Friday, January 31, 2014

Getting By with a little help from my friends.

You know the phrase, "It's always darkest just before dawn"?  
It's so true.  
I find it applies to my husband (or anyone that's working) when right before they go on vacation, they are given unreasonable amounts of work, such that the hours even out before we've even left!  
Same thing with kids, you wouldn't think that this kind of job - motherhood gets on you, but it does.  And it always seems my kids get the most crazy Right before I'm due for a Mom's night out.  
Last night was no different.  The bigger boys had all week to clean the basement before my friends were coming over tomorrow..they chose not to.  They ACTUALLY said being Grounded was easier than cleaning up the basement.  I had threatened to ground them for the whole weekend, and I picked that as an unreasonable punishment.  Surely, they wouldn't Actually rather be grounded than pick up after themselves. 
Nope.  They didn't get the job done.  And as you can imagine, there was much yelling and gnashing of teeth trying to get them to do so.  I'm tired of being cold. I'm tired of losing my temper with my kids.  I'm tired of being tired.  My body still doesn't do what I want.   Jake will only sleep in my bed, but I think after a month, I'm getting so used to it, it doesn't bother me as much, I'm getting used to only getting crappy sleep.  Or maybe I'm sleeping better, because I'm so exhausted from having a small child in my bed every night.  Either way, between only sleeping with him, and being with the kids all the time, I'm just Touched Out.  It's rare that I get out without Jacob, at the very least, so it's a Wonderfully rare night that I get to get out with no boys at all.  By the time I left to go my Freezer Cooking Meeting last night, I was Done.  I could not wait to get out with my gals!   And I went with no children whatsoever. And it was Good.  No, it was Great! 

I needed some good quality junk food to drown my sorrows.  Some good quality company, and to laugh and cry and everything. And when I arrived at Lori's she did not disappoint.  
She mentioned making a "cookie thing".  One friend mentioned being bummed when she heard, she thought it might be one of those fruit pizzas on a shortbread, which sounded way too nutritious.  I think it was that kind of week for us all, none of us wanted anything nutritious.   It wasn't. :)  
It was a peanut butter cookie, topped with chocolate chips and marshmallows, and baked into ooey gooey happiness and joy. Words cannot describe.  

And the wine. 
We mustn't forget the wine.  
Our group has our own wine - whenever we get together we drink at least one bottle of sparkling pink moscato.  The pinks are my special treat.  

The wine was tasty, but the company was even better.  
We told stories about our crazy boys, our even crazier dogs, and I literally laughed until I cried.  In fact, more than one of us may have nearly peed from laughing so hard, many legs were crossed.  I hadn't had a night like that when I laughed until crying in way too long.  I love this group of gals, they get me, and it does my heart and my mental health such good to get together with them.  In theory, we meet for Freezer Cooking.  We do the cooking at home, then meet up, and swap our foods.  We made Grandma Willman's Ham Balls  and Spinach Balls  this month.  Honestly though, Eric has done most of the cooking, since before Jake was born.  He likes cooking, but I'm getting closer and closer to participating a bit more.   Last month, I made cookies for it.  I'll get there.  ;)  In the meantime, it's meetings like this that help my health improve.  Laughter truly is the best medicine. 


Elizabeth said...

Oh, the crossing of legs!! :)