Monday, January 18, 2010

Life Lessons Sure Stink.

Wolfman is still reeling from the lesson he learned this morning.
I asked him to pick up his toys. He said, "I'm too tired. I want YOU to."

I said, "I'd be glad to."

Then I snatched a trash bag and proceeded to pick up the toys, really fast.

In seconds the realization of what he'd asked for hit him. Soon, he was a screaming, hysterical basket case.

I marched the bag outside and locked it into the back of the suburban.

Life lesson #1 - You take care of your own stuff.

He gets to earn his stuff back by doing everything I ask him to this week. As soon as he's asked. And he'll answer, "Ok, Mama, I'd be glad to."

Life lesson #2 - You don't always get what you want. You get what you work for.

Anything else you'd like me to do for you honey?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

It's a Big, Big World

So, yesterday Wolfman said to me, "Um, Mama, the time has come for me to be a big boy." Then he curled up next to me in "the nest" on the couch, wrapped in his blanket. Today, at church, he tried being a big boy. He told me he wanted to walk to the primary room from the chapel on his own. He left, full of bravado, got just past the chapel doors and then came running back, crying. He's not quite ready yet.

Bitty, however, is completely ready. She wants to do everything on her own. She likes to narrate her adventures, "I'm awake! You're awake! Need a drink. By myself. I got a drink. I drinked it. I did not spill." She's like listening to a Dick & Jane book. I was noticing, this evening, that everything is giant next to her. Our bed is chest high for her. She has to hike herself up onto it like she's climbing a wall. Then, when she wanted a drink, she had to slide down, because she is too tiny to reach across the chasm between the bed and the bedside table to get the cup of water sitting there a foot away. She took her drink and heaved herself all the way up onto the bed again. It's the same thing when she wants to climb up on the chest high toilet, or use the sink that is actually above her head. For the sink, she actually has to claw her way up and hang on her belly while she washes her hands or brushes her teeth. And the crazy thing is that she usually refuses help.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Back to School Blues

Oh, I am not looking forward to going back to school after having two weeks off. Being at home has been so lovely. Cooking meals, cleaning, doing laundry, and feeling like I'm kind of keeping up with life has been delightful.
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