that.
Saturday, Granddad came to help Son (#3) built a hen house (it's getting colder) and the three little girls had basketball games. Thanks to Granddad bringing bagels, everyone actually got breakfast - ha! After the 1st game, daughter (#7) threw up all over the driveway upon arriving home. So she was tucked in bed for the day with essential oils. Another daughter also felt puny and spent the day resting. The Coach and Son (#1) had film with the football team and then came home to work in the yard. The hen house was finished, the house was cleaned up, the leaves and yard finished, and the Coach and I snuck out for a date night - in spite of it all. Which ended up being helpful in more ways than one because we were also out of milk.
Yesterday was quieter - with two home from church, Christmas movies galore on the Hallmark Channel, and lots of homework for the big kids.
But about 9:30 last night? Another girlie started throwing up. Right about the time I remembered that Little Man brought "Buzzy the Bee" home from school on Thursday and he was supposed to read books with him and take pictures at the places we went and fill out his "favorites".
Oh. And he had snacks for his class this week, too. (And no, the snack basket hadn't even made it out of the van, yet. Sigh.)
So I not only do NOT have my act together, I've managed to reach new lows at the troops. Poor Little Man. Think I can get fired from "Kindergarten Mom"? At least we didn't LOSE Buzzy (it could happen). We just lost the Coach's phone. But I found it. After he left this morning.
I realize that none of this is a big deal and none of it is long-term and we really are blessed beyond my understanding. With healthy (most of the time) kids whom we love and enjoy and who love us, too. That's no small thing and I am grateful. But those moments when being a mom of eight feels overwhelming? Are becoming more and more frequent. Just ask Buzzy.
If you need me, I'll just be hanging here with stomach virus round 3.