some not terrible things

11 September 2014

I always go back and forth and back again about how honest (or I believe the buzz word these days might be, "authentic") I want to be on thuh blog (or "this space" as some might say). I should probably rein it in but I'd hate to give you a watered down version of the fun around here. I also really appreciate reading fortuitously timed posts like this because I do love some e-kinship and solidarity on the difficult days. 

So. I'll keep the hose off and tell you that yesterday I was in a funk. 


Like this. 

A bad one. For no good reason! I think I was just fighting off the bizarre feeling of isolation and loneliness that can come with staying at home (for me!) but with kids-a-plenty grabbing at my "big mommy bottom" (thanks for that kind description, Bash!) and lone plastic pearl earring in my left ear and my hair (Phoebe + hair pulling = true love) it feels like such an oxymoron, you know? The kids were their usual level of handful but nothing out of the ordinary so I took them to a new-to-us grocery store for our staples (bananas, tortillas, generic Excedrin ... ) but even the 48 minute change of scenery did approximately nothing to rain on my pity fiesta parade. I practically sprinted up the stairs to our room to bury myself in a book for 45 minutes when Simon came home because I like to face my feelings and problems head on like a big girl. 

Anyway, we all have those days. I know it. And despite the devastating drop in temperature, today has been a million years better. It's just tough to be even the slightest bit circumspect when you're a little bit down and overwhelmed with your usual plate, I think. 

Okay! I'm done. Thanks for being a silent sounding board. I could've skipped the road trip to the desert where all forms of happy go, fail to thrive, and die but you don't get off easy around here. Aka ... LONG and windy way of saying that we've got a lot of good going on right now. And always. But here are just a few of the currents ...


The big kids went back to school.


Seriously. Freezing this morning. 

The kids love going to "school" (preschool, playschool, whatever) and were so happy to go back on Tuesday. Julia did have those weird freak outs last semester and I know they could return with a vengeance but for the time being, she's good. 


a pleasant surprise for Sebastian - I forgot that we signed Bash up for both days this year as opposed to just one like last year and so after explaining that he would have to come home with mom ("I promise you can have a sip of my coffee if you don't throw a fit when we drop Julia off!" discipline philosophy extraordinaire!) he was thrilled to find out that he'd get to stay for the morning with J. I love Sebastian but ... I was too. 

The school is just a block down from our house - so while the weather allows (two more seconds, is my prediction) it's nice to walk the kids to and from school. There IS a huge huge grassy hill to climb to get to the parking lot and wearing Phoebe and pushing the kids while huffing up the hill leaves me with fiery lungs and hot red cheeks when we reach the entrance. But today, Sebastian offered to get out and help me push. 

Such a sweetheart.


(more about that skin imperfection in a minute, don't deny you don't see it)

but then I realized he just wanted a longer stare at the big concrete and digger (technical term) trucks working on the road behind us. 

Semi-sweetheart. 

Okay. That's all for that. I could've thrown a back-to-school post at you but ... I snuck it in. De nada. 

blemish/zit/breakout - I know I've told you on many occasions before that my skin was really bad back in high school and college. I worked at Eddie Bauer my senior year of high school and we had to go around and clean all the mirrors at the end of the night and ah! It was awful because at that point my spackled on concealer had melted off and I my peripheral vision couldn't help but notice my face dotted with what looked like a bad case of chicken pox. After dining on a diet rich in junk this past weekend my skin rebelled big time and rolled out a nice little cluster of imperfections for your viewing pleasure (see above for my favorite one). I know it's cheesy as bleep but little skin skirmishes like this make me so happy and grateful that I'm out of the mirror-fearing woods of yesteryear because they were many and much. I should've skipped this one, huh? I know. I do.

killing the catnap - When Simon was on nights in July Phoebe got into a terrible habit of taking a little catnap around 7, waking up at 8 ready to PARTY until 10 ... or later. I surrendered to survival mode and let it ride because I was at that point in the eternal shift where I was super tired slash lazy. She continued the life ruining trend for the million weeks to follow and Simon and I would take turns swaying her back and forth and back and forth in spoiledville while watching a show of our choosing (FNL for me, PBS for Simon) until she eventually caved. But this week I rolled up my parenting sleeves and fought to keep her awake (a bath, having Julia snort-laugh at her .... nothing makes Phoebe laugh so hard, dancing, anythinging) and she's finally going to bed shortly after Theo around 7:30 for the night. Life ... I'm coming back for you. Get excited.

you! - You (and you! aaaaaand you!) all send me some of the nicest emails and leave the best comments ever ... all the time. Simon keeps telling me to put them in a special mail folder (but I'm like 9 year of age when it comes to email know-how) to read when someone exercises their e-right to be nasty and I start making plans to kill the blog forever (never, I wouldn't. I'm just an extra rational human in the face of ugly). Someday I'll figure out a way to thank you all adequately, I hope. But for now, take this paltry paragraph as the teeniest token of my appreciation. 

Okay. Let's stop there. Yep, that's it. I hope your hopes were high coming into today because .... nothing screams interesting and quality reading like preschool, pimples, baby sleep prattle, and a little Hallmarkage.  

Nothing at all.

(and if you have some not terrible things to share .... I'm all eyes ... let's celebrate the tiny and mighty together. Ahem. Speaking of Hallmark ... why have they not hired me to write for them?! Come on now.)

85 comments:

  1. Excellent post. Had the worst afternoon two days ago over what? I don't even remember what spurred it because the morning was fine.

    And my apologies for contributing to the junk! ;)

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  2. Have you tried out coalface from Lush yet?? I won't get into the gross details, BUT, I can see it evicting the grossness from my pores.

    http://www.lushusa.com/Coalface/00233,en_US,pd.html

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  3. Ugh, I don't know what happened to my last comment I hope I am not posting twice…

    "this space" Cracking up. I am also a fan of "my truth", "my journey",and… you get the picture.

    I also have an odd question: what do you use so many tortillas for? No judgement, just curious. Maybe you can inspire me.

    I loved all of this post. Sometimes the average days can be so hard. I don't know why and I feel awful for having a hard day when everyone is just being themselves, or even worse everyone is in a good mood. It is nice to read that I am not alone.

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  4. haha well I buy packs of 8 and we fly through those. I make peanut butter and jelly quesadillas, regular quesadillas, bkfast burritos etc. they are a super staple .... WAY more than bread. I guess it's kind of weird? Or I should buy more than one pack at a time :)

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    1. Not weird at all! I was just curious. I go through phases with different foods. Right now I have been eating a lot of breakfast burritos, so we have been buying a lot of tortillas. I was just curious what you use yours for.

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    2. you can buy and freeze tortillas too! they thaw in like, thirty seconds in the microwave ;)

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    3. All I buy are tortillas. I eat at least 6 scrambled egg and cheese quesadillas a week. Use egg beaters, and it's a super quick dinner for a single mom.

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  5. Ugh! Yesterday! Maybe a full moon? Or maybe I accidentally walked under a ladder at some point, but I did the same thing when Chris got home from work. Ran up the stairs and said nighty night at the late late time of 8:10. Haha!

    Oh and Clinique's emergency gel is a pimple killer, like instantly!!

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  6. I'm glad I came back to blogging because I missed reading your posts Grace! We all have 'those days,' so don't feel like you're alone. Sometimes I question how I'm a good mother because when those days come, it feels like I'm the wicked witch. But they do pass, thank goodness. Just remember how awesome you are, or let me remind you... YOU'RE AWESOME!

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  7. Um. Let's see. My hubby is a football coach so his fall hours are _______(fill in with your choice of explicative). We have five kids and two were really hoping to go to the 10th dimension of hell known as Chuckie Cheese for their school's fundraiser tonight. So. We went. And survived. And now I deserve a glass (or bottle) of wine before I tackle bedtime routine. Hugs to you and yours. We are all in this together.

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    1. AHHH. I hope you treated yourself to at least two healthy glasses!! And I've yet to brave that dimension of hell with kids ......... (so maybe a third for you!)

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  8. I always love how real your blog is. There are still posts that I refer to when Im having a funk.

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  9. I have internal pity parties more than I would like to admit. Even though I'm doing what I've always wanted to do (staying home with my littles). It frustrates me with myself. So then I have a pity party about having a pity party. Vicious dang cycle.

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  10. Awe, great post. We all have those days and I'm glad it only lasted that day for you. :) Happy everything is going good for you and the family though!
    Annnnnd you can send that cold weather my way if you want. Summer is refusing to leave NC.

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  11. Every time I see Miss Phoebe in her "smelly cat" hairband, I laugh and sing that song at the top of my lungs. Thank you for brightening my day. :)

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  12. Hi, I love love love (that's a lot) reading your blog! I definitely have those days too (all the way from Australia) and no amount of talking myself around will get me out of my mood! Just have to ride it out for the day then snap out of it and realise I'm a nutter with no major dramas and life is pretty good! Good to know others are the same! Thanks for sharing your life and being so honest. Have a great day!

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    1. hahahah I'm a fellow nutter. I love that. Thank you Tania!!

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  13. Thank sweet baby Jesus for survival mode. With a 3 month old and 2 in Elementary school, things have been crazy town for a while. I keep thinking I see the light at the end but no. No. Just no. Fully ensconced in survival mode and neighboring Whateverville.

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    1. ha! whateverville ..... I need to take a trip there!!!

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  14. I know you hate the advent of cold, but I wish you would send some this way. I'm no fan of the winter either, but I love me some crisp, fall weather and it is still HOT as blazes in the ATL. Just looking at the kids in their vests made me jealous and sweaty all at the same time. And I get the funk - some days, I'm just wishing for the magic fairy to sweep me away....... and then I pop back to reality!

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  15. I remember many, many, many days like that. My Mum used to gently remind me 'this stage won't last forever' when I would be sobbing on the phone to her. Somehow remembering that line just got me through some days. Miraculously, I now have children I can leave at home while I pop to the shops for some bread! Cue song: A whole new world....... This day is coming for you too....

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  16. My 4 week old just started the cat nap at 7 thing and is up at 8 ready to baby party until midnight...we are so so tired and I resort to wine nightly. Thank you for the great idea though I am going to try it out. Even though she is probably too young still I will try anything and everything for that 4 hours of beauty sleep.

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    1. yes! I wish I'd thought of the nap thing sooner!! But 4 weeks is still so young! :( They do what they want!!!

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  17. Oh my goodness... when I see you have a new post, I always go straight for it. Even if I'm behind in all my other blogs, Camp Patton is my carrot for getting through the day. ;-)

    Speaking of big mommy bottoms, when I was getting her ready for bed, Therese stuck out her tummy as far as she could and said something along the lines of, "That's like your big tummy, Mommy!" Btw I am not pregnant. Ha.

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  18. Oh Grace. Can I tell you just one more time how much I admire and respect you for you perseverance and your sense of humor. You have a courage and strength that, at most, one percent of the female population of the United States. Please keep up the wonderful work. Thanks for making us laugh.

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    1. this is so undeserved. Thank you Helen!!! (and I love 1/2 of your last name :))

      And you're not getting rid of me QUITE yet!!!

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  19. Definitely had one of those days this afternoon...probably because my dears wouldn't let me finish my precious games of candy crush or some other great way I spent my afternoon. AND I had to cook dinner...the horror! PS, I have a "spot" in the exact same spot, too. I feel like close-to-thirty I should've grown out of them by now??

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    1. HA. I'm 31 and still ..... growing them :(

      I cannot even let myself go near Candy Crush. I know I would get so addictive. I really hope tomorrow is better over there!!!

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  20. Making a box of brownies when I'm having a hard day usually helps. :)

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  21. You can thank us by continuing to blog on a frequent basis so we can all enjoy your wit and witicisms (I think I made that word up...), as well as post pictures of your adorable kiddarinkos (definitely made up that word) (seriously... that picture of J and Bash going to school should have made the toddler fash slide show with Theo). Your posts seriously get me through some of those long afternoon work day lulls, and now a lot of people in my office read your blog because they kept asking what I was cracking up about every afternoon!

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  22. Is that the Baby Bjorn original you carry P in? I think I need one... My guy is 10 weeks today and will not let me put him down. And for some reason he has decided that 45min naps are his jam....I get nothing done. Thanks for keeping it real, lady!

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    1. I emailed you back but let me know if you didn't get it!!

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  23. I love how honest you are - it makes us lowly folk feel a little less alone when we have days like that too! Today it was my children who were in the funk and it was non stop fighting and not listening all the live long day. Enjoying my well earned glass of wine now!

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  24. Oh we are well acquainted with the funk. The unanticipated kind, the anticipated kind.... you name it. Good thing you have hundreds of adoring e-fans to get you up!

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    1. yes! I think it would be odd to not feel down every now and again? maybe not! But I'm so happy I'm in great company!

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  25. Two words: caregiver burnout. It is real. I feel like it strikes randomly but for me it is usually tied to sleep - though if what I need is quiet time alone and the ability to concentrate with out getting interrupted, I usually trade that for sleep and just deal with being tired the next day. It is so good to talk about it when it happens. Running up to your room to read a book sounds like the perfect remedy :)

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    1. yes! that is so totally a thing. I'm so lucky not to need massive amounts of sleep but alone time is a must! Thank goodness for books! And other blogs to pore over!!

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  26. Pheobe looks like Theo in that photo with the cat's ears. She's adorable!

    I love the way you write. Is it all just stream of consciousness and then pushing the publish button, or do you fine-tune and edit like crazy? I am such a re-writer--but your writing has such a flow to it; it seems effortless, as though you're just talking to a friend. You have one of the most unique voices in all of blogdom, and I always enjoy reading your posts!

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    1. aw thanks Laura! High praise coming from a published author like yourself! I think I sort of write in my head all morning, get it "on paper" during naps and then once I hear someone crying (usually always Theo) I give it a quick once over and tweak for a second and hit publish :) And then frantically fix the typos once he is up and eating a snack! I should have a better process down though !

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  27. Oh, Grace. You are the best. I can't believe anyone would ever be e-nasty to you, but please accept lots of e-hugs anyway, from me and every other person who laughs uproariously at your every post. And, more seriously, I was just coming over here to comment on your Notre Dame post how great it is to see that you can really do it all--and I don't mean do it all in some self-punishing way, but rather that you just show us all a fabulous example of living life to the fullest, laughing all the way. Thank you:)

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    1. aw thank you!!!! ha. We definitely cannot "do it all" but it's fun to get out of the house on occasion!! This weekend just worked out really well!!

      Ah yes .... I exercise a lot of self restraint when it comes to the meanies but I'm always happy I don't react in the moment and just delete!! :)

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  28. i'm expecting our first baby in early december, and your blog gives me great hope for motherhood. i'm totally serious. i so appreciate how you don't candy coat it, and just keep it really REAL. for that reason, your blog is my favorite. also, you are hilarious and your kids are adorable. :)

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  29. You always put a smile on my face. Thanks!

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  30. I'm just glad to see a person who gets blemishes a la the real world and true life of moms--imperfect is authentic?

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  31. Hey grace!! Hm something nice.. Well I went to a community Zumba class and BOY were there some large bottoms there. But I was just doing my ~thAng~ and didn't care how silly I looked. It was great!

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  32. I buy myself a little gift when I'm happy/sad :). We get a Lotta ups deliveries around here.

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  33. The world needs more Grace. And I love the pimple because guess what--we ALL get them! Ain't nobody got time for airbrush. In a world full of sh&tty parenting days, and lonesomeness for someone to talk to who doesn't repeat themselves 50x, here's to bloggers! ((hugs)) ((high fives))

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  34. I was in a funk all day yesterday, that is until I broke out the chocolate at nap. Next time, I feel the funk coming on, I am doing chocolate at breakfast. :)

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  35. Two of your biggest fangirls (my sister Mary and yours truly) will be jaunting off to DC for a weekend with everyone's favorite person: Ms. CAC. We'll try to get some major grammage going for you!

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  36. Awww I love your posts! And I love that Julia is always wearing moccasins :)

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  37. I. So. Get. It. Hubs has been working the 12 hour shift, getting home at 7:30. Most nights, we do bedtime routine together, but the other night, he walked in the door, I passed off the kid, and I hid for an hour. I just checked out. The dog had gotten out of the yard, the girl refused to nap, and i was done. Good to know that others have those days too! On acne- I'm 25, why the heck is it swarming my face?!?! Am I back in middle school? I just might be hiding from mirrors. I'll take any tips or tricks you might have!
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    Don't let the haters get you down. I write on my public blog about Bipolar Disorder and the meanies, they come, and they come hard. Delete as fast as you can. (Otherwise you might stumble upon a blog dedicated to you and why you shouldn't reproduce. Yeah. Happened to me.)

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  38. Hi, I have recently come to your blog and I love reading every post you do! You're so funny and if I ever were to write a blog about the adventures of my family, then I'd hope it's as funny and enlightening as yours. I somehow discovered "Bloglovin" and am semi-obsessed with a few bloggers - your's being definitely my number 1 or 2 favourite. Your kids are so cute and I love the funny sayings your kids and husband say. Anyway just a hello from New Zealand.

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    1. Hi Nicola! Isn't bloglovin' the best? I've found tons of great blogs on there too .... thanks so much for being so sweet ... ALL the way across the globe!!

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  39. I was also in a funk yesterday, but that probably had more to do with being 4 days overdue than anything else. Surprisingly I was in a great mood today though, so maybe yesterday really was just the worst!

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    1. oh NO. Well you are fully justified to be in a huge funk. I'll pray that baby comes SOON!!!

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  40. Oh my gosh, you described the sahm funk perfectly! Thank you for your blog - I love reading it and truly appreciate your honesty and humor. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. I agree with her. I LOVE being a SAHM but we do get in funks, and you described it perfectly!

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  41. I love your blog! Your honesty is humbling and inspiring! I appreciate you not painting a fairytale picture of what it means to be a mom, real life is hilarious, messy and wonderful, thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. oh, thanks!! I could probably tell a few more fairytales and be a little less honest!!! ;)

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  42. I know how you feel. I told my husband when I started staying home that I thought the bad days would be so much worse than my bad days at "work". So far that had been true...but the good days are so very much sweeter too.

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    1. Yes!! Exactly. Great way of putting it!

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  43. I'm not a SAHM, but I get it! I work full time, my husband works loooong hours, my 17 month old has the worst teething in the history of babies getting teeth (she only has 4 actual teeth, but has had lots of "bulges" for over 5 months and wakes up screaming several times a night!) so I haven't slept in, oh, 2 years, plus I feel super dowdy since I no longer have time to take care of trivial things like hair appointments, makeup, or shopping for clothes for myself, and my skin is crazy and I actually gained BACK 10lbs after losing all the baby weight, so I can't even blame it on the baby! *pant, pant, pant*
    Wow. I feel better. I think I needed that. That being said, my daughter is the absolute best and coolest thing that has ever happened to me, but I can't wait until those evil teeth are all in.
    Hang in there... we'll all get through this, and we're all awesome mommies!

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    1. ugh. teething is the worst! and it sound like you have the worst case of it at your house. And I totally get the hair thing - I've resorted to cutting my own hair which has been a mostly terrible idea :)

      thanks lady! I think it helps to know we are all in this together - even when we don't see other moms on the daily!

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  44. Hang in there, mama. I don't SAH, bur I get it. I get so much of what you're saying. I have been in a funk lately, myself, and I think it has a lot to do with this time of year. (My husband's works 12 hours on the night shift, and we are just entering into the delightful hell known as switch week, which is 7 days straight. I dread this week with every fiber of my being.) It's also so busy getting the kids back to school, and now I have 2 in preschool this year. It is a LOT, and I was completely unprepared for how overwhelming it would be. Plus, the delicious bun in my oven is getting closer and closer to being fully baked, and I'm freaking out.

    Also like you, my skin sucked from basically 7th grade on, and I'm at least glad to know I wasn't the only one who hated looking in the mirrors. It got so bad that, if I was trying on sunglasses in the store, I would look for like 2 seconds to see whether they were hideous or passable, then I'd quickly look away. It actually became a deeply-ingrained instinct, that I am only now finding myself able to unknot! (And, my hand to God, had you not mentioned the zit in the picture above, I would not have noticed it. I am not just saying that. I swear swear swear.)

    Anyway, I'm not trying to hijack your post with my own complaints! I just wanted too say that you are not alone, and that you are loved! I love your blog and get very excited when there's a new post to read. You are so authentic, and truly an inspiration to me.

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  45. Send some of that cool weather to Georgia! And I feel ya, I get the stay at home mom lonely funk. Getting out and about helps! I am also battling the worst skin of my LIFE, and it started when I was pregnant so now I have this horrible scarring on my face that I didn't use to have. Bare Minerals concealer works wonders for me though and I just keep telling myself my baby is so worth it.

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  46. I only have one little one (but lots of zits and lots of baby swaying up in here) and I appreciate this post more than you know! Thanks for not snapping a photo of your new fall candle (not that I hate fall candles- love 'em) and telling me how great you're doing and how skinny you are. I echo others when I say- you're a rock star and hilarious!

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  47. Completely agree with you writing for Hallmark - it would be a huge benefit for them! Or e-Cards, you'd be perfect for them too!

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  48. Off-days are weird now that I don't have a *real* job. At work, if I was feeling off, I could just bury myself in work or, more likely, refill my coffee & go talk to my friends across the hall for a few hours. Not quite the case at home with a little one. Still figuring it out, but hang in there and know you aren't alone!

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  49. I can always count on you for real-mom posts. I love that you don't hide anything. It's awesome to read your posts. I agree with the Hallmark writing, I know they accept submissions! The kids were super cute in their back to school pics and yeah for 2 days a week for Bash!

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  50. Have you tried the Burt's Bees Blemish Stick? It burns a bit when you roll it on (which I kind of like? DIE ZITS) but I swear it cuts my zits early, especially those underground suckers I refer to as "volcanic zits"--they brew painfully for like a week before erupting into one of those scabby, gross nightmares. Is this comment getting too graphic? Well, I love that blemish stick. Also it smells terrible, Dave gets SO excited when I use it after my nightly face washing and then lean in for a kiss.

    Also, maybe there was something in the blogwater yesterday? I was in a funk, too. Maybe I'm not ready for the cold. Some days are just hard. I keep St. Jon's Wort around and pop 1 or 2 when I'm feeling down, it seems to help. Best of wishes to your big mommy bottom! (Big Mommy Bottom would be an excellent name for a blog)

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  51. Funks happen, right? Hope yours passes soon. And if you're up for skin advice from a stranger, try Rhonda Allison blemish serum.

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  52. Yes! I totally relate to the Phoebe catnaps. Our daughter Gianna is just a little younger than Phoebe (exactly 4 months old), and this is totally us "take turns swaying her back and forth and back and forth in spoiledville while watching a show of our choosing.." And she eventually falls asleep around 10ish. I think I'm going to take your lead and get it together here!

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  53. I LOVE that you blog the honest...I am not a SAHM but holy balls yesterday and the past WEEK has been a doozy! Last night after scrambling to get the seven year old showered and homework done I got the twin 2.75 y/o's into the tub for bath time. The older twin (by 31 minutes) is playing happily, the one we call "the baby" is all boy and CANNOT stand for his brother to just be happy and content so he has to poke him...all the time. The baby makes a try on the potty (we are training but ssssslllllllooooowwwwwwllly) and the middle wants nothing to do with it. AWESOME, we all play in the tub and it's time to get out. I get the younger twin out and all is good, I am drying him and getting on diaper and jammies. The middle says I have to go potty and I am frantically trying to get him out and over his brother while the middle screams "NOT ON THE POTTY" and he is starting to poop...ON HIS BROTHERS HEAD!! I am laughing/crying/screaming, the middle is screaming "NOT ON THE POTTY", and the little is flicking poop out of his hair. I GIVE UP!!! It all went down hill from there. Maybe I am not cut out for motherhood. I just want to drink wine and read blogs all day.
    I have a feeling years down the road the younger twin will be laying on his therapists couch saying "I know where it all went wrong"..."my brother was pooping on my head and mother was laughing/crying".
    And the "not terrible"...snuggling them after the drama ( after everyone was rewashed!) and the big ole' mama drink I had later last night!

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  54. I love your blog!!! This past week was HECTIC, so on this lovely Saturday morning I had the fabulous (ignore the 2 year old) I-am-taking-this-me-time to read not 1 or 2 but 3 of your blog posts!! Heaven!! You don't understand...reading your blog is like sweet relief, knowing my 2year old is not the only weird, cute, fun stealing, humor factory out there!!! Thanx for always, always keeping it real!!! PS: thank you, thank you for that egg recipe...have been making and eating it ever since that post :)

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  55. I have days like that also... you are most certainly not alone. In fact, this whole week was a "day" like that for this Mama!! I have an 8 week old baby who only wants ME to hold her, I started homeschooling my 4 year old this week, and stupidly took on painting my almost 3-year-olds bedroom. We put up a bunk bed and now the 4 and socloseto 3 year old are sharing a room. Maybe it was exhaustion? ;)
    Quick question for you also. Was the triple jogger worth the purchase. (I am 99.99999% sure I will know the answer to this..) I found one on craiglist in my area and am drooling over it.

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  56. Every penny!! Wish we had a quad :)

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  57. I appreciate you for sharing posts about the bad days and the good ones! And for your sense of humor in either situation. We all have bad days and I love a blog that admits it and reminds me I'm not alone over here!

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  58. I know this sounds pathetic, and I really wish you didn't have to, but I'm so glad I'm not the only one still dealing with stupid zits.
    And sorry for the funk, you are such a rockstar!
    Annnnd, this summer at a race I saw a quad jogger that someone had actually MADE themselves. It was equal parts impressive and hilarious. I know I have a pic somewhere...

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  59. I have days were I get into a funk too and nothing can shake it. It's even worse when it happens when my husband is home. :(

    This is a question I've had since reading your post on naptime - do the kids usually sleep for the entire three hours? I can't even imagine what that would be like. We average 45 minute naps over here.

    Also, when you reply to a comment via email does your response also show up in the comments?

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  60. You are my fav blog! Keep it up, all of it. It's so nice reading about the same struggles/horrible moments I have and being able to laugh about them because the way you describe them is the best.

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  61. Where did you get those black and white pants? I think they're so cute and look so comfy!

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  62. Where did you get those black and white pants? I think they looks so cute and so comfortable!

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