Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Maybe I'm doing something right?

So the majority of the time my kids are little snots. They have their own agendas, and they very rarely coincide with mine. No, it is not play time. It's time to put on your coat for school. No, you may not have a 5th waffle-you will vomit. You know, I'm the "No Mom".

But for whatever reason, they've been somewhat...cooperative? cute? the past few days. Maybe it's because they know that I'm ever so slightly depressed over our lack of Thanksgiving plans, the first Thanksgiving in my entire life that I'm just with my immediate family. But I am thankful that I have an immediate family to spend it with so I've just gotta get over the woe is me I have no friends issue. And don't you all invite me. I'm a big girl and am just fine with it they're getting older? Smarter? They know what's good for them?

But maybe, just maybe, I'm doing something right. I really try my hardest with them. Yes, my neighbor calls me "The Prison Warden". I run a tight ship. It makes me sane and happy. And from what I can tell, my kids are relatively sane and happy.

Case in point:

On Sunday night, after their baths(insert gratuitous adorable picture of Elisha living up to his Aqua-Man fame),yes, Benjie was the coolest dad ever and gave each child THEIR OWN BUBBLE BATH. Do you know how huge this is for three kids who've been forced to share a tub since birth? I don't think I've EVER given individual baths! I hate bathing my kids. It's one of those parenting tasks that holds no allure for me. It's my laundry of parenting. Come to think of it, I am laundering the children. I guess I prefer filth.

So after their baths, they came downstairs and were coloring, their second favorite activity after building with blocks. We could throw away every other toy in this house and just keep markers and crayons, paper, and blocks, and we'd be A-OK. I overheard them chatting about making different parts of a city, and I decided to be a "Yes Mom" yet again.

I suggested to them that we hang a roll of paper on the den wall. They went for it.

I hereby present to you:

The City of P-ville, population 3

(three very cute, now shorn 6 year olds, and one 11 year old who allowed Joe the Barber to use the clipper and razor on him without screaming and thrashing for the first time ever.)

Do you see the detail here? Cars! Birds! Clouds! A School! A House-with a DOOR! A Playground! A Sun. I have some seriously cute creative kids here!


Brie said...

I love this, so creative and cute!

Shosh said...

bubble baths, coloring time - you are obviously wonder-mom.
and the lack of thanksgiving plans - my parents are out of town, so we are also without plans....i do have a plan actually, but i will facebook it to you, to avoid people stalking me on thanksgiving....

Nahum and Rebecca said...

Love it!

Ms. Stephanie said...

laundering the children. LOL. we do showers now. assembly line showers. in. rinse. out. in. rinse. out. in. rinse. scrub. (boy). out.
last night i said to brennan, "doesn't it bother you to have this black stuff under your fingernails?"
"why? it's just dirt."
ah, boys.

Rachelz said...

You can come with me to my dad's, I would really like the company actually!

Such a good post, I really get a lot of parenting inspiration from your blog.

Risa said...

I totally relate to the sharing a bath since birth scenario. But actually we have just moved on to the world of showers and I cannot tell you how exciting it is! Just put some shampoo in their hand, soap on a bath sponge and send them in to do their business. One of us stands outside the glass door to make sure they do it right.

I tend to run a tight ship too, but I try to sneak in some "Yes Mom" scenarios when I can.

Anonymous said...

Ditto the showers. Put kid in, wet kid for 15 seconds, shampoo for 15 seconds, soap for 15 seconds, then rinse for 1-2 minutes (depending on length of hair.) Each kid does it alone and is out in less than 3 minutes.

And the picture is adorable!

amy (3Peas) said...

That's awesome!! I love the faces in the windows :)

Oh- and your kids = my kids. Just add stuffed animals. Art. Blocks. Stuffed animals.
That's all they need to be happy.
Besides fresh air :)