Once again, I lose the prize for “Mother of the Year”!
I just can’t believe that after four children, how I could have missed something so basic, so required, so essential! It is almost just too embarrassing to share with you. Like I said – almost! :-)
Yesterday was one of those action packed days from sun up to sun down. Do you know what I mean? The end of the first school quarter landed on none other than a festive filled Halloween weekend, complete with elementary school parties to middle school dances; volunteer work for the drug awareness program in the morning to pottery art class after school. Somewhere in the middle of the day, Dan and I managed to watch a Jennifer Anniston movie while I was making celery raisin snacks for Isaac’s party.
It all began with an earlier than normal alarm for a Friday morning. You see, Violet was helping out with Red Ribbon week at the elementary school. Since she was dressing up as a fairy to deliver prizes to K-2nd graders for the “Drugs are No Fairy Tale” program, I agreed to rise before God himself to curl her golden locks! Am I c.r.a.z.y or what!
Hair is not my specialty, let me tell you! Where is Aunt Tammy when you need her? (Actually she is in Philly working as a hair stylist.) So, here I am trying to not only curl an “up do” to an almost 12 year old’s liking. At the same time, I am trying to get Isaac and Levi ready, dressed, fed, and packed for their school day.
Now normally, I assist the boys through just about everything in our morning routines. Do you find yourself doing the same?… That is: asking the kids, “Do you have this?” or “Don’t forget that?” “Brush your teeth!” (Like that’s something we don’t do every day!) To, “Tie your shoes!” “Get your flute!” “Get your back pack!” Gheeeeze! All before I’ve had my second (or 3rd – shhhhh!) cup of coffee!
So, yesterday I was up early and had the boys clothes all ready to get them dressed! They were eating breakfast in their pj’s while I had Violet in the bathroom curling her bed head. Wooo Hooo! Watch me rock the house this morning! I was surely getting a prize for multi tasking now! Back packs were done and all I had to do was brush my own teeth.
Enter Levi! Cereal bowl empty. Fully dressed. Teeth brushed (he breathed in my face to prove it – thanks!) Shoes on. Hair brushed (sorta). Back pack in hand, and… Ready.To.Go! All – by- himself! Well, there’s a first time for everything!,
Wow! He was fired up to get to school today! Let’s go!
I left early with Violet and Levi. I can’t believe we made it and even managed to pick up an extra child for our morning activities. The day flew by and before I knew it, Violet was finished with the pottery class and at a friend’s house getting ready to go to her first middle school dance. Yes, I remembered to pack her the extra clothes, hair ties, sparkly boots, rainbow scarf, curling iron (again), snacks, and cell phone. Dan and I headed to grab a bite with the boys before we met Violet for pictures with her friends.
So, we ordered kid meals for the boys while we waited for our plates. Both boys were completely finished eating and climbing all over me when our dinner finally arrived. Yum! An awesome meal that I didn’t have to cook OR do the dishes! When…
“MOM! I have to go to the bathroom.” Like that was a surprise! It.Never.Fails. Every time my dinner gets here I am off to the potty with someone. “Me too!” Oh great! Well, let’s all go. At least I will have fewer interruptions while I try to eat.
Off we go to the potty. Like I haven’t had to do this with our sons about a million times before. So, here we are jammed in a small space when Isaac, reading everything on the walls, bursts out laughing.
Standing, Levi is taking his turn to tinkle when he turns around to see what is so funny. Then, imagine my surprise when I follow Isaac’s point to Levi’s bare little butt cheeks. Huh?
“Levi! Where is your underwear?!!!!!!!”
By this time, he bursts into a fit of giggles while managing to completely miss the potty, showering the restroom. Because, you see, he is showing us both just where his underpants were hiding. They were all the way up around his belly rolled up under his t-shirt up to his arm pits! Somehow, when he got himself dressed (for the first time ever) hours before, Levi managed to have both of his legs in one side of his underpants!
Embarrassed, Levi pulled his britches up as fast as he could. His underwear was rolled around his belly like a belt with the extra underwear fabric hanging out the back of his butt like an extra appendage or tail. Apparently, it had been like this all.day.long! Isaac walked over and peaked down the backside of Levi’s pants. That’s when he announced, in his usual loud way, “Commando Levi! Levi went to school commando!”
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalms 118:24
Some days, that’s all I can do!
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