My dear youngest son is giving me gray hairs. Last night, he asked for a banana. Sure. He chewed it up and spit it, systematically, all over the kitchen floor. This was after he went grape stomping. All over the kitchen floor. I set to mopping up his mess, and sent him to the […]
Just when I think we’re making progress…
The UPS delivery truck pulled into our yard Friday. When the kids went out to get the package from the driver, he’d already put it on the porch and left. They came back in, telling me there was poop on the porch. The man had walked around it to deliver the box. I asked them […]
Pierce threw two new rolls of toilet paper into the toilet. Someone left the toothpaste, uncapped, on the bathroom rug. Charlotte stepped on it. The rug’s in the washing machine. Fourth load for today. I took the kids grocery shopping at two stores and to the library. A random man asked me when I was […]
Dreams, projects, and the messes they can make.
I woke up with a start at 3:00 am with a dream. My dear son, having been potty training since June, still has a LOT of moments. In my dream, I was sitting on the floor folding laundry and he decided to relieve me of my chore, relieve himself on the laundry, and save me […]
Pierce: self entertainment.
Pierce dumped out his shoes this morning, then started cleaning them up. Then he realized I was laughing and taking photos, so he dumped them all out so he could start again. Cheap entertainment. Unfortunately, as soon as I put the camera away, he gave up, walked away, and left the shoes everywhere. We’ll get […]
Liberty’s making pancakes – from a mix. She’s over an hour in and I just heard the first oil spray hit the pan. I can teach them how to cook… but how on earth do you teach them speed?! Sterling asked me how big a yard was. My reply was, “3 feet. 36 inches. A […]
Projects while the sickie sleeps.
Pierce has been sick this weekend. It started Friday night. About the time he was sent to bed, he started crying. And crying. And 16 hours later, he finally quit crying and fell into an exhausted sleep. Ibuprofen didn’t even slow him down. Teething tablets did nothing. Discussions were made as to whether to take […]
Underthings proclamation and other short stories.
I was in a dressing room, trying on a purple maternity dress. Charlotte tagged along. “Mom! That dress matches your glasses!” Yes. Yes it does. “It matches your…” she searched for the next purple item she could name. “PANTIES, TOO!” Could you say that a little louder, dear? I’m not quite sure the cashier at […]
Firsts. Embarrassing… just a bit.
I hired a babysitter yesterday. First. Time. Ever. I’m not sure if it’s a sad fact or a testament to something else entirely. I’m not sure. As a kid, I babysat. A lot. Often, it was 5-6 nights a week. I loved kids, and once I started babysitting, I had a steady stream of families […]
Remember the day I met my neighbor in Walmart? I made an update later and, well, nothing much has happened since then. I called to see if I could bring them a meal shortly after Christmas and was told, quite firmly, by the wife that they did not need my help. Uncertain what to do […]
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