Wednesday, August 8, 2012

feeling restless


Oh dear me! I am feeling restless.  I find myself doing things I don't want to do, and yet having no time to do what matters.  What matters right now is that I clean up my kids room.  Or make THEM clean up their room.  Or make KAI clean up his room because it's all HIS mess.  And it is like fighting a freak show to make that happen and so the mess sits...  PLEASE tell me someone else deals with this.  I am just so tired by the time I get home for work I don't have energy past dinner and dishes.  Just last night he had made a huge mess of art supplies and refused to clean it up.  Eventually placed on time-out for his temper, we took away all that mattered to him and he sat pouting while we went about our business and waited for him to do it.  He pouted for so long that he fell asleep for the night.  Tell me friends, what would YOU do in that situation?  Thankfully this morning he was more apt to reason so it did get cleaned up...but my-oh-my his room...a site to behold and I must somehow muster up the energy to tackle it.

And then there is the story of how my daughter broke her foot.  Like every broken bone that each of my child has had, my first response was NO WAY is it broken and why don't we just wait this one out?  But by hour two of her begging to be taken to the ER, I finally broke down only to find that it was broken in two places.  When will I ever learn? Swimming the rest of the Summer is out and she will begin school on crutches.  The high point?  Don't kids with broken bones get lots of attention?  I'm sure she'll somehow survive...

I know there is more to life than messy rooms and broken bones.  But sometimes when you are in the midst of it, it just seems hard.  So here I am....searching for peace today in a place of restlessness.

Dear friends, cross your fingers that I can get it.

7 comments:

Debby said...

One of my kids would not clean his room for anything. It was so maddening....so I do know what you mean. We had to threaten him with Christmas and etc. No ideas for you.
I think you need a vacation of your own. SO sorry. (((((HUGS)))))

likeschocolate said...

Saying a prayer for you! You can offer to help him or you can just take all away from his room for a while and see if he can learn to appreciate what he has.

Amy said...

Yet again, oh how I wish we were neighbors! As I sit, typing one-handed while my baby is in and out of dozing, I feel like we could both use a fro-yo break. Even after the dust settles, you get a fairly good night's sleep, it's only to wake up to the very same battles the next day, right?
I wish I could give you some magical advice. Or a fro-yo and some laughs.

Sue said...

We all have days like that. Mothering is such a marathon, but there's some beautiful scenery along the way. (And many potholes.)

;)

Amy said...

Oh Carrie, I am so sorry you are having such a hard time! Some days are just like that. And then the kids are angels 5 minutes later. Or 5 years later. But praying for peace and serenity to head your way while you wait for the sweet children to return.

Lisa S said...

Oh just close his door...they grow up too fast and before you know it he will be gone and you won't have think about it anymore...
I say this as I sit in a room full of stuff. I wish I could show you a picture. haha My oldest is away on her mission,in Chicago. I put all her clothes from the closet in space bags, and my youngest just came home from BYU-I...and there is nowhere to put anything...900 sq ft...they shared a room for 12 years...next year they will both be home at the same time....but I know that soon enough they will start living on their own because they will be married or graduate and start their careers.
So Carrie, please don't stress out about it....pleasetry to relax and enjoy them now. :)

nkitkat said...

Hi I just discovered your blog today and pinned the quote which gives so much hope :-) I am not yet at the stage of "cleaning their room" thing but I saw an interesting idea from the Green Apple Home on youtube, where she suggests to break down the "orders" like : pick-up the basket, then put the legos in it etc... I did this with my son when he didn't want to go to daycare: get down of the chair, give me your hand, put on one shoe, the next, put your jacket etc.. instead of get ready for the daycare and it worked :-)

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