Thursday, November 05, 2009

One of THOSE weeks....

...you know...the kind of weeks where I feel really blond. "Blond, as in 'dork.'

Last night I had two parent/teacher conferences on the calendar. They were at 6:15 and 6:45PM. Not great timing since that is our dinner hour. To make things a bit more complicated, Jeff was out of town.

So...I rushed around, slapped the kids' gourmet meal, frozen pizza, on the table and ran out the door, carrying my own plate of food that I ate in the car. My rushing around was truly my own fault and had happened because of very poor planning on my part.

I got to the school and though it odd that it was dark and there were no cars in the parking lot. Yeah. That would be because, DUH...I had arrived on the wrong night. URGH!!! I went home and double-checked. Sure enough, I had written the conferences on the wrong day on my calendar. I ask you...what good is a calendar if you write appointments on the wrong day?

Blond... Or as my teenage sons would say...FAIL!

On Tuesday--or technically Wed. because it was just past midnight--we were jolted out of bed by the shrill, D.E.A.F.E.N.I.N.G. sound of our burglar alarm going off. It had been beeping for some unknown reason all afternoon, and Jeff thought he had figured out how to turn it off. Nope. Our oldest came skulking in 4 minutes past curfew and was seriously busted. We have no clue how to use the alarm because there is no manual (not that I would ever read it anyway--but Jeff is a manual kind of guy). Poor Jeff was out in the hall with the thing going off so loud it made you want to run out of the house. He got it figured out--and it shut off. UGH. He had to get up at 3:30AM to leave for the airport, so he didn't get much sleep that night.
Burglar alarm...

FAIL.

Our kids have now broken umpteen glasses on our tiled kitchen floor. This morning--another one. We have mostly plastic for them, but there are the occasional glass things left around by careless older kids. The minute they hit the floor, there is glass everywhere. We had a Pergo-type wood kitchen floor at our other house. I miss it! Tile and toddlers = FAIL.

The dog....she is in big trouble this week. Definitely a big, fat FAIL.

And me..as a Mom...this week has been a big, fat FAIL, too.

Thankfully, I have a Heavenly Father who NEVER FAILS, despite the annoyances of life or my inadequacies. And His creation never fails to lift my spirits. It was a nice day yesterday, so we went to feed the swans and I was able to take some photos. Hope you enjoy--and it lifts your spirits like it did mine.




This one has the sweetest face, don't you think?

This one is mean and always hisses at us. "Hey buddy, you might want to familiarize yourself with the expression, 'Don't bite the hand that feeds you.' "



Our Creator has a vivid imagination and loves to delight us with His...well, creations...for lack of a better word. When I walk by the lake, I am so often amazed at the beauty and detail all around me. I cannot figure out how anyone can think that a giant, cosmic explosion made this all happen. I have never seen an explosion make anything but a big mess.
Darwinism....FAIL.

13 comments:

Kim K. said...

Thinking of you and can completely relate to one of those weeks. HUGS!!

Jackie said...

Loved the post and especially the "Darwinism - FAIL!" That was great! How do you come up with this stuff? lol

Kimberlie said...

Yeah, it's been "a week" for me too and it hasn't even ended yet. I am having a garage sale on Saturday and I don't even have everything ready yet. Ugh. My mom can't even come and help because she's too busy in COLLEGE (good grief, but I am proud of her!).

Saying some prayers for you. BTW - what exactly does "Fail" mean? I am not up on that term.

Angie said...

Hey, I take offense at blond jokes...OK...well, so what if they're mostly true?? Hope next week is a wee bit better for you! And come to think of it...not a bad deal eating alone in your car once in a while. You just may want to pull that one regularly!

Adeye said...

Oh I have those weeks. Oh, but wait, I am a blond, so I guess I have most days like that :) Seriously!

LOVE your post, your honestly and your precious, precious heart, my friend. You are a gem in the blogging world!

trustandobey said...

Karen,
Did you take those goose head photos??? Awesome. Maybe a goose -head calendar for our fundraiser???
Lisa
(another blonde making her way through this world)

Lynsay said...

Ahh, I love you. And I understand completely, and I only have two kiddos at home! For the record, it is me that has broken every single glass thing in this house on the tile, I'm not a fan, besides it is cold!

Love ya!

Lori said...

Great post! I'm having one of those FAIL weeks too! But yes, our Lord is only made stronger in our weakness! And He DESIRES for us to lean completely on His strong self. SO much comfort in that!!

Thanks for your email today. :)

Cari said...

At least the burglar alarm didn't fail on the one who was pass his curfew! :)

Seriously, I know days/weeks like that are very tough. Lately, I've been feeling like I'm being pulled in so many different directions. I'm trying to determined what exactly does God want me to do versus what I tend to get my own self into because I have a hard time saying "no". You're doing a great job, Karin! I'm sure your family would agree.

Lisa said...

I just stumbled onto your blog and wanted to say that I loved this post. You have amazing photography skills and your family...wow! You go girl!!!

Waitingfaithfully said...

Great post, definitely NOT fail!
Love it!!

Blessings ~

Tina

Karin said...

Kimberlie...'fail' is an expression my teens use when someone fails at something. Instead of saying, 'You failed, or that failed,' they just say, 'FAIL.'

Sophie Neri said...

I've had plenty of weeks like that. Was a day early for my gyne appointment, our smoke alarm went off at 3a.m and I'm usually the one that breaks all the glasses, my husband wonders what's wrong with me.
Love your posts. Can you let me know which agency you've worked with? I'm currently looking into China special needs. Hope you have a better week
Sincerely
Sophie :)