Grouchy Day, Fun Dinner

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We’ve been having one of these days that occur occasionally, where we’re all a little grouchy from not sleeping enough. We’re a little tired, but I want to push through with the things I thought we should do today. Mostly, I wanted to clean, so I tried to sell it to the kids by saying we were going to do some surprises for Daddy (he’s out of town until tomorrow). When the kids have a babysitter, they always want to surprise us by cleaning the house. It’s really sweet, but apparently it doesn’t work when I want to do it…or maybe they know I’m just trying to get them to do work. Anyway, my vision of us all working happily together in the morning, followed by a trip to the library and a movie day, melted away early this morning. I could see they weren’t into it, so I just let them play, but they didn’t earn a movie day either.

I, on the other hand, have mostly been bored all day. The kids have been playing super nicely together, and they have been ignoring me. I did some of the chores I had planned and ran out of things to do. The thing is that I have still been a little grouchy, and whenever the kids do interact with me, I’m snappy at them. Also, I think they are a little grouchy too, since whenever they do interact with me, it is in a whiny voice or involves some sort of refusal to do what I ask (they spilled all the beads on the floor, so they were supposed to clean them up).

Then the real problem approaches…dinner. I’m feeling sensitive, and they are grouchy, so I am already dreading cooking dinner. Scott’s not home, so there is pretty much no chance that I can please anyone with what I cook, unless we do something special, but I don’t really feel like they deserve special. Why would I give them some kind of treat just because I know that anything less than a treat will bring complaints? I want to force them to eat normal food or go hungry, because I am feeling too sensitive to listen to whining and rudeness at dinner, but that’s probably just being mean to them…punishing them for pre-crime or something. So, I’ve decided that a treat dinner is necessary, and maybe it can turn our evening into a nice one. Then what can I make that is inexpensive, healthy and fun? I think I’ve decided on whole wheat pancakes with fruit. I’ll probably get complaints that it is not the kind of fruit they like (it’s a frozen mix of fruit with peaches, mangoes, strawberries, and pineapple).

So, here I go. I’m going to try to be the nice mommy (even if they don’t realize it) and make them something fun and yummy, rather than offer them a more normal, boring dinner, have them complain about it, get mad at them, have them get mad back, send them away from the table for rudeness, make them go to bed hungry, have them wake up at 5:30 in the morning (which will be 4:30 due to the time change), and begin a new day of grouchy complaining people, only then we’ll have to go to church grouchy…am I getting a little dramatic here? Pancakes and fruit. Wish us luck.

Also, anyone have any other healthy, cheap, fun treat dinners? I could use a larger repertoire.

P.S. Miles just came upstairs asking for a “na-na” which means “snack” or in this post-Halloween case means “candy.” Better get going with the pancakes.

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