I was hoping it was some sort of a positive sign that we were going to have a good day. The past four had been challenging (to say the very least), and we desperately needed a good day. That lovely 3 year old stage that everyone had been talking about finally arrived at our house and after a few days of constant frustration on everyone's part, we really could have used a day free of conflict. It was Valentines Day, after all.
Things were mostly ok as we went through our morning routine, although there might have been 2 lectures about saying "please", and a 3rd about listening and doing as she is told. There was tension, but we made it to school mostly without incident.
And that's where it officially went downhill with the most epically bad drop off we've ever had at school. Fortunately, the substitute teacher she had today handled it like a pro. Even so, it capped off so much frustration from the past couple days that I came home, sat down, and cried for a while. I was tired of the constant power struggle and just wanted my sweet little girl back. I might have also called my mother to vent....and found out that my sister had done the same a few minutes earlier. It was taking a toll on all of us.
I managed to pull it together to go back for her class Valentines Day party and went in bracing myself for the next meltdown. I was relieved when we escaped after the party, relatively unscathed.
I still wasn't in the best of moods, but I decided that we all needed a pick-me-up. I was going to fake the whole cutesy Valentines Day thing even if I didn't feel like it. Eva helped me pick out some decorations and gifts, and then helped set everything up. She also helped me make and decorate cookies.
Our efforts led to just the boost in spirits that we all needed so badly. It made the day feel special and reminded us what it is supposed to be about. The best part was that I got to have fun with my daughter again and watch all of her excitement as she went through her valentines from school and her cards and presents from family.
It was a good evening. Even the animals seemed to be a little more relaxed. Here's hoping it's the beginning of an upward trend, even if it only lasts for a day or two.
Happy Valentines Day, everyone! Hope you all felt some love today in your lives, in any form.
The beginning stages of our decorating mission.
One of my lovely roses.
Flowers for Kees too.
Her Valentines present from me. It's the version of "Guess How Much I Love You" that you record yourself reading. I hate having to hear my own voice over and over, but she seems to love her present.