Thursday, June 09, 2011

Its One of Those Days...

Do you ever have those days when you feel like everything is just falling apart? I do, and I am having one today. Are you supposed to blog (or journal) about them, or just pretend that day-to-day life as a mother/parent is always easy and perfect? I have asked my mom about days like I am having, and she said that she has really just forgotten them over the years. That is probably the right approach to take- forget about the hard days and just remember the happy, positive aspects of your children growing up...

Sometimes I feel like letting it all out. I have hard days. I don't have them everyday, but some days I have a headache, the kids whine a lot, they aren't nice to each other, and the bathroom (and the boys) are covered in conditioner. Some days Aaron is on a conference call (and still at the office at 7:15 pm) and all my friends are gathering for crepes at another friend's house. And I am still here till he gets home. Yeah, it has been rough.

Really, I don't want to dwell on days like today. I know that tomorrow is a new day. I know that my headache will go away. I know that Aaron will come home and I can at least escape to my nearest favorite retail store to just walk around in the quiet. I know that the kids will be asleep later tonight and when I go in to check on them, I will want to lay down and snuggle their sweet little faces.

But until then, I must go stop the chasing down and stealing of yet another toy and quiet the kid who isn't dealing well with this day, either.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Atlanta Temple Open House and Rededication

Our Temple closed in July of 2009 for remodeling and finally reopened in May of this year! Lucky for us, that included a two week open house followed by the rededication performed by President Thomas S. Monson. Since there was an open house, we were able to take the kids to the temple. Once the temples are dedicated, only worthy, adult members of our church are allowed to enter. However, our church allows the public to enter and tour the temples before they are dedicated. It is so beautiful inside and there is such a calm and peace that is present in the temple. The kids loved being inside, and Emma said her favorite part was the chandelier in the Celestial Room.
Jonathan and Emma outside the temple
Since I don't know when we will have another opportunity to tour the temple with the kids, I took Emma through a second time so she and I could talk about the temple and really focus on it. I knew that she would remember going, so I wanted to make sure she had a great experience.
Emma and me- Girls Night Out at the Atlanta Temple
Emma and me- Girl's Night Out at the Temple Open House! My sweet Emma girl- outside the temple