Friday, June 10, 2011

Five Question Friday and My HUGE Success As A Carefree Mom

I started participating in Five Question Friday a few weeks ago.  Or maybe a week ago?  Or maybe I've just meant to do it? 

Anyway, I don't make up the questions, you can find the link to the woman that does all this here.

I think it's just random enough to be sort of fun.

1. How close to your childhood dreams is your life now?

When I was a child I liked to dream about living in a boxcar like the orphaned kids in that Boxcar Children I would say pretty damn close, but with a commercial stove/oven and I rarely find my food in the woods.  I'm still holding out hopes of being adopted by a rich grandfather though, it could happen. 

I also was dead set on a convertible, which I would totally have if I chopped off the top of my kick ass minivan.

2. What is one must have item for the summer?

White wine.

I have a glass of wine nightly either as I start to cook dinner (Gwenyth Paltrow recommends always drinking wine while cooking, and I think it's important to always do as celebrity's tell us since they have things completely figured out,) or I have one right after putting the kids to bed.  It all depends on how hard the day has been, logistics of actually being able to drink if holding a baby,  needing to feed someone immediately, etc. 

During the rest of the year I am almost entirely a red wine drinker, but there is something refreshing about a chilled glass of white when it reaches the unnaturl and close to living in hell 500 degrees here in Austin.

3. Do you have your kids stay up on school stuff during summer vacation? (Or, if you don't have kiddos, did your parents make you keep up on school stuff during summer?)

My kids are all still preschool age so keeping up on things pretty much involves us still reading books, coloring and talking about letters, shapes, numbers and whatnot so yes, we do.  I don't make a concious effort to do this though, my oldest is just really inquisitive and brings these types of learning opportunities up naturally, thank goodness.  I'm not sure how I will be once he starts kindergarten in the fall.  I like to think that once my baby is a little less baby, I'll be better at organizing this type of thing. 

I also like to think I'll have a clean house some time soon though too so I'm pretty sure everything isn't going to pan out exactly as I would like.

4. Do you can or freeze fresh produce?

Not really.  I freeze strawberries or spinach as they start to get a little unsavory and put them in smoothies.  Does that count?

I like the idea of canning though.

Can that count too?  I'm an imaginary canner.

5. Do you get ready for the day first thing in the morning?

If I know I am not going to the gym, then I try to get up when my husband does and I get dressed and put on a little makeup. If I am going to the gym then I try to wake up and get my workout clothes on to insure that it happens.

I am a much happier person when I get the day going like that rather than staying in my pajamas while making breakfast and packing lunches.  I loathe lounging all morning with my kids around.  If I were alone it might be different, but I need my clothing to make me feel like I have some purpose. 


After yesterday's post, I know you all are dying to hear how my new found easy, breezy attitude is going today.  To be frank, not well.

I wrote my vows of relaxing and not freaking out on my children last night around 10.  A mere 15 hours later, 7 hours of which I was sleeping, only 4 hours of kid time, here is a run down of the types of things I have been doing:
  • Threatened to never allow Aiden to go to a friend or relative's house again for more than an hour.  The sheer lunacy of this should exemplify how frustrated I felt.  
  • Told Cole I was going to the bathroom so that I could get away for a few minutes to read Twitter.
  • Informed Aiden and Cole that I would never allow them to chew gum or have any form of breath mint in my presence again.
  • I started texting babysitters to see if anyone could come over and give me a break for a few hours, some I haven't used in over a year and possibly do not know who I am.  I am now scaring young girls as a part of my misery.
  • Witness my boys having a screaming match over if Cole was chewing with his mouth open or closed.  There was so much screaming and tears.  We're good at keeping things in perspective here....obviously.
  • After no success with babysitters I took to Facebook to see if any of my friends there wanted my children for a mere hour and a half so I could regroup.  Surprisingly, no takers.
  • I pretended to clean the kitchen for the last 45 minutes to avoid playing any more tee ball outside in the ball of fire heat here in Texas.  I have wiped the counters over and over and over again.  I'm not even using a clean rag.
  • I told my kids that we weren't leaving the house, even to go outside again until they left me alone for the full rest time and cooperated with my directions.
Yes, I realize that many of these punish me too, the worst type of consequence to give your child.  I also realize that most of these are too far fetched to ever be carried though, which a pitiful and horrible way to discipline.  I'm losing it here people.  I need to get away from them, during the day for a few minutes as soon as possible. 

I think I might just set the alarm for 5 tomorrow morning and leave before my husband wakes up.  He'll have no choice but to embrace them and give me my time away! 


Amanda said...

Hysterical! Glad I'm not the only one. :)

iMentalMommy said...

When you say babysitter, do you mean the young and energetic cashier in the supermarket whom you've never actually met, but you're completely willing to thrust all three of your children in her care, just to finish your shopping without having to reconstruct a deconstructed pyramid of canned peas? If so, then I sympathize.

Carrie with Children said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who giggled at the canning/freezing question. So odd to me.

White wine makes everything better. I"m actually having a glass right now :)

Wendi said...

This is what my blog would read like if I wrote when my boys were preschoolers.

And white wine--yes, please.

The Mommy Therapy said...

At least I am clearly not the only one that needs wine and anyone, simply anyone else to watch my children.

Dwija {House Unseen} said...

"I'm an imaginary canner"

That made me laugh out loud!

Heather said...

1. spinach in morning smoothie...why didn't I think of that?
2. I FEEL YA! It has only been a week of summer and I just keep trying to think of ways to get them tired in the "cool" Texas hours so they will nap from 12-3!!
I stick to red wine as I am allergic to white, but I really try to wait until they are in bed. Today I told my husband, "I will be drunk when you get home from practice." To which he replied, "I totally don't blame you." and left the premises.
(Sorry so long.)