Kate no longer takes a nap.
So, to say that the past couple weeks around here have been rough is probably an understatement.
Most of the day goes by in a bit of a whirl wind - trying to keep the kids active, busy, entertained and from trying to kill each other and of course all the other stuff that goes into the day ...
And, most of the day goes pretty well. We have the occasional melt down and they still do take the occasional nap.
Most of the day until dinner.
Dinner is usually the worst part of any day. By 5:30 - 6pm David and Kate (and Mike) are usually exhausted and short fused. They are also fantastically picky eaters, so, trying to figure out something for dinner and getting them to eat it isn't fun.
I don't want to two meals at dinner. But, I have to be realistic - do I really expect them to eat steak fajitas? I try to get them to at least try whatever it is that Mike and I are eating. But, even that some days turns into an ordeal - David crying, Kate crying ... And, I don't want that either. I don't want dinner time to be something negative.
But, tonight. Tonight was different. Tonight was fantastic.
Dinner went well, David even tried the sweet and sour chicken I made. We talked about our days. And laughed.
At one point during dinner, Kate started yelping. We reminded her that there was no yelling at the dinner table.
"It's my fat girl. It's my fat girl."
"It's my fat girl."
Oh, Kate ... it's your echo.
I don't know how I got echo from "fat girl", but sure enough, that was what she was trying to tell us.
After dinner, we played hide and seek, cleaned up and got ready for bed.
I know it seems trivial. Maybe even a little silly.
But, a nice stress-free night after a couple rough weeks felt so comforting.