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Tiaras and Trucks

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Playing Catch-Up

I won a parenting award a couple of weeks ago.  Of course, I had to bestow the award on myself, but it was one of those weeks where everything went right: we got out of the house on time, ran our errands without meltdowns, played with friends at playdates, and threw a minimal amount of food on the floor.  So I won an award!  Yet, because I've been on this parenting rollercoaster for at least a few hills now, I refrained from patting myself on the back just yet.

Because the last week has been the kind where parenting awards sit dusty on the shelf, perhaps rudely snatched away by the Academy.

A week of catch-up, where nothing seems to happen exactly the way I planned, where my to-do list explodes exponentially although I am happy to finish one or two things by the end of the day, where molars threaten to rob me of all sanity (and Dylan of his lunch if he keeps shoving his little fists into the far reaches of his mouth in an attempt to soothe the teething pain).

It's easy to get bogged down in these kind of weeks, to let frustration take over, especially for people (like me) who forgot to pick up their extra box of patience at the store.  I'm trying to remember that the to-do list will never truly be cleared, that the tantrums of today will fade into the teenage rants of tomorrow, and that a little pen on a princess costume just means that maybe the princess will write a novel instead of idly waiting for her prince to arrive.

So this week we coast along, knowing that another upswing is on the horizon.  We have one chance to live our lives, so I might as well throw up my hands and ride.
proof that we're a little behind right now
this was purchased in December
we made it this week
perhaps more disturbing is that the expiration date is June 2011
I think we'll pass on the eating and just admire our handiwork



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16 Comments:

  • At March 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM , Anonymous TamingInsanity said...

    Honestly, this is so refreshing to see in March. I kinda miss Christmas. If it's going to be cold it should at least be festive.

     
  • At March 3, 2011 at 7:32 PM , Anonymous Tiaras-and-trucks said...

    That's why I still occasionally drink my morning coffee out of my Christmas mugs (NOT because my other mugs are dirty).

     
  • At March 3, 2011 at 9:03 PM , Anonymous Jennifer Bruno said...

    What a fun mom you are to bust this out in March! You don't LOSE points for stuff like this!!! :-)

     
  • At March 3, 2011 at 11:11 PM , Anonymous Tiaras-and-trucks said...

    I don't know. I might lose points for letting her eat some of the candy ;)

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 12:35 PM , Anonymous Janelle said...

    I think gingerbread houses are far more fun in March - there is so much going on during the holidays that the candy and icing loose their charm.
    (and I'm with you - teething SUCKS!)

     
  • At March 5, 2011 at 1:27 PM , Anonymous shellthings said...

    Oh, what fun- at any time of the year!

     
  • At March 5, 2011 at 4:21 PM , Anonymous GalitBreen said...

    I LOVE this post! I love how true and honest it is. I love that it exemplifies (perfectly) the ebb and flow of parenting. And seriously? I love that you just made your gingerbread house! We still have our Halloween one. So there. :) XO

     
  • At March 5, 2011 at 6:03 PM , Anonymous @libismorgan said...

    We all have those weeks, both the good and the bad. It's the overall average that matters!

     
  • At March 6, 2011 at 10:05 PM , Anonymous tiarasandtrucks said...

    That is definitely a good perspective!

     
  • At March 6, 2011 at 10:06 PM , Anonymous tiarasandtrucks said...

    Hilarious that you still have the Halloween one! I guess we just like to keep the festivities alive and well, right?

     
  • At March 6, 2011 at 10:07 PM , Anonymous tiarasandtrucks said...

    It is now sitting in our refrigerator. I can't, in good conscience, eat cookies that have been sitting around for months, yet I can't bear to see her little face if we get rid of it!

     
  • At March 6, 2011 at 10:08 PM , Anonymous tiarasandtrucks said...

    Maybe I'll always do ours late from now on! It could be a family tradition :) And seriously? The molars are still working their way through.

     
  • At March 7, 2011 at 8:43 AM , Anonymous Amy Grew said...

    YOU CAN BUY PATIENCE AT THE STORE??!! I need to find that store :) I love the March Gingerbread house, looks much better now than in December!

     
  • At March 7, 2011 at 4:11 PM , Anonymous Selena said...

    hahahaha..Our gingerbread house kit sits on top of the refrigerator. I figure that maybe we'll get to it by Halloween....

     
  • At March 7, 2011 at 8:29 PM , Anonymous tiarasandtrucks said...

    Keep it until then, buy some Halloween colored M & M's to use as the decorations (and maybe black licorice) and people will think you are uber-creative!

     
  • At March 7, 2011 at 8:30 PM , Anonymous tiarasandtrucks said...

    If only you could, there are days when I would go back for an extra two boxes...

     

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