Wednesday, July 15, 2009

From the Archives :: Lighten Up!

***Originally Posted December 3, 2008

View of the sunrise from my front window.

I seriously have to lighten up -- not just my waistline. My children and I have been butting heads this week. I feel so much...crap inside my heart and I don't like it. I just get so frustrated and angry with them at the smallest things. I don't like it.

Today, I took them to visit some of their friends. Their friends Mom, Heather, is just such a breath of fresh air. She takes everything in stride and has a seemingly endless supply of patience. I planned to take them, drop them off, and come back after a couple hours to pick them up. My plan was to run away without them, maybe go to the store with just ONE child, or come home and finish off the rest of the peppermint cream cheese brownies. But, Heather and I got to talking and I stayed. I am so glad I did. She broke out the Wii (I've never seen one, much less played it) and we did Wii Fit. It was so much fun! The kids got in on the action also, not only cheering me on while I did some boxing, but also did their own running and penguin sliding. It was just so much fun.

She has decorations down that the kids can actually play with -- novel concept, I know. She didn't get upset when the kids played with the toy nativity, or took ornaments off the tree. She also didn't get upset when my children (sweet ones) wouldn't take no for an answer about not touching the nice nativity. She laughed and said, "I'm glad mine aren't the only kids that don't listen to Mom".

When I got home, my kids and I hit a wall. They would not listen. Not for anything. Drove me nuts. There were lots of tears (theirs), lots of yelling (mine) and broken hearts (both). I don't like this one bit. I don't like being this Mom.

Lucky for me, I can change it. The damage is done, but I can stop it right now. I'm always grateful to know that I can change things and make them better.

My main problem is that I am very selfish. I want to have my time to play on the computer and to read my books. However, do I want my children to remember a Mom that was sitting on her arse all day at the computer, or reading her books? Or, do I want my children to remember the Mom that got down on the floor and played with them, even though she was SICK of Star Wars, she did it anyway. I want them to remember a Mom that would read their books instead of her own. I want them to think that NOTHING is more important to me than them. Because really, nothing IS more important to me than them.

So, starting right now, I am changing. I will be a better Mom. I will lighten up. I will let them play with the Christmas decorations -- because really, while my cute centerpiece looks great on my table when it's all put together -- everything is plastic and can easily be replaced -- they can not.

You might remember me telling you all that I was going to start writing down everything funny my kids said. Well, I need to read them more often because when I do, I laugh. We all need to laugh more, so I am going to share a few of my favorites with you.

Seth: Mom! Why is there a fire in the sky?? (said yesterday morning when he saw the sunrise pictured above)

Seth: There was a grasshopper that the cats didn't get so I knew what to do
Dad: What?
Seth: I got my shovel and took the sharp part and cut off it's head.

Seth: Dad, your lawn mower is really loud. I wish it had a turn down thing.

Seth (upon seeing the line in the sky from an airplane): There's a crack in the sky! How can we fix it?

Seth: Dad, 4+1 is 5!
Dad: That's right!
Seth: After all, I am the smartest person in the world.

and lest you think only Seth says funny things...

Amelia: I am going to draw a boob!
Mom: You're going to draw a boob?!?
Amelia: Yes, a boob is for to suck on.

I love my kids. I'm going to go put up some Christmas decorations with them now. The kind they can play with and I am going to LIGHTEN UP! How about you?

1 comment:

Becky said...

I struggle with this, too. Today is actually the first day I've blogged in two weeks (and it was almost a month before that) and I'm wondering how I ever got things done or had time to snuggle my kiddos before. It's been good for me. And them.

So this was originally posted last December - have you seen the improvement that you were hoping for? What did you learn? C'mon, you know you want to impart your wisdom with me! :)