Have you ever had one of those days? Well, I did yesterday. It started out with so much promise! We were staying at my parents house while they were out of town visiting some family. Dan has had to leave early every morning for the middle school's Super Servant Spring Break at church so I was still in bed. About 8am both girls come padding into the bedroom and climb into bed with me. We laid there and snuggled while they watched Mickey Mouse on the TV. It was so sweet!
When we finally got up, we remembered it was a special day! "Tangled" came out on video! Katelyn and I had been looking forward to it for a while now. Mimi had left their pre-buy receipt for us so we could go pick up their copy for them. We were more than happy to oblige! This was the beginning of the slippery slope of doom.
We get to the mall and head towards the Disney store and all is well. We stopped at Charming Charlies, because what trip to the Avenues is complete with out a CC fix. They were so cute pointing things out they liked or thought was "pity." After CC, we got to the Disney Store. The girls were playing with the little toys by the register while I waited in line to get the movie. With movie in hand, we were trying to make it out the door to the play area when Caroline began to pitch a crazy fit. I guess she wasn't ready to leave. As I calmly tried to pull my stroller off to the side of the store with one hand while holding a convulsing 2 year old in the other, the looks I got from other people were not at all encouraging. Many looked at me with those condescending stares like they had never had a screaming 2 year old. I truly think people forget how it is to have small children.
Anyway, I calmly got in my child's face and whispered to her, "Do you need a pow-pow? If not, then I would get in your stroller right now!" Thankfully she calmed enough to get into her stroller. I should have cut my losses right there and went home, but noooooooo, apparently I was a glutton for punishment that day. We headed to the play are so the girls could run around a little since it was so yucky outside. Melt-down number two happened there. The pay area was packed so neither girl really wanted to play that long. Caroline wanted to stand by the stroller and watch. Katelyn got bored so I told them it was time to go. As Caroline was putting her shoes on, she noticed Katelyn touching her stroller. Meltdown #2 commences. Caroline is always funny about Katelyn pushing her in or even touching her stroller. I think Katelyn does it just to get a rise out of her sister. So as I dragging both girls and the stroller out of the play area, I am receiving looks of pity at this point. To be honest, I think those are almost as bad as the condescending ones. I would just love to be ignored during these incredibly happy times (note the sarcasm).
So, after we go to the potty for bathroom breaks and pow-pows, we head home. It seemed to go like that all day. Something was always setting Caroline off. She had a melt down over me not putting on the diaper SHE unwrapped, though I had her out of her wet diaper, cleaned, and re-panted before she was done unfolding hers. Literally, that tantrum lasted 20 minutes. Thankfully Dan got home and took her outside to calm down. So those times, along with 2 or 3 others and our 7 trips to the bathroom during dinner at Chili's (which is a whole other horror story), I had had enough.
Thankfully, my wonderful husband took the girls home and put them to bed and let me be by myself for an hour or two. I did some shopping for the girls Easter baskets and looked at some fabriC for a new skirt I want to make. Have I mentioned how amazing and kind my hubby is?
Today has been a much better day. They have played, laughed, sung songs, and just been overall sweet to each other! I guess sometimes we need those bad days to truly appreciate the good ones. Thankfully we have more good days than bad. Hopefully it stays that way!
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