I will share just a couple…
James had one of his mornings and would not get up for school so he missed the bus. When I have to take him and Joshua to school it seriously sets me back an hour in the morning. If they catch the bus, they are gone by like 810 and I have until usually 900 until Sophie wakes up, so for almost an hour I can hurry and get things cleaned up and start my day. (The little kids are long gone by this point too so I have NO kids for that hour.) If I take the older boys to school I don't get back until 900 and by then Sophie is up and I don't get that precious little hour that I love so much.
But, guess what? I let it go! I used the time taking them to school to help Joshua study for his Spanish Test and I even got to feel like a pro with my awesome Spanish Skills. He ended up getting an A, and I was happy about that. I was able to talk to James and send him off to school on a positive note. Hurray all around.
Dinnertime is usually kind of chaotic but tonight I had told some neighbors that are moving that they could either come over for dinner or I would bring it to them. She ended up deciding to have me bring it over, but what I had planned on making didn't travel well. I decided to make something totally different last minute and with my crazy small oven, things were a little behind. I rushed all the food into the car and was trying to call Ryan because he was in town and I needed him to meet me there. He wasn't answering his phone. I looked down to text him as I was driving out the garage in a hurry. The boys had put the garbage bins too close to the car and so I tried to kind of swerve the car while holding a hot tray of food and trying to call Ryan. SMACK. I hit the side mirror. It was pretty loud.
I just had to laugh. The cracked mirror SO fits our junky van that I love. You can't tell very well in this picture, but our ENTIRE wind shield is cracked. This car has some serious cosmetic problems. The mirror just adds more to the beauty. I had to just let it go. I had icy roads to cover and hot food to deliver! I didn't get stressed that everything was going wrong. (I condensed the story above, there had been more complications before the smack.) I just let it go and drove fast as possible without being dangerous on icy roads in a minivan.
Earlier in the day, these two cuties played for quite a while. I did have one instance where I got to practice letting it go. I had JUST mopped the kitchen floor on my hands and knees. I left the girls in the kitchen with a little lunch I made them. These two are really good girls, and I love having a friend for Annie over to keep her busy in the afternoon. They are usually very tidy and don't even make big messes when playing. However, this time when I came back they had somehow had a throwing contest and EVERY piece of their lunch was hurled across the kitchen. Even a cup of chocolate milk had been aimed for the sink I believe and there was chocolate milk dripping from the ceiling, on the blinds, and the windows. This is NOT typical behavior from them. I didn't even let it phase me. I told them they had to clean it up, which they did, and I did the finishing touches and was done with it. Let that craziness go right out the door.
I must have been a pretty good girl with all that letting things go stuff because I just peeked downstairs and look who came tonight….St Nicholas. All our shoes were full of sweet treats.
I can't wait until morning to see everyone's faces! And I can't wait to see what "opportunities" tomorrow holds for me to practice my new mantra!