This "Terrible Mother" Feels Good On A Friday

June 11, 2010 by Rieshy
5 Things For The Girl Next Door's Feel Good Friday That I Enjoyed Saying This Week:

  1. To my two year old at the breakfast table, "You may not use your toes to eat your toast."   I mean, really, how can that sentence come out of your mouth and it not be an utterance worthy of a smile.
  2. In a garden report to my husband, "The sunflower plants are already 2 and 1/2 feet tall."
  3. Also to my husband, "I guess I need to find someone to give our left-over diapers since, we don't need them anymore." Happy-dance time.
  4. To a friend from church, "Why yes, my children would love to come swim in your spa-fabulous salt water in-ground pool while you dig up gorgeous perennials to share with me." Btw, if you want my definition of a perfect summer day this sentence just summed it up.
  5. In excitement to my husband, "The hanging swing is finished, really?  
Here are my men working on our rustic swing.  They are probably laughing over Kafka's use of metaphor, or perhaps they are just reciting lines from Monty Python... Or both.


No males were harmed in the making of this swing.




The really shocking thing about the swing is that before my husband and I got to sit in it and swing together, our son and his girlfriend enjoyed a peaceful moment swinging together.  It wasn't long before the little boys climbed on them, but still.



Not to cancel my use of the "list of 5" prompt that I just used, I have to add one statement this week that I also enjoyed, but only because something is probably wrong with me.  

It was my job evaluation.

I had just sent my younger four children out back to run off some fidgets while I finished supper and tried to, shockingly enough, have an adult conversation with my husband.  Of course, 10 1/2 seconds later my 10 year old came in through the back door being trailed by the toddlers.  

In a bit of a temper I ordered her out without listening to her request.  My husband overheard the 4 year old saying to the 10 year old as they tromped back down the deck stairs.  "Our mother is a Terrible Mother."

I guess I won't be getting a raise.





21 comments:

Quirky Momma said...

Love the "no males harmed" - someone always seems to hurt themselves at our house during work projects :)

Jennifer said...

What a lovely Friday :)

Kellye said...

Aren't kids just so honest! For the record though, it doesn't look to me like you're such a terrible mother. In fact, I'd say you're doing pretty great!

JoAnn said...

this makes me so happy. I love your lists, you are hilarious. I say that every time, but really you make me laugh every day, even though you are terrible.

JoAnn said...

I'm linking this on my post today, I hope you don't mind. If you do, I'll take it off. :)

butterfly11780 said...

Love your post! They made me chuckle. Happy Friday!

dollycas aka Lori said...

What a wonderful post!!! I love this meme.

Miranda said...

That is hilarious!! Love it!
Thanks for the iron tip, I'll check into it. We don't have a Whole Foods closer than an hours drive. I'm going to look for it online. I'm desperate enough to eat dirt!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Visiting via JoAnn's place. What a cute story! I hope it cracked you up at the time. :)

AngieB said...

The day I realized my youngest really was completely potty trained was one of the happiest days of my life - I felt so FREE!! And I had to sit for a moment and fantasize about the "pool and perennials" day - it does sound just perfect.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

You don't sound so terrible to me! And a salt water pool? I didn't know there was such a thing!

Fiorella said...

I once had to tell my child that she needed to cut her toenails with a clipper and not bite them off.. is that the same? Great post!

Between You and Me said...

I laughed out loud at this...I am SURE my kids have said that they have a terrible mother. SURE.

Except. I know I'm not. And, you're not either.
:) Happy Weekend...

Liz said...

We have a couple sunflower plants, too! One is probably 4 ft tall right now.

The Empress said...

That reminds me...I've got to get my sunflowers out there!!!

Thanks!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the children getting to swim and receiving plants that would be fun. I think JDaniel might have muttered Terrible Mom yesterday when I didn't give in a couple of times too.

Susan Tipton said...

I had never been in a salt water pool before either. It was really wonderful- no chlorine, no chlorine smell, no chlorine eye burning. The water was slightly buoyant.

It was like swimming in very clear very soft water.

purplume said...

I love the no males were harmed line.

Having your child say you are a terrible mother is a compliment sometimes, the translation being, she makes me toe the line.

Hope you have some lovely swing time.

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

I am having a hard time wondering why no more diapers didn't make it to the top spot ;-)

YAY!!!

Ummm is your neighbor a saint?

It is ok if you are a terrible mother, I am too. Soemtimes we just need a MINUTE!

Lee Vandeman said...

Wow. Terrible mother? Hilarious! I guess I'm one too. For all kinds of reasons my kids would cite.

I tried to find how many kids you have and I couldn't quite figure it out....5? 6? Whatever it is, I know it's more than four. :-) So terrible is not a word I would use to describe you. Brave? Yes. Insane? Maybe. Terrible? No. :-)

Susan Tipton said...

Lee, I have 7 children.

Brave? Perhaps. Insane? Definitely. Terrible? Reportedly, but non-repentantly.

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