If you read my post on Sunday, today I was going to talk about our tumbling/gymnastics classes. All three boys have been taking lessons through our local Park and Recreation Department. I’ve decided to postpone that post until next week, since they still have to finish out the week. Plus, I received something yesterday that I really have to talk about.
I was having a REALLY, REALLY, REALLY bad day. Did I mention it was bad?
It started out nice and early trying to get the boys ready for their tumbling class. No one wanted to eat or get dressed, and everyone wanted to fight about a particular car and/or train. I was still tired from the day before, so this was not a great start to the day.
I had stood for 6 hours straight handing out samples at one of our new grocery stores, so my back was still sore. For some reason, chasing the kids around all day doesn’t get me in any better shape for something like that. Plus, I got to wear a hair net, a long-sleeved shirt and black pants in 90 degree weather. Too bad I didn’t get a picture.
So, we’ve got tired/sore/crabby mommy with cranky/fighting/screaming children. Not a great combo. Let’s just say tumbling class didn’t go very well.
We got home, and I realized we were out of almost everything in the refrigerator. Luckily, my Dad volunteered to stay with the kids while I ran to the grocery store.
As soon as I was walking up the steps to the house, I could hear the screaming start. I tried to get all the groceries in the house and put away, but the screaming wouldn’t stop. Someone wanted this train. Someone wanted that car. I was so flustered, I dropped a whole open bag of ice on the kitchen floor.
Maybe everyone was hungry? Popped a pizza in the oven, sent my Dad home, and had to run in to take away all the trains and cars. The fighting would just not stop. This is when I remembered the pizza, which was now burnt.
I had to take a “mommy time-out” and have a good cry in the bathroom. I was just feeling like a huge failure as a Mom. Then the doorbell rang…
A box arrived. It was for ME!!!!
Not only did it momentarily snap me out of my funk, but I got the kids distracted from fighting and excited to see what was inside. I seriously think there was at least 10 minutes where there wasn’t any screaming or fighting. That’s huge!
Anyways, the box was from my new Blogging friend Renee. We met through a Facebook Group called Mailbox Surprise Swap. Basically, everyone gets paired with a fellow blogger each month, and you send them something after finding out a little big about them. There’s also a theme, and this month was travel. Let’s just say Renee did a terrific job, and I was so touched by all the time and effort she put into my box.
So much great stuff! I don’t know how she fit it all in one box! Let me tell you about what she sent.
First, there was this beautiful journal, and gorgeous note cards. Being a blogger/writer, I love to write, so this journal was perfect. I also love to send handwritten cards!
Next, there was a yummy smelling candle in my favorite color, green. The scent is Peach Pear, and I kept the boys occupied smelling it for a good couple minutes. They were actually good about taking turns.
For the travel them, Renee got me this awesome tray depicting London, which is my favorite place to travel. My son is also obsessed with London, so he wanted the tray for himself. Oh, no, no.
Along with the tray, there were travel size bags/100 calorie packs of Vanilla Almonds, which are perfect for me and my healthy eating. There was also a Yankee Candle vent clip for my car with Pink Sands as the scent. How did Renee know I would need this in my car to calm me and take away the sour milk smell from that elusive missing sippy cup?
Plus, a book for me and a book for activities for me and the kids. Perfect again.
Finally, I saved my favorite for last:
Renee obviously listened when I told her I had a bit of an elephant obsession. To say I love this guy is putting it mildly. He’s holding a yummy scented French Country Vanilla Candle, and he’s my new best friend.
So, I want to thank Renee for doing such a great job with my surprise box. The detail and thought she put into it is what made me so happy. On a day where no one was listening to me, she really showed me she was.
Please stop over at Renee’s blog A Nanny’s Perspective, A Parent’s and Nanny’s Guide to Everything Early Childhood and Beyond so you can see what a sweet, thoughtful, caring person she is. She will also be receiving a package from me early next week, since my kids have not let me get to the Post Office yet…so watch for that. I hope she likes everything as much as I did.