Like a woman possessed, I was determined to get out of the house yesterday and off to a ‘fun place’, as the kids usually say!
A bright and sunny Sunday morning with mountains of potential was just outside the window but I find it so, so hard to get everyone ready and on the road, I get utterly bogged down by the process!
Hilariously, after setting myself the aim of leaving by lunchtime, we eventually made it through the garden gates only two hours late, by 2.45pm!
Now, if you were to ask me what I did with the time between 1pm and 2.30pm I could not tell you. It’s a blank. The madness of trying to occupy two kids while I dress the third; trying to find a shoe to match the one already found; trying to argue with a child who wants to wear last years crocs instead of this years new sandals and trying to just breathe when you finally get a hand out to open the car and hop in but a kid pipes up behind you “Um, I need new trousers. I got these wet”… *deep inward scream*…
Time thieves. All if these mad little moments which individually really are tiny battles, they all add up and mug you like sneaky time thieves.
After much to-ing and fro-ing we got ourself beach bound, stopping only to get picnic supplies.
I know I wasn’t really present in the day at all, after the frustration of trying to get out and I was disappointed with myself that I hadn’t made it out on time to take the gang where I had originally planned (big kite festival in Dublin) it all just took the wind out of my sails a bit. The internal voice that I know I should listen to was saying ‘relax, your out with your family, everyone’s together and happy, relax’. Anyhow, I struggled most of the afternoon to dull the other voice, the one telling me I need to get my sh** together. I need to prepare for these things in advance, get the clothes and shoes ready the night before, don’t go to bed after a row with the kitchen and spend the next morning making up with scrubbing and brushing etc! God, I have to get more organised!
Anyhow, important part: We got out. As a family. The kids had great fun and they laughed and smiled and mammy and daddy take great pleasure in that. x