Wednesday, October 29, 2008
As excited as Will was about his beds - and he tried to lure people up to his room for a week or two by saying, "Don't you want to come upstairs and climb my ladder???" - I think Rofie was more excited about her receipt of Will's old Ikea bed. We figured we might as well put the crib away since she was climbing out of it every morning anyway. The bed allows for a safer exit.
Monday, October 27, 2008
This year, I got smart and bought the cake in Destin instead of baking on vacation!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Although I know I am biased, I am convinced that his structures - built without supervision - are extraordinary. Now you can decide.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The previous weekend, we had been to a demolition derby at the Dickson County Fair. Although I liked the derby part, it was pretty much a nightmare. The stands were incredibly congested, there were smokers everywhere, and Will kept kicking the back of a hugely obese smoker in front of us. I apologized profusely, but she was NOT nice about it, even though it wasn't completely his fault since she hung over the back of her bench considerably, further limiting his already cramped space. We just had way too much energy to try to confine to a space of that size.
After that, I had serious concerns about Disney On Ice. We had never been to an event like that before, and while I knew smoke wasn't going to be an issue, I was worried the congestion might be similar. In spite of my dread, the kids were pretty excited on the car ride there.
And my concerns were groundless. We had ample room and of course, everything was very kid-friendly (well, except the prices, but we had already discussed at length that we were NOT BUYING *ANYTHING* there, so that wasn't much of an issue).
Sophie loved the show and contentedly watched the whole thing. Will was done after Intermission and ready to go home. This was somewhat understandable as the "Cars" gang was the very first act, and the whole second half of the show was devoted to Tinkerbell and fairies, which are not exactly up Will's alley. He made it through, and I was just glad that the Birthday Girl enjoyed the outing.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The other night, I noticed the answering machine was blinking. I pressed the button and heard a familiar voice, "Hi guys, I was just calling to...(blah, blah, blah)". My eyes narrowed in irritation. "What is up with these people who don't identify themselves?!?" I ranted to myself.
That's when it hit me. The mystery caller was me. I had called from work to check on the kids.
I am one of you.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
A week or so ago, Will found some mailing tape, which he began using to construct sectioned garage doors out of Lincoln Log roofs (the wooden, paint-stirrer-like type). At first I was adverse to his excessive tape usage. We don't usually condone wanton waste in our household. But eventually I remembered that we have a friend that works for a massive office supply manufacturer, and he had recently given us a desk-top tape dispenser with several rolls of tape. This provided Will with the marvelous opportunity to have sole custody of our old tape dispenser, which excited him to no end. He immediately came up with a complicated code of rules and regulations regarding who could use his tape and under what circumstances. (Thankfully, Sophie's standing as Little Sister and Object of Protection gave her access - albeit limited - to his new treasure.)
Tonight, as I look back on today's activities, I realize that "Spinny Scotch Tape", as Will calls it, is quite possibly a gift from God. In a couple of sessions, with limited supervision and without much risk of injury or property damage, Will entertained himself for well over an hour. The fun would've continued had I not insisted that it was bedtime.
So there you have my humble suggestion of a new form of entertainment. It's way cheaper than a movie!