Between a big football win, a 16-month old who finally figured out how to crawl, and my in-laws visiting for the weekend, my cup runeth over. (As does my muffin top thanks to the decadent eating that’s come with two out of the three big events.)
Lesson #1: When you make plans to meet a friend at a museum, check to be sure it’s open that day. (Maybe by reading the article you wrote about it.) And if your back up plan is to play at the nearby park, be sure your kid is wearing bark-and-sand-proof shoes. Otherwise be sure your house is clean, because that’s probably where everyone will end up.
Lesson #2: There’s a good reason Big was the last one to finish his self-portrait at school. As he said, “When your head is as big as mine and you have to color in the whole thing, it takes a really long time.”
Lesson #3: People who claim there’s no truth to the whole middle kid getting lost in the shuffle thing should talk to Little. Last week he had to beg to get a haircut so he could see again, then this week we discovered he’s been wearing shoes that are two sizes too small. Oops.
Lesson #4: When your baby looks at the Swiffer like it’s a strange alien and your kid sees flowers on the kitchen table prompting him to ask if you’re having a party, it’s a pretty good indication that you shouldn’t wait for a few friends to come over to spruce the place up.
Lesson #5: The good news is, I figured out a great way to ensure our house didn’t smell like cleaning solution when my friends arrived. The bad news is that’s because I cooked the kids broccoli for dinner.
Lesson #6: Speaking of foul scents, when we came home to a strong skunk odor in our yard the other day, I had two thoughts. One, thank goodness we don’t have any pets. Two, perhaps the neighbor’s cat who’s been using our yard as a liter box got his
doo due. (Now let’s hope it sticks…the lesson, that is, not the scent.)
Lesson #7: When your little stunt man goes head to head (or face to head as the case may be) with the asphalt (again), there’s no stopping him from telling everyone he sees that he broke his lip. (Which is fairly evident without the announcement, I’m afraid.)
Lesson #8: When you have a broken lip, it’s best to avoid playing tackle football. Assuming you don’t want it to break again, that is.
Lesson #9: The UCLA football team’s record is based solely on Lenny’s lucky shorts. The only week they didn’t win was when he forgot to wear them. Good news for Bruin fans, now that we’ve discovered the problem, they should finish the season big.
Lesson #10: Pink has a bright future. She’s currently in training to take the honorable crown of Kobayashi — the hot dog eating champion of the world.
Now I’m off to the grocery store to buy more goodies to indulge my daughter’s talents. Practice makes perfect!
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