My kids are NOT making me laugh

I have to be honest. My kids are NOT making my laugh today.

Imagine me standing here with my hands on my hips. I’m tapping one foot. I have the “mom face” going.  I’m saying

I am not amused.

Yes. It’s Tuesday. The day I normally post a cute story about how my kids make me laugh. I normally make a statement that my kids make me laugh almost every day.

The key word is almost.  Today is… the other kind of day.

Honestly, it’s all my fault. To quote TobyMac,

I need some time with God and a mental vacation.

Sorry, I’m not much for conversation….

(sorry if that song sticks in your head.  giggle.)

my kids normally make me laugh, but i'm not laughing

School starts tomorrow. All I can think of today is what I’ll be doing this time tomorrow. Right about now I’d be… blogging.  Peacefully. With a cup of coffee.

Oohhh… coffee….

The end of my stupid summer bet with my husband.  Other than my weekend in Atlanta, I haven’t had a cup of coffee since early June.

mmmm… coffee…

I cleaned my Keurig today in anticipation.

… coffee….

The return of school brings with it the return to car line.

You remember how much I loathe carline, right? On the first day of school last year car line lasted a solid 90 minutes. It was a disaster. Things smoothed out after the first week, but not before I’d written a really scathing post on the rules of car line.

(What else is a writer to do?  I channel all that emotion into words.  What do normal people do?)

I can’t wait to revisit that post and revise the rules of car line. (update: I did)

But today, my kids aren’t making me laugh.

They’re upstairs in my bedroom watching cartoons and tearing up my bedroom. Apparently cartoons are more fun if you destroy the furniture. My children seem incapable of watching television without removing the cushions from the couch or stripping the sheets off my bed.

I’m quite sure they’ll go through at LEAST three changes of clothing today. They’ve discovered the fun of playing in the sprinklers.  They’ve also developed some strange fascination with jumping into our pool fully clothed.

(Hey, it’s an improvement on the swim nekkid phase…I think.)

We have open house today where they get to meet their teachers.

We get to wear real shoes. The kind that require socks.

(That means I need to find socks that match and are clean, and I need to make sure the shoes fit.  eeek.  I forgot about making sure those shoes still fit.)

They want sashimi in their lunch boxes tomorrow.

(Smoked salmon, but still… )

In my summer of dry, I suddenly find myself longing for water.

Calgon… take me away!

So how’s your week going?  Anything fun?  Can YOUR kids make me laugh?

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Hang in there! School starts tomorrow for us as well. My boys were fighting earlier and I thought, this is the last (hopefully!) fight of summer. Tomorrow it will be a school year fight and somehow that will be different, right?
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