Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It's the little things that excite me....

Oh Tuesday....what a day it was. And an extremely long one at that. Tim left the house for work at 8:00 am, dropping Cole and Bella off at preschool along the way. At 8:45 am, the therapist from our local regional center came over for her weekly appointment with Garrett and Landon. That lasted about 2 hours and then I had to whisk them off to go pick up Cole and Bella at preschool.

The day pretty much went downhill from there. It consisted of a couple children throwing food all over the kitchen floor during lunch while I was taking a phone call that I was expecting, a couple children emptying all the toy bins into one big box we had sitting in the family room while I was putting the little twins down for a nap, one child waking up early from his nap and waking the other child up, and a few meltdowns over which sippy cup each child would have and one child with a bloody nose.

We spent a couple hours in the late afternoon going back and forth between the backyard and the front yard, with Garrett crying pretty much non-stop over this and that. I'm sure he was pissy from being woken early from his nap by Landon but, my goodness, that kid can CRY. FOR. HOURS. I'm sure the neighbors must have thought I was sticking needles under his fingernails or something. All I could do was keep holding him in my arms while consoling him, all the meanwhile trying to keep an eye on the other kids so they didn't end up doing anything scary....like running off into the wilderness.

At 5:30 pm, Tim came home long enough to change clothes, grab his soccer gear and head out. Like, why even bother...it only upset the kids because you know after being with the Wicked Witch of the West mommy all day, they just want their daddy. So Daddy rushes in, says hello, changes clothes, says goodbye and I'm left with 4 crying, snotty-nosed children screaming, "Where's Daddy going?". Good Lord, by now I've seen enough snot to make my eyes burn....

And if I thought the last 2 hours prior to bathtime was difficult, I was in for a huge shock...it was only gonna get worse. It consisted of a couple children fighting over the same cup in the bathtub (resulting in a whole cup of water being spilled on the bathroom carpet), one child peeing on another child, the same child who had a bloody nose earlier had yet another bloody nose, and me practically peeing in my pants when I sneezed, as I realized I had been holding my bladder for the last 2 hours. The kids had a blast with that one, laughing "Mommy needs to wear pull-ups...hahahaha".

I finally got them all dressed and called them each individually into the bathroom to brush their teeth. In the meantime, one child had climbed up on the changing table/dresser and grabbed a flashlight, two other children began fighting over the flashlight, then one child threw the flashlight against the wall and broke it. At this point, I'm practically laughing at how funny this all is....seriously....I'm ONE person trying to manage FOUR children....two 4-yr olds and two 2-yr olds....do you see the humor? How on earth does Nadya Suleman think she's going to be able to manage FOURTEEN children on her own??!!

After I read bedtime stories, one child tried to jump on another child and ended up hitting his mouth on the rail of the bed....as if I haven't seen enough blood for the day, his bottom lip is bleeding. I finally get that handled, get the little twins in their cribs (all the while I can hear Cole and Bella arguing over something, so typical). I go into their room and tuck them in bed, give kisses, hugs and say "I love you's" and I head off to my room to change into my comfy clothes and wash my face.

I go into Cole and Bella's room to check in on them and after all the typical bedtime stalling (see last post), Cole reminds me that his favorite blankie is still in the dryer....downstairs. Of course it is because that's how Murphy's Law works.

Right as I'm bending down to get his blanket from the dryer, I notice the seeds we had planted in our Ultimate Growing System on Sunday have started to sprout!!! Since I'm absolutely clueless on how to start a veggie garden, I thought this was probably the easiest way to go until we can get our garden area primed and ready to go in a couple weeks. So far, we've sprouted broccoli, romaine lettuce, zucchini and spinach!!!

Here's a look at the whole system:

And here's a look at some of our little sprouts (it's kinda blurry but you can see some of the sprouts):



I called Cole and Bella downstairs and announced excitedly, "Look, guys...we have seedlings!!!" We all stood there in awe, marveling over seeing some progress with the beginning of our veggie garden. Right then, all the hours prior to this moment was a blur....it didn't even matter anymore. It's the little things that excite me....but those are also the things that bring me the most happiness.

24 comments:

eight helping hands said...

WOW! I'm thinking of coming over and kidnapping you and whisking you off for a day of fun, sans kids. It would probably be a first for both of us. I thought my day was rough!
You're a lot like me, the little things do excite me too!
I grow a HUGE garden 13x30 and when I plant my seeds and I see the first sprouts, I jump up and down, clap and want to run outside and plant them right away.
Also, if you need any gardening advice, just ask.

Meg said...

Yay for veggie sprouts!

Hope you have a better day today, and that nap time is just a tad too long ;)

The Mother said...

Good God, woman. You need valium. Now the only question is...for you or the kids?

motheringmymiraclemultiples said...

we are doing our first vegetable garden this year too....

Sorry your day was so rough.....

Tami said...

I'd be a complete mess. I give you props. I couldn't do it!
I;d be sitting inthe middle of the kitchen floor CRYING! No, better yet sobbing. LOL

Hope your day goes better!
Congrats on the seedlings!

Journey on! by Kelleye said...

Oh I remember those days! I still have some pretty major ones as they grow older too=)
I am so glad to see you found something to brink light to the hecticness! Lately I have been going outside to find "new growth" on tree's and plants to see His newness- of course I love Spring!

Tracy said...

Hey, you have to celebrate the little things or you'd go crazy! And your day exhausts me, and I'm the mom of twin 6-month olds. My hats off to you...

Jen said...

Yup, I can so relate to a day like that expect for the seedlings. I can't grow a plant to save my life. Only thing I am good at growing is kids. ;)

Mrs Cooper said...

Well, all that's left to say is what everyone else has said.

blueviolet said...

I don't know how you have time or energy to blog. Really. Wow, you're a super woman.

The Daily Dean Chronicals said...

What a horrible stalker I have been! I have missed that past few posts! But now I am caught up! phew! I feel your pain from the all day fiasco! I have many days like that and I only have 2! You are truly a blessing from God to have 4! I also think I have the worst bedtime staller. The award for most excuses and drama goes to my Kenzie! Smile we are all riding on the Titanic together... :)

HarryJack's Mom said...

Something about the miracles of life (vegetation or little people) seems to put us into some sort of trance, doesn't it? I'm so glad that you had a moment that made it all blurry...that's the only way to survive some days! Did you see the photogs broke NS's garage door and walkway? I wasn't really confident in her ability to handle it all, not even thinking of what burdens the paps might add...sheesh! GL with the rest of your week :-)

Musings of the Mrs. said...

Whew! What a day. I cannot even imagine how you can do all of that and maintain any semblence of sanity. I really hope God does not have as much a sense of humor with my disfunctional reproductive system. I am sure I could not manage.

Jen said...

Just hold on to all the little good things and they hold off the bad things. Kinda like covers being magic against monsters, don't know why a thin blanket is proof against monsters, but it works.

Stay strong.

Sharlene said...

I would have grabbed my soccer playing husband by the neck and dragged him back into the lions den. You are much better than I

Karen said...

Wow. Days like this remind me of all the reasons I'm terrified of eventually being a mom!

But then you finished it up very nicely with your sprouting garden. How exciting!

I totally agree. It IS the little things.

Cascia said...

I used to grow seeds indoors like that, but now I live in California and can plant nearly all year long. I love spring!

Savvy Little Women - Kate said...

Hahaha, oh I love "the wicked witch" thing...too funny. I have so been there...it's a crazy life.

mrsbear said...

Man oh man oh man, sounds like a rough day. I have those days with my two year old, quite a bit lately, to imagine two of him and the two mischievous four year olds adding to the chaos. Holy moly. Seedlings are nice though, I had tomatoes last year and when I saw the first little green globes on the vine I nearly peed my pants I was so excited. Good luck with the veggie garden.

Veronica Lee said...

Congrats on the seedlings!

Xazmin said...

Wow! Sounds like you had a day! It really is the small and simple things that can make such a difference though! Good luck with your veggie garden!

Chatabox Girl said...

What a day!

At least you had something sweet to finsih it off with.

I love growing things, but unfortunatly they dont last much longer than seedlings. :(

Good luck with your vege garden!

wife.mom.nurse said...

What a bloody, snotty, awful day!!! Yikes!

Are you sure those are veggies?...don't let the police look at your blog ;)

Paula Constable said...

You are a strong mama! You have to keep it all in perspective. Spouts are important.

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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