Happy Monday everyone! As happy as a rainy Monday can be anyway. We had a jam packed weekend here at the Duke household. Starting Friday night with The Duke's 33rd birthday party. We had family and a few friends over to celebrate. The house was full of excitement and chaos. I hate to say, I do not handle chaos well. I did not do so hot on my Orange Rhino challenge. No need to go into too much detail, but a house full of people, tired kids and a tired mama was not a good scenario for a no yelling challenge. In all honesty I don't think I actually yelled, too many witnesses around :) But I did snap and let my blood pressure raise way more than it needed to! BUT once the kiddos settled down I ended up having a great time, as did everyone at the gathering! The Duke and I have absolutely the best family! At the end of the night, he thanked me for making his birthday so special. So the chaos was well worth it for a happy hubby :)
Saturday I woke refreshed and got out of the house with a great friend for a garage sale. Oh how I do love a good sale! We grabbed some coffee and cash and had a good time chatting and bargain hunting! It must have left me feeling ambitious because we decided to take all 4 of our kids to the mall to do a little shopping. MISTAKE. We tried to use my friend's side by side double stroller for the two little dudes. Turns out my precious little Jackson is a monster and wouldn't leave my friends baby boy alone. So my friend ended up carrying her little guy the whole time, I tried to let her use the stroller and just carry Jackson, that did not work, little man likes to be on the run! Miss Allyson and my friend's daughter Harper were beyond excited and let the whole store know it. They were everywhere! Apparently we hadn't had enough punishment for the day and decided to take our heathens to get frozen yogurt. More chaos ensued. We got to the point where we just laughed. And vowed to never do a trip like this again!
Sunday I was mentally and physically exhausted and needed a mommy break! I broke out for a few hours of me time and retail therapy. I returned feeling much better and the afternoon went pretty smoothly! We played and danced in the kitchen. Let me tell you what a beautiful site it is to see a Daddy dancing with his little girl and the pure joy on her face! One of the many reasons why I love The Duke! The kids even got to bed early, AND the dog got a bath! All in all the weekend wasn't perfect, but it wasn't horrible. I don't feel like I need to start my challenge over completely, Since I vowed to not yell I have totally been more conscience of the way I speak and act towards my kids and situations, but I did feel the urge and definitely did not keep my cool at certain moments! But today was a new day, a GREAT day in fact! So we gonna keep on truckin peeps!