Superman is spending the night. He saw me and dove from his mom’s arms into mine. I got a tight hug and he finally said “Sarah” plain as day. I wasn’t “Bad” or some mumbled nonsense. I’m a happy aunt.
Tyler: Still has one loose tooth. He’s afraid to wiggle it and lose it.
Kayley: Now has her top teeth in braces, with an expander. She’s doing really well with it. Though annoyed that she talks funny now. I think she sounds adorable and have the hardest time not teasing her because it gets worse when she’s upset.
Anonymous asked: Your kids are so cute and sweet and well behaved! Seriously, it seems like you never have to punish or discipline them...I wish mine were that easy!!
Oh wow I wish this were the case. Yes they’re sweet, at times. They can be very well behaved, when it benefits them. … There is no way to deny they’re cute. I’ve got a couple adorable demons. But I do have to punish them. Not nearly as much as their parents do. I tend to get their sweet and well behaved side more than their parents. Though I think that’s because their parents use them as weapons against each and a status symbol for their friends. They’re more interested in their own lives or living through the kids than they are in actually spending time with them. But that’s a post for another day.
Kayley is a brat a lot. She likes to believe she’s above everyone else and until recently she’s had no problem showing me a great deal of disdain for being around. Even going as far as to tell me she would get me fired if I didn’t do what she wanted or trying to lord over me that her mommy pays me to play her way. These things never went well for her and even worse once I clued her mother in. Kayley has a serious attitude problem and one hell of a temper.
The temper is shared by Tyler. They’re both really jealous of each other as well. Its been pretty nice the past few weeks as we’ve discovered they both enjoy card and board games. Its pretty new territory for both of them so the games can be slow going and Ty gets frustrated and I end up playing his part to finish up the game. But its fairly even playing field. The age gap of 4 years can be a pain when it comes to playing things they will both be A capable of handling and B want to do.
Tyler has great difficulty listening some days. He hates to clean his room and has picked up a spiteful streak where he’ll do anything just to irk his sister. He’s also got a patience issue that needs sorting out. When he’s had enough of something or someone he straight up tells them. If we’re out shopping and bump into and old friend and I strike up conversation. He’ll sit quietly for a little while but soon as he gets bored he voices it by asking the person I’m talking to to “just shut up and move on. We’ve got things to do today.” Which tends to lose him TV and any other fun thing we’d planned. Though truly the worst punishment I’ve found yet for him is not answering his questions. The idea of his being rude meaning I won’t be nice and answer his questions is generally enough to provoke good behavior.
We have our share of knockdown drag outs. There are times I end up locked in the bathroom counting to fifty so I don’t completely melt down on them. They get sent to their rooms at least a few times a week. I’d love to say I’ve found a magic trick to making them behave but I haven’t. I just have to take each day as it comes and hope we all survive relatively unmaimed. … and when all else fails the weekend is never more than 5 days away.
Kayley: Sarah, can I have a hug?
Me: Of course babe. *hugs her* What's up?
Kayley: Nothing. You just always give Tyler hugs before you leave but you never give me one.
Me: Ty asks for them or come running to take one. You don't act like you want a hug or I wouldn't leave without hugging you.
Kayley: Oh. Well from now on can you give me a hug before you leave?
Me: Sure thing.
I feel like I’d really be able to recognize my calling as a engineer if my kids would just stop moving those train tracks around.
THIS! Okay so Tyler and Superman have a less fancy track like this in my living room and its great. Other than they are forever ripping up the tracks. But my previous job the parents bought an even bigger set than the one above for their 18month old. It was awesome. Great fun. But it took us two hours to put it together the first time then as soon as you glanced away from the table for two seconds bridge or mountain or something had been moved and the whole thing needed rebuilt. So his father NAILED the track to the table and blamed me for not watching the baby closely enough with the track.
"Tyler get your hands out of your pants!"
Seriously I have no idea how many times I’ve said that this week. His hands are constantly down the back of his pants.