Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The things about it is....


Last Friday night, Noel and I took the boys to a Cat and the Hat story time at Barnes and Noble.  They hear the story and get to meet the character.  Great idea.

I wish I could say that the story time was entertaining because of the book;  But it was the unexpected entertainment that made everything worthwhile.  

One little twin girl flew off solo (while her mom was sitting with the other twin), running with an "ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh" all the way across the floor, in front of the storyteller, until she ran into the bookshelf and totally busted.  Not to be out done, a little boy on the same side took off running with his little brother in tow in the stroller, only to have his mom catch him on to the back of his shirt to reel him in.

It was one of those moments, where, after a really long day myself, I just had to laugh.  Mainly because I kept thinking of this Buzzfeed article (it's so ridiculous, but so hilarious), and that, although my boys were sitting and listening at the time, they had delivered an Oscar-worthy scream-off at the pool earlier.

It got me thinking about how EVERYONE has rough days.  Rough days with their kids, rough days at work, rough days with themselves. 

If you see someone looking gorgeous with a perfect outfit, perfect hair, and manicured nails, just know that, yes(!), they were probably wearing yoga pants with nothing on their face yesterday.  When you see someone's child acting perfectly and throwing out yes m'ams, just know that that same child had a full on, stomp it out tantrum when their cookie broke in half at the restaurant yesterday.  (And yes, some kids are naughty acting all the time because their parents don't discipline them..but that's another blog post for another time...but most of the time, it's just kids being kids!)

So don't feel bad if you're having a bad day...because we all have them.  And when you're having a great day, maybe use some of that extra spice to help someone else out! :-)

29 comments :

two birds said...

so true!! we don't all live pinterest lives!!! great post!

Rebecca said...

This is so true! I like what you said about kids acting polite in public, but then they actually tantrum at home. That made me laugh, because last Friday I asked Ethan's montessori teacher how he was doing in "class." I told her he had been acting so well at home that I was sure he'd been acting out at school. I kind of meant it to be funny, but really kids don't act one way all the time. They have to balance out their bad behavior/good behavior somehow, I guess!

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

This sounds like a great event and I love the unpredictability of little kids!

xx
Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Melissa said...

That is definitely the truth.

Each id has rough moments - some more than others.

I think a lot of it depends on the child's temperament as well as the parents.

Parenting is hard.

It's important that we not judge each other and know that we are all doing the best we can (for the most part - you are correct in that some parents just aren't the best parents...).

Kayla Peveler said...

I always have to remind myself that when I see another woman, who is SO beautiful and seems like she has it all together and is the perfect wife. Cause I'm sure she has her moments, too. Thanks for the reminder, girl!

Setarra said...

Oh yes, I'm totally a bum dresser Monday-Friday and on the weekends is when I actually wear makeup and dress decently. It's always a great reminder to not put other people on a pedestal cuz it's just feeds into insecurities. Life is full of imperfect perfections. Thanks for the reminder :)

Annie said...

That is so true, and so important to remember...especially in the blogging world :) Love love love that first photo - SO cute!

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Amy Shaughnessy said...

Oh so true. I have those days when my boys act like perfect angels in public and then the ones where the 4 1/2 year old has a complete meltdown. People stare at me like 'what are you going to do about that?' and I just look back at them. I'm past the point of caring what people think.

Amy

Fashion and Beauty Finds

Dawnelle Sarlo said...

Ooh how true!! I was just telling my friend the other day that there is a balance to things with kids. If the everyone, kids and mom, are all dressed and looking nice you can bet their house is a total disaster haha because there is no way (at least for me) one can get all the kids ready, themselves ready, fed breakfast, and have the house spotless AND get out the door! No way... haha well maybe I just need to be taught the little secret!

Dawnelle Sarlo said...

Okay so I had to come back and tell you that I literally was laughing so hard I started crying reading that Buzzfeed article... Thank you for that hahaha

Kimberly said...

Oh man, on those bad days they just seem like you'll never have another good day ever. But of course we know that isn't the case!

And I don't know if I could go that library activity because people in masks scare the life out of me!

Helene in Between said...

love this ashley! it's oh so true! and love the story time- i could picture it all hahah!

TheTinyHeart said...

Haha, so true! That Buzzfeed article is hilarious!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
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Dara said...

I was really just thinking about this. I feel like sometimes I have it so hard with my kids, they don't listen, they act crazy, etc. but I know we have good days too, and really everyone else must have bad days!

Head to Toe Chic said...

Everyone definitely has rough days! i can just picture all of this happening at story time. haha. Love that picture of Walker!

xo,
Angela

Jamie Sefcik || Hello Little Scout said...

Love this! It is SO true! I have to tell myself that all the time if Bentley is acting up. They all have their days, as do we!

Grace said...

What a funny story! Talking about bad days, yesterday it seemed like every single thing was going wrong. Gotta love those kinds of days...

On that note, hope you're having a great day (or at least a better day than a bad day)!
Grace
A Southern Drawl

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Susannah said...

So completely true! Thanks for this reminder, Ashely!

Jordyn Sifferman said...

Loving your positive attitude! (:
xxoo,
Jordyn

Ashley said...

Hahahaha! Kids have a mind of their own. Great post!

Malanda @ Outnumbered by Little Boys! said...

So very true!

still being [molly] said...

oh girrrrrl this could not be more true!! we are all a little bit torn and tattered at times - such a great perspective and reminder!

Sisters Marie said...

i hear you!! i always try to put myself in other parents' shoes...and know that i have been there, too!

Sisters Marie
Start your Child's closet on BTGTF!

rooth said...

But don't you secretly just love it when it happens to someone NOT you :)

Krista said...

Insightful post Ashley! It's all too easy to think that just because someone is all "put together" at that moment, that they must be that way all the time. But truth is they were probably going through some of the very same "junk" you go through, we've got to remember that and lift each other up in those moments :)

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

I need to remember to reference this post a couple of years from now when I have kiddos. ;)

Chelsea Mac said...

This is such a great reminder (AND SO TRUE!!)

Kristen said...

Oh my goodness...I am so far behind!!! Of all of your post over the last week and a half, this one is definitely my favorite. You are the best at keeping it real and giving great reminders that though life isn't perfect, We should still remember that it isn't even when we have a good day, so we can help someone else have a good day too :)

And I am so with you on those movie scenes! I need a whole box of tissues everytime during the adoption scene...and New Moon was my least favorite book, but favorite movie too! I thought they nailed it with the changing seasons scene. Totally nailed it.

I wish I had like one day off during the week so we can have lunch and go to the gym and you could teach me some awesome workout routines...maybe one day :)

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