From Super Mom to Raccoon Eyes

Do you ever do something that you feel is probably really little, but to you, it’s actually a big thing? And then afterwards, you realize you weren’t quite so put together as you had thought?

That happens to me more often than I could tell you.

Recently, I had to take the dog to the vet for a checkup. Usually I arrange it so that Nate is home to watch the kids. I might bring Nathan or Emily, but I try to leave the little boys at home. It’s sooo much easier that way.

Around that time, things were pretty busy and I had to schedule the checkup on a day when Nate couldn’t watch the kids. That meant I had to bring all four of them along, plus the dog.

Here’s the thing. You would think I’d be used to taking my kids everywhere all by myself. I certainly can do it, but it’s the rare occasion when I actually do. With two little boys who are 18 months apart and very active, it’s far easier and quicker to leave them home with dad.

So back to the vet visit. There’s a pet store near the vet where we get our tropical fish. It’s a small mom-and-pop business and they take really good care of their animals. The kids always love to look at the many marine fish tanks and the various small animals, reptiles, and birds. It’s fun.

I told the kids that if they behaved at the vet, we would go to the pet store. Not in a bribe-kind-of-way, but more in a “If you don’t behave, you’re going to wear me out and I won’t have the energy to take you to the pet store.” Very simple. And they were all pretty good at the vet’s. So we went to the pet store.

I brought everyone in, we looked around, and even picked out a few new cory catfish to bring home to our fish tank. I also let Nathan buy a couple cool Ghost Shrimp for the tank too. The kids weren’t perfect, but I was proud of myself because I handled it well, didn’t get upset, and the whole pet store trip went really well.

We drove back home and I was feeling pretty good about myself. I wasn’t even stressed out. Maybe I was finally getting to be Super Mom. 

Then I happened to look in the mirror… I had black under one eye from my mascara running. I suddenly remembered that mid-morning, I had gotten something in my eye. So here I was thinking that I was this awesome, cool and collected mom with these four kids, who were relatively well-behaved and I had been strutting around with my makeup all over. Leave that to put me on my place! I had to laugh. What can you do?

Has anything like that happened to you?

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Erika is a happily married mom with four energetic children. With a love for Jesus, photography, organizing, and encouraging other moms, she stays busy and definitely does not have it all together.


  1. That happens to me once a week, lol. I have sensitive eyes, so they water ALL THE TIME. I’ve just learned to use waterproof mascara and liquid eyeliner on my top lid only.

  2. Haha oh no

  3. LOL! Not that I have noticed, but I am sure I had a booger or something. lol

  4. Funny how those little things keep us in check. It seems I am always finding that I’ve been walking around with parsley in my teeth, smudged mascara or toilet paper on the bottom of my shoe.

  5. You go SuperMOM!! Great article.

  6. haha! That stuff happens to me allll of the time. I have two little boys and no dogs, but who knows what would happen if I DID have four kids. wow. I guess you get used to it though. I used to be TERRIFIED to take out my two boys alone, but, it’s actually pretty pleasant now.

  7. I am all of the time having things like this happen. LOL I’m glad your pet store adventure went well the kids had fun anyway.

  8. I do this all the time, and I actually think it sometimes becomes a problem. Like, I do little things for my boyfriend, and even though I feel like I am putting in the extra effort, he rarely seems to notice. I end up getting mad, and we sometimes fight about some of the really stupid little things – Afterwards I’m always like.. So unnecessary, and then I’m mad at myself O.O –

    I’ve never had a makeup incident either btw, but I don’t wear makeup very often, for reasons like this, lol.

  9. This happens to me far too often. Sorry to say this, but I am happy to hear that it happens to others besides me. 😉

  10. At least the excursion went well 😉 I am queen of not looking in the mirror before I walk out the door…

  11. lol!!! I have to say, I’m impressed that you got four kiddos and a dog to the vet and back without anything exploding! I only have one kiddo (and one on the way), and while I have no problem taking my daughter to the grocery store etc, I try not to take her with me for Dental/Doctor appts. And she’s just one kiddo. I can’t imagine wrangling 4 kiddos. And a dog! That is truly amazing! Hopefully people were looking at your well behaved children and didn’t even notice the mascara mishap 😉

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