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Monday was a little scary. Rick left around 5 am and I was on my own to get all four kids out the door and to school. Well, to be truthful, my 6 month-old twins don’t actually attend school. I know. It’s why China is crushing us economically.

All day long I was shuttling kids, lifting the double stroller in and out of the car while Harlowe screamed endlessly. It was my own baby boot camp. By 3 pm, when Rick got home, I was just physically drained. So I asked him to take the girls to swimming.

Oh, and Harlowe too.

This gave Chase and I time to discuss the new “90210” and why Rob Estes is suddenly missing from the cast and why they took ladies’ man Teddy and suddenly turned him gay.  For a baby, Chase actually has a lot to say about these issues and the acceptability of a woman of a certain age enjoying a teen drama. Or two. Or ten. Whatever. We didn’t talk numbers.

Anyway, I don’t know exactly what went down at the YMCA but by the time Rick came back with the three kids, he used phrases like….

“We can’t ever do this again.”

“It was soooooooooooo hot.”

“I was nauseous and almost passed out.”

Rick is a very hands on, super involved dad who doesn’t complain much so I can only imagine that things got pretty dark over there at the Y.

On Tuesday, Rick had the day off. And we thought it might be fun to take the kids to dinner. Every time we do this (which is very rarely), we always look at the bill at the end of the meal and say, “So not worth it.”

It’s really one of the fastest ways to spend money, while wolfing down food and feeling completely stressed.  I just know at one point, I took Summer to the bathroom and she no longer had on shoes or socks. Which didn’t seem 100% sanitary. But whatever. She doesn’t eat with her feet.

And dammit, at least we got out of the house. And free after dinner mints too.

Ok, still not worth it.

30 Responses to sometimes it feels a little easier. this is not one of those days.

  • Tiffaney says:

    See?? No good can come from E News: Summer is taking her shoeless bathroom cues from Britney Spears. But I’m sure it will all be fine. Maybe just keep the razors hidden so she doesn’t try to shave her head one of these days.

  • Abby says:

    I have the same questions about 90210, and thrilled to know I’m not alone as the only viewer of this show that I know. Then again, I work with teens so I have to watch for “research purposes.”

  • Goodness! Your hands are FULL! And yet, you still are able to spin it with enough humor to brighten another Mom’s crazy day. Thanks! 🙂
    Of course the mints were not worth it! HA!! 😉 Maybe an after dinner bottle of wine!

  • Jennifer says:

    I’m having trouble remembering a relaxing restaurant meal with kids. By the time I finally get to eat, they’re all done – and restless. Plus, no one ever cuts up MY food for me. Yeesh.

  • Brittany says:

    Wow I give you a lot of credit for taking 4 kids out to dinner. We have 2 and when we take them out we are completely exhausted afterwards!!

  • Becky says:

    I’m 34 and I DVR 90210 every week. What disturbs me the most is the man that plays Navid is 30 and married! He’s like 17 on the show!!!!! that is a huge difference! But I like that Teddy is gay. Thank you for not letting me be the only mom watching this show!

  • E says:

    It’s funny b/c I read the title of the post and immediately thought, “For one thing, they need to stop going out to eat–that would make life easier.” But you figured that out on your own! And YMCA swim is pure unadulterated hell. I’m glad it’s not just us and our YMCA. Ron told me, “They will miss those swim classes if I have to take them again–EVER!” Going through those hot hallways between the two pools–I always end up yelling and sweating.

  • Jen says:

    ha ha, cracking up about Summer. I was in the dry cleaner yesterday and I looked down and Luke was in his stocking feet…the boy won’t keep shoes and socks on for more than a few minutes. 4 kids out to dinner is WORK! but a nice break from cleaning up after dinner at home:)

  • Nancy Walton says:

    Just curious: Is that an Ed Hardy shirt Dylan has on? Just think, in 10 years or less, you’ll have not one but 3 girls who will no doubt care what they’re wearing, have to have THE correct shirts, jeans, shoes, bags, make-up, etc. Hopefully tattoos won’t be an issue. . .

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Now you know why the Duggars who have 19 children-Home School them and feed them food from cans at home. Only time I’ve ever seen them in a restaurant; was for pizza.

  • I’m intrigued to know what restaurant let you in with four kids. ‘Cause I only have the two, but they’re so obnoxious in public places that they seem double. Therefore, I ask again, which restaurant?

  • Pseudo says:

    You guys are awesome. My daughter nannies for a couple over here with four kids. Daughter says even with the mom and my daughter both, shopping at Costco is a mega-challenge.

    On another note, we all went out to eat two weeks ago for my birthday and I have to say, once they are grown, it is such a almost surreal.

  • momto4 says:

    Oh how I remeber those days -our boy/girl twins are almost 8 – the youngest of the 4 kids! I laugh so hard reading your posts because I was there. It so does get easier. I was never one to shy a way from a challenge and always felt that I could make it out with all of them – often with similarly “disastrous” consequences. I even had a woman ask me at Costco if I used benydrl to medicate my children before we went out! I quess they appeared somewhat behaved! On the positive side, my (twin)daughter’s teacher related that she is popular and well socialized which she attributed to being member of a large family -as opposed to the onlies who often have peer issues. Her only complaint was that she was a little loud (undertood to be the result of having three brothers).

  • Scary Mommy says:

    Would you mind if I printed out that picture to reference whenever I feel overwhelmed? Do you mind being the poster-girl for “it could be harder?” I don’t know how you do it- you are my hero.

  • Dinner out with the kids sort of defeats the purpose – dining out is one of life’s last civilized pleasures, and as we know, kids are darling genius lovebugs but civilized? not so much. Much better to order in (do they do that in the burbs?), eat on paper plates, and let everyone be barefoot or wear only their underwear (the sartorial choice of my six year old).

  • Honest Mum says:

    Really enjoyed your blog and great to know the madness of eating out with little ones is universal! Swimming is exhausting with 1 let alone 3 kids. Love the fact your daughter and you can discuss vital social issues. The earlier they do this, the more open and stable they become as adults.

  • Steph says:

    oy vey! (not sure if i’m using the phrase correctly) that picture is worth a thousand days of pizza delivery. bless your heart!

  • francine Kasen says:

    There was a restaurant near us when Mike and Jenny were little, where you “pay what they weigh” for kids! It was sooo perfect for us and our puny little ones! I think we paid 57 cents for Mike when he was 12! And Jenny cost us all of 43 cents!

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