No part of this day went the way I envisioned it would after 12 pm.
After a really exhausting and trying spring break, I thought I still had a few (much anticipated and appreciated) hours to myself today, and then I got the reminder text from the dentist’s office that I had scheduled appointments for Number 3 and 4 at 2 pm which meant I’d need to pick them up early from school.
Why the hell I did this, I have no idea.
So I called the dentist’s office to try and get out of it, but they were like, it’s the same day of the appointment and if you do that you are going to dentist appointment purgatory, so I sucked it up and kept the appointment.
I still had 2 hours.
But then the nurse at Number 5’s school called and she was in the office because her ear hurt really badly and I talked to Number 5 on the phone and I was like don’t you think you can make it to the end of the day? in my most persuasive voice and she was like no, mommy, in a tiny, pained and guilt inducing voice and so I had to go to school and pick her up.
Things unraveled from there until I was feeling completely frustrated because I had put so much on my self-imposed to-do list and most of it was left unchecked and by 6:30 I just wanted the kids to get the hell away from me.
Luckily it was pretty beautiful here in CT today so Number 6 and 7 went outside to play and they came back inside much sooner than I wanted them to and consequently all my impatience and frustration returned and I was like why are you back in here already? and they were like Mommy, we found this and we wanted to give it to you!
And they were covered in dirt and their shoes were dropping chunks of mud everywhere and that annoyed me even more and then they gave me this (I need to moisturize really badly):
And I was like thanks for the dirty pit or seed or nut or whatever the hell it is but please get your dirty bodies out of my office
and they were like NO MOMMY! TURN IT OVER!
So I turned it over and saw this:
as they said, we found a heart in nature and we wanted to give it to you because we love you, Mommy.
And then I snapped out of it, reminded myself my kids are pretty awesome — dirt and teeth and ear infections and all — and I made them some chocolate chip cookies, which is pretty much my version of the dirty heart nut.
And that’s my story for today.