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Monday, August 31, 2009

Lego mania

My sons have been building and destroying multiple lego creations today. So here is the thing. The three year old in incapable of keeping his creation together while playing with it...so he creates a monstrosity with seven wheels, drives it around for two minutes when it then breaks. He then approaches me with the pieces and tell me to fix it.. How ??? I should probably mention that my children have become accostomed to having me fix their toys after they break them. They are boys and they are rough. Normally a little crazy glue or proper alignment of pieces will put a toy back together but I am not capable of putting together a lego creation which exists only in the mind of my three year old.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Parenting Philosophy

Well I was watching "Wife Swap" yesterday and thinking about my parenting philosophy. If you have never seen the show, the name is a little inaccurate. It is more like mom swap where two moms switch places for two weeks. The first week both moms live by the rules of the other household and then they change the rules and for one week the families live by the rules of the new mom. Of course, they usually set up two opposites like a clean freak with a really messy home or an overachiever with a real underachiever. So I started thinking about how my parenting style would look from the outside. For instance my sons are in a number of sports which I think is important for young active boys. God knows they need to channel that energy somewhere. But would another mom consider them over scheduled? Would my chore lists and strict bedtimes feel too strict to another mom? Not that I would necessarily change anything but it was interesting I think, to stop and consider how it would appear to an outsider. I think reevaluating it also helps to build my own confidence in my own style and makes me happier about my own choices and maybe even change those things that I didn't like. Well someone else might!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

O Clinging One

My son, the three year old, has been a mama's boy almost from day one. Of course after living for three years with him attached to my hip it is getting a little old. Today though he was particularly needy. We were out in the pool (our favorite summer pasttime) and if I sam more than a yard away he would cry out "Mommy, I want you, I need you." Ahhh, right? Well I couldn't help how much nicer that would sound coming from my husband. Oh well those were the days...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Can't wait until school starts

Okay I have had it with summer. Now I know my boys are just getting over colds but let me tell you they have been annoying! Lately my five year old (and he's going to be 6 in three weeks) has been having temper tantrums. For instance today we had lunch as usual, took them to the pool and on the way back he starts having a meltdown that he is starving and wants a snack like yesterday. Unreal. The three year old is looking at him like who is this martian masquerading as my brother? So very calmly, because no way am I going to get myself worked up just cause he is, I ask him what he wants to have for a snack. He demands lunch which he had less than two hours ago. So I tell him he already had lunch would he like a snack? This is met by hysterical crying. I mean I like food as much as the next gal but really??!! I can not wait until he goes back to school and I can get a couple of peaceful hours to myself. Or do the laundry. Whatever.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Allergies

Today my sons were both out of commission. We have nonstop coughing and sneezing going on. Lots of fun. Anyway the kicker for me is the convenient headaches my oldest son gets. You know, I'm trying to get work done and he is walking around moaning from his "headache" but ten minutes later running around like a maniac. My husband comes home and again with the moaning. Of course I get the "why didn't you give hime some Motrin?" from my husband. Clearly he doesn't know that five year old are more than capable of faking it.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mock me

So my son in the middle of Pizza Hut turns to my sister and says Don't Mock me! So laughing, we ask him where he got that from and apparently Ben 10 says in an episode I will mock anyone who uses the word mock. So my sister thinks that I am at home teaching him these words since the last time she was over he said to her "defeat is inevitable!" Moral of the story..although some superheroes may have questionable values, their vocabulary is fantastic.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Pardon this Rant

I am sorry to all of you out there. I know you probably have no desire to hear my complaints but this is my blog so here they are anyway. I am a stay at home mom and a more thankless job I can't imagine. Don't get me wrong, I love my kids but sometimes there are just those days. You spend the whole day listening to the squabbling of two young boys, refereeing their fights, feeding them, entertaining them, cleaning up after them just so at the end of the day my husband can come home and ask me what have I done all day and why I didn't do such and such. AAAAAGGGGHHH!!! Sometimes I could use a little adult conversation and understanding and instead I get another list of chores he wants done. Not only that but when it comes to "free time" when we are both home, he thinks nothing of leaving them with me so he can go do what he wants to do and never not once has he asked me if I need anything or want to do anything. At least when I was working I got the occasional job well done from my superiors. Don't worry I'll probably wake up tomorrow and have a really great day with the kids and be glad that I'm able to stay home with my kids but not today.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Attack of the crafts

Okay so my oldest son decided to get into super craft mode which I hate. What do I hate? Yes, that's right I hate all crafts. Besides the fact that I have absolutely no creativity for creating them, they are messy and never come out the way I intended. Give me a science experiment over a craft any day of the week. Anyway, on Wednesday he created a paper bag puppet with the help of my sister. (Thank God for creating little sisters to do all the things you don't want to do.) On Thursday at the library reading club he made a finger puppet and then came home and on his own made a maraca out of plastic cups, a telephone also out of cups and a robot made out of (you guessed it) cups and plastic forks. Why this was a fun filled afternoon for him I will never know but now I have to find a place for all of these things. Do children's artwork and crafts have an expiration date? You know, a time at which it is acceptable to get rid of them without guilt and recriminations?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde

My poor son work up with a horrid rash on his legs, back and stomach. So as per doctor's orders, I gave him a dose of Benadryl. Now Benadryl is supposed to make you sleepy but I am a bit of an insomniac so rarely pay attention to drowsy warnings and continue on my day. However, I though my three year old boy would surely go down for a nice nap. No. Instead we had the appearance of Mr. Hyde (the terrible threes amplified) Everything he wanted he yelled at the top of his lungs. Me"Would you like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?" Him: "Noooooooo. I want haaaaaam and cheeese" Me: "I don't have any ham, would you like grilled cheese." Him: "Nooooooooo" (screaming tantrum on the floor) Just cheese." That's right, my lovely usually agreeable son ate just cheese and apple juice for luch, no bread, just cheese. He refused to go outside and demanded to be taken to the pool, got dressed in his swimsuit and then refused to go outside for over an hour because he wanted to play trains while wearing the swimsuit. (Insert eyeroll here) Anyway I've decided his horrid behavior is due to the drugs and from now on we will just say no.