‘Round Here

I have six posts I’ve started that I haven’t had a chance to finish. Let’s see… chickens, first day of school, toilet training, four-letter words, Labor Day in Elk City, and now I can’t even remember what the other one was. Life–and mostly motherhood–has been keeping everything interesting around here.

Here’s the short version: toilet training started; school started; Tice got sick; I rescued a squirrel; Tice stayed sick for a week; work piled up.

It wasn’t perfect. But when is life perfect? I still got to hang out with my family and take a few pretty pictures, so what do I have to complain about? In my head it all gets so dramatic and overwhelming in the moment, but when I start to write about it, it gives me perspective. I can laugh about it–or at least smile. I’m not saying I was smiling through it all. It’s been tough, and it’s okay to admit that. But, I know that it really hasn’t been that bad. I still want another baby, so it couldn’t have been that bad.

One thing I love about Facebook and other social media–it reminds me of how much alike we all are. Sick kids. Busy with work. Unexpected schedule changes. Laundry. To-do lists. And, of course, the fun stuff–new babies, cute kids going back to school, new hair-dos, a great recipe or photo. So, to all my FB friends, thank you for reminding me that we really are all in this big world with more in common than differences. I’ve needed it over the past two weeks.

I will eventually get around to finishing what I’ve written about those other things. Some of  it’s important (to me),  some of it might help someone else, and some of it I might delete before publishing. But let me say right now, right here that I WISH I would have just waited on the toilet training. I’ll explain more later, but I just wanted to put that out there for anyone who was feeling impressed that Tice was already toilet trained so young. I should have listened when he indicated that “pee pee” not “poo poo” went in the toilet…

In the meantime, I’m just thankful that Tice is feeling better and will be back at school tomorrow. I think maybe he was faking it the whole time.


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