Let me show you how I do it...

Because I have four kids, I'm often asked, "How do you do it?"

Before I answer this honestly, I want to get something cleared up.  I have bad days like everyone does.  At least twice last week, I broke down crying because I was overwhelmed.  I'm not super mom by any means.  No one is.  I do what I have to do for my kids.  There are days I just want to stay in bed and sleep, but a little person comes in yelling 'Mommy!' at 5:45am puts an end to those fantasies quickly. 

I don't want to clean or cook or do laundry more than half the time.  They get done because having children go to school naked is frowned upon.  I can't count the number of times I threw dinner together last minute because I forgot to plan it or was just to busy to think about food.  Yet some little two legged creature started complaining he was hungry, so I dragged myself to the kitchen and threw a meal together.

I also go throw off some of my aggression and bad days at a Tae Kwon Do class or my punching bag in the garage.  Spending 30 minutes hitting something really does relieve stress.  I highly recommend it!

For all those other days where none of the above is possible, I take solace in a fully stocked liquor and wine cabinet or beer fridge.  Cheers!

 

As I'm cleaning the carpet...

As I'm kneeling and scrubbing the carpet for what feels like the 10th time today, I can't help but think to myself 'Why did I sign up for this?' and 'Can I make it until nap time?'

Being a parent is hard work, regardless if you're a mom or dad.  There's so much no one ever warned you about when you announced that first pregnancy.  No one tells you about the monotony of parenthood or that the word 'no' will be the most used word in your vocabulary.  People tell you about the infant stage: the sleepless nights, the fussy baby, the crying, the snuggles, the amazement of all baby's firsts.  However, they conveniently leave out the toddler phase.

Why?  Let me tell you exactly why.

Toddlers are a huge pain!  They want to be independent but aren't quite there yet.  They want to do everything themselves, but end up making a mess, you, as a parent, have to pick up.  They have to be potty trained, and it's worse than those sleepless nights.  Clean up an accident at least 5 times in one day, and you'll be cursing everything known to man, earth, and the universe.  They are ornery and have an opinion about everything you tell them.

If you haven't guessed by now, I'm in the throes of toddlerhood with my almost 3 year old, Sawyer.  If I hear him tell me no or call me 'bad mommy' one more time because he didn't get his way, I may have to go outside and hit something.  It's endlessly annoying and grates on my nerves like fingernails on a chalkboard.  He's constantly bothering his older brothers or destroying something they created just to make them pay attention to him.  His poor little sister gets sat on, laid on, and toys taken from her constantly.  He steals pacifiers, wakes his brothers up in the morning, and refuses to sit still while eating a meal.

The 3's are the worst.  I know this is a phase all kids go through, but knowing it doesn't make it any easier.  Especially when you are in the throes of the Troublesome Threes.  I've been through it twice already.  It gets better; This too shall pass, etc. etc.  But while going through it, it totally sucks!  Can you feel me?

It's been a while since I've written and blogged.  I was an avid writer for many years on all the difficult challenges I face being a mom of 4 and a Stay at Home Mom.  I'm determined to start writing again.  My former blog was at http://www.myimperfectfamily.blogspot.com.  Check it out if you have a chance.  My writing style is direct, and I pull no punches.  I curse, so you have been forewarned.

Welcome to my blog and my photography website!  It's brand spankin' new!  Take a look around a leave me a comment or two!  I'd love to hear from all of you!

Sawyer's still trying to get the whole pushing the pedals on the tricycle thing.