Thursday, May 27, 2010

The wrong side of the bed!

What ever happened to the right side of the bed? I mean, I sleep on the left side of the bed, so does that mean I am doomed to never get out of bed on the right side? It seems that with little boys around it is impossible, no matter which side I am sleeping on. This morning, the first sound I heard when my brain made the rather painful transition from sleep to wakefulness, was the sound of Cody and Jamie having a massive and incredibly loud fight. There was a lot of screaming, and in spite of my gross sore throat, I was yelling before my eyes were even open. Phrases such as, "Stop it!", "Get out of here!", "CODY!", and "Leave him alone!" escaped my lips with impressive forcefulness for that hour of the day. Okay, the hour wasn't that bad, it was about 7:45 a.m. The hour is not the issue. It is merely that I experienced one of the most rude awakenings I could ever ask for, and at that point, getting up on the wrong side of the bed was pretty much inevitable.

I knew today would be rough after the last couple of days. All in all, the boys spent at least six hours in the van, if you count the trip there and the trip back, plus they didn't sleep well. They ate too much sugar while we travelled (Oops, poor food choices for snacks in the van. Why are the least healthy items the easiest to eat on the go??), and I guess just being uprooted like that for 24 hours is hard on a small person. Maybe it's hard for me too. Maybe that's why I got up on the wrong side of the bed. Oh well. Today was less disastrous than I anticipated, which is a relief. The morning was pretty bad, but the afternoon was quiet. Actually, after lunch when I put Jamie to bed, Cody insisted on going to bed too. I figured it would just ruin Jamie's nap, but I relented and said he could as long as he did not talk to Jamie. It turns out he fell asleep, and they both napped for about two hours. Hehehe...oops! It was absolutely heavenly for me, but it was slightly dampened by a hint of guilt, knowing that Mike will be home alone with them this evening while they most likely will not go to sleep properly because of their naps.

Yes, that's right. I'm going out. Yes, it's a miracle. Even though my throat is sore, I am going. I need to get out of this place. I need to have contact with the outside world, and it is even slightly helpful that the friend I will be seeing is not a mom. That will prevent us from swapping mothering horror stories while we're supposed to be out having a break! Hehe. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for a good parenting horror story, or funny story, or even just sharing of frustrations, but tonight I am going to just be a woman, and I will not be defined by my kids. As I type this, Jamie is crouching by the shoes opening a CD case from the van and singing, "rup-a-pum, pum, Hm-hm-hm, hmmm..." and I am reminded of just how adorable he really is. They all are. I have to mention that now and again so nobody thinks I am ungrateful for my children. I love them all to pieces. I just need to get away from them once in a while too!

So, Micah is awake in the background, and I'm still in sweats and a paint-splattered shirt that I bought in the year 1993, so I better sign off and get ready to go out. Tomorrow will be another busy day because Cody has T-ball, and I have a bunch of homework to finish. I thought I'd have a lot of time on the weekend but I found out today that Mike has a work-related golf tournament on Saturday all day. Oh boy. Is it evil if I hope it pours all day so the tournament is cancelled? Okay, I'm off for now.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Here I am again, commenting way after the fact.

All I have to say is yes yes yes, I love getting out of the house. And recently I love being in contact with you in particular because you have nothing to do with the ministry I work for. Which means that I can touch the world outside the world of Be In Health and it is the most refreshing thing ever!

So, I hope you had fun with your friend. Tonite I am going to a baby shower so Nate has the kids. I am very excited about that. It is well needed to break from kid world and have fun outside our 4 walls.
Love, Candy