"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."

Monday, October 26, 2009

Bad Day

Please allow me to use this blog as a vehicle to vent my frustrations. I normally try to keep posts positive and light. Today let's just call it blog therapy, because the knowledge that I could later post this "event" just may have saved me from throttling one or more of my children.


It wasn't a great day. Lots of messes. The children meticulously cleaned their rooms on Saturday only to have them completely trashed Monday morning. To be expected. But I still didn't want to clean them. The unfinished basement/toy area/catch all has become completely chaotic, and I decided to try to tackle at least part of it. I began hauling empty boxes and D.I. stuff up the stairs. Mason had just gotten home from school and the kids were relaxing and having snacks. We had a lot of empty boxes and I hauled ten or so of them upstairs to take to the recycling place. Averie came downstairs with me and we sat down on the floor to organize some of the small toys. I was down there no more than five minutes when I heard the kids making far too many joyous cries to be a good thing. I come upstairs and this is what I see:




Oh really. The room was completely clean besides the boxes when I went downstairs. Mason had let in a friend without asking, and they dumped out one of the boxes containing styrofoam packing pieces and were throwing, crushing, breaking, jumping and rolling in the tiny, static-y pieces.

I was completely without words. I went into my bedroom and burst into tears. I was already frustrated with the pre-existing messes before the event, and I was absolutely flabbergasted. I think the kids knew I was not happy (duh). Friend was escorted out the door and Mason and Ellorie spent the next hour attempting to clean up their mess. After an hour I sent them to their respective rooms to do homework, because they really weren't picking the pieces up very well anyway.

The pictures do not do justice to the magnitude of the mess. Have you ever tried to clean up tiny pieces of broken styrofoam? Well, let me tell you, it is horrible. They stick to everything. Your hands, the broom, the vacuum, the boxes, the walls, and certainly my children. It took over two hours to sweep them all up, and there are still more remaining in little nooks and crannies.


I know in a day or two I will be laughing about this. Just not quite yet. I really love my children, and I certainly hope I am equipped to deal with another one. Though today I had my doubts.

7 comments:

Bryce and Sharee said...

Oh Britt! So sorry that you have to deal with that. That would be so frustrating...I can only imagine. I hate styrofoam!

Shannon said...

Can I just say WOW! I am so sorry! It looks like it would be really hard to clean up. It's a good thing we love our kids sooooo much huh! :0)

Darren and Tessa said...

I can sort of relate to the frustration I had a date ask me to a dance and he put confetti all over my room not the paper kind but the static plastic kind I was seriously vacuuming that up for at least a year after and I remember how unhappy so I can imagine a little bit how you feel right now, Im so sorry!

Debbie Murdock said...

Whoah!!!! Packing peanuts and children are a bad combination!! I am still amazed how little time it takes for kids to terrorize a room. I hope this day will bring you more happiness than the day before. Hang in there!!

jess said...

I think there was something in the air yesterday..i spent some time in my room crying as well...
ah heres to better days right?? hope things are looking up today. I was thinking last night.. that maybe I could use some mom time.. maybe a scrapbooking night or something.. what do you think??

Brittany said...

I hate those things. Braylee and Chubbs did a similar thing in my laundry room, but nothing like that. I am so sorry. You are a wonderful mother though and will do really well with a fourth.

Hilarie* said...

Are the kids still alive since Brandon has been home? I heard you guys both were not very happy. Hope the rest of the week goes better!