today has been a very productive day so far. i did some essential grocery shopping this morning, fed my kids breakfast, lunch and snacks, did 3 loads of laundry, filled and emptied and re filled the dishwasher, read christmas stories to the kids, swept and mopped the kitchen floor, vacuumed the living room and even had time to bring my kids outside so the boys could ride their bikes in the driveway. all this while keeping the baby happy, which is not always an easy feat. i'm posting this because you have no idea how proud i am of myself.
because there have been plenty of days where things have not gone so well. where we set off to the grocery store for a few things, and i get samuel wrestled into the front of the shopping cart and ava wrestled into my faithful moby wrap (because this one time i set her car seat in the front of the shopping cart with her in it....and it fell off, onto the pavement. with her still in it. super traumatic for both of us) and just when i'm thinking that i'm Super Mom because i haven't forgotten anything on my list and we are headed back to the car, i suddenly remember that i need to wrestle 3 children into their car seats. and then once we're home, i need to get them all out of their car seats and into the house, along with lots of bags of heavy groceries. and that i have to put the cold stuff in the fridge, but that the boys will be whining for a snack and ava will be crying for a boob. and that its a half hour past sam's nap time, but i can't put him in bed until i've changed his poopy diaper. and just as i've realized all of this, ava decides to have a blowout of epic proportions, with yellow mustard poop climbing all the way up her little back. and then we all have a good cry. on those days i try really really hard not to vent my frustrations onto my children and decide instead to aim them towards the dummy who came up with the idea of "keeping all of the balls in the air" because doesn't that just sound like a fun little game, with happy little balls in the air? because i'm here to tell you that IT'S NOT A FUN LITTLE GAME. sometimes it really stinks.
but today all of my balls stayed in the air and they remained happy little balls, which makes me a big happy mama ball. and i just wanted to share that.