Today was one of those after school days when things go from good to bad pretty quickly. Here is how:
Pick up kids at daycare. Ryan gets ready, Kate putzes, Olivia flat out refuses, and Brady is sound asleep. Kate and Olivia goth get to a "three" which a timeout in our world. Olivia still refuses to cooperate. So I get Brady loaded up, get Ryan and Kate to head outside, scoop up Olivia, throw her coat on her while she kicks and screams, and carry her to the car.
Get to the car and see child #1 digging in my purse for gum. Another rule in Bonnieworld is to NOT dig in my purse (Erin do I sound like dad? That was his rule too about his wallet) as that is an automatic three. Head home while things are relatively quiet.
Get in garage. Olivia, who had taken off her shoes and socks in protest is now crying because guess what? I will not carry in a child who has purposefully taken off shoes and socks in this weather. Remind Kate that Olivia made the choice, and that she needs to get to her room. Enter house, start supper, send Ryan to his room with homework, send Kate to her room, give fussing Brady his paci, and get Olivia to sit on the steps for her timeout. Set the timer for children #2 & 3.
Continue supper, get it ready, put it on plates, ask kids to wash their hands, remind kids again to wash hands, start getting more frustrated with Kate for not moving as we have to leave for dance in 10 minutes, breathe, take a bite of my sloppy joe, and burn my mouth.
Kate sits down only to start in on how horrible my sloppy joes are. They are supposed to be as good as Jo's. Why don't I make them taste good? Tell her to stop complaining or she can be hungry. I am no maid and this isn't a restaurant.
Get Olivia's supper on her plate and place some unhealthy potato chips on Kate's plate. Instant tantrum because "I don't like those chips." By now my blood is boiling. I am ready to flip out. Then Thad gives Olivia chips. She crys, because, "She didn't want that kind." He brings her cheetos. I take one and the screaming begins. Then Kate whines again about supper, so I took her plate and said, "You are done. Get ready for dance and be HUNGRY."
Then, it was off to dance for Kate and the little ones. Ryan and Thad had hockey. All this fun in under one hour at my house! Have I mentioned that I am leaving for AZ in TWO DAYS???? Whoo-hoo!