My Picture Show

There is so much news to be stoked about. Our benefit concert was fantastic and I wish I could thank every person individually for helping, coming, rocking out, spreading the word...all that. We raised over $20K for GIANT Steps and that makes me happy. We left town after the concert for LA for Jay Leno, Ellen, The Troubadour show...now the band is in NYC for shows, VH1 stuff, Fuse stuff, The Today Show, then off on tour. Picture Show is out today and it's already in the iTunes Alternative top 10. All very good things. Busy is good.

Connor is making amazing noises lately. He's making consonant sounds and being extremely vocal. I love it. Whenever he makes new or unusual sounds, my ears perk up and time kinda stops. I have to drop everything and just listen and love it. He went to school today after his time home for spring break. He was very excited to get on the bus. But I miss him already and it's only 10 a.m.

After waiting about 6 years, we are FINALLY getting new back doors installed. It's a miracle. No more snow, wind or rain through our fake french doors, ruining our floor. This makes me so happy.

I have a lot to celebrate today. But instead I'm cleaning up a lot of broken things (thank you Connor), and a lot of extreme messes (thank you Katie), some stinky stuff (thank you Lucy) and A SHLOAD of laundry (thank you Bdog). I want to be in a great mood, but the morning show down getting Katie out the door this morning was brutal. I was a total a-hole. I think I'll pick her up for lunch to smooth things over. Is there anything worse than sending your 3rd grader to school in tears? I'm sure I could keep my cool better if she did the things she needs to do on her own, or the first time I ask. Instead she doesn't do anything UNTIL I'M SCREAMING IN HER FACE. This is a problem. Anyone else have that problem? It's a good way to ruin what should be a great day. Have a great day!!!

Here's a piece of Katie's iPad artwork for you to enjoy.


Kendra Leigh said...

Our mornings before school can be pretty brutal too sometimes. I've found a trick that works for us...I made a morning playlist that lasts the amount of time she has from when she wakes up to when she needs to be out the door... I used songs that relate to getting ready like "Good Day Sunshine" to wake up and then songs related to eating, getting dressed, brushing teeth etc. After a few days she was familiar with the playlist and what needed to happen when and if xxx song was playing and she wasn't already dressed she was running behind schedule. Makes getting ready a little more fun and easier for a kid to keep track of time and what needs to happen. And much less yelling from me.

Kaerlig said...

I have this problem. You are not alone in your incessant mother guilt.

Jessica said...

AMEN. My kids NEVER respond after the first request, beg, plea or demand so inevitably I get up in their business too--complete a-hole fashion. Glad we are not alone but it still sucks. Yay for Connor's new sounds!

Evie B. said...

I get the, 'you always yell at me!' complaint almost daily. No, Tatum, I ask you nicely about 3 or 4 times before I yell. Then you hear me. :) Hang in there, mama!

p.s. Love the playlist idea!

Crazymamaof6 said...

I do the hard mornings every week. screaming at my kids to get it together and just get ready. it's always harder the first day back after a break or the weekend too.

congrats on the shows, and tour and the rad album. i'm super stoked about the album, all of my kids already have it memorized and sing along.

and totally awesome about Connors new sounds.

Shanakin Skywalker said...

Yeah, me too. One thing that helped me feel like a really normal and pretty good mom was spending the afternoon in a Big O tires last week. I think I saw more shoving around of 3 yr olds than I cared to. Getting a flat tire can make a parent especially grouchy though I guess. We are lucky that a child's heart is so forgiving and forgetful. Congrats on the new album.

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