Even though we had a very late dinner and all I wanted was for the day to end.
Even though I was dead-tired and really just wanted to get everyone into bed.
Even though I had a major headache.
Even though I had just finished cleaning up the kitchen and really, really didn't want another mess.
Even though I've been alone with the kids going on 5 days now due to Rich's overtimes.
Even though when I thought he was going to be home with us today, and he drove all the way home and made it to Alex's 8:00am soccer game -- only to be called back into work an hour later. I feel like his work said to me, "You see your husband? You want your husband? Well, here he is.... Psych! Just kidding!"
Call me crazy, but I still thought this would be a fun thing to do, tonight...at 9:00pm. With the kids. At what usually is "my time". So I mustered up my strength and gathered what I had left of my patience...and we created yet another mess in the kitchen as we made:
Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes!!
I will admit that they were pretty yummy! The kids had fun making them, then they had fun eating them...and it's 10:30pm right now, and most of them are in bed sleeping. So my day is officially over. I will go to bed tonight feeling like I did a good job. It's a good feeling. Sometimes I go to bed and I'm kept up with all my mommy-guilt thoughts: did I read enough to the kids today? was I patient enough today? did I yell too much? did I make things fun for them? But tonight I will not have those thoughts. Tonight my mind will be at peace. All because of these cupcakes. Because I know the kids will remember that I was a FUN mom on this day...when I let them stay up past their bedtime and create a mess in the kitchen by making cupcakes, for no special occassion, but just for fun. And not only that, but I let them EAT them, too!
(hopefully they will remember this the next time I'm I tell them NO and it earns me the "mean mommy" title)