Wednesday, April 30, 2008

They Just Don't Listen

From the moment I picked up the kids from school and daycare....everything that came out of my mouth (or any adult mouth for that matter) was instantly translated into Chinese. What a strange phenomenon, you might say....I was thinking the exact same thing. This is the only logical explanation I could come up with as to why my 20 month old and 7 year old did nothing anyone asked. Michael was fine when I picked him up and off we went to get Marshall. All the toddlers were on the little playground doing their thing. The first thing out of the daycare worker's mouth was "Marshall has had a hard time listening today." I wanted to say "Really..because 20 month old children usual do whatever you ask of them." I refrained because that would have been rude.
During this conversation, Michael has all the toddlers following him around like the Pied Piper. These children will do anything he does and he is currently riding one of the bicycles they are not allowed to ride. "Michael, get off and put that up." He keeps circling. "Michael, put up the bike, now" (This was a little louder). Oblivious to or ignoring my plea...he keeps riding. It wasn't until I walked over to him, grabbed his arm, and threatened him bodily harm did he finally listen. Why does it always have to come down to that?
The final listening saga came during Michael's baseball game. They lost, of course. I don't mean to be ugly but they are very bad. My husband, who is the coach, visited frustrated city during the game. He came home and told me, "They just don't listen." REALLY....YOU DON'T SAY!
He said half of them have potential and if they would listen could become good ball players. So, his fix during practice today is.....if he has to tell them more than once, they sit on the bench during part of practice. I will post how that works out. Maybe he can tackle world peace, next.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Proverbial RollerCoaster

The kids and I went into Nashville this weekend to see some family. Saturday was uneventful but Sunday was a whole different story. We visited my brother and sister-in-law and their new baby. As everyone knows, when you visit a person's house that has just had a are not supposed to cause even more chaos and problems. Well, apparently yesterday was opposite day because my 20 month old decided to take his diaper off and test every part of his excretory system. He was very thoughtful and did most of his business out on the deck.
First, he went as close to the door leading to the outside and tested his 'new bladder system'. (only Seinfeld junkies will understand that reference). Guess what, worked like a charm!
About 10 minutes later I was holding the cute, little baby and I looked at my brother and said I should probably go get a diaper before my toddler poops everywhere. It was at this point my eldest (Michael) screamed..."Oh, Gross....Mom, Marshall took a crap!"
I went out to the deck and saw that Marshall had also decided to test the last stage of his digestive tract. Yep, worked like a charm, too! So now I need wipes and I also need to put him in the tub. Now, my usual not scared of anything child is petrified of the shower sprayer. You would have thought I was beating him with it instead of rinsing off poo.
Even though my new parents did not say so...I bet when we left they said, "Whew, now we can have some peace and quiet." Can't say I blame them.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Maiden Voyage

Well, this is my first blog. I am not doing it for the fame or to see how many hits I receive. It is more of a personal journal. I am way too lazy to write with my hand....that would be a travesty!

However, I will have to give credit where credit is due. My inspiration would be a dear, old friend. Not old chronologically but old as in 'known ya for 12 years'. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading her blogs. Sad to say, I actually look forward to them because they are very well written. Laughing out loud has been my primary emotion. This person is Danielle. Although I have only seen her twice in the past 2 years.....I am impressed with her writing prowess.
As I am writing this my boys are in the tub making pooty noises through the jets. My youngest is only one and I am not able to fill the tub up all the way. This leaves a great receptacle for echoing noises.

I decided to start this blog for many reasons. The main ones are: 1. I am more likely to journal on the computer than by hand, 2. I have many family and friends out of town that I think would enjoy keeping up with us. I guess that sounds egocentric but I am not really that way.