Busy moms, life in general

Kids experimenting…or experimenting in driving me crazy?!

I think I am going to start having the kids fill out a questionnaire before giving them any food or drink. 1. Do you want a drink so you can: A. Drink it B. Fill a toy sink with it C. Dump it on the rug D. Transfer it back and forth from cup to cup or E. Leave to rot on the coffee table? 2. Do you want that apple to: A. Eat B. Stab scissors and a nail file into C. Make into an apple doll D. Leave as an experiment in fruit flies E. Leave in the car so mom can play what’s that smell? Yes, all of the above have happened in the past 2 days, or at some point in the past month.

Anna is fascinated with dumping drinks into her play sink/kitchen set. I keep finding drinks there or see her trying to wash her hands or dishes. Granted she’s TRYING to be helpful, but…yeah. She also enjoys playing let’s see what happens when I dump this on the floor/rug and likes to try filling her tiny tea cups with drinks from “spill proof” cups making a horrendous mess. Another thing she likes doing is transferring liquids back and forth from one cup or container to another, except that usually one has a very small opening and while easy to pour FROM, it isn’t so easy to pour TO. Jayson on the other hand has taken to asking for a drink in the morning, taking one sip and leaving said cup there. I will be going through the house cleaning and come upon it, hopefully before Anna has dumped it.

Then there’s the food. Two days ago Jayson asked for an apple, a little while later I wet into the kitchen to start dinner only to find the apple with a pair of scissors sticking out of one side and a metal nail file (generously given to him from his grandfather) sticking out the other. Anna has been throwing them like baseballs. Someone, I suspect Jayson, poked holes into an apple and put it back in the bag, suddenly we are swarmed by fruit flies and don’t know why. I go to get an apple, ahhhh…it all makes sense now. Luckily with the cold snap, it’s been in the 30’s overnight the past couple of nights, leaving the windows open in the kitchen has made the flies all but disappear.

My all time favorite *gag* is “What’s that smell”? The kids were fond of that game in the van, sometimes it was a cup of milk, sometimes an old apple core or once, McDonald’s french fries (side note, they never rot, they harden. That should be enough reason not to ingest them!). The other day I smelled something. It wasn’t a good smell, nor was it a bad smell, it was just a smell. Looking around, I found the culprit; an apple, stabbed by some small round object and placed in the door. Nice. They wonder why I instituted a no eating in the car rule.  Last year I found what appeared to be a shrunken head/apple doll in my daughter’s room. Nope, just an apple, eaten and left there in the sunny window. Same daughter, different month, she had a plastic beaker that she was making spa products in, she was gone for 2 weeks, came home, left again, after 3 weeks I found some moldy something living in her window. Eeeeew. It was white and green and hairy. I picked it up and dropped it in the trash. Who does that?! Apparently my kids. *sigh* I keep hearing that one day they’ll all be gone and I’ll miss this. I can honestly say I will not miss finding moldy surprise in my windows, cars or anywhere else. I may miss them, but not their messes!

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Language Explosion and Losing Teeth

So my 2 year old suddenly started to speak more! YAY! She is saying a few 2 word phrases, usually telling someone to EAT. Ex. “Baby. EAT. Diddy (Kitty) EAT! Woof-woof (Dog) EAT!” Her other 2 word phrase was “Owie. Elbow” I am encouraging her speech, reading to her even more and over-enunciating words to help her learn new ones. Her favorite combo last week was  “Diddy. BUM!” followed by raucous laughter. She thinks she’s the funniest thing in town and some days, I have to agree.

Meanwhile, big brother lost his first 2 teeth, in one day! The school nurse pulled the first one after he was sent there bleeding from the mouth. The next one I pulled when he arrived at home. The tooth fairy was a busy lady that night! I have been informed that I am his love bug and he is going to marry me, despite my insistence that that is against the law and would make Daddy very sad (and creep Mommy out!) he insists it is so. He also has a 5th grade girlfriend (a friend of his older sister) who doesn’t actually know she’s his girlfriend. He has been kissing 3rd, 4th and 5th graders on the bus, which I’ve had to tell him is not okay. He’s a little Casanova! The neighbor downstairs (in 3rd  or 4th) he told “I’m in Wove (love)!” and hugged her and attempted to kiss her. She complained to me one day about his advances on the bus which is when I had to have the no forcing yourself on women speech (I hope we don’t have a future stalker on our hands!).

After a week of migraines where the 2 year old got way more TV than the norm, I sat the kids down last night and re-instituted the TV limits rule and added a no screen time 1 hour prior to bed rule. This time is to be used to get ready for bed, relax and read. I am hoping it will make a smooth transition to bed time. Wish me luck as my lax attitude the past few weeks about TV has become a habit with these kids.

Fall is in the air here in the Northeast and we got to go apple picking yesterday. It is by far one of my favorite fall activities and it signals fall baking! I have been baking a lot these past few weeks, but it will pick up. I will make 2 apple pies, apple crisp and my apple coffee cake. Mmmmm! Looking forward to Friday where I will have coffee with a friend and partake in said coffee cake with some coffee and fellowship! 🙂

Til next time!

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