Thursday, July 20, 2006

Meltdown madness

It was 102 yesterday, the ninth straight day over 100 degrees in our area. We are under watering restrictions for our ongoing drought, so my grass looks little better than a swath of freshly cut hay. My hydrangea is dead. It is enough to make even the hardiest of us long-ago transplanted Southerners wilt.

But the heat wasn't the reason more than one of my children had a total meltdown yesterday.

I haven't been home.

It's not that I've been out on the town, ignoring my family. On the contrary. I've been out pounding the pavement for their benefit - to make sure they are all properly clothed for this wedding.

Yesterday, I got our son taken care of, and I finally got a dress for our oldest (spent a bit more than I wanted, but hey, at least I saved by not having to buy one for myself!). Now all that's left is a trip to Sam Moon for cheap (but to-die-for) accessories. I feel like I can almost breathe.

I've probably only been gone a total of ten hours. In the meantime, I've managed to have a hot meal on in the evenings and everyone has clean clothes.

But my mind has been cluttered with my to-do list. I've been mentally gone, too.

The preschoolers are all out of sorts. Naps are all off.

The big kids are OD'ing on computer games.

Our eight-year-old, tenderhearted one completely lost it yesterday. "Mom, you are NEVER home!"

If perception is reality, three days of marathon shopping must truly be "NEVER HOME" to a child.

So I'm taking a blogging break - even though today's high is expected to be 104, I'm taking the kids swimming. We are playing some games.

I might even listen to my son's music (I'm assuming he'll wake up for the occasion).

And I'm spending some one-on-one time with my sweet eight-year-old (shown here with big sis).

I'll see you after the wedding!

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

Give her the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.

Proverbs 31.30-31


Beck said...

I like your blog so much! I really look foward to reading it... it's hard falling off schedule in the summertime. It can feel so weirdly stressful to be supposedly unstressed and unscheduled!

Susanne said...

Getting back to a routine after a holiday is hard especially when you have something right after it that demands attention. Have fun at your wedding, and go, go on be with your kids. We'll still be here when you get back.

Code Yellow Mom said...

I hear you!

Have a wonderful time at the wedding - what a special event. Be sure to take pics of the well-dressed fam! (After all that work!)

Try not to swelter too much...

(The sleeping guitartist is classic...When you wake him up, it's true broken silence, eh?)

Jennifer said...

You will be missed but have a great time at the wedding. I'm looking forward to the pics.

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Michelle- This One's for the Girls said...

Is that you standing with the 8 year old on the beach? You look different than your profile pix! You look beautiful in both pictures--just not hardly like the same person!

Can't wait to see wedding photos. I just love weddings. I know you'll great in your little black dress. :)

Michelle- This One's for the Girls said...

Hey- I need to ask you a question via email and I can't find it on your site. Maybe I'm going blind. Could you email me?

rayzerbacks6 at hotmail dot com

Joy @ SAH Missionary said...

Go have fun with that great family of yours...and don't forget we want pics of the fam at the wedding!!

Katherine@Raising Five said...

That beautiful "adult" looking person with the eight year old is my almost-thirteen year old daughter. Yes, she has her dad's coloring but she looks more like me every year. Scary.

Jen said...

I cant wait until the wedding...I want to see a picture...ake some down time with the kids....enjoy your weekend,
have fun,

Anonymous said...

So glad you got it done! Have fun at the wedding.

Jan/ said...

We want pictures of the best-dressed family at the wedding!

Anonymous said...

love to join those 2 cuties on the bed, those pyjama pants would not stay on very long though