Posted By jayna on September 28, 2010
We went up, up and away tonight, catching the last 10 minutes before the sun completely disappeared. There were smiles and laughter and climbing on top of cars to get the shot and neighbors watching in amazement at the spectacle. All for this week’s challenge of “Chalk” at I Heart Faces.
Things have been in a terrible funk in our house over the past four days. From screaming fits to melting down in tears, the emotions have been running overtime. I still can’t figure out if it’s from the full moon last week, withdrawal from the other kids being here, getting over a bit of a cold, a collaboration to drive me to a ball of mush at the end of the day or just a combination of everything. I’m leaning towards the latter.
Yesterday I implemented a new rewards system for E. Which, of course, failed miserably by the end of breakfast today. I haven’t given up on it, but things aren’t looking all that great. Naptime ended with my making good on three days worth of threats to remove everything but her bed from her room if she didn’t just. go. to. sleep.
We now have a dollhouse in the guest room, a full shelf of children’s books on our bookcase and a closet containing a doll bed, butterfly chair and laundry basket of stuffies and dolls.
I didn’t hear from her one bit at bedtime tonight.
Last time I did this, there was a complete turn-around within days. She started going to sleep when she needed to, thus she was less tired and functioning like a normal human being, thus there were less fights with me . . . and less fights with her sister . . . sunshine and rainbows . . . and balloons and butterflies and flowers.
I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed. Tomorrow we’ll be up, up and away from the funk full of grumps.