Tuesday, November 17, 2009

i scream, you scream

we all scream and then eat ourselves silly on cookie dough.

as a flawed person, i admit that i lose my cool and yell at the kidlets. i know others have blogged about it and that i am not alone. some days i just can't take the messes and their childishness. today was one of those days. after all the smoke had cleared and we all cried it out, i decided our only solution was to say to heck with dinner and we made cookies. glorious cookies.

time and food heal all wounds. according to the The Family: A Proclamation to the World, "successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and wholesome recreational activities." making cookies makes me feel like i am in heaven because it encompasses so many of these principles. we had to repent and forgive in order for us to be able to work together. i had to apologize in order to regain a modicum of respect from my kidlets. i was able to love on them while the cookies were mixed by the mixer. it was a lot of hard work to refrain from eating all the cookie dough. we laughed and chatted as we spooned the cookies onto the cookie sheets. all was made better as we used goody baking as a medium for recreation and family unity.

the healing powers of cookies helped me even to laugh when i banged the cookie sheet against the side of oven(like i always do) and smashed all the cookies in a big heap. they still tasted like happiness and smiles. much tastier than snots and boogers and tears and contention.

"families are about love overcoming emotional torture." matt groening, creator of the simpsons


Jessica said...

i had one of these kind of days last week. i wish i would have thought of a cookie making solution! instead i just cried and gave the kids cereal for dinner (after the "real" dinner i was trying to make for us was a disaster) and then let scott take over and put them in bed once he got home because i couldn't handle them anymore. i think your way would have made ALL of us happier. :)

Meredith said...

I haven't had one of those days in a while, but I've totally been there. I'm glad you were able to turn it around with cookies!

I said the heck with dinner last night and did brownies...for no good reason at all! Maybe because I was feeling thankful for my healthy children and wanted to celebrate them. :)

Katy said...

I have the same reaction to days like that. Last year, I was babysitting 2 days a week (mistake) and had Sam and Adam home. Adam and the baby I was watching pretty much screamed all of the time and I admit I had brownies in the oven BEFORE 8am on a couple of occasions! Go cookies!

Livin' Single said...

Your cookies are the best. They would cure most any problem.
Cookies are great because you can make them to celebrate something or when you're sad. Really, they are appropriate for any occasion.
PLUS. cookies are super wonderful because you can eat the dough while you cook. nothing is worse than waiting for dinner to be done so you can eat it. with cookies, the entire process is joyful.
thanks for the great post!

Merilee said...

Yay for cookie dough. That is the best dinner ever and it sounds like it worked wonders for your kids too.

Lindsey said...

I had cookies for dinner last night! It definitely put a smile on my face that is still here this morning.

Anne and Simon Guzman said...

I love you Heidi! You and your blog crack me up. It's like we're hanging out, but I lost my voice. :)