Today, is one of those days that in a couple of years when you know I have a 7, 6, and 4 year old I will wonder how I got through some long days of toddlerhood! It all started out okay except E and A were just not listening very well. Mary was sleeping for a morning nap before we had to go to gymnastics for Ellie at 10. I think their bedroom door slammed a few times with sweet reminders from me to shut it quietly. I am so thankful that so far if Mary gets to sleep she can sleep through anything including two very loud children! We make it to gym and drop Ellie off. I take Anna and Mary to do a few errands. We pick Ellie up and they are asking to go to the park for a picnic. It is not quite warm enough yet so I tell them we will go home and do a picnic inside on a blanket. I'm thinking this day is not so bad. I think we will take early naps then head to the park cause it will be warm after naps. In the meantime there are lots of messes today. I think when we are stir crazy they tend to want to open every drawer or explore closets or change clothes for dress up. Anyways, we clean up and start nap time early. Anna always sleeps, but I wasn't thinking that an early nap might not work. We try for a good hour with much discipline occurring throughout the hour. Ellie cannot close her eye etc... Mary is sleeping away!! Eventually, I decide we will just wait on Mary to wake up. I put coats on the girls to outside and play with the dog etc... (a very good form of entertainment)! While I am nursing Mary they take off their shoes and socks to put them in our water filled sandbox. Does anyone want it?!! More discipline. We finally get to the park to meet my friend Katrina and we are there for 5 minutes and I look over to see Ellie peeing her pants. What? She hasn't had an accident in forever. She told me she couldn't hold it. Well, we have no change of clothes so I call Katrina to see if she's left. She's gone so I decide it will dry and Ellie is crying cause she doesn't want to go home. She proceeds to play just fine!
Anna is now climbing to the top of a very high play area. She decides to go down the slide on her tummy and falls really awkward on her face. I picture her front teeth laying on the ground, but thankfully she is okay just a bleeding lip. She shakes it off and does the slide many more times this day:)
Mike calls and asks how the day is going by a number of 1-10. I honestly say probably a 1. He's sweet and tells me to take a break when he gets home. He gives them baths etc.. and they are in bed by 6:30 P.M.. I'm now sitting on the couch thankful that the Lord's grace and mercies are new every morning. I know my attitude was not so great either in the midst of a stressful day. These little girls can wear me out, but they also teach me to serve with a loving heart. I'm looking forward to a new day tomorrow!