Thursday, April 22

Our House Rules

Yes, I thought of that title with a double meaning all by myself :)

My husband was putting the older girls to bed while I got the baby down one night.  When I came out, Linsey (5) had left this cryptic message, translated, "I love you but I have to go to bed!"  We have some pretty solid bedtime rules around our house, and though occasionally contested, they're pretty much followed.

Actually, I've been thinking about it the past few days, and we have a lot of random rules, probably because our kids are so little.  That's what I'm hoping, anyway.  I was listening to a sermon that said if everyone is on the same page and going the same direction, you don't have to have many rules.  Long story short, we're not there yet, but we keep trying!  So here's a peek into our household of random rules, most of which were made on the spot during important life lesson opportunities, or teachable moments:

1)  No hugging in the bathtub (near drowning experience)

2)  No eating after you've brushed your teeth for the night.  Except for string cheese. (I'm pretty sure the dentist would agree with this one?  It's portable, doesn't have much sugar, doesn't make crumbs in bed, and stops the whining)

3) No singing at the table (Tom is determined we are NOT a musical family!  Plus, this gets really annoying)

4) You must stay in bed in the morning until there is an 8 on your clock (problem:  We just moved Hannah to a room with no digital clock, and she quickly realized there is always an 8 on the face clock!)

5) You can only snuggle with Daddy on the couch AFTER you've taken your wet pull-up off in the morning. (he's had to change more than once before leaving for work)

6) You can get out of bed by yourself twice to go to the bathroom (had to set a limit - Hannah's been getting out like every 10 minutes!  Tom too.  Just kidding.)

7) There is no single owner of toys.  They are community property.  Unless you get one for your birthday, then it is yours for one week before becoming community property. (the birthday person always gets to play with it first though)  Or unless it is electronic - then it's probably Daddy's.

8) Always always, always wipe. Please.  Then wash your hands. With soap.

So am I the only one with these Nazi-like rules, or does anyone else have some to share??

Saturday, April 17

See No Evil

We live in such a visually-oriented society, it's a wonder people ever buy books without pictures anymore.  My girls can't understand when someone takes a picture of them and they can't see it right away on the back of the camera.  Luckily, this doesn't happen very often since most everyone has gone digital - sorry if you're one the 12 people left who hasn't :)

But I have to really be strict with them, or they would easily watch TV all the time, and they're 3 and 5!!  The other day was a perfect example:  I try to exercise with a DVD before the girls get up, but Linsey woke up early and flopped on the couch.  Her first words, "I can't hear the TV."
"I know, that's because I have it on mute - this is mommy's quiet time."
"Oh, so you can think?"
"Yep.  And I pray for you guys."
"You probly don't get to think much when we're around, do ya?"
"Nope.  You can go get dressed if you want."
"No thanks, I think I'll just lay here and watch you exercise, with the TV quiet so you can think."

Then, I decided to put a CD with music in the DVD player before breakfast, so we could listen to something while we were getting ready.  Both my girls sat down at WATCHED the blank TV screen!  There was some kind of screen saver, but it really wasn't interesting.  Finally, Hannah got a puzzled look and said, "There's no friends - they're all gone off the TV!"

I patiently (of course!) tried to explain that you can listen to the CD (which we do all the time, just not in the DVD player) and still play.  But instead, for a good 10 minutes or more both girls just sat and watched the silly TV!

Finally, Hannah got bored watching the music, so she asked if she could help me make breakfast.  She helped me crack eggs, and I had her make toast.  Then I told her she could get down from the stool.  You know what she did instead?  She leaned over and WATCHED the bread toast!  Talk about a fun morning, and all this is before 9 o'clock! Never a dull moment at our house... :)

But I got to thinking - since these girls are always watching something, then a lot of the time they're watching me.  I wonder what they see?  Am I patient?  Consistent?  Joyful?  Diligent?  I sure hope so, but I'm afraid sometimes my girls see something different.  This little reminder of them watching everything around them was a big reminder to me, to watch the kind of example I'm setting.  I wonder,  who is watching you today, and what do they see?

Monday, April 12

Sisters, Sisters

Lately I have just been overwhelmed watching these amazing, tiny little people God has entrusted me with.  I thank the Lord with them every night that I get to be their mommy.  They are so different from one another, yet the family ties are unmistakable.  It's interesting now, having 2 that can converse fairly well.  I've been catching snips of their conversations when they don't know I'm listening - shh!  You might hear something too -

L:  Hannah, you be the baby birdie, ok?
H:  Okayyyy!
L:  Now I'm the mama bird, and I'm going to sit on your head. (what a setup that was!)
H:  No!  That will hurt me!
L:  But that's what all mama birds have to do, watch! [muffled screams]
L:  There!  That wasn't so bad, was it?
H:  That was soooooo scareme! (scary + scared me, it's hannah-speak)
L:  Then I guess you can be a princess.
H: I don't wanna be a princess!
L:  Then you a puppy!
H:  Ruff!  Ruff!

H:  I heard "stupid" on Toy Story. (only she says sooooopid)
L:  No, Hannah, you can't say that!
H:  Why not?
L:  I don't know, but only grown ups are allowed to say that.  It's like "shut up."  Only grown ups can say that, too.
H:  Ohkayyyy

Thursday, April 8

Breaking News

Suspect, known on the streets as Bully Baby,

was apprehended with this weapon in hand

 at an undisclosed, private location several days ago.

Big Daddy, the undercover parenting agent who made the arrest, comments:

"We've suspected [Bully Baby] of foul play for quite awhile, always sneaking around when she thinks no one is looking.  But this time we caught her in the act - fishing without a license is a serious offense around here.  I had to drag her out, kicking and screaming, and there were plenty of witnesses.  She won't be getting away with this again."

Bully Baby tried to make an escape just hours later, but was again apprehended and is now safely behind bars.  She declined to comment at this time.  Stay tuned for the latest, up-to-date information.  We're the only ones following this story.  Really.

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