Yesterday I took the kids for their first day of track with Logan's rec club.
Something about the long day, the afternoon fits/fatigue, the new environment (which for me means overly anxious and for the kids means lets run around and be wild and free and explore), the missing naps, the emergency bathroom needs... it was all kind of a disaster and I was just super crazy and frazzled by the end of the two hours. But, the highlights were:
1. I was too upset to dive into what would have been a typical "Well, what do you think? Was it awesome? Did you love it?" So, the kids kind of on their own just brought out the good parts. And I think if I'd jumped in with all that, they may have just said "eh." So it was a really happy surprise to see them decide for themselves what they really thought, and to be able to find the good parts without my help!
2. We invited a friend of Ellie's to take Owen's place (since his broken arm meant he couldn't run this season) and she was so super cheerful and excited to be there that Ellie caught on to her enthusiasm. (And having a friend along probably helped temper my evenings's frustration, though I wondered if she might have been thinking something like 'Wow, Ellie I didn't know your mom was so mean!'
So we made it through, and with those two highlights even decided to try to figure out how to make it work instead of just giving up.
And tonight was better!
We had lots of snow today (one week till summer break!) so they moved inside and everybody was just a little more contained which made me feel much better. I had back-up plans in case of falling apart children, and I had Landon's sweet prayer from last night in my mind all through the day "Please help Mom feel calm and relaxed..."
The kids were doing so well I even invited Jen to come over and join us with her boys to run around and play for a bit.
So, we survived. And we (I) didn't quit after the first day. And on we go with a fun new activity for these kiddos to try out!