This week began on a high note. The kids decided, after watching Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, that they were going to make over the front porch, sitting room, and a bedroom in our house. They worked together and did a phenomenal job. In fact, I can actually walk onto our front porch without tripping over basketballs, scooters, skateboards, and in-line skates. It was great seeing them work together.
The following morning Dash woke up and made pancakes for himself and Violet (Jack-Jack had already eaten a bowl of cereal). I thought, "finally, we're turning a corner." However, it was just a slight bend in the road.
Yesterday was back to our chaotic "normal." It was the classic two-against-one day. The older two tormented Jack-Jack most of the afternoon. They decided they were "spies" who were on a mission to avoid Jack-Jack. Whenever Jack-Jack came near them, they ran from him. Whenever Jack-Jack tried to talk to them, they ignored him. The Jack-Jack felt rejected and ended up crying through almost an entire episode of SpongeBob (yes, I was trying to bribe him to stop crying by allowing him to watch cartoons).
Things went from bad to worse as an argument escalated over a busted slip-and-slide that had just been purchased two days ago. There were more tears and a lot of finger-pointing over who ripped a hole in the water slide.
Just when I was about to tell them to put on their swimsuits so that we could go jump in the pool, the skies opened up and unleashed a torrent of rain, thunder and lightening. I guess Mother Nature was crying along with me!
When I felt at my absolute low today, I kept reminding myself of the positive moments this week. I also keep reminding my children of how great they felt working together. Maybe it will start to sink in soon.