I think all of us have had ‘one of those days’. Well, it’s a Monday, and it’s a Monday after a time change so I have a strong feeling it will be one of those days every day for the next week or so. If you have young kids, special needs kids, or maybe even no kids then you know what I mean. That one hour time difference can wreak havoc to your normal routines.
They don’t understand
My kids don’t understand what is going on except that they are more tired and cranky than usual. Their stomachs are telling them it’s time to eat and Momma is making them wait which makes them irritable beyond belief. When you multiply that by 5 (the youngest ones) then things can get rough, really rough. The nonstop bickering and squabbling before lunchtime had me threatening to send everyone back to bed for the day. Sigh… it was pretty awful.
The littles were up before 6:00! They had gotten themselves dressed and came to my bedroom asking for breakfast. Well, Momma was in the shower and they posted themselves by the bathroom door and made sure I knew they were there. They were all excited when I opened the door and they went and turned on the kitchen light, which is the signal that everyone can get up, and began making their rounds to wake everyone up. I had to explain to them that it wasn’t time yet and that Momma needed a few minutes to herself. I sent them back to their room to play quietly until 7:00, which I am certain seemed like it would be an eternity to them.
Momma needs her quiet time
Momma really needed her ‘quiet time’ this morning. I knew from past experience that things can get rough and hairy after Daylight Savings Time so I wanted to prepare myself. I was able to get through my morning prayer and some of my devotional before being interrupted again by some very impatient and hungry little boys. The little time I had was well worth it and it did help to sustain me through the morning.
When everyone was up they just wanted to argue and complain about everything from making their beds (which they do every day before breakfast) to put their dirty dishes up. The littles didn’t want to help with their laundry or straightening their room. The older ones didn’t want to do their morning chores and really weren’t interested in school work at all.
I had put some calming oil in our diffuser and some quiet music on to no avail. It did not seem to have any effect on the crankiness or irritability today. I wish I had taken some photos of all the grumpy faces at the table this morning.
One thing on top of another
On top of cranky kids, I had to make some phone calls to try to straighten out a problem with one of our phones. Well, this was the 3rd or 4th time I’ve called and I couldn’t get anyone on the other end of the phone to understand the problem. When I ask for a manager they just hang up on me. I guess I’ll be trying again tomorrow.
Then we had an issue with one of the sites we use for lessons. Not sure if it was all technical problems or more user error. Both of my younger girls seem to have lost the ability to read directions and work independently today. So, while attempting to do a reading lesson with my special needs son, and then some hands-on work with the littles both of the girls kept interrupting with silly things.
However, we did make it to lunchtime with all but one of the kids finished with their school work. The one who didn’t will just have to finish it tomorrow as he has been in meltdown mode all day. He likes his schedule, if anything messes with his schedule then he gets mad, upset, angry at the world (which is everyone in the house right now). He was certain he would starve to death before lunchtime got here, even after a mid-morning snack, but I am pleased to say that he did survive and so did I!
After lunch was nap time, Hallelujah! I’m not kidding, I was thanking God for letting me make it to nap time without completely losing all patience. Did I mention that I’ve been feeling a little puny the past few days? Well, 1 sick momma + 5 cranky kids = lots of unhappy people. Not a happy equation at all. It took a lot of prayers to keep my sanity and patience this morning.
So, finally, everyone went down for a nap and I finished up with my house blessing aka cleaning. Mr. Starving refused to be quiet, he has been talking almost non-stop for 2 days in a row! He wants to make sure everyone knows that he is not happy with this change of routine.
Finally some ‘ME-TIME’
When my teenage daughter was up and about I left to run some errands and have some ‘me’ time… grocery shopping. Yep, I consider grocery shopping as ‘me’ time. At least it wasn’t too busy but I do believe there were quite a few other people who were not liking this time change either.
So, I am at home again. Dinner is in the crockpot, thank goodness, and it smells wonderful. I was going to make some rolls, I still might, but we may end up just buttering some bread to go with it. I’ve sent the kids out to play, hoping they will get rid of some of that pent up energy.
I sat down to check my site and I hear one of the kids screaming which isn’t unusual when they are playing. Then another says someone is bleeding, I get up to go see and big sister already had a little man with her. He had blood on his head, don’t panic, as a fairly seasoned Momma of 9 I know that it is usually worse than it first looks.
I escort the little man to the bathroom and explain to him that we need to clean it up and check it out. He wants to know if he needs to go to the doctor or if he can go back outside to play. That’s a boy for you. He stayed amazingly calm through the whole process and as it turns out it was just a little scratch on the top of his head. After a kiss and a few minutes of rest, he was ready to play again. I thank God again for keeping him safe.
I think I’m going to finish up here and go have a few ‘quiet’ minutes to myself in my room before dinner time gets here. Maybe I can finish up my devotional for today? I will sit by my window and watch my kiddos playing in the yard and just try to enjoy the rest of the day and pray that it will go smoother than this morning did. (If it doesn’t get better we may have an early bedtime.)
When it’s all said and done though I am thankful for every day, good or bad because I know that God is working in our midst. He is using days like today to teach us patience and understanding. He is making us stronger and wiser and preparing us for things that lie ahead. He is there for us and will give us what we need if we will only seek his word and ask him for his help.
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”