..when I want to run from the house screaming. There are days when I'm pretty sure if I say "Brinna, NO!" one more time my head will explode. There are days when Adelae is so defiant I have to double check and make sure she hasn't turned into a teenager. There are days when Ben drives me absolutely up the wall. There are days I dream about being on a beach on a tropical island alone. No kids. No husband. No dog. No laundry. No dishes. No chores. Just me, the beach, a cold drink, and maybe a cabana boy thrown in for good measure.
There there are days when the girls play so nicely together. There are days when we play Dinosaur Train.
Or they work together to "cook" me a fabulous plastic breakfast.
Or they pose together for a quick picture.
There are days when Brinna will climb on my lap, throw her tiny arms around me and proclaim "BIIIG NUNNLES!" (which is Brinna speak for big snuggles) and squeeze me as tight as she can. I live for the unsolicited "I love you Mommy" from Adelae. Or the unprovoked hugs from Ben.
When the going gets rough, and believe me it does, I remember those days.
However, I'm not totally ruling out a trip to the Caribbean, but maybe I'll take Ben with me. Maybe.