Wednesday, August 09, 2006

survival mode

I am officially on survival mode until the girls to start back to school.

My wall calandar I love. It reminds me of holdays, birthdays, and special occasions.

What are we going to do today?", "I'm bored", "I'm hungry", "Can we go to the water park?", "Can Taylor & Jared come play?"... These things are literally flying out of my two older girls mouths from the moment their eyes are open until they are in bed at night. I am going nuttso!! I have always felt the need to get out of the house each day and at least run one errand to break up my day, but lately I would stay out and about, as long as Maryn would allow, to keep my kids busy and their minds thinking of anything other than "BOREDOM".

I feel like I am constantly picking up their messes, doing laundry, cooking(well feeding them), sweeping up crumbs and grass brought in from outside, while feeling like my duties as a mom go unnoticed and unpraised. I'm not asking any one to kiss my feet for making their bed or washing their clothes but a thanks mommy would be so appreciated. It seems every time I sweep and/or mop the floor soemone decides to spill something. What's with that? If the floor hasn't been swept or mopped in a few days no one spills or makes a mess, but the moment I decide to clean there is a mess made. URGH!!

I have put myself on cruise (survival) control for the next week and a half. I will definately have at least one activity or errand to do each day. Friends- sure let's invite the whole neighborhood over to keep them from being bored. Water park- at least twice this week and next week. That usually wears them out pretty good and will make for a quiet evening. Should I dare consider another road trip to break up the time? NEVER- not in a million years. Library, Blockbuster, evening walks, are all on my lists of to do's until August 21st.

This is my monthly calandar that I print out and hang on my fridge to remind us of where we need to be, what we are eating, who is having a birthday or anniversary and, most importantly, what nights daddy will be home with us.

We started the early to bed routine on Monday and am happy to say we have been successful two nights in a row!! Tonight I will not be so lucky since Taylor is sleeping over but I for sure will have the younger ones in bed by 8:30. It has helped with my sanity and their safety, too. NO! I don't beat my kids but have felt the urge more than once and have had to give myself a timeout quickly, grab a diet Dr. Pepper and a handful of m&m's, and take a deep breath.

I realize this post sounds a bit negative and like I've hated the entire summer. That is not at all how I feel. I have loved being with the girls- going to swim meets, dance recitals, amusement parks, mini vacations... I love my family more than anything but am still ready to be back on track with a normal routine- if there is such a thing when you have three kids.

*Any suggestions on last minute summer activities to keep my kids and myself happy?*


Bridget said...

We have been having the same issues here. He has such an attitude lately when I tell him no to any one of his thousand requests to do something throughout the day. It's not like we sit around doing nothing all day. We do quite a bit, but it never seems like enough lately. I thing EVERYONE I know with kids is going through the same thing right now. Call next time you feel like you are going to strangle your kids. :)

Allison M. said...

I know exactly how you feel. I hear all day "when are we going to do something fun". We could be walking out of the movie theater when one of my children are saying these words. I love summer as much as the next person, but I will be happy to have school in session and be back to a normal schedule.
It is all ablut survival from here on out.
Good luck, and keep plenty of m&m's on hand.

Jill said...

I say put them to work every time they say the "b" word. I can't stand when my kids even act like they're bored. It doesn't happen very often (fortuntately), but when I does I offer them some jobs to do, then suddenly they can think of all kinds of fun things to do.

Hang in there, summer is almost over.

Dana said...

Can I park my tired "Mom's Taxi" here too?!
School starts here on Aug. 22 and I bet you will hear my whoops of excitement from there!! :)

Hang in there!


Kristi Brooke said...

i as well am for the work thing. the other day ak decided to vaccum the stairs because she thought she had nothing to do.

whatever you do don't buy floam!

Jenny said...

Well, you just know plain how I feel about this ISSUE. And if it doesn't come soon I think they all will end up like Luke in the stroller the other day. Hee Hee.

Angie said...

one more frustration added to trying to keep myself sane- my template is all screwed up and I can't take it. I am ready to throw in the towel and say forget blogging. Why is my template showing up different in mozilla than in internet explorer? Can anyone help?

Kristi Brooke said...

Angie. I feel your pain!
what you need to do is copy your template file, the whole thing. paste it in a word document.

Then go into blogger and pick a new template. you can pick a new or just pick the same one you have been using. then repaste your coding in the template.

this same thing happened to me, it is so frusterating.

by the way, the reason i came back to this is because i love that wooden calendar. i have a friend who has one but it is a little 80's with the peach and blue geese, but the concept is so great!

good luck with the template