Wednesday, July 4

What I DID Do Wednesday: Round 4

Happy 4th of July!

This isn't a very festive post...Sorry. seems as if these (if you're not sure what I'm talking about you can read about my DID DO lists here) may be the only posts I end up getting around to these days...I suppose that's o.k. and kind of ironic, because while there are many things on my "should do" and "want to do" lists,  life has had other ideas lately, and focusing on what we have done instead of what we haven't happens to be quite helpful and somewhat encouraging.

I actually started a conversation with Scott tonight that went like this..."I can't believe it's 6:30 and I haven't gotten ANYthing done today..."

What I should have said was..."Well, maybe I did get some things done, just not what I thought I would/should have done...I haven't unpacked one bag (from our Florida trip) and still haven't moved some of the miscellaneous furniture and bookshelves from the playroom back into the living room (from when we had our carpet installed two weeks ago! Carpet, I might add, that I just spilled 1/2 a glass of red wine on tonight...sigh...Shockingly, it came out! Guess it pays to pay for the stain resistant stuff. It doesn't need to be kid proof, just mommy proof! I'm now sitting at the kitchen table instead of in the living room.)

After I ranted for several minutes He stopped me and I stopped myself and restarted the conversation with..."But I did..."

Here is what I DID do on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012:

- Slept in an extra few minutes with my husband after a fun, but exhausting trip to Florida (3 1/2 days in Orlando/Disney).  I'm not sure "vacation" is the right word to use for trips with young children, but it was memorable nonetheless.

I am, however, now feeling like I need a "vacation"!

-Let Scott feed the girls breakfast while I worked on a fundraising letter with my sister for a benefit my family is planning for my niece Cordelia. She is a little girl (4 months old) in need of a liver transplant and in desperate need of LOTS of prayers. For more on her story you can visit 

-Took the girls to week 2 of dance (2 hours of sitting in a dance studio-- 1 hour per child-- who knew?!!!)

-Met my sister at Target to shop for some food and supplies to send with my parents to Cincinnati (they are heading there tomorrow to help my brother and his wife who are getting very little sleep these days).

-Head home, finish lunch with the girls and take a short "nap" (i.e. close my eyes for 20 minutes while hoping the girls don't start fighting over something like how one should properly brush a Barbie's hair)

-Attempt to get the girls outside to help me with some gardening. Ella has a TOTAL meltdown. I spend the next 20 minutes trying to console her...she's tired from our travels, and Ava has irritated her by tying a string to her dress. Eventually I give her her stuffed animals, lay her in our bed and she falls asleep.

-Teach Ava how to tie tomatoes to the cage to add extra support. She has just learned to tie her shoelaces and knots and is thrilled to help me. I think this is the highlight of my day!

-Spend 20 minutes consoling a cranky 3-year old when she wakes up from her nap.

-Make dinner while Scott goes for a run.

-Take the food purchased at Target over to my parent's house to be taken with them on their Ohio trip to see my brother tomorrow.

-Grudgingly drag my  tired self into the gym and wind up running 3.7 miles...I was proud of myself I must confess!

-Read a story to the girls.

-Help brush teeth, tickle arms (one of the girls favorite bedtime requests), say prayers and tuck children in to bed.

-Make a salad for "dinner" at 9 p.m.

-Stare at the kitchen in disbelief before jumping in to start clean up at 9:35 p.m.

-Sit down to write this blogpost at 10:15 p.m.

1 comment:

  1. I think it's an awesome idea to write down all your accomplishments for the day! I like to write stuff down on this little wipe off board I have in the kitchen. It says "What will you Celebrate?" It's so easy to fall into what you DIDN'T do, DON'T have, instead of celebrating what you did accomplish and were given. - Dana


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