Monday, July 28, 2008

just another manic monday

do you ever have those days where you feel like you would have been better off just staying in bed, like, for the whole day? well, today was that day for me! just another manic monday...

 

as a little background....

 

we are in the middle of getting our house ready to put back on the market to sell. it's been off now for about 2 months and it is time to do it again. we are having 2 different realtors come this week to do the walk through and the market analysis, blah, blah, blah.  today we had nothing on our schedule until 4:00 pm, so the girls and i were going to clean, clean, clean! so, you see what i had to look forward to when i woke up. i love a clean house just as much as the next person, but i don't LOVE to clean, so i was a bit slow rolling out of bed this morning.

 

the day started out pretty decent. the girls and i played restaurant for breakfast, with me as the cook and nani as the waitress. lala had the best part in this "make believe" as the patron. she ordered waffles, eggs, and fried cheese. at the end of breakfast she came into the kitchen and said, very sweetly, "the fried cheese doesn't taste good." no big deal, but that should have been my cue to get back into bed. it went downhill from there!

 

one of the chores was for the girls to water the front lawn. being the cool mom that i am (yeah, right!), i told the girls they could water the lawn while they ran through the sprinklers. i asked them to clean up their toys and room before they went out so i could get started vacuuming. they "rush" through it and are out the door in record time. 5 minutes later i call them back inside because 1, their room is a mess, and 2, their toys are not picked up. i was still pretty calm at this point.

 

i sent them to their room to "clean" a mess that would take anybody else about 10 minutes. 45 minutes later they are still there and the room is messier than when they started. "what are you doing up here?!" i ask, louder than was necessary, as i walk into their room and my foot squishes in a puddle of water, and then another one, and then i feel lala's blanket is all wet.

 

lala, apparently thought it would be a good idea to pour water on the carpet and the blankets. nani didn't think that maybe that would be a good time to get mom. i told lala she had had enough water play so she would not be able to run through the sprinklers once the mess finally got cleaned up. it was like pulling teeth to get the messes cleaned up after that. so, i decided, and they agreed, that they would help clean the house, but would NOT get paid to do it. surprisingly i didn't hear one complaint from the girls for the rest of the day (that was a huge blessing)!

 

things went well after that. until i went to vacuum. i was cursing our vacuum because it wasn't picking anything up, but i plugged along anyway. for some reason i had to look at the bottom of the vacuum and it was then that i noticed that the little brushy thingy was not even spinning! the band had broken. all that work for NOTHING! luckily, we had an extra band, but i had to vacuum it all again! i wondered how long that had been broken? no wonder my floors never looked very clean!

sometime during the day, i've lost track of when it happened, but the baby peed on me. it was the weirdest thing. she was wearing a diaper that wasn't full, yet she peed on me like there was no diaper there! it wasn't like a leaky diaper that just leaves a mark on your clothes, it was like a warm stream all over my lap! it left me boggled and wet!

 

at 4:00 i was watching elizabeth's daughter for a couple of hours. well, due to some miscommunication, a different neighbors daughter came up a few minutes after alexis arrived here and told me that she was invited to come over and play. i was a bit shocked because, i had never had her over to my house before and now she was standing on my doorstep telling me she could come in. not only that, i know that elizabeth would NEVER (and didn't) invite somebody else's child to play at my house without talking to me first. i told this girl that my baby was sleeping and my girls were working on their summer homework so it wouldn't work today, but maybe next time. 2 minutes later her mother shows up, again this is someone i've waved to on the street but have never met, and she was not happy with me! i explained to her that i had no idea her daughter was coming up here to play and that my baby was sleeping and my girls were working on homework, but maybe another day would work better. she didn't like that answer and she stormed off.

 

as they left, nani asked if the girl could come over later when they went out to run through the sprinklers. i agreed that would be fine. so, nani and lala ran after them calling out their names and they totally ignored my girls. the daughter was trying to look back, but the mom kept pulling her down the hill and telling her not to look back. so, now i have a new enemy in a neighbor i'd never met before this moment.

 

can i just crawl into bed and start this day over?? please.....

 

while all of this was happening i was trying to coordinate a babysitter for our girls for an all day river rafting trip with a visit from my sister in hawai'i and a visit from my brother in california, as well as a trip for mitch and i to albuquerque. all of which had to be booked today!

 

however, miracles do happen! the trips are all planned, the flights are all booked, the raft is reserved, the house is all clean, the girls still love me, and they are all in bed. the only thing that didn't get done was my pilates, but.... i'm too tired for that now! i'm crawling off to bed and saying my prayers that my manic monday will be over when i wake up tuesday morning!

20 comments:

Darilyn said...

I hope you have a Terrific Tuesday and can leave the Manic Monday behind. Mahina, I've encountered many a mom like the one you've mentioned here. It's very frustrating when they feel that you have 'slighted' their child when you have done no such thing. You did the right thing for standing up for what you felt was best for your family and what you could handle today. She'll get over it and if not....well, you are moving and will get new neighbors!!!!

When are you going river rafting and on what river? sounds fun!

Stephanie said...

Oh..my..goodness.....tomorrow is bound to go better. Just make sure you sleep well!

Sarah said...

What a terrible day! I"m sorry Mahina. I know I should just not say anything, but I am blown away by the nerve of your neighbor. If I had been the Mom, well first off I wouldn't let her go over until I had met you and felt comfortable with you. Then if she came back and said it was a no. I would say, well maybe they had a change of plans. Maybe another day. I was reading it and thinking, "Oh my gosh! I can't believe this woman." If it makes you feel any better, not that it would but I do know how you feel, I have a neighbor who doesn't like me either. What can you do right?!

I hope you have a much better day today!

Sarah said...

What a terrible day! I"m sorry Mahina. I know I should just not say anything, but I am blown away by the nerve of your neighbor. If I had been the Mom, well first off I wouldn't let her go over until I had met you and felt comfortable with you. Then if she came back and said it was a no. I would say, well maybe they had a change of plans. Maybe another day. I was reading it and thinking, "Oh my gosh! I can't believe this woman." If it makes you feel any better, not that it would but I do know how you feel, I have a neighbor who doesn't like me either. What can you do right?!

I hope you have a much better day today!

Rachel's Roost said...

Oh sad day! At least she won't be a neighbor for long! (with the move coming up) Better luck today!

Erika said...

Gosh! What a day! I am most surprised by the reaction of the neighbor girl's mother. She (as a mother herself) should understand where you are coming from. you don't know her daughter, ANOTHER girl "invited" her over to YOUR home, your baby is sleeping, and your girls are doing homework! What a strange reaction.
Too bad you have a neighbor enemy now... for her. She's missing out on a great family by her quick, rude reaction to your sweet girls.

Pineapple Princess said...

Sounds like a rough day. Someday you'll look back and be able to laugh about it. Until then, have a terrific tuesday!

Ilene said...

Good luck with the house thing. What a pain in the behind. Kids have an uncanny sense for making bigger messes during your cleaning efforts.

Merilee said...

My word! Here's hoping today is very fun filled.

Malia said...

Wow... that lady is a little crazy.... Too bad for her little girl that the mom was too immature to listen to the girls who wanted to invite her to play in the sprinklers.

I remember the days when we couldnt go do anything til our room was clean. Kawika was outta there in minutes and I was stuck all day! Plus my room was way messier than it started when I tried to clean!

Hope to day is much better, i'm sure it will be! So excited for my trip!!!

Michal said...

i really hope today is much better. you really were so productive, even if you had so many setbacks.
i am aghast at your neighbor's behavior. i hope that she was just having a bad day and that now she is embarrassed for the way she acted. how could anyone think that behaving that way is ok?

Sara said...

Yikes - there must've been something in the air yesterday because I had a "manic monday" of my own and all I can say is that I'm glad it's OVER! Today has been much better and I'm okay with being a mom again. Nice to know I'm not the only one who has those days. Hope today has gone better for you!

Where are you guys moving??

Kristi said...

Aaaarrrggggh!! I hate those days. I'm glad everything worked out in the end though and that you are on to Tuesday! BTW, our workouts are always the sacrifice aren't they? So sad. Good luck with everything coming up . . . I still have a picture up in my home of our rafting adventure. Minus a few rowers!

jessica said...

I had a manic Monday or was it Tuesday... last week. We've all been there.

So where have I been...where are you moving? There are few things worse than having your house on the market.

Here's to the rest of the week...it has to be better!

Melissa-Mc said...

I had one of those days last week. I hope your Tuesday is much better.

Don't worry about your neighbor. We all like you :)

Elizabeth said...

Mahina, Mahina, Mahina. I'm so sorry you had such a horrible day. You should have told me, and I would have gotten another babysitter! I hope today was better!

hailey said...

I'm with Melissa Mc. We like you, and I hope you've had a better day. I'm swimming in laundry, literally, I can't walk in my room, but I'm tired of hounding my girls to help me fold. I wish I had your consistency. Good luck with wednesday.

Danielle said...

oh my heavens! Those days stink. Hopefully everything else will go better for you this week. I am sending you "good day vibes".

And just ignore your silly neighbor. You can't please everyone, and I have learned some people are just looking for reasons to be grumpy.

calibosmom said...

WHEW! That was one crazy day! Hope the rest of the week has gone better and your neighbor is in a better mood!

Tonya said...

Why do we have to hound and hound and hound and then get loud before they will listen sometimes?? I know how frusterationg it can get. Whacko neighbor! That is a weird reaction. Maybe she was PMSing or something. I agree with Danielle. Some people are just looking for a reason to be grumpy. I'm glad it all wrapped up fairly well at the end there:0)