Then Comes Monday…

October 2, 2017

Happy Monday!

Why is it that weekends always go by so fast?  Where is the slow down & pause button when you need it?   Nevertheless, the show must continue on.  We spent our weekend partly having fun & the rest laid back.  As fall approaches, I find myself liking to have more lazy Sunday’s, where we just stay home as a family.  I don’t know if it has to do with the weather, or the fact that school resumes the day after?  Either way, I find it to be a nice balance for us all.

Saturday we took one of my favorite, beautiful fall drives, to the apple orchard.  I was hoping to see more color on the treetops, but the trees just don’t seem to be there quite yet, this year.  The weather was perfect though, sunny with a nice breeze.  I always worry about going to the apple orchard this time of year.  The bee’s are always presently active!  If you know me, you know I am terrified of bees!  I have been stung twice in my life, and both encounters happened when I was a teenager.  Ever since I just haven’t been able to let it go?

Although there were a fair share of them buzzing their way around, it wasn’t as terrible as we have experienced in past years.  No one got stung, which was the highlight of it all.  In fact, just as we headed out to pick our apples, it began to rain! It didn’t seem to bog down the kids any!  They were having fun hopping from tree to tree, picking apples & eating some too!

After we finished up there, we drove just a short distance to Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store.  We have made this part of our yearly tradition, when picking apples now.  This store is simply the neatest!  As we pulled in, I had a little chit-chat with my fellow crew.  Most especially, the twins.  Even at age four, I seem to find myself deep in struggles with them, when we are out in public.   This place is always packed, even more so, on the weekend!  I explained to them, that they must behave and LISTEN, while we were in there.  {Yeah, right!! Who am I kidding?}

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As we got inside the doors, we picked up our little shopping basket.  You basically have to file in a line, and go through single filed.  It didn’t take more than three minutes, before the twins were not having it.  Soon they were planted on the floor, with fits about ready to ensue.  I had to continually grab their little arms, and try to get them back to their feet, while backed up with people right behind me, and to the side of me.  This continued on, over and over.

I have a very short fuse when it comes to patience.  I always have this lovely unrealistic vision in my head, of the ‘perfect’ family outing… and, it almost always backfires on me! We finally made it to an area of the store, where it opened up, and allowed us to have some space and move around more freely.  If I could have, let me assure you, I would have turned around in the beginning, and marched right on out of there with the twins.  However, once you are in there, your stuck! There is no going backwards… unless you want to peeve off a bunch of people, which I am pretty sure my twins were already succeeding in that department for me.

I decided to give them a fresh start, and see if they would turn around their unwelcoming behaviors and attitudes.  It worked for a little while, but before too long, they were back to their naughty shenanigans! I had, had it at that point.  I was looking more and more like the crazed mom, who had no control over her kids.  Quite honestly, I didn’t.  I hardly ever do.  With the twins it’s really hard to have everyone under control.  My battle mainly is focused to them.  When one acts up, the other is just a hair behind.  Keeping me on my toes at all times.

Nobody ever said anything to us {thank goodness!}  I always get lucky, and am thankful no one does.  If someone were to speak their two cents, I’d probably come fully unglued on them.  This mama business is no easy task!  Even more so, with the more children you have.  Add in twins/multiples, and now you’re just playing with fire.

We finally made it around to where I could take my two unruly circus monkeys out and to the car.  We sat and soaked in the lovely sun and breeze, while overlooking a beautiful pond and field.  I was able to breathe at last, and let go of all of the stress I had pent up from the store.  As I sat there watching them interact with one another, and just be free – It reminded me; even as tough as these times are with them, there is always a delightful blessing waiting to unfold.

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So while it may seem burdensome in the moment, remember it shall pass all too quickly.  We will look back and see those moments as insignificant times, and recall these minuscule magical ones, instead. After all, we have much bigger adventures that are yet to lie ahead.

Quote: “Don’t try to make me grow up before my time… Let me be a little kid, as long as I can.” ~ Louisa A. Alcott.

~ Life With Twins Plus 2

{Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store, is located in the beautiful and quaint little town of Jordan, MN.  If you plan to stop and check it out, remember to bring cash!  They do not accept credit.  You can thank me later…}

7 Comments

  • Caroline

    October 4, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Driving out to the apple orchard sounds like a beautiful way to spend the weekend with the kids. I have a 5 yr old and 2 yr old and they can definitely get boisterous at times too! I’m still learning to pick my battles and like you my patience wears a little thin sometimes. You’re doing a great job mamma 🙂

    1. lifewithtwinsplus2

      October 4, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Thank You, I appreciate your kind compliment.

  • Whit

    October 4, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I love this! The raw truth in parenting. The quote by Louisa Alcott really resonated with me. Sometimes we just have to slow down as parents. They won’t be little for long.

    1. lifewithtwinsplus2

      October 4, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Thank You! It’s such a difficult balance at times. You want to let them be kids and be free. Then you have the weight of the world on your shoulders, constantly wondering what others might say to you. I have learned quickly, there is no one right way to parent. I often think, we all put too much burden on our shoulders, when it comes to raising children. We expect so much from them, so soon. Before we know it, they’re all grown up, and we sit there wishing we could have gone back and done things differently. It’s hard in the moment, to find the patience we need in those times. We need to slow down as you said, see the bigger picture, and realize they are not acting up to plot against us.

  • Suz O’Brien (@OBriensAbroad)

    October 4, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Yes, it does end too soon, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy!

  • Mila | Hangry Woman

    October 5, 2017 at 5:55 am

    I’m with ya! The weekends go by SO fast, but it’s always a blessing knowing you get to spend some quality time with your family.

  • Susannah

    October 5, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Weekends really do go by SO fast!!!! Sounds like you had a great one!

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