Friday, October 26, 2007

God Give Me Patience but Please Hurry

Rant of the Week

Let me start with I don't have a clue how you can manage with more than two children. In fact, I am not quite sure how you manage with two children. No matter how much patience I gain (and I have definitely come a long way) it isn't ever enough.

Jaley is at the age where sitting equals torture. Strap her in the buggy at the store, she screams. She keeps on screaming until she uses some Houdini move to break free of the seat belt. Then she stops screaming - a very good thing. But, then she starts bouncing, climbing, wiggling and dangling precariously over the edge of the shopping cart - a very bad thing. The manager at Sam's (yes, I was back there again), came over and begged me to get Jaley to sit down. The manager was a nervous wreck thinking Jaley was going to crash to the floor any second. She escorted me through most of the store and bribed Jaley with about a dozen cookies. That didn't work very well, because Jaley can easily bounce, climb, wiggle and dangle while chomping a cookie.

And with all my attention directed at Jaley, that allows Sarah carte-blanche. Is she three aisles over? Why is the free sample tray empty and her mouth full? Is that my eldest screaming "The Wheels on the Bus" at the top of her lungs? Why is the man on the intercom saying "clean up on aisle 4?"

By the time, I am through the check-out and driving home, I am covered in a cold sweat, gathered evil stares from 4 customers and 8 employees, have lost my temper way more than once, and am starting to understand how ulcers start. So I pray again, God give
me patience, but please hurry.

Life in the Stroller Lane
The rest of our life is pretty much the status quo. Scott was in town this week and on the road part of next. The girls are doing well. Getting into trouble, but only enough to keep things interesting.

New tenants moved into one of the houses. I had the place prepped and ready in 36 hours - a new record. I am not sure if I am getting faster getting the places cleaned and turned or just less picky. Either way, they are moved in and so far haven't called to say anything is broken. The other rental had a garbage disposal issue this week. I got a hands on lesson in plunging a sink and unsticking the disposal. We will see if my skills hold up, if not, it's time for a new disposal.

The construction continues on our porch. It rained this week (a blessing since we are in a major drought), so progress was slow. They are making up for it today, working on Saturday morning.

Today we are having our annual block party. I have 80 hamburgers at the ready. All we need is for Scott to fire up the grill and get to work. The party starts at noon, if you want to join the fun.

That is life in the stroller lane. Lots of Love.

1 comment:

Mike said...

That Sam's trip made me laugh, but that must have been tough. "Jaley, you behave for Mommy now." :o)