24 Hours in the Life: Part 4
August 7, 2007
12:50 My 8 yr old points out that our pumpkin plants are laying down in their little patch all wilty like. I suggest he go outside and put the hose that is still snaked around the driveway to good use.
1:00 Caillou is over. “Don’t you want to watch it again?” I ask. But no, they want lunch. So I pull out my all American Wonder bread and peanut butter and jelly. My mother refused to buy Wonder bread when I was a kid opting for that whole grain bread that I despised. So my children get Wonder whether they want it or not.
1:05 Hand out two peanut butter with grape jelly, three peanut butter with strawberry jam, three peanut butter with apricot jam, one peanut butter with blackberry jam. My oldest two decide to make their own as they are picky about the jam to peanut butter ratio.
Don’t you always lounge on a rocking chair to eat your lunch?
1:15 6 yr old starts bugging me for a popsicle.
1:16 Tell 6 yr old we will have popsicles in a little while. Not everyone has even finished eating their lunch.
1:20 6 yr old asks me again for a popsicle. Tell him later.
1:25 6 yr old asks for a popsicle again. My head may have exploded.
2:00 Susan calls to ask me if I am going to fingerpaint with my children in the house today. A reference to the Super Nanny episode that was on tv last night where the Super Nanny had the children fingerpaint. IN THE HOUSE. We both decided that we are not
crazy calm enough mothers to allow that.
2:05 6 yr old asks again for popsicles.
2:14 6 yr old is shadowing me through the house.
2:17 Chat on the phone some more until neither of us can hear the other over our children in the background.
2:20 Put Miles down for a nap. Promise him a popsicle when he wakes up.
2:30 Finally convince small annoying children to go outside and play. Read email. Answer some of them in a timely manner, surprising even myself.
2:50 Kids come inside and I figure it is close enough to 3:00 snack time that they can have their popsicles. Running stampede through the house to the freezer. Shoving match ensues between children trying to find the perfect popsicle out of the hundred possible identical choices.
2:52 Kids begin finishing up their popsicles and I get to hear bad joke after bad joke that is printed on the sticks.
“When is a fin not a fin?”
“When it is a dol-phin” Hilarity ensues. Except for my 8 yr old who didn’t want to hear the answer and sulks, yells and whines at the rest of us.
I tell him to knock it off and stop acting like an 8 yr old.
“What did the calendar maker name his daughters?”
“April, May and June” Oh ho ho hooo boy. That is a real knee slapper.
3:13 After much joke telling, joke guessing, and resulting whining when someone guesses the correct answer. I declare all jokes over with for the day. There will be no more jokes in this house, dammit!
3:15 They go out into the backyard to play. I mentally go over my list of things that I still need to do for the day.
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