Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Catching Up

Alabama/LSU - well, the Tide DID roll and I haven't been that proud of our boys in a long time. They played their hearts out and both sides gave us a great football game to watch. It was an emotional roller coaster being there in the stands and, unfortunately, a late fumble cost us the game. But, I was thrilled to watch them play...the Crimson Tide made us proud!

Dog Tired-- I am in the middle of a twelve-week intensive dog training...but, I kid myself about the dog being trained. It's really ME that's getting trained! My German instructor intimidates the bajeebies outta me but it seems to be working. Our golden retriever pays attention to everything I do...we still have a ways to go but it does seem to be getting us on the right track.

Not All Roses-- a friend of mine wrote to me awhile back about only talking about the "pretty things" on my blog. Well, today has not been pretty with my 5-year old. He has talked back, gotten angry, pouted, given me the "ugly face" (which consists of a crinkled up nose and pouted out cheeks) all because he hasn't gotten his way. What's driving me looney lately is his constant "You LIKE it when I get in trouble..." or "You LIKE treating me like a baby!" or...the classic "You LIKE when I don't get to have fun!" Oh yeah, I love being the bad guy all the time... Everything is fine now that he's had a nap and had time to "cool off." But, I have discovered something. My getting mad at Daniel and talking in a raised voice (aka "yelling!")does nothing. What really gets his attention is when I stay calm, cool and collected. It drives him crazy. Hopefully, one of these days he'll recognize it as gentleness and that I really DO care about him more than I could ever put into words. One can only hope.

Balance-- OK, so I had to write about this one in verse:

Juggling all my many hats
Can drive a girl insane
And why I feel so torn sometimes
Can be hard to explain

It's all a game of balance
priorities and such
Knowing when I'm doing too little
And when I'm doing too much

The many responsibilities
Can pull and nag at me
But when I really think about it
It's pretty plain to see

That all the different hats I wear
I wear with pride indeed
I'm blessed beyond belief, my friends
It's a wonderful life I lead!


Megan (FriedOkra) said...

Indeed indeed! I'm glad it ended that way, but not surprised. When people ask me why I only write about the good stuff I tell them that's the only stuff I think is worth writing down and preserving. The bad stuff is fleeting and I like to keep it that way. :)

Stacey @ Happy Are We said...

I had to chuckle about your sense of calm driving your son crazy. I, too, have found that my 6 yr old son feeds off my frustration. I am much more successful if I decide to "kill him with kindness" or simply love him through a tough spot with his behavior. Those little guys are a study in reverse-psychology, I tell 'ya! :-)