Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Nature Conservatory or Bust!

Today I took the kids to swim lessons and then headed out for our Tuesday neighborhood activity. We took the kiddos to the Nature Conservatory off of Gentile - not much to see initially, but it was fun walking the boardwalk trail and climbing up into the tall birdhouse tower to eat lunch. My kids were up late last night and were whiny and I sort of wanted to throw them off the boardwalk trail at times, but it ended up being fun once they got that out of their system. At one point, I was dealing with Eva who had a nosebleed and at the same time with Ethan who was trying to get himself to throw up so that I would believe him when he said that his stomach hurt . (He hadn't wanted to go when we were at home because he had made plans for his toy motorcycle races with a buddy, and he had told me the original "get out of anything excuse" that his stomach hurt. So I didn't believe him and he wanted to prove me wrong, which didn't work either.) I didn't even take any pictures, because frankly I wasn't up to making them appear like they were having fun and to look happy, dagnabit! They did end up enjoying it though, and we had a nice little walk with their friends and they were able to climb up the towers and had a great time. It was sunny and HOT. All the kids had red faces so we headed out to get our first of the summer Rainbow Snows and found some shade where the mom's could talk and the kids could run a-muck. (not sure how to spell that, but I know it's a real word)

We are taking a friend visiting from Honduras out to dinner tonight and then it's early to bed for my kiddos - Summer has made us get off schedule and it seems to keep getting later and later each night, and mom seems to be getting meaner and meaner each day! My kids have told me repeatedly this last week that I am the meanest mom and I have told them repeatedly that I don't care! Oh, the love! Summer is definitely here! I am optimistic however that we can turn this ship around. Let's see. Tomorrow we've got Eva's ballet rehearsals at the Mckay Dee Center with a not wanting to hold still 2 year old and a very strict no kids can make any noise teacher. This looks to be another keeper! Stay tuned...
I promise to lose the sarcasm and have a better attitude.

6 comments:

Suz said...

Isn't that how it goes? I look forward to summer all year and then it comes with the 4 kids all ordering their servant (me) around and I think "This is what I've been waiting for all year?" Have no idea what conservatoriam you're talking about off of Gentile...is it new? Tell the moms that Gunnar mentioned those Tuesday outtings the other day....fondly! Wanted to know why we doing them in MS! He has his Driver's Learner Permit! Can you believe that???? Crazy

The Stones said...

Makell, your posts crack me up-seriously! You always make me feel better about all the times I lose it with Kallie-on a daily basis. Ethan trying to make himself throw up? I was dying laughing-gotta give him credit for using his noggin...! Can I take Becks for ya?

Tansy said...

The "meanest mom ever" comment threw me for a loop. I use to say that to my mom and you don't look anything like her. How can they ever say that??

Hope your ballet rehearsal went alright :)

Kierstin said...

That's funny! Whenever my kids say, 'why won't you let me?!' I say, 'because I'm a mean Mom and I like being a mean Mom'. Summertime is like a double-edged sword... love it when they're busy, hate it when they're bored. My new pet peeve is, "Mom, I'm bored!!". Gotta love it! Thanks for bringing the kids over today, Max and Kaela loved seeing them. Call me and we'll get them together more often. I already have many requests from my kids to play at your house :)

Tansy said...

Hey Makell,

Check out my blog because I tagged you!!

-T

The Darrohns said...

I love the sarcasm and attitude. Keep it up. -H