Thursday, May 5, 2011

reality show

"Don't you want a happy family?" I said in a voice that was near a yell and was quite certainly shrill. Two bowls of spilled cereal and milk, milk all over school clothes, three arguments that became physical (between the three kids), meltdown over what was going to school for show-and-tell (between the girls), breakdowns over finding shoes (Emma Kate and Sam), and a fight over who was going to buckle who in the car were the main reasons I uttered those words this morning. Before the clock even read 8:00 am. I post this list of events not to complain, but to show that we are just an average family trying to do better (be more patient, show more love, exercise more faith). Sometimes when you read blogs, you only see the rosy picture and the grass that is certainly greener. There is a fine line I walk between keeping a positive tone on the blog and showing our "reality"...no one wants to read a litany of complaints day in and day out nor would anyone appreciate bragging about how happy and perfect we constantly we are (ha! good one, right?!). The truth is, I have a great family; my husband is involved and patient, my kids are bright and funny, we have a warm house, our needs are met, and we often have enough for the wants. We also have loud kids who run in the house, spill cereal, talk back, make a mess in every room in the house, and exhaust any patience I might awaken with. This is my journey, my reality, and my blessing. 

9 comments :

Sarah said...

I always like seeing a little bit of the reality :) Makes me feel more normal!

Thanks so much for coming by my blog and for following along! Your sweet children are adorable.

Savvy in San Francisco said...

What a fabulous post to read after the day that I have had! Running around trying to do errands while 8.5 months pregnant with two kids is enough to drive a Mommy crazy! I just emailed my husband and told him that I just sat down after 6 hours and I might not get up again! Ha!

Kasi said...

Thanks for visiting my blog :) And you have a beautiful family!

Jenn Lopez said...

Well said! I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one with a crazy morning! This is definitely our reality too - that I'm 99.999% thankful for :)

The Frat Pack + Me said...

Great writing and sweet kidlets! Glad we found each other ;-)

Savvy in San Francisco said...

Kristen - I keep having issues adding you to my Google Reader and to my Blog Roll. Your old one keeps showing up even though it is the new address. I have deleted, saved and then added and I have the same result!????

Rach (DonutsMama) said...

I like seeing the reality. I have a bad habit of comparing myself to other people and thinking that everybody else has their act together. It's nice seeing that other moms are very similar to me. Thanks for the honesty.

Ashley said...

Thank you for the reality! And thank you for stopping by my blog and all the nice compliments :)

So glad we've found each other.

Natalie said...

Yes thanks for your reality! Unfortunately it's not all sunshine and rainbows...but we do what we can to get through it!