First and foremost, I learned not to wait until Sunday night at 9:30pm to start writing this, but I had some mad shopping/cleaning/decorating to do today. Some of it was even holiday related.
Lesson #1: Rice cereal and peas are so gross that even a kid who spends the rest of her day chewing on her feet thinks they’re disgusting.
Lesson #2: Every parent knows what to do when a kid looses a tooth, but when it comes to a tube, it’s a bit unclear. Big’s ear tube was rattling around in his ear at Chuck E. Cheese and he threw it away. Little does he know he probably could have made a little (more) coin.
Lesson #3: When you leave loose change around the house, you may find that your kid’s piggy bank is surprisingly full when he asks you to open it up for the first time.
Lesson #4: Subtleties are not a 5-year old’s strong suit. After telling Big I was proud of him for being such a great helper and so cooperative, he replied, “Yeah, well, it’s mostly because I want you to take me to buy football cards.”
Lesson #5: Life is so much more stressful for kids these days. It seems Big comes home weekly telling me about an emergency drill—fire, earthquake, lock down, bus drill… Good news is, somebody is prepared.
Lesson #6: Little’s days and memories are best measured in ouchies. (And corresponding band-aids…or lack there of, due to poor preparation on my part.)
Lesson #7: My kids are learning to use their words. While “mayonnaise” was Big’s frustrated exclamation for awhile, Little has decided to try out “poop and fire”.
Lesson #8: Baaaaby Jeeesus was born on Christmas Day. Or so Little sings, over and over and over and over in prep for his preschool Christmas show. Though I’m fairly certain he won’t sing a note come the big performance next week.
Lesson #9: It’s a shame color coordination doesn’t kick in before kids learn to dress themselves.
Lesson #10: Christmas miracles are alive and well. The first tree we looked at (admittedly at the second lot) was perfect. And Lenny got all 2000 lights on the beauty in one day. And did the outside lights. Guess we’d better start our shopping now.
Hope you’re enjoying all that the holidays have to offer. (Especially the “we’ll look back at this and laugh” moments!)