Today was rough.
For starters, it's Monday. Josh left to go out of town for work. For a working mom of 3, who's used to having a second hand, this alone is stressful. But, I also miss him. I don't like it when he's not here, especially in the evenings.
It's Isabella's second week of preschool. Friday was really hard. Today was much harder. She broke my heart. I kept glancing at her in the rearview mirror, sitting in her seat and clinging to her two stuffed animals, and staring out the window. She looked like she might throw up. On the verge of tears, holding it back. I tried to cheer her up (or at least take her mind off of it) by playing "the wheels on the bus" on the way there. When we finally got there, she started to cry. When I tried to leave, she ran after me and insisted on "one more hug and a kiss". I walked to my car holding back tears. On the way to work, I started crying. And then I called Josh. He reminds me of how Cameron was in the beginning. And I remember. And I know she's going to be fine. It still sucks.
Work was busy. I'm getting the hang of it. It's actually going better than I anticipated. But by 4 p.m., my mind was reeling. Buses were late, again. I was able to get out by 4:30, knowing I had to get to Cam and Jackson, and Bella was chomping at the bit for me to pick her up.
We got home, ate leftover pizza, and headed out. Jackson had basketball practice from 630-830. I killed those 2 hours (unintentionally) shopping for school supplies. I had gotten pretty much everything I needed before school started. Jackson still needed six (yes, six) 3-pronged folders and tabbed dividers for his binder. Bella needs a backpack. We started at Wal-Mart because I had good intentions of grabbing some supplies and perhaps a few groceries. I hate Wal-Mart. I love the new supermarket by our house; but the super Wal-Mart makes my skin crawl. What's worse than shopping there? Shopping there with a 4-year old. Why would they put school supplies so close to the toy aisle???? I lost her like 4 times before I finally made her sit in the cart. This resulted in her acting like a total a## and jumping up and down and screaming. Cam was pushing the cart but getting embarrassed. So he would try to tell her to calm down but she would just hit him. Real nice. And did I mention Wal-Mart was completely sold out of 3-pronged folders and tabbed dividers.
When I realized they didn't even have any backpacks, we left the cart where it was and dipped out of Wal-Mart. Bella hates to hold my hand and when she refused to hold my hand in the chaos that was the parking lot, I about lost it. I might've spanked her.
Next stop, Kohl's. I had a coupon and I knew they had backpacks.
This stop went well (after I threatened her with her life), at first. Then, while I casually stopped to look at the boys' clothes, Cam thought it would be fun to chase Bella around the store. And the next thing I know, they are gone. I started to walk to the front, because at this point, I was hoping to lose them. They found me. Bella says, "I was looking for you, momma" and Cam sheepishly says, "I'm sorry" because he knows I'm upset because I'm not talking (yelling or otherwise). We purchase her backpack, and we leave.
Next stop, Office Max. Because they are sure to have supplies. I left the kids in the car.They had SIX 3 pronged folders in the entire store. They were purple, but that is what Jackson got. Oh yeah, and tabbed dividers are expensive. At this point, I didn't care.
Now it's time to pick Jackson up. We stopped at 7-11 because we are all dying of thirst. Bella cried because she couldn't open her drink. And I cried because I couldn't open it either because it was dark, and I was driving, and she was driving me crazy, and I just couldn't take it anymore.
I pick up Jackson (this part was uneventful). Until....Cameron gets upset because he left his unopened drink in the gym and I wouldn't go back to get it. I don't care. I just want to get back home.
This is where things start to settle down. Except that Jackson waited until tonight to study vocabulary words he was given last week but has to know by tomorrow. He was tired and it was already past 9 so I sent him to bed. Life lessons, next time maybe he won't wait until the last minute.
And finally.....it is 11:30 as I type this and everyone else is asleep. THANK THE LORD. Tomorrow is a new day.
My name is Kaci. I am a working mom of 3. Wife to Josh. Mom to Jackson, Cameron & Isabella. My life is dinner, homework, baseball, basketball, grocery lists, laundry, wine, video games, and bath time. I started this blog because I am passionate about photography and journaling, and because I wanted a place to write it all down, to rememeber little details so easily forgotten in the mad rush that is the life of a family of 5. Through my photos and words, I endeavor to capture our story.