Thursday, October 1, 2009
After sending (a very upset) Tyler to clean his room today, I heard him trying to spell something out. I turned off the water running over the dishes & tried to listen.
I was simultaneously proud of the fact that he was spelling something out & quite taken-aback at the gift I knew was coming.
When he brought me a small piece of paper with a frowny-face & what I would assume were meant to be the the words "You Stink" written on it, I told him that "That is not very nice & it hurts mommy's feelings. What do you say?"
He said "I'm sorry" and immediately came over to take his "gift" back. He said, "hold on" and came back in 2 minutes with another picture he had drawn...of a smiley face. He ripped up the "mean one" while saying "I...DON'T.....LIKE.....THIS....ONE."
The smiley face is now up on the fridge.
We worked on spelling some nicer words this evening.
All I can do is sigh.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Recently, both kids introduced us to new night time challenges.
I discovered one on a particular morning while stumbling out of bed and heading around the other side to exit our room. Usually, Rocky (our Shih-Tzu) sleeps under the bed. His little nose or tail often sticks out so I've learned to be careful where I step. This is a very good thing, because apparently, the previous night Tyler had gotten lonely. He decided (after Chris & I were asleep) to join Rocky. This was how I found him that morning:
Hopefully he at least had sweet dreams.
A few nights later, Dilana had some troubles falling sleep. She finally did, but probably 10 minutes after I'd climbed into bed I heard her crying.
When I went in her room, she was obviously still quite out of it. I set down next to her, combed back her hair, and asked what was the matter.
In a very sleep, dreamy voice, she whined, "I want a hot dog..." ...then proceeded to fall back asleep.
At least I know what to prepare for dinner instead of the Orzo.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I'm too tired to be angry this morning, so I found it more humorous than anything. It made me wonder about the bigger picture. Even though I don't believe in the omniscient god with the long white beard sitting on the cloud and looking down over us, I imagine our lives would often look to him just like our bath scenario did this morning.
How funny when something happens to us that we don't like - from the loss of a job to the loss of a family member - we fight it the entire time. God is sitting there gently moving on, sighing and hoping that next time bath time rolls around that perhaps we'll fight just a little less.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
5) Sometimes, it is more stressful for the kids.
7) The invention of digital cameras in addition to nervous parents makes for an impromptu anxiety-party outside of the kindergarten classroom on the first day of school.
9) Exhaustion is contagious. A day at kindergarten exhausts not only the kindergartener, but all family members surrounding the student.
10) Cranberry-Orange Muffins can temporarily solve almost any problem.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
The other day we were all going through our morning routine. Tyler had gotten dressed and had asked daddy if he could watch a kids show.
(I generally frown upon watching random t.v. ...it is on if we have to shower after the kids are awake or if we are watching something together, for example.)
Chris knows this and replied, "No, Tyler, I think your mom would make me sleep outside if I let you watch a show."
Tyler protested for a bit and finally went to the other room to play with his toys.
After a few minutes, he found Chris again, and, after a big sigh, said,
"Sorry daddy, but you are just going to have to go outside. I want to watch a show."