Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sleeping In

Daddy sleeps in:  morning progresses as usual.  After a long while, somebody might ask "where's Dad?"

Mommy sleeps in: lots of games involving thundering feet, screaming and whooping.  Lots of Daddy voice saying loudly "stop that!"  Followed by loud tv and many trips upstairs to "just make sure that Mommy is ok" with a few bed-jumping detours.

Even with all that I still feel much better.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself

Last week I visited M.'s classroom to share a holiday tradition.  His teacher encouraged him to do all the talking.  Last night, while we were getting ready for bed he told he that he was quite nervous standing up there in front of his classmates and talking.  I told him that pretty much everyone is afraid of public speaking.

Me: "They've even done surveys about it.  It's the #1 thing most people fear."
M:   "Really?  It's not my #1 fear.  It's about 4th on my list."
Me: "What's your #1 then?"
M:   "Being in a plane crash over the ocean."
Me: "Well, it's been about 3 years since you were anywhere near the ocean in a plane and we were pretty safe.  Believe me, if there was any serious risk Mommy wouldn't have put you on the plane!  What's #2?"
M:    "Having my leg chewed off by a lion."
Me: "Not too many lions around here.  And they're not real fond of how we taste.  You know how I tell you not to eat dirt or boogers or other yucky stuff?  Lion moms tell their kids not to eat humans.  If you were a wildebeest or a zebra though, you'd have to worry.  What's #3?"
M:  "Going into outer space without an oxygen helmet."
Me: "That would be a problem.  Are you planning on going into outer space anytime soon?"
M:   "Mom! I'm a kid!"
Me:  "Are you planning to go without the help of NASA?"
M:   "They've got all the ships right now."
Me:  "That takes care of that fear, then.  Which leaves..."
M:   "Talking in front of a group."
Me:  "See?  I told you it was #1!" 

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Apparently I'm not the Garage Goddess I thought I was

because the keypad outside doesn't work.  I changed the battery.  Nope.  I got up on the ladder again and reprogrammed it.  Now it works!  But the remotes in the car don't work now.  So up on the ladder I go and reprogram the remotes.  They work!  But now the keypad doesn't.  After trying a few other things, D. and I have agreed to just have seasonal openers.  Winter will be for remotes since we keep the cars in the garage then and summer will be the keypad since the cars live in the driveway.  Works for us!

Words that Strike Fear in a Mom's Heart

  • I think I have to throw up
  • My shoes feel too tight
  • I forgot I need 36 cupcakes for school tomorrow (said at bedtime)
  • I didn't mean to break it (before you know what "it" is)
  • He (pointing at brother) did it!
  • Are bones supposed to poke out of your skin like this? (this hasn't actually happened but it's only a matter of time...)
and at this time of year:
  • Santa, what I want most of all is (insert item you never heard about before and will have a hard time finding)