Monday, April 9, 2012


Today, I:
*helped an eight-year old practice the piano for thirty minutes
*bathed two small children and got them dressed, in less than 20 minutes (miracle)!
*walked three miles while pushing a double stroller and participating in soul-refreshing adult conversation with my good friends
*drove to Vernal, shopped at Lowe's and Wal-Mart with those same small children, and remembered the early dismissal of school on Monday in time to make it home before the big girls
*made a quadruple batch of homemade laundry detergent and a double batch of homemade dishwasher detergent, inspired by Renae (I'll let you know how well they work)
*disassembled, moved, and reassembled one crib, one toddler bed, one dresser, six toy cubbies, one desk, and one bookcase, plus rearranged numerous tchotchkes and tossed countless pieces of garbage.  We are trying a new experiment of having the clothes and toys in one room and all the girls sleeping in the other room in order to lessen bedroom mess and foster sisterly spirit.  (I'll let you know how it works.)

Then I:
*collapsed from exhaustion in front of Pinterest for an hour while I let ALL my children (including the baby) freely roam the dirt field behind the house
*grouched at those same kids when they came back in the house for not perfectly interpreting my wishes for how they should be helping me with dinner
 *dinner being spaghetti with marinara and canned breadsticks (not a vegetable in sight)
*let the two little ones fall asleep while the spaghetti was boiling, thus ensuring an evening spat with "Late Nap Syndrome" (chief symptoms:  sobbing uncontrollably and pushing anyone who comes near)
*copped out and watched the new Bible videos (they are absolutely wonderful) for family home evening, snapping at John (who had just walked in from a day of call) when the wireless internet wasn't instantly perfect
*obviously took the parable of the Good Samaritan to heart with my complete lack of sympathy for the couple of bumped heads that were injured on the way to bed

I'm sure one of these days I'll have a night where I can look back at the day's balance sheet and find MORE entries under the #supermom hashtag than under #suckymom.  But until then, I'm just grateful for the days where it zeroes out.  #neutralmom