During the next tantrum (as there will certainly be many more to come) I am going to try to remind myself that "this too shall pass". Kate, from my favorite reality show "Jon & Kate plus 8" (about their life raising a set of twins and a set of sextuplets) once said that each day is a chance for a new beginning. I'm going to take that a step further and say that each moment is a chance for a new beginning. When I feel myself or my kids getting into a funk I'm really going to try to look for simple things to lift our spirits and turn things around.
Enjoy your new beginning,
p.s. That cute birdie I referred to is a female cardinal my son nick-named "Crash" because she's been running into our windows for weeks trying to protect her territory from her own reflection. *sigh* There's a male in the area too so she must be fighting for her man.
p.p.s. I should note that my attitude also improved thanks to a little retail therapy! My cool new diaper bag arrived (which I LOVE except I think the inside pockets could be a touch bigger & deeper to accommodate toddler diapers better). I also got a package in the mail with a generous gift for Sydney and loads of fantastic hand-me-downs from a great friend too (Thanks Jennifer!).