Monday, May 12, 2008

You need the good to get you through the bad...

Yesterday was a lovely day. A perfect day, really. John and the kids made sure I got to do everything I wanted to do, and surpised me with some things I didn't expect. I was sad to see yesterday end.

Yesterday was nice, but today, ummm, not so much. I woke up in a good mood, but it quickly deteriorated when one of my kids acted disrespectfully. She yelled at me, and I yelled right back. I later apologized, but things still felt a little tense between us when I dropped her off at school.

Interesting, isn't it, how things can go from perfect to disaster in a matter of hours? (Can you say opposition?)

Anyway, here's some fun pictures from yesterday. I need to be reminded of the good, in order to escape the pull towards the "loser mom" feelings I've been fighting all morning.

We took a hike yesterday up to Monument Rock. It was gorgeous day, and a beautiful hike.

Will and Sarah saw this picture last night and I told them it looked like they were holding hands. They wanted to make sure you knew they weren't.

It's a little nerve-wracking to see signs like this posted at the trailhead.

We saw a group on horseback. This is the picture that Sarah took with my camera. Nice shot, huh?

Mmmmmm...Coldstone Creamery!


Barb said...

From the time my girls were born until they went away to college, I'm sure half my time was spent feeling like a rotten mom. I think it goes with the territory.

If I'd seen that sign at the trailhead, why I'd have turned right around and gone back to the car and locked the doors. LOL You think I'm kidding. I'm not.

I love all these photos. You all make a very nice looking family.

Leah Belle said...

i yelled at my daughter this morning too. it does make me feel lousy. why can't i act like i expect them to act? some example, heh?

the hike looks fun...i'm jealous...looks like the weather is great too!

Deidre said...

Focus on the good - otherwise, you'll wallow in the bad. Why do we do that to ourselves?

I love, love the pictures. It looks like a lovely day. Now, that sign? That would have had me running away from the lovely trail. All.the.way.home.

*carrie* said...


So glad you had a nice Mother's Day. I can relate to the losing patience/speaking too quickly thing!

His Girl said...

I hear ya, sistah! oh, how I know!

Gretchen said...

Well...I'm happy to share the loser mom title from time to time. Just when you're having a great day, be sure and know that I've earned the title for the day, and vice versa. ;) These preteen years...oy veh!

Doesn't help that we're supposed to be the grown ups. Hummph. Who decided that??? Don't answer. I'm being cheeky.

And...lastly, do you always match when you go on family outings? Your pictures are great. :)

Happy Belated Mom's Day to a wonderful mom. xxxooogretchen

Julie said...

Loved the pictures Mer.

I am glad you had a great day.....

I am sorry it was rough this seems to happen that way doesn't it?

You are an AWESOME mom.

Happy Mother's Day a day late.


Betsy said...

Don't worry...even with the sweetest kids they still have their moments!! You are an awesome mom! Enjoy these years before they get to "teenage land"!

It looks like you had a wonderful Mother's Day!!

Jennifer said...

We have all had days like this.......I think the kids are testing us all the time. No fun for sure, but I guess what doesn't kill us makes us stronger.

Beautiful pictures! I love your hair!

Joanne : The Simple Wife said...

I think things can go downhill in a matter of minutes, let alone hours!

And I know just what you mean...

leigh said...

I was wondering about the matching thing too! LOL. As far as the yelling goes, I'm right there with you. The one thing I've learned and often have to remind myself of, is that my children are much quicker to forgive and forget than I am. I find that I'm stewing about something that happened earlier and they've already forgiven and moved on. I try to follow their lead.

Jenn said...

know what you mean - we sadly have those moments all to often. All you can do is apologize and move on. Then pray that they can be kept to a minimum from now on. I hope the rest of your week is going great.

Can I be shallow for a moment? Your hair looks great in the pic with the kids on the trail. :o)