Thursday, March 31, 2011

Coffee Talk 4.1.11

It is Thursday night and listen....silence! Beautiful, elusive silence! A sound (of lack thereof) so beautiful to this introvert, I can hardly stand it!

You see, Tigerfan and Tigerteen are out of town. They left at 4:00 a.m. this morning headed to Texas for some good old fashioned turkey hunting. That leaves me here to hold down the fort with the other three. Ordinarily that would be no big deal. But it has been an ugly week here in the Tiger den. And I am tired.

People, we have had drama this week. I don't like drama. I like peace and serenity and I like all my kids to like me! I'm not sure which was worse this week...the teenager or the toddler, but between the two, I am seriously considering committing myself to a nice padded room somewhere!

I say all that to say that, while the idea of a quiet weekend with a couple of folks gone sounds peaceful, I am not in a great frame of mind. I was actually looking forward to this evening. We had NOTHING planned today after tutorial. Just guitar, no drums, no friends, no appointments...just home and calm (aaaah, sounds great doesn't it). Unfortunately someone forgot to tell Tigercub about the whole calm part.

Thursday nights are usually popcorn and M&M night for Tigerfan and I. Since he was going to be gone, we recorded "Secret Millionaire" and I told the kids we would have popcorn and T.V. unheard of treat because Tigerfan hates for them to eat in the living room. I was even excited! I went to the store and even bought plain M&M's and sour gummy worms for the occasion and told them they could drink a soda. They have been SO excited all day. B.B. even set up a snack counter complete with movie tickets, prices and play money. We got our snacks, turned on the T.V. and got all the way through the opening intros before Tigercub spilled his popcorn...for the first time. We spent the next hour turning up the sound above his "entertainment", picking up spilled popcorn (3 more times), mopping up tears from siblings he injured and pulling him off furniture he was using as a trampoline.

When the torture, I mean the show, finally ended, I knew it must be bedtime! Alas...we still had a solid hour! We then moved on to board games which are almost as much fun as a movie when a three year old is involved. From now on, I am lacing his Sprite with valium (I am totally kidding, by the way)!

Needless to say, the kids are all now tucked soundly into bed...and there is a Hershey bar with almonds and a Diet Coke calling to Momma. No, they are not on my diet, don't judge me! I am SO looking forward to visiting with some precious adults this weekend!

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Anonymous said...

Oh dear. That's all I have to say.

Why is it that kids always spill things? Even when they're just sitting there. Things that make you go hmmmm...

Hope you have a restful weekend. You deserve it.

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Oh, me, I do hope that you can experience "peace in the midst of the storm" this weekend. You know, I admire all women who are the mothers of more than 2 children. I only had the two and there were times that I didn't know if I would make it. Double that and I can't even imagine it. Guess that's not very encouraging, but you will make it and this will one day just be a distance memory. I promise!

Love you and praying for you!

secondofwett said...

Oh my...I so can relate to what you've been thru!!! We also had drama here this week that I chose not to blog about...I mean, down do you want your friends to get week after week...they might stop reading my blog! But I do appreciate knowing that you were praying for me...I hope your wknd is beautiful and calm for you and last week but a distant memory.....just think..when you're old and grey like me you'll actually laugh abt evenings like last night...honest..wait a minute...i AM old and grey and am still getting those evenings...oh dear.

Katharine said...

Oh dear. I apologise for laughing, really. It's just that I have so been there and while I can snicker now...that drama could easily be mine any day this week... If it makes you feel better, maybe we could get a two-for-one special on the padded room, I promise to be quiet!
I hope your weekend is restful...

LydiaCate said...

I'm in on the padded room :) Big ((HUGS)) I just love your posts because they so often mirror what's happening on my front lines! There are days when I'd like to get in my "swagga wagon" and drive. Drive and not turn around for along time. That's kinda how I felt as I started off to Bastrop last week...but you know that time away visiting with inspiring women was just enough to recharge me. (Wish you had been one of them!)
I hope you have a peaceful weekend! It is nice sometimes to have part of the crew gone for just a spell.
Blessings to you!

jennibell said...

Sounds like a tiring week for you. . .here's to a much more relaxing weekend. I *don't* at all, one bit, miss the toddler days. They were HARD. I hear those teenage years aren't much better. . .and you're experiencing both at the same time! Prayers out to you!! Can I freeze time right now with my 4 7-12 yr-olds?

mholgate said...

Sweet friend, I can relate. I'm headed to what will be our new hometown today for Spring Break. I'm hoping for a few quiet moments myself. (But first I have to survive the 3 hour car ride there! LOL!)

Praying for peace that comes from deep within your heart...the kind only our Maker can give.


Megan, Maggie, Mama said...

I hope you have a peaceful weekend and a better week ahead! Even with only one baby I feel like I can relate to the chaos. I can't imagine though, what it would be x4! And as the oldest of four kids I now have a new respect & dumbfounded wonder for how my mom did it.

CindyC said...

Oh, you had me laughing. When I got to "it must be bedtime" I started to crack up!

I hope the rest of your weekend was not filled with popcorn or mishaps.

However, it does sound like it was quite a memory for the kids. :)

Marianne said...

Oh hon, I hope the kids are treating you better for the rest of this weekend.
I have days like today too where bedtime just can't come fast enough. There has been whining most of the day, hungry kids all day, no food good enough to eat and I have a list as long as ever to do.
Ugh, thank goodness I have 24 cans of coke in my car... and ice in the freezer to make a frappuchino later.

Jen said...

I hope the rest of your weekend has gone better! My kids are 8 & 16, we always have drama around here! As for the diet coke and candy bar, go for it!!!

Kathleen T. Jaeger said...

I hate that when the kids don't get the message about calm & quiet & clean!!

I had a humdinger of a week -- mostly from exhaustion of the past two months of being on all the time -- so I can totally relate wanting some down time.

It is such a disappointment when a fun thing anticipated ends up feeling like torture (at least for the adult...)

Thanks for sharing your drama. It's good to know I am not alone.

Danyelle said...

Oh goodness, I hope you were able to get some peace this weekend. I try not to let my girls eat in the living room too, but I still wind up with goldfish or cheerios scattered all over.

Karyn said...

My Grandmother always used to console me by reminding me that if my toddlers weren't jumping on the furniture, running around, spilling things, throwing things, etc. it would be because there was something seriously wrong with them. So I guess your toddler is in good health - physically and mentally.

Hope the rest of your weekend is a little quieter.

BTW....the snack/ticket counter made me smile.