OMG Ash and Erin I love your stories.
Josh said something I thought was very observant yesterday. I don't know how we got to talking about it but he said "Sometimes when you and daddy talk you talk over each other, you shouldn't do that." I said well sometimes you do that too, when you're angry or you really want to say something." He said "Yeah but I'm a kid! You guys shouldn't copy me. You should act like grown ups." LOL
I can't wait til N is bigger, these stories have me rolling
I love these stories!
Ky saying, "Or did we" really got me rolling.
I just picked up these plasma cars off craigslist yesterday for $20 apiece. They are SO cool! We love them. Even I have taken a few rides!
Story. Today Savana and Kai wanted to ride them. I had four other children here so I said I was going to set a timer and right away Savana started practically hyperventilating that it was new and special and she didn't want to share it. So I simply told her to put it away and she did. The children were begging her to let them use it but she wouldn't. So they were all taking turn on Kai's. One of the little girls is 8 and she said to me, "Aren't you going to make her share?" I said, no but that I trusted her and I knew that she would change her mind.
Well, sure enough the children were sort of giving Savana the cold shoulder, if you will. Not being rude or mean at all but just not really engaging her. She came up to me and said she felt funny, like the kids were mad at her. I told her that I think she may have hurt their feelings because they were very excited to try the new toys. That they are her friends and that friends usually expect friends to share. She didn't go right away but after a few moments she went in and got her bike out and shared beautifully, even giving up her turn at the end so Kai could have one more turn before lunch since he started to pitch a fit.
The 8 year old asked me how I knew that Savana would decide to share. I told her, "I trust her. I trust all of you." She got the biggest smile on her face it was so cute. And she couldn't get it off her mind because she asked me again later why didn't I make Savana share and I told her that if I had made her share she wouldn't have felt how good it feels, she would have only felt angry that I made her do it. She said, "I wonder if my mom knows about that?"
Last edited by Bridget; 06-21-2011 at 05:52 PM.
Aww, Bridget, that is so sweet.
Me (38) DH (45) & furbabies * m/c 7/08 4/12 11/12
Erin-that was hysterical!! I could just hear the conversation going as I as reading it and I was lmao!!! The end was the best, "...or did we?" bwahahahaha!!!
I confess I came to this thread all pissed off. Immediately after work Rich, Sydney, Conner & I met at our house to do some work. Again, we didn't get accomplished everything we wanted to, but we did some. We have a game plan and I'm starting to feel good about where we're going.
I just got home after 8:30 pm and Bobbie and Jessica didn't do anything in the house even though I asked them to clean. Now, they're on summer vacation and they're 16 and 18 years old! I'm so bent I can't even think straight. And yet Bobbie sits on the computer and I'm tellin ya I wanna march right over there and yank the cord right out of the wall.
Chrissy, maybe you should. She needs to wake up a little.
Me (38) DH (45) & furbabies * m/c 7/08 4/12 11/12
well I did. I went and yanked the dsl box out and put it in my car. I said that they could have internet back after they picked up. In less than 20 minutes, everything was picked up. Good thing, or I wouldn't be posting now
We've had a good shouting match though. I'm being 'unreasonable' and she fully intends to sleep till 2 o'clock and there's nothing we can do about it.
College cannot come fast enough. College cannot come fast enough. College cannot come fast enough.
I don't care if they do it all in 10 minutes, I just want it done. I texted them each with a couple things they have to do today and I said that 1-they have to do it before 5:30 (I won't be home till 6) and 2 don't fight with your sisters while cleaning and 3 if you do fight, do NOT call me about it.
I feel like I'm going to be grumpy all day because I'm going to have this on my mind...both dreading a phone call with them all screaming at each other that the other isn't doing what she's supposed to, or that I'll come home and none of it will be done and we'll have to have another big go-round tonight.
Oh-and I got so frazzled with the girls that I nearly forgot that we've noticed the front basement wall is bowing in on our house. I'm terrified we've gotten ourselves into a money pit.
The good news is the mortgage is less than $400/month, so if it needs more than we're willing/capable of soaking into it it won't bankrupt us to just pay for it and buy somewhere else to live. It would suck, but it could be worse. We're planning on meeting with contractors next spring and I'm going to see what they say about it and how much it will cost to fix. We really want to build an addition, but we'll have to see how much the whole thing would cost. If it's going to be too much, we're just going to sell it as is. Or try to.
I'm back from vacation now, and feel like a million buckaroos. I confess I'm intimidated by the thought of reading back on all the posts I missed, so I hope it's ok if I just jump in mid-stream here without doing all my homework.
I already posted about this on FB, but my great-aunt is fine afterall, and I am even more annoyed at my sister for making me hysterical for no good reason. I have no idea where she'd heard "hospice", but I guess I should have known my sister only adheres slightly to the truth in any situation.
Bridget, I am jealous of your plasma cars, though. There's this one kindergym nearby (closer to Lydia than me) that has a whole huge room full of those things where kids can ride them around and around. They look like so much fun, but Bodhi was always too little. I want to come over and play with you.
I was in Milwaukee for an hour yesterday at the airport. I waved at Bridget and Jennifer in my head as my plane took off.
chrissy, I hope you work something out with Bobbie. DH had to pay rent to his dad once he was 18. If he didn't have the money, he paid it off in chores. I'm considering a similar arrangement with my own kids when they get old enough.
LOL, at the mental waving! I thought I was weird for doing things like that!
I keep hearing how good the plasma cars are; I might have to order one. I bet Travis would love one. He's a proper little motorhead!
I just ate my supper and now I want something sweet; that's such a bad habit...I wonder how I can stop my body from craving sugar after I eat?
Welcome back Myles!
I also do mental waves whenever I go somewhere and I think about someone who lives close by. Sometimes I will even say "hi so-and-so" from an airport or something. I am going to Columbus OH next week for DH's family reunion. I don't know anyone in the vicinity so I guess no mental waves needed.
Hi! I do mental waves too. Though I'm quite a ways from Milwaukee now....a good 4-4.5 hours from the airport. Except most of my family is near there. Now if anyone is ever near Minneapolis.......
Yuck it's raining out and I was thinking of the grocery store after work. But I really don't care much for going in the rain. Plus I'm wearing sandals. And I do have stuff I could make for dinner tonight at home....
Welcome back Myles! (LOL whenever I try to type Myles I type Myself)
I was thinking about us meeting up and wondering if you have ever been to Patriot Place in Foxboro. It might be a neat place to meet up next time you're in the area, if it's nice weather. It's an outdoor shopping place at Foxboro Stadium, where the Patriots play.
Welcome back Myles! I'm so glad your aunt wasn't as bad off as you were led to believe, but man how awful to be told that
I don't really want to charge my kids rent. I never agreed with that practice and I hope I'm never in the position to insist on it. I won't be taken advantage of, though, so if she really did plan on doing nothing while mooching off us, I'd definitely kick her out.
The good news is the house was really amazingly clean when I got home from work tonight. I was very pleased and told them they did a wonderful job.
I'm sorry you had to worry so much.
"Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out." -Anton Chekhov