Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Our first break ...

Over the weekend, our girls stayed with grandparents.  It was an opportunity for me to get caught up with household duties, do some creative brainstorming and also watch a couple movies with Airman without any interruptions.  I think every parent needs a weekend to themselves every so often to maintain their sanity.  Plus it is fun for the kids to get out and have fun in a different environment.

Sunday morning when we picked them up we were informed that Little Miss Thing had somehow hurt her knee ... she was wobbling around and unable to stand up bearing weight on her left leg.  At first we thought she was faking (she is known for dramatic faking spells) but soon realized that she was in fact in real pain.  Airman took the other two girls home and I drove Little Miss Thing to the nearest ER.  After four hours of waiting and waiting, two attempts at drawing blood through IV's and a traumatic x-ray experience we were informed that she has a growth plate fracture ... didn't even show up on the x-ray but they assured us it was there.  Awesome ...

She was quickly put into a soft cast splint and we headed home.  I was told that she needed to stay on the couch or in bed for three days ... no walking, no running, no standing, nothing.  Ummm ... ever tried to keep a two and a half year old down for that long?  Much to my surprise she has been very easy and has actually enjoyed her down time.  There have been zero tantrums, 50% less fighting in the house and an overall nice and quiet atmosphere.  My drama child has found her quiet happy place ... inside the confines of a soft cast.  Hmmm ... maybe I should put it up in the closet and save it for one of her long overdue catastrophic tantrums ... smart plan Scarlett!

Aside from carrying around Little Miss Thing and tending to every need, I have actually enjoyed her injury as well.  Don't get me wrong ... I don't want to see her hurt, but since she has been so unusually quiet and peaceful I have had to time to appreciate her other qualities.  We have had a lot of cuddle time which is nice since she is my last baby and she isn't usually very cuddly.  She has been ever so sweet and sincere.  I've had time to pray blessings over her while rocking her in the middle of the day ... I will always look back on this injury and thank God for blessing me with this time to share in her sweetness and enjoy my baby before she gets too big. 

Introducing ...

I like to call my house the house of fairytale land … we do after all have three princesses who are always on a quest to find their prince charming, often times ready to band together as musketeers to fight off enemies, or journey in their best attire to attend the fanciest balls, and yet sometimes ready to randomly open up a pet shop that hold not only cats and dogs but also unicorns and butterflies. This is my life. My first princess I like to call The Boss. She is the oldest and as her title describes, she is the boss. She names the game, hands out the roles and directs the scenes. The Boss is lovely and bright … a leader at heart! My second princess is The Diva. The Diva doesn’t like the outdoors and can’t stand the thought of getting dirty. She is particular about her outfits and is crazy about shoes. The third little princess was easily named Little Miss Thing … need I say more? She believes the world revolves around her, and truly to avoid catastrophic tantrums we tend to do our fair share of tip toeing around her as to not disturb her mood. Her charm and personality offset her strong willed personality and make her a show we love to tune into. The King of fairytale land would like to be called Thor … thank goodness he is not the writer of this story! Instead, we will call him Airman to link him to his passion and work. The Queen, the mastermind of it all, is simply called Scarlett as will later be explained.

I’m not going to lie; things can get a little crazy here in fairytale land … My princesses do not always get along. If I got a dollar for every time that one of them tattled I would be living the dream in a real castle on the coast. As every fairytale does, our story has its ups and downs, sharp turns and surprises around corners. We live our life to the fullest, enjoy it as best as we can and hope that we are doing our best in the meantime. And, just so you know our story is not only centered around our princesses … As much as we adore our girls Airman and I like to relish in our own stories as well. You are, after all, a better parent when you take time out to tend to yourself and who you are at heart. We stay true to who we are, don’t pretend to be things we aren’t and aren’t afraid to do things our own way … that’s just how we roll.

So I hope that you enjoy the musings of our lives. Our story is sometimes redundant and predictable but never boring and always filled with twists and turns. That was sort of an ironic sentence, but how else can I describe it?! We live in a fairytale … things don’t always make sense!