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Turning a bad morning into a good day.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Today I feel like a story I read to the kids, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" The little boy in the story wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and lots of bad things happened because of it. When I read this story to my kids we talk about the choices he makes during his day that makes his day turn into a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. We talk about what things he could have done differently so he could have a better day.

My day started out much like Alexander's day. Unlike Alexander, I know how that how I react to my day makes a difference so I asked for help and I got it. Thank you my Spark friends for your blogs, for sharing your trials, tribulations and successes. I've spent the last hour or so reading your blogs. I also re-read a facebook post from my friend Kelley who was talking about how we don't take time to appreciate what we CAN do, how something we may be complaining about could be turned into something to be thankful for.

These blogs and posts were just what I needed! So here's how I'm going to turn a bad morning into a good day!

First things first. I'm getting it all off my chest. I'm tired and sore. I had a humongous, physically draining day yesterday and then had to go for a late night shopping trip to restock the pantry. I drove through 22 miles of zero visibility on slippery roads due to foggy conditions, both ways. There were quite a few areas on our twisty, hilly road where I could not see any lines on the road. 30 mph was my maximum speed for most of the drive. It was grueling. I got home at 11 p.m. and still had to unload the groceries and eat supper. I got to bed at 2 a.m. I was awakened this morning by the toddlers screeching at each other, and slamming their bedroom door, open, slam, open, slam, they were making sounds that could break every decibel scale known to mankind. I am dead-dang-tired and I am sore from the top of my head down to my toes.

That is how I got to my current state. Here are the blessings I found in those things.

Yesterday we spent hours outside sledding and tromping through the snow. There were many times I had to carry a toddler through the deep snow or pull them back up the sledding hill. (There were even a few times I had to go back a 2nd time to get the other child. Turns out they are getting too big for me to carry both of them through knee deep snow drifts so I had to make 2 trips. lol)

Finally, weather above 0° F we were outside!!!! After only a 11 days of strength and cardio workouts, I can already do all of that! My soreness is the remnants of a day of great memories with my kids that I will cherish forever . . . Alisa and Holden screaming in delight as they share a sled ride down the hill, my races with Benno down the hill. (I used his snowboard thing with the handle! And I didn't even break any bones!! lol) I loved watching Holden and Benno tromp through snow that came up to their thighs so they could get to the big rock! And watching Holden try to break through the hard crust on top of the snow while making his first snow angel!

Smile #1 accomplished.

Night time shopping expeditions . . . they may not be exciting but I now have a pantry and fridge full of healthy, tasty ingredients to make healthy, tasty meals for myself and my family. I am fortunate that I am able to afford to buy foods of my choosing, I am fortunate that I have a car that can get me all the way to town and back with no troubles. There are many people who don't have those blessings.

Smile #2 mastered.

The extra long drive time gave me time to listen to music, singing along to songs that aren't in a Disney movie. Instead of a 1/2 hour each way, I got to enjoy 45 minutes of music I like!

Smile #3 complete.

While putting away groceries I got time to talk to my DH about our day and shared a couple of laughs and made some plans for projects we're working on. Time to talk with no interruptions is pretty rare in a house with 3 kids.

Smile #4 Done.

A light meal, tracking steps and some time to watch a program on the DVR and a little light reading finished off the night. Quiet time is happy time!

Smile #5 Executed.

It's a little harder to find a smile out of screeching kids and slamming doors but here goes . . . I have 3 wonderful children who wake up with energy, excitement and health! One minute of morning hugs and redirection and the screaming ended. I am so lucky to have 3 healthy, happy children in my life! We waited a long time to add children to our family and there are so many others who aren't as fortunate.

Thank you for blogging, allowing me into your lives helped me immensely today!

If I feel my energy flagging, my mood faltering and my tail dragging, all I need to do is remember that I am truly blessed with family, friends, health and happiness. And maybe I can even sneak a nap in later :)

Final smile PERFECTED! emoticon

Dawn (Now having a Wonderful, Delightful, All Good, Very Great Day)
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    Three children, and two of them toddlers, means constant vigilance! Focusing one day at a time, sometimes one moment, one hour, makes it manageable. Sounds like you have good support at home. Way to turn the challenges into positives emoticon
    1500 days ago
    I love how you found things to smile about all day. Thanks so much for your example, I am going to try to do that today.
    1501 days ago
  • REDHEAD582
    Good for you turning your "frustrations" into smiles. YOu are so right to look at it that way. We are so lucky for what we have, we forget sometimes.
    1501 days ago
  • PJB149
    I decided that this year I too would find a positive in every negative situation I encountered. I have only been doing it for 10 days but it makes such a difference to your attitude when you make it an "attitude of gratitude." Thanks for sharing your "smiles" with us. It made me smile this morning.
    1501 days ago
    Now that I feel better, my action plan for today is to log every bite that goes into my mouth BEFORE it goes into my mouth. When I'm over-tired staying on track with food is necessary!

    I'm going to suck it up and still get my workout in. I get my reward in 2 days if I keep it up!

    The rest of my day will be staying present with my family. The more present I am with the kids, the easier things are. Have a great day everybody!!
    1501 days ago
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