It started out as such a promising day.
I made a to-do list of only 5 items. Short list, should get 'em done quick. I'm trying to be more realistic with my lists. We'll see if it works for me. I'm not hopeful...
We made a double batch of muffins for breakfast, so we could freeze some, you know, to be real productive and prepared...not on the list. Made a mess. Not on the list. But expected. Spent 40 minutes of the hour long muffin making marathon using new time out tactics. Not so effective. And not on the list.
So I sent the kids upstairs and vaccumed. On the list. Yahoo!! Only 4 to go.
While vaccuming I thought much about how I really don't appreciate my tile floor. It needs a good washing. Or chiseling. Not on my list. But necessary.
So I got to use the new mop my mom bought me. And spent way too much time contemplating the proper way to mop. It appears I'm ignorant. I've always used swiffers...the kind where they put this black magic dye in the wipes so the more you mop with it the blacker they get, thus making you think you're floor is totally dirty and you better do it again, and buy more swiffer wipes. Or...my floor is just gag me with a spoon dirty. Um...
So I mopped. And just flung the strips of absorbent cotton over my floor, feeling very unsatisfied that they were accomplishing much more than a nice swan lake. So I did it again. On my hand and knees.
Again. Not on the stinkin' list.
I came up to the computer to put in my receipts and order some more lesson books for piano, kill 2 to-do's with one rock...stone...But checked my email first. Don't you love it when an old friend finds you through this wonderful world of web? Another post. I love the Sandbergs.
And two hours later I had read two awesome blogs. And had crossed off 3 of the 5. Awesome.
By this time the kids wanted lunch so I made pb&j, and they ate all the muffins. None left to freeze. Counterproductive.
Then they wanted to play in the sprinkler. Cool. I can finish Corrie's owls while they play. Joey wanted to try out those time-out tricks again...to see if he could beat 'em. I'm proud to say, an hour later, he did not. I won his game fair and square.
I debated good and hard about the importance of a swim diaper. Considering the fiasco with the last exploding diaper, I opted to put him in his swimsuit...naked. No protection from the "elements". He had already done his duty, twice, today, so I should be safe. Silly. Silly. Mommy.
I finished the owls and felt real good. Swept up all the muffin crumbs and wet grass off the vaccumed and mopped floor, considered painting with the kids, and smelled something.
JOey was standing in a yellow puddle of stinky, wet, diarrhea. Not on the list.
I threw away his swimsuit, scrubbed the tub, threw up a bit, made Jake play Nintendo so they'd all watch (I said no tv today. Dumb.), and mopped. With toxic chemicals.
So here's the lesson learned from a way long post...Don't double your batch. Learn to mop. Don't underestimate the power of moving bowels. And find strength in the battles you win.
Time for dinner. Number 5. No list of mine is going to kick my butt. I mean bum.