Its funny how you can have a day like this…
Where every possible thing seems to go wrong. Those two photos were taken within seconds of each other. Yup, BOTH were in tears for some odd unknown reason. I really believe kids have PMS just like us adults. Yes all adults have it. If you haven’t discovered that in your husband, you will ;-) – its totally a result of the fall. Us women just got the cramps and bloat to go along with it. We handle it because we are women and so much stronger than men, HAHAHA! Im so joking. Really am :)
But that day was tues. I do not remember much going right. A survival day.
Today on the other hand…
Full of smiles
I dragged my crew to the Atlanta Zoo as well as took them to The Varsity for lunch (at almost 2pm) and then we stopped at Trader Joes and Petsmart – all in one day… no naps, nothing. Yet they were very pleasant! Listened and obeyed well. Things didn’t get hard til bed time, mainly because I was really tired by that point…
One thing I am finding is that having 4 young children so close, demands a firm hand… and while at times my laziness and just “frustration” pushes me to ignore the behavior… I am finding that dealing with it, as annoying as it can be at times, is so worth doing.
I am finally getting to the point where I TRUST my children. Maybe not Owen yet ;-) – and Taite is not quiet there…. but Caleb is entering the age where I can begin to trust him more because he is showing me he is trust worthy. I tell him this too. I try to express to him how I trust him… and how he is getting older and I will allow him to do things his younger brothers can’t do, because he is more mature and has more understanding.
I am finding building them up is so key.
Making them feel they are valued and needed.
I make Caleb carry my diaper bag for one. Not because I cant, but because I think it is good for children to help… even if its something that simple.
Today my children honestly told me “Mom, we are glad you discipline us, because it makes us not wild.” HAH! Some truly believe spanking and any firm type of discipline like it, is wrong, causes serious long term damage… etc..etc… I so dont see it and we believe it brings such wisdom and correction if done properly… with love and explanation.
I am now off to chill…. I promised myself I would not work today. I am so behind on photo work… but I needed just a day… a day to not edit… a day to get away from the computer…. and up until tonight when I sat down to reply to a few emails, I kept my promise… and stayed away from it.
Tomorrow I have a session and Friday… and Travis works all weekend… :( – but it is what it is… Thankful for days like today…. and moments of rest. Hope yalls week is going well and my random tangent of a post made some sorta sense.