Turning Things Around

So, while the broccoli cooks for dinner, I thought I'd sit down and escape my life for a moment or two.  Tune out the constant tantrum Rylie has been in all day and have a moment of mommy time.  I read a recent blog post by my friend Sandra.  She's always got words of wisdom, and sometimes, I feel like she's looking in my windows and the posts are really about me and my life.  I know that's weird, but today, it really spoke to me.

Sandra's post was talking about how she was going to get on here to post about how life is so unfair and how bad things are but instead realized that maybe her negative thinking is bringing the negativity to her.  Maybe, I'm doing the same.  Most of my posts lately have been about the tantrums, the not listening, and the disrespect at home.

I should be happy with what I have.  I have a roof over my head, a wonderful loving husband, and four beautiful children that ::gasp:: occasionally act like children. I think my posts were intended really to show that life isn't all rainbows and butterflies all the time, like social media often portrays, and also to maybe get some advice on how to handle these situations.  My kids surely aren't the first to invite over friends without my permission, fight with each other, or throw a tantrum after trying to steal beverages from a random event because I wouldn't let her have a drink.

Here's what I'm going to do.  I'm going to try and step back from the woe is me attitude.  No more tears for me.  I'm the boss apple sauce.  I will consult my mommy self help books, the internet, and maybe even ask for advice in mommy groups on Facebook.  I'm going to pray for help getting through the awful threes and try to remember all of these struggles when it's Scotland's turn.

In good news, Ben's doing better in school, or so his daily reports say.  I'm glad that, at least for now, we've got a system in place that seems to help him.  Sydney also did marathon club for the entire time today instead of getting bored and deciding to quit early.

Ben and Sydney are also quite helpful most of the time around the house.  I can't let a few issues make them out to be brats because honestly they are really good kids.  Rylie is a good kid, she just is going through a really hard phase right now. Scotland, well she's sweet Scotland. She's full of hugs and cuddles, and can be ornery but really is just a sweet girl. We'll see what I have to say when the Terrible Twos roll around.

Alright, dinner is done.  I must get these kids fed so they can shower and go to sleep.  This mommy is exhausted and could use a little me time.

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