Getting Out

January 3, 2017

Today was a crummy day. Everyone, including me, was in a bit of a bad mood from the start. Nothing really happened, but nothing happened to stop it either. So all of us got crankier with each other.

At lunch I looked around at my two fussy girls and my own dismal self and announced, “Bella, let’s go out to eat.”

She instantly perked up. “McDonalds!”

Definitely not my first choice, but she’d been saving gift cards from her birthday and Christmas given to her, and I couldn’t say no to that. She ran upstairs to grab them and came back down excited with the thought of paying for our lunch. I packed them up, and we headed out for just a little bit of time in a different place.

If you can’t tell, Char is beaming here. She thought Bella on the roller thing was so funny. Pretty much anything Bella does Char loves. She thinks the sun rises and sets by Bella.

Sam was doing errands close by so he joined us too. We got to talk while Bella played and Char watched (too many big kids for me to be able to have her in there even with me).

Sometimes I have to remind myself to do these things, because having another kid at home really threw me for a loop this past year. Don’t get me wrong, of course I love the craziness, but it’s still been an adjustment and the age gap really shows when I remember I went from one pretty independent kid back to having one who needs me 24-7. It took me almost a year to get to a point where I don’t feel completely overwhelmed and like I wasn’t sure how to do “baby” anymore – but with time it’s become much easier.

Time and practice too. Even when trips go wrong or I forget things, it’s all been a learning curve to get past for next time we head out the door.

While our day actually didn’t get a lot better until later tonight, for a while it was good just being out with them.


  • Mary Lichlyter

    January 4, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Sometimes just getting out is a great thing to do. When my children were very little, one of the first things we did each morning was to go somewhere. The dishes and the vacuuming could wait. We went to the grocery or the park or anywhere I could think of, just for a few minutes of free time away from the house. The children enjoyed it, and it did me a lot of good.

  • Carol

    January 3, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Thank you for writing everyday. I discovered your blog several years ago and admire your honesty. We have nothing in common but reading your blog makes me smile, laugh, cry, etc. PLEASE keep it up if at all possible, I appreciate your commitment for January and look forward to seeing what you’ve written. Thanks!

  • Mary

    January 3, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    So been there! The library has always been a safety for us also….thank God for those safe havens

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