Wednesday, September 17, 2014

snap and pops under the toilet seat.

i scribbled this out last night because i just needed to heave it off my chest. it helped a little. if you need to read something cheerier, try mary ellen's or joel's writing. genetically, joel got all the sunshine and i got all the vinegar. 

yep, that happened. tim has actually done it to me before and was successful in scaring me, but this time, i think it was ben. tonight max spotted some leftover snap and pops and after a long day, i said, sure, let's go outside and be distracted for a while. ben really wanted to scare tim when he got home, so he was devising all sorts of methods, one including a catapult. (that boy is like his godfather in so many ways, it's a little frightening.) he settled for the under the door mat suggestion that i offered, but unfortunately, max kept forgetting about them. he went in and out of the house three times, setting them off. his reaction was great each time- not scared but frustrated, but just funny frustrated and not melt down frustrated, which is a small miracle. when tim did come home, they failed to go off, even after several times of me getting him to walk in and out of the house. because i grew up with brothers, not much of life with all guys phases me. but this was definitely one of those moments were i had to roll my eyes.

that little snippet was my way of blowing off steam because life has really been kicking my butt. like, i've tried to put it in words, but the words are worrisome to read and the kind of hard that's impossible to capture in words. life has no good reason to be this hard right now. no one is dying. we have a home, food, safety. but it is. and no matter how much i tell myself it shouldn't be, it is. the level of stress that makes my chest tight and makes me feel like i need to throw up and you joke about so you don't cry, but then sometimes you cry too. i'm an obnoxious over-analyzer. i want to get stuff done, but i feel like i'm trapped in a sloth's body. i'm constantly overwhelmed by my boys. i want time for me, me, me, but know that i need more sleep, but then get lost online until late. or when i do go to bed early, i get woken up by my weirdo kids. this morning at 3:30, it was ben, in our bed (what?! when did he come in) telling me that his fingers felt weird like they were becoming too skinny. because he had been sick with a bad headache and fever, i spent the next 30 minutes worried that he had meningitis. i think it was just his fever breaking. then max came in at 4:30 and ben again at 6. we moved john paul into his own room last week, so although he has been sleeping great, i keep waking up at 5 am- his darling wake up hour when he was in our room, and worrying that he must be dead because he didn't wake up all night, or that he woke up and screamed and screamed and i didn't wake up even though i have a baby monitor right next to me but maybe the frequency got switched and now our bond of trust and protection is forever ruined and and and the crazy rolls on.

i'm beating myself up because we should have moved him a loooonnnnnnnnnnggggggg time ago because he is sleeping GREAT and i could have been sleeping too. i'm beating myself up because ben is sick. beating myself up because the boys have been eating too much toxic gluten. because i'm pretty sure ben is really behind on his math facts and will obviously be a failure at life and i should have made him do flash cards this summer. and he's having a really hard time concentrating, again, i'm sure gluten/food dye/something else that he wants to put in his mouth and i don't want him to and why can't we just live off of air?!

school has been really hard. i spend the hours from wake up until getting john paul down for a nap chasing him, lifting him off the table, taking away markers max left out, all the while fantasizing about a nap. then i get him down and realize that i NEED to catch up on the house. sometimes i do, but just as often i check fb for just one thing and then loose an hour into the black hole of the internet. then i scramble to pick up, or feeling totally frustrated with the mess AND exhausted, crawl into bed for a nap only to have him wake up. repeat chasing. pick up boys from school and feel the crushing exhaustion and the crushing stress of homework, dinner, john paul shrieking because he doesn't want another nap but needs one.

max and ben are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo SOOOOOOOOOOOO different. max wants to get his homeword done. gets it done quickly. is annoyed with me for getting distracted by the shrieking and not reading the next problem to him right away. ben is sooooooooooooo distracted and i have to battle to keep him on track. can't we just not eat. or not do homework. or not have the shrieking. ben's solution one day: "i'll just not do my simple solutions (workbooks) and walk my recesses every day. i'm fine with that." sometimes i thank God that he is so laid back to absorb all the things i screw up on as my oldest (math facts!!!!!!!!) and sometimes i just need him to care a little more. and max, thank goodness he is the funny little old man that he is who wears his pants up too high and reminds me that he only has one clean uniform shirt left and is soooo diligent about making sure i sign his behavior sheet right away, but give me a break a little bit. ben went months without wearing a belt in kindergarten because he realized his sweatshirt covered it and no one noticed. max asks me if his shirt needs to be tucked in and if he has to wear a belt with his BLUE jeans. "they have to be blue. not any other color of pants for spirit day." i hope that max's rule following will come in handy in high school and beyond to keep ben out of jail, but right now, i am just so overwhelmed.

i'm thankful for tim's hard work and am so thankful that he has a job that he likes, but i just soo wish he could be home for dinner because ben eats like a fasting tortoise and john paul prefers to eat standing in his high chair and even though he's the scrawniest little guy, he hardly wants to eat either and charmingly uses his "all done" sign long before he should be all done.

i make myself crazy because i say, "no more babies because they make me crazy and i can't handle these guys" but then i have a quite moment with one of them, just the two of us, and i think, "how could we not have more of these wonderful creatures". i try to pray through my days, and i know that my prayers and offerings MUST do some good, but our world just seems like such a bad and broken place in so many ways and i worry about what the future holds. this is all pretty much exactly how i was feeling last september and then i was a very hard winter. because winter: little sunshine, cold, wind, cold, little sunshine.

and then there's our house. oh the house. have i maybe fantasized about my own tiny house where only i get to live? yes.

i feel like we need housekeeper/nanny/cook or maybe just another adult in our household to keep things afloat. sister wife, maybe? there's just too much to research,

the boys and i have been reading a wonderful book about pope pius X. one of the last chapters talks about how he predicted WWI and about how he died of a broken heart, knowing all the suffering that would take place. and talks about the prophesies of malachi. then i read this yesterday,

 "”We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has ever experienced. I do not think the wide circle of the American Society , or the wide circle of the Christian Community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel, between Christ and the antichrist. This confrontation lies with the plans of Divine Providence. It is, therefore, in God’s Plan, and it must be a trial which the Church must take up, and face courageously … We must prepare ourselves to suffer great trials before long, such as will demand of us a disposition to give up even life, and a total dedication to Christ and for Christ. With your and my prayers, it is possible to mitigate the coming tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it, because only thus can the Church be effectually renewed. How many times has the renewal of the Church sprung from the shedding of blood? This time, too, it will not be otherwise. We must be strong and prepared and trust in Christ and in his Holy Mother and be very, very assiduous in praying the holy rosary.” -St. John Paul II (+ 2005)  

i just feel like ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  i really just feel like i'm going crazy more days than i feel like i'm on top of things. the other night, i knew it had been a long day when i found not one, but two rosaries stuffed in my pockets. i think i kept thinking that if i at least had these sacramentals on me, it had to help. i need to start saying a morning offering every morning. i have one taped on our napkin box that sits on the table, but it's covered in worksheets destined for the recycle bin. oh the, maybe say a prayer for me? and for those darn math facts and that ben gets to feeling better? but mostly, let's pray for our world.

Mary, Queen of Peace, Pray for us.

edited: last night a friend sent me this link. i didn't read it before my rant. maybe i should of. or maybe it was good to get it all out, but now i can keep reminding myself, "begin again". 


  1. i tried commenting once, and it did not work. I will try again.

    first, don't be discouraged; let me know if we can help.

    second, I was curious where that quote from JPII came from; I tried a quick google search, but could not find the origin.

    1. i honestly didn't know where it came from-i had read it online. but i googled it and found this:

      i haven't read through it all, just skimmed, but it looks like it's from 1976. that's a bit consoling to me, in a way, but not really. i know we are to pray and not worry, but i'm really great at worry.

      thanks for the offer of help. i'm working on talking to a certain nephew about coming over.

      i'm totally curious, how the heck did you find this post? you must be doing some serious work avoidance.

    2. Mark reads all the family blogs thanks to his work avoiding wife. :)

  2. I wouldn't say you are ALL vinegar! I saw your funny comment about a "sister wife" woven in there. The thought of sister wives is always funny!

    Also, I think you should seriously consider creepily watching our family through a window for a full 24 hours. I'm *almost* certain you would feel 96% better.

    Just come hang out more often...or less often...which ever would improve things for you.

    P.S. I want to hear more about John Paul sleeping through the night, because knowing the trials you endured with your other 2 boys to get them to sleep makes this sound miraculous.

  3. Yay a Mary blog post! So excited. Even if it is "ranty" I still love that you can just get it all out there and that you are brave enough to share.

    I'd say you are more honey, with a tinge of vinegar every now and then. But vinegar supposedly kills all the bad stuff so it's not so bad. ;)

    I know where you are - "the words are worrisome to read and the kind of hard that's impossible to capture in words." Yes, you should read my journals sometime...although do it after I'm dead so you don't worry about me. ;)

    We have some major struggles in the after school time also for many same reasons. We had a particular HORRENDOUS one today - I almost messaged you to borrow your kicking wall but didn't want to add to your burdens with my own dumb ranting.

    I think getting some help from a nephew or older child could be an INCREDIBLE relief for you, even if it's only for an hour or two in the evenings. It'd be like having an older child that you could send back at the end of their time.

    Oh and the kids coming into the room part, I shouldn't have but I had to chuckle at what Ben said about his fingers...but I would have worried also. So our oldest likes to come in very sneakily and then stand right by the edge of our bed until one of us wakes up and sees this tall shadow above us - creeeeepy. Anyway, so I got tired of being scared out of my whits & afraid I would accidentally attack one of our children, so I keep our door locked now. Then I know no one can sneak in and I've been sleeping better. If they do need something, they have to tap lightly and run the risk of waking up to daddy the growly bear. I also bought a sleep mask and this gives me enough of a feeling of being isolated on a deserted island that I'm able to zone everything out and get a little deeper sleep.

    Hang in there my lovely courageous wonderful gorgeous mama friend. I'll be praying for you, especially during our crazy times as well.

  4. Being a mom is hard work! It's a job that sometimes involves multiple wakings in a night, yet is a job that is near impossible, for me at least, to do as well as I'd like when I am so sleep deprived. The sleep deprivation is horrible! I have often declared that I'm not having anymore children, only to turn around and think the opposite only hours later. I know things will get better for you. You're a great mom, which is why things get hard, because you want to do the best you can for your kiddos. Hang in there.

  5. Oh and I completely agree about the sister wife thing. I've thought that so many times since I watched big love.

  6. Thank you for taking the time to get this all out. I have often thought about blogging anonymously so I can write what I really think, feel, experience without embarrassing my private husband. Anyhow, you very nearly expressed it all.

  7. Again, just read this but Oh wow! have I felt all those things, and sometimes all together like that.
    I think your vinegar is pretty light, Mary, because you can realize that even in the crazy agonizing you might be taking things too much on yourself and not enough on the Lord. The little story about Ben's finger's summed it up well: crazy kid thing that can then turn into cold-sweat worry and then morph into guilt.
    How could we possibly do all this parenting without all the support surrounding us? Lean on others, and let me come clean your house, I'm a professional you know.

  8. Joel here-I feel bad admitting this, but coming home after a non-stop day (hay to the cows at 7 this morning, driving to my class at Newman immediately after school, getting home at 9) and having Jackie tell me you had posted something a month back and we'd missed it-well, it was a real treat for me. I love the honesty of your writing-it makes me feel like I get to know the real inner Mary. And you made me laugh several times. I especially like how after you mentioned sister wives you said "there's just too much to research" and then a new paragraph. As if you are researching the sister wives possibility but it is overwhelming you.

    Woo-that JP quote. At first I thought you were reading Culture Wars magazine again. :)

    You are doing such a good job as a momma. I seriously said to Jackie earlier tonight, before reading this, "Ben and Max have become such nice little boys." I will leave the context a mystery and just let you think that Jackie and I nightly evaluate the merits of the nephews.

    But the math facts thing? Sheesh. Get your shit together.

    No seriously, for your birthday present, you should ask Tim to watch the boys, come spend the day in the cabin, your own private hermitage, go on a walk, be free from the black hole of the Internet, and let us cook you dinner. Love you, little sis.