My kids are driving me nuts!

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I love my kids. I live for my kids. A day never goes by that I am not truly thankful for the opportunity to be a stay at home mom. What a blessing it is! I cannot stress enough how thankful I am for this life.

Now, after that nice little disclaimer, I just gotta say….
I swear, I would give anything for even 5 minutes of private time. One of my biggest pet peeves is they seem to think a closed bathroom door means stand outside and ask me things.  If the door is locked that must mean it’s a good time to ask, “Mom, can I show you something?” or “How do you spell Wisconsin?” Seriously.  There’s just some things I’d rather do without an audience.

Heaven forbid I ever try to take a nap or even lie down for a few minutes, that of course means run up and down the hall past my room at least a dozen times, and be sure to open and close every door along the way.  My five year old will tiptoe into my room and (loudly) whisper, “Mom, are you awake?” over and over until I answer.  Pretending to sleep doesn’t work. Yes, I’ve tried it.  I’m not ashamed.

Let’s talk about phone calls. It’s not just babies that act up folks, I thought we would eventually grow out of that phase –  nope!  My 8 year old  still gets  loud or suddenly starts causing trouble the second I get on the phone. (Even the dogs act up for that matter!) Good thing I racked up all those hours on the phone as a teenager because since having kids I think my combined total of time spent on the phone in the last 8 years is probably around 30 minutes.  I honestly dread phone calls.  I’ll email whenever possible. I still get interrupted while emailing, or texting, or attempting any other form of communication as well, but it just isn’t noticeable for the receiving party like interrupted phone calls are.

Another thing I thought we would grow out of is the drama of getting ready to go somewhere. It’s not the packing up of diapers and bottles and blankies anymore (thank goodness for that! I am SO glad to be done with that stage of life.) But it’s still a hassle. I don’t care how many times I announce, “Get ready! We’re leaving in 10 minutes!”, when it is actually time to walk out the door, suddenly someone needs to use the bathroom, or they’re hungry,  or they don’t have any clean socks, or they need a drink, or they can’t find their stuffed animal lion…..really? What have they been doing the last 5 minutes?!

And what’s up with boys and socks? I don’t get it. Last time I cleaned my son’s room I found 11 socks. Eleven!! Mismatched of course. In his bed, in the crayon box,  under the LEGO table…they were everywhere.  The rest of his laundry apparently makes it to the hamper…so why not the socks? It’s a mystery.

These are a few of the reasons I’m losing my mind.
I  adore my kids.  They are good kids. My life would be empty without them.  I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world…
I just really really want 5 minutes alone in the bathroom.
That’s all.

About jenna

Jenna has been an oilfield wife for over 12 years. Her Hot Oil Man husband started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they've lived in the Matanuska Valley for 4 years. The family consists of their two children; a strong-willed daughter age 10, and a goofy son age 7. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs and rabbits thrown in the mix. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn't “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.

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