Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Oil and Water

I survived the weekend. I knew I wasn't looking forward to having extra kids around before they showed up but I was trying to be optimistic. I know, I know, I'm a bad aunt. But speaking from previous experience when my niece came to stay once before, I knew it was going to be rough.

Rough is an understatement. From lying, breaking toys and down right refusal to listen to me was only part of the chaos.

My kids are contented to hang out in the house and play with toys or do arts and crafts. Or play in the yard without issues. Or just watch television quietly while eating mass amounts of popcorn. I don't have to constantly entertain them on rainy days. Which 2 of the 3.5 days that my niece and nephew were there, were rainy.

Oil and water. This was like mixing oil and water. As much as you shake it, it still separates. Every single time. That was us.

I'm walking away from this and taking it as a learning experience. I can honestly say that I will not have both kids come stay together again. It was just too much.

As if I hadn't had enough stress all weekend, as soon as I waved goodbye to my "extra kids" my husband and I tore the house down. Ok, not really. We decided to paint the house a few weeks ago. And this was the week. Crazy I tell you.
It went from painting the living room, to now painting the kitchen and hallways as well. I hope we can finish it by Friday. Little E's birthday party is THIS weekend. Thankfully we are having the party somewhere else.

Here are a few photos to show you. They don't do the color any justice. The lighting was horrible.

More photos to come soon this week. Of course once I find my way to the computers.


Mamaslittlechick said...

I know that it can be tough when different family personalities come together. It is really hard when your neice, who should respect you and what you say, does not do so.  I think as we get older we also have less patience with the lack of respect and listening. I remember when we were younger it was different and that we had to listen to the rules adults had. It is very different these days and when you have other people's children, family also, in your home, you are faced with some challenges. I hope you are doing well my friend! Have a wonderful day and try to do something for yourself. You deserve it! :)

Mama Hen