January 5, 2010 12:01 am
Something happened to my Xmas card spreadsheet and it printed out labels for the old copy vs the updated one. So I almost sent out a Christmas card Jamie’s great aunt who passed away this summer. That would have been awkward.
We recently started time outs with Elliot. The 1-2-3 Magic discipline book we follow says not to start until kids are two but Elliot has been pushing the boundaries lately so we decided to put our feet down. The first time I counted her and said “Elliot, that’s ONE!”, she looked at me and said “That’s two, that’s FREE. Time Out!”. Girlfriend isn’t stupid.
I threatened to send my dad to time out on Sunday when he was bonking the kids in the head with a (soft) ball. After telling him to stop, he told me it was fine and did it again so I counted him. Graham got stone faced and his jaw dropped at the thought of Grandpa going to time out. Elliot promptly picked up a ball and bonked Graham in the head. Monkey see, monkey do.
We saw a hula hoop contest the other day and the kids were mesmerized so I used their Xmas gift cards and got them each a hula hoop of their own. Then we Skyped my SIL and let the kids spin around and fall down over and over again on camera.
We’ve been using Skype more and more and now the kids actually have friends their age to call. We called them the other day and Graham and Elliot and two of their friends were yelling back and forth on camera. When I was little, I was lucky if my parents let me talk on the phone and if I wanted to communicate with someone long distance, my ass had to mail them a letter. Kids these days have it so easy.
The local zoo had a New Year’s Eve party where they “counted down to midnight” at noon. We thought it was a fun idea but it turns out that everyone and their mother and their cousin and their strollers were there. We were packed in like sardines and couldn’t get out of there fast enough after the ball dropped. I get claustrophobic and angry in crowds so it’s a wonder nobody got hurt.
Speaking of hurt, my mouth corners have been broken for over a month. I’m pretty close to super gluing them together just so they can heal. I just yawned and ripped the fuckers open again.
We took the kids out this week and it was the first outing since we went dye-free. In case you’re wondering, Jason’s Deli has several organic kid’s meal options and even gives the kids a dye-free/organic lollipop for dessert. Graham was so excited to be at a restaurant that he kept yelling “OH, A REFARANT!!! IT’S A SPECIAL TWEAT!!!”. It was almost too cute to be annoying.
The kids got new scooters and are loving riding them in the driveway. Well, except that Elliot just runs alongside of hers and thinks she’s riding it. Either way, she’s happy so I’m happy. Nobody said she was the sharpest tool in the shed but she’s damn cute so it’s ok.
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