Archive for February, 2011

Changing Weather

Posted on February 19, 2011. Filed under: Mommy Moments, The Parenting Thing |

Remember the scene in Mary Poppins where “a storm is a’ brewin?”  That’s happening in our house right now.  There’s a storm a brewin’ and the kids are going to have it out.  I think BigD and I will just step back and see what happens.  It could be more entertaining than anything on cable tonight. 

Preview: Cut to the mom looking out the front door watching her son stroll by with the wheel barrow and shovels.    Younger sister following closely pig tails blowing in the wind.  Younger sister has to detour to the house for a quick potty break.  Meanwhile older brother begins digging.  Cut to the father investigating what son is doing and discovers he is digging where all the lines run to the house. 

Father: You can’t dig there.  You’re going to cut through one of the wires.  Just pick all this stuff up and come inside. 

Younger sister: No – I didn’t get to dig anything yet.

Older brother to sister: You have to come help me bring everything in.

Younger sister: NO – I didn’t get to dig anything.

Mom to younger sister: You pick up the balls and he will put away all the digging stuff.

Younger sister rushes outside and screams at older brother: IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT

Mom to younger sister: that wasn’t very nice.  What do you mean it’s all his fault?

Younger sister to Mom: It’s his fault I didn’t get to dig.  He picked the wrong spot so we had to stop.  It is his fault.

End scene with mother looking both bewildered and bemused.

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Lost

Posted on February 17, 2011. Filed under: Mommy Moments, The Parenting Thing |

I admit it.  I lose things.  In fact, I’m really good at losing things.  Or perhaps I should say I’m really good at not finding them.  I don’t mean to.  It generally happens when there are many things going on at once so where I put my cell phone didn’t really matter at that particular moment.  I obviously knew I was putting it “somewhere safe” at the time so why worry about it, or make a mental note.  Except …… the phone is dead.  And so now when looking for it, it doesn’t ring.  There is no magic handset finder button.  I really wasn’t going to worry about it that much because I’m about due for a new phone, but BigD figured he would make a final pass of the vehicle with a flashlight.  I’m not sure why, but he stopped at my purse.  Now understand, I had literally emptied out the inside of my purse —– twice —– no phone —– anywhere.  But, BigD in a Houdini moment reaches in the side pocket and magically finds my phone.  I never put it in the side pocket.  The only thing I put in the side pocket is my sunglass clips.  I was appropriately chastised ….. and then laughed very hard.

Fast-forward a few days and ChickenFried can’t find his camera battery charger anywhere.  I’ve looked in all the usual spots.  He’s looked in all the usual spots (after last week’s phone performance, I deserve to be double-checked).  I find an online ordering spot and explain we can buy a new one, but he forgoes his allowance for this week.  He decides to look harder.  I tell him to look in the basket with all the Wii stuff.  The first thing he pulls out – camera battery charger.  So, allowance is back on.

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Harmful to your health?

Posted on February 6, 2011. Filed under: Elemental Memories, Mommy Moments |

Inspiration struck …. maybe a little less inspiration and a little more frustration, and I decided today was the day to reorganize ChickenFried’s closet.  This did mean first cleaning it out.  We found a bunch of old cards and papers so told BigD to get the fire going so I could burn them.  While he did chastise me for putting papers on the top of the fire, he didn’t tell me not to burn anything in my pile …. like the singing cards.

I was about half way through the pile when we heard a very loud pop.  We first looked at the children assuming they had dome something to cause the noise.  Then, another loud pop and two pieces of shrapnel come flying out of the fireplace, bounce off the kitchen counter and land on the floor.   That’s a good 15 feet by my estimation.  Were we “smaller people” I’m sure we could sue someone for not putting a warning label on the card …. “do not burn after use or you could suffer injury or disgusting burning smells in your house.”  But we won’t do that.  Otherwise, they would have to put warnings on about handling carefully to avoid papercuts and other nonsense. 

So, now we know.  Do not burn singing cards, talking cards, cards that sound like mummy farts, or have any mechanical devices what so ever.

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Opposites?

Posted on February 3, 2011. Filed under: Elemental Memories, The Parenting Thing |

Every parent has those incredible moments when your child totally amazes you.  I had that moment with ChickenFried the other night. 

“Mom, does everything have an opposite?” he inquired.

Wow – that’s a really good question.   I mean really good.  And where did it come from?  What was he thinking about? 

Of course my mind immediately went to the BIG opposite God/Devil …. Good/Evil.  (Have you ever noticed how similar those word pairs are?)  I mustered, “That’s a really good question.  I don’t everything has an opposite.  Can you think of something that doesn’t?  Does a car have an opposite?”  I’m sure that was such a disappointing respose to him.

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School Day

Posted on February 2, 2011. Filed under: Elemental Memories, The Parenting Thing |

After all the lovely weather here in the midwest, it appears we will actually have school tomorrow.  ChickenFried was complaining that he had to go to school but Punk didn’t.  Punk had some perfect advice for him “just pretend you’re sick.  Then you won’t have to go.” 

Did I really just hear that?  My five year old who doesn’t even go to school yet and hasn’t ever had a ‘sick day’ give her brother that advice?  And where, may I ask, did it originate from?

Have I mentioned how much we are in trouble with this one?

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