Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A wonky day...

Blazer and Shirt: Gap Outlet, Pants: Old Navy (exact), Bracelets: David Yurman and monogram bracelet was a gift.

I typically consider me and my boys to be the three muskateers.  We have a great time...we go fun places, we read, we laugh, we play....and I'm also pretty good at handling toddler temper tantrums and melt downs.  All of this is usually a recipe for great days together.

Monday was not one of those days.  I'm not sure what happened, but it was one of the worst days of my parenting life.  Monday was a day that (magically) had nothing on the calendar, so I was excited to take full advantage of it by unpacking from this past weekend, repacking for Thanksgiving, and getting lots of playing time/reading time/baking time in with my babes.

A really, really long story short...there was blood all over the stairs from a fall that sent Walker's teeth through his lip, poopie all over the boys' room from Walker flinging his diaper off during nap and then rolling around on the floor, no one napping, no one listening, and everyone arguing over something...it was the strangest day of my life, and I was done.

I told the boys that we needed to say a prayer, and honestly, once we did....everything seemed to turn around.  I got a Diet Mt. Dew from Bojangles (only drive-thru place that serves it), I started changing the way I said things to the boys, they started getting along, Noel listened later that night the everything-I-needed-him-to say responses, and my friend, Mary Beth sent me a sweet text that said she was thinking about me and that she thought she should sent a message my way.  

So I guess the moral of the story is....don't wait for tomorrow to make the day a better day. I kept thinking, ok tomorrow will be better...but no! I wanted today to be better! (and it was!) Also, if you have an inkling that someone needs your help or needs a phone call or a text...do it! do it!  Because you're right, they do need it!  

This story has nothing to do with this outfit...except that I like really like plaid shirts...and I really like how this story ended.  So there, that's the connection. :)

Happy, Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!!
Linking up with KristenShannaand The Pleated Poppy

34 comments :

Shaylynn... a girl, a story, a blog said...

It's four in the morning, obviously I am awake, and this is the most perfect story for this hour, this moment in this particular day of mine.

you're sunshine, my friend. just sunshine.

Kara said...

I love this story and your outfit! I am definitely going to remember this when I have a bad day :)

RoselyC said...

That is great advice, why wait until tomorrow to have a good day. I love a quote I recently found and it says "It's a good day to have a good day"

Misty B said...

You are such and inspiration and your boys are so blessed to have you for a mama! I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving day {even if there's poop on the floor}.

I'm thankful for you!!!
Misty

Char said...

I cringed right around teeth through the lip and poop every where. So glad that you were able to turn the day around and end on a positive note. And great outfit...I love the ruffles!

Brianne Lamm said...

Prayer can make all the difference! Hopefully Walker is doing alright - youch!

Kayla MKOY said...

That outfit was made for you, and look at your adorable pulled back hair! I love it!! You are gorgeous, Ashley, and such a great momma. Those boys love you and everyone around you does :) so proud of ya!

Helene in Between said...

oh AShley I am so sorry. but it seems like you were really able to see the silver lining!

Head to Toe Chic said...

That is quite the day, but I'm glad you were able to make it better!! I love your jacket and plaid top!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

xo,
Angela

Emily said...

I love this! Such an important reminder. I had a teaching day recently where the kids were being disrespectful in every class. I could feel myself snapping and sounding rude back. And on and on. It felt like it was all unraveling. I've started saying a small prayer before I go in to teach every class and it has made a huge difference. Small prayers = big differences. You're such a great mom!

Noor W. said...

Haha I love the connection of the story and the outfit! :D
How good that you could turn the day around and end it with a happy feeling! :D
And the outfit is really nice too! :D

xo Noor
clothesanddreams.blogspot.com

Lauren {Fizz and Frosting} said...

That is SUCH a great outlook. I need to remember that on my rough days! You look lovely by the way! Love the plaid!

TheTinyHeart said...

So glad your bad day turned around into a good one! Happy Thanksgiving!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Rebecca Lately said...

I have found myself saying that too -- that "tomorrow" will be better. I have to stop myself and make a change right then so "today" can end as a good day. Isn't it funny that the days we have nothing going on turn into the most chaotic? It is the same way for us sometimes.

p.s. I love your outfit! I am going to have to copy it sometime!

Katie said...

oh my! that sounds like such a rough start. i'm impressed you were able to change your attitude during the day :) and i love that blazer!

Setarra said...

Ashley, whenever I have kids... I hope to be as a good a mom are you are. I'm sure it's not an easy job but I find it admiring how you always seem to maintain positivity throughout the bumps of your day. Did Walker have to get stitches??

JP Lord said...

I needed to read this today! Things as a mom are usually hectic and there are those days where everything just seems to go wrong - and I needed a moment to remember that sometimes all you need is a prayer and some hope.
Thanks girl.
xo

B said...

great story! glad you were able to turn things around. hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving!

Kristin McKnight said...

Aww, so glad the day got better! Although I don't have kids, I've been there... when I was 15 and taking care of my toddler little brother. Boys are hard to potty train ;) Hope little Walker's lip is ok! :/ He's sooo cute.

Vicki Wilde said...

Stopping by from WIWW! Happy Thanksgiving! I like how your story ended too, and your plaid shirt, very cool.

<3 Vicki
wildeinthecity.blogspot.com

Susannah said...

I'm so sorry you had such a rough day. You are so blessed to have friends to text you and brighten up your day! :-)

Caroline said...

I'm sorry you had such an awful day! But what a positive attitude you ended up having - sends a great message for this week :) And I absolutely love your outfit - the plaid, the loafers, the blazer - so preppily pretty!

Carla said...

I need tips for toddler temper tantrums... they are ruining many a day lately.

Chelsea Mac said...

This parenting gig is a tough one, but your perspective is so refreshing and positive. I simply love it. You are such a wonderful Mom!

Chelsea
Haute Child in the City

Jessica S said...

Boo to a terrible, no good, very bad day. But good for you for turning it all around. I am so guilty of the "tomorrow will be better" mentality - and this was just want I needed going into the holidays!

xx
Here&Now

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Kelly Ann said...

That is so great you were able to turn the day around!

xx
Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Rachel said...

Oh, those days come by where everything just seems to go wrong--I like your attitude about it, not giving up and just trying to "wait it out", but actually taking active steps to turn the day into a good day by the end of it!

Nicole | Pharr Away said...

You managed to fit so many amazing lessons into this one post! I love your spirit and the fact that prayer truly has the ability to change everything :)! I hope Walker is feeling fine!

Hallie Oceanside said...

first off, cutest outfit EVER! I am so happy things turned around for you, and I love your outlook. " I want TODAY to be better"

definitely something to remember! Hope you have a great weekend gorgeous!

K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy said...

I agree that it's never too late to turn a bad day into a good day. Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving!

Alison Doyle said...

Loved this story! Also really appreciate the outlook of focusing on turning around the day at hand, rather than merely waiting on tomorrow. My favorite part of the story was definitely the Diet Mt. Dew from Bojangles -- sometimes all you need is an ice-cold drink, a deep breath, and a smile. Thanks for sharing!

rooth said...

Oh poor baby Walker - hopefully he's feeling all better now and mama, you're amazing.

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Oh wow, what a rough day! I'm glad it did get better, though!

Colleen said...

well, I'm sorry for your terrible day but we all have them!
You look incredibly gorgeous in that first pic : )

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