Friday, January 05, 2007

Loads of laughter...

I've had an interesting week with the kids. All four of them have made me laugh, in one way or another. Let me share my stories...

First, everyone went back to school on Tuesday (HURRAY!). As I was escorting Tiersten down the hallway to her preschool classroom that morning, an older elementary student that I vaguely know said, "Hi, Tiersten!!" As we passed her, I heard this same girl turn to a friend that was with her and say, "That's my brother's girlfriend." HELLO??? Tiersten is WHAT???!!!??? For pete's sake, she is three years old, so I'm not about it get my panties in a wad over the romantic imaginings of a 5th grader, but STILL its a little shocking the first time you hear one of your children identified as someone's romantic interest, and even more shocking still when it is your THREE YEAR OLD. Mike and I are still shaking our heads over this one.

Second, Grant is a math whiz and always has been. But this week, one day after school he was quietly working on some homework, and started mumbling and muttering. Within about five minutes, it deteriorated from muttering and mumbling to a full-blown crying fit and temper tantrum. This is WAY out of character for Grant. I finally got him settled down enough to talk to me. He had been assigned a Sudoku as math homework and it was sending him "over the edge". For a whiz kid that is used to flying through schoolwork like lightning, the methodical challenge of a Sudoku was almost too much. I got him calmed down and working on a system to get through it, went to pick up Dane at basketball practice and girls at Day Care, and by the time I got home, he was madder than a hornet again. He had started trying to skip steps again and messed it all up again. Finally, about 8:30 that evening, he and I had worked through the entire puzzle together. I think Grant needs more challenges that he has to take one step at a time. WOW...What a temper!!! Didn't know that side of him existed. LOLOL.

Yesterday, I received a new bathrobe by UPS that I had ordered. I haven't had a bathrobe in years, but I saw this online at an After-Christmas Clearance Sale, thought it might come in handy for those late nights and early mornings at my computer, so I ordered it. The funny part is that Dane thought it was HYSTERICAL. He immediately started humming the theme from "Rocky" and even went in is room to get his wrestling shoes and tried to get me to put them on. He said I looked just like a BOXER and thought that his wrestling shoes were going to be the perfect accessory. He griped a little because my new bathrobe doesn't have a hood, and every time I passed him moving around the house last night, he started cracking up and trying to fake-punch me. ??????? Who would have thought that a stupid BATHROBE would get him so excited??? Even more, the thing is lime green!! Who has ever seen a boxer in a lime green, fuzzy bathrobe with a zipper up the front?? Too funny!!

Lastly, I saw a purple sweater in the same clearance sale that I saw the bathrobe and ordered it. It arrived yesterday, in the same package with the bathrobe. So this morning, I'm standing in the bathroom putting on my makeup and Jennica walks in. She instantly said, "New shirt?" I was pretty impressed that she noticed! So, of course, I said, "Yes! Do you like it?" She got this very intent look on her face and I could see that she was REALLY looking at my purple sweater. Finally, she wrinkled up her nose in the way that she does when something stinks and shook her head and said, "No." I cracked up!! In absolute honesty, I'm not sure that I like it either!! Its a lot of PURPLE for me. I'm not sure what possessed me to order it, other than that it was something other than a dark winter color, and it was the right price. Its basically the color of Barney the Dinosaur, as Mike coined it. LOTS of purple!!! But the fact that Jen noticed it was new, and that she was honest when asked if she liked it, really cracked me up.

So I've had some laughter with day-t0-day adventures this week. Every day is a good day to laugh!! Hope all of you have had some laughter, too!!!

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