4 year old boys.

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I have one. and he is a hoot. He is the youngest of my children and there is 4.5 years between him and his next oldest sibling. I will state that he is a bit advanced for his age, It’s normal for him to wander around the house counting to 100, or spelling the names of everyone in the house. He plays the computer and video games that his older sisters (ages 9 and 10) play, with as much ease and skill (unless it requires reading, He’s being stubborn about actually reading) as they do.

This morning he is going through my games cabinet (which is not small, and packed) and pulling out one game at a time, playing it by himself for a little while, before putting it away and getting out something else. He told me this morning as I was walking by the cabinet where he was pulling out a new game that he couldn’t play chess, as he had already played it, and he has already gotten his 34 points and won the game. After further investigation, I discovered that 34 points in any game means you win.

This makes me wonder several things.

  1. How do you score points in chess?
  2. How did he arrive at 34 as the magic number for winning?
  3. How on earth did he manage to score 34 points when he was playing Yahzee by himself?
  4. Monopoly?
  5. Life?
  6. Candy Land?

I could see it when he was playing Ants in the Pants, but he has played a large array of games that are way above his age level today, and I guess, if you don’t know the rules, you just make them up.

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A visit to the zoo…

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We took the kids to the zoo yesterday, made it an all day trip, we had a really great time, We got there when they opened and saw a lot of things we had yet to see… I have been several times and had never wanted to wait in the hour+ lines to see the Pandas… We went there first and had no lines, and lots of time to look and watch all we wanted. I got a few really great shots.

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The zoo itself covers 107 acres, and we covered most of it, some parts as many as five or six times as we went from one exhibit or area to another. We saw lots of birds, some of which even seemed to pose for my camera.

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We saw my dad, or what we used to tease my dad with..

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And I would swear my son was there with him.

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We got up pretty close to a couple of elephants, though most were not out in their pens, because keepers were cleaning and setting food in those pens.

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and I will leave you with the picture that amused me the most..

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The look on that face… it just screams… OMG, look who’s watching this!

Some things I have realized..

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yes, even in I have deep moments.

  1. My children are teaching me tolerance ~ I can tolerate them running and screaming through the house for about 3 hrs.
  2. My tolerance is not yet perfect ~ after about 3 hrs, I am forced to find them each separate jobs so that they will be quiet and stop running.
  3. Knitting is teaching me patience ~ I can wait almost forever when I have my knitting with me.
  4. My patience seems  conditional ~ if the kids are with me, or if I don’t have my knitting, my patience is apparently absent.
  5. Knitting has also taught me that time is relative ~ when knitting a sock, those first 8 inches seem to just fly by, but that last inch, though worked at the same pace, can take hours.
  6. There is no such thing as too much yarn ~ just trust me on this one. And don’t ask how much yarn I own.
  7. I love my extended family, and sometimes I love them more the further away they are from me.
  8. In some ways, I am a very old fashioned woman ~ I love cooking, canning, putting up food, making things “from scratch” as in not using mixes, taking care of my family (though the whole washing dishes by hand thing, it is for the birds)  and just in general being a homemaker.
  9. In other ways, I am very modern ~ I love my computer and internet, and I am not willing to give them, or my cell phone up. (mind you, cell phone is our only phone, we gave up a land line years ago)
  10. Knitting has taught me to plan ahead ~ it is easier to use up extra yarn than to find more of the same color and dye lot to finish a project.
  11. I have learned that beauty is relative ~ I have a red circular shawl pinned to one wall, I knitted the shawl, and dyed it myself, I am very proud of it and I thin it is beautiful, I have had people ask me why I have a huge doily on the wall.
  12. I have learned that by the age of 3 children can no longer hear the sound of their mother’s voice.
  13. A child who loves to read is a gift, though sometimes you may wish that she reads slower, so that it is easier to keep her in reading material.
  14. A child who doesn’t love to read, sometimes just hasn’t yet found something she enjoys reading.
  15. Time spent reading is never wasted. Trust me on this one, ignore the rest of my family.

Catching up…

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I have been working hard at unpacking and getting us settled in. The day after Independence Day, my niece, and my mother, came and spent a week with us, we had a really great time. We painted the girls faces, had pictures taken, played in the pool in the back yard (small blow up pool, but it is water!,) we even took them to the beach one day, it was a blast.

We spent the next week getting things ready for the Hubster to go away fro his annual training, this year in Germany. Gathering up the assload of military crap that had been scattered all over the house and garage in the move. (I swear, that shit breeds in dark corners!) Sorting out what he would need to take, making sure it was all clean, and then packing it. That was a chore! Thankfully not one of mine.

Hubby has been gone for 11 days now, and will be home in just 12 more, we are surviving. The kids are doing well, not seeming to have any adverse effects… my 3 yo was worried that he wouldn’t be able to get Daddy kisses at bed time, but I told him that Daddy left lots of kisses with mommy just to give to him at bedtime, and that satisfies him. My girls plot out dinner each night, meals that Dad doesn’t like, or they come up with some really odd ball game to play with their brother that really drives me up the wall.

I on the other hand… well.. I am surviving. Simply put, I miss him. Sure, we bicker, and we fight, but I miss being cuddled up to in bed, the sometimes so annoying, wait till the lights are out to hold a conversation. I miss someone to watch tv with, I miss the affection. And yes, I actually miss him walking up behind me and grabbing my boobs. (And no, the occasional hot-wheels shoved down my shirt does not make up for this loss, it has an appeal all it’s own.)  I am not sleeping well. I rarely get to sleep before 1am, usually it is closer to 2 or 3 before I finally fall asleep, and then, of course, the kids are up with the sun (I actually heard my 3 yo yesterday waking his sisters up with “The sun is coming up!! The sun is coming up!!”) Someday it will all catch up to me, and I will pass out as soon as I get monsters kids into bed, and I will sleep until they wake me again in the morning. Until then, you may see more late night ramblings.

Kids Games

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I am sitting here eating brunch (ok, it was after noon, but it was my first meal) and I hear  my 2 year old yelling “Help!! Help!! ‘pider!! Help!! and I look over and he is rolled up in a quilt off one of the girls beds… so my oldest tells him “I’ll help you!” and unrolls him. then she rolls up in it.. aparently they are pretending that there is a giant spider who has caught them and wrapped them in web and is getting ready to eat them. All I could do was laugh, it was funny!

A friend emailed this

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to me, and I was struck by how true it is, so I thought I would share

A young man in a hot air balloon realizes he is lost. He
lowers his altitude and spots a man fishing from a boat
below. He shouts to him, ‘Excuse me, can you help me?  I
promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago and give him

this balloon as a gift, but I don’t know where I am.’

The man consults his portable GPS and replies,
‘You’re in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet
above a ground elevation of 2346 feet above sea level. You
are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100
degrees, 49.0 9 minutes west longitude.

He shakes his head and says, ‘You must have voted for
John McCain!’

‘Yes,’ replies the fisherman. ‘How did you
know?’

‘Well,’ answers the balloonist, ‘everything you
tell me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to
do with your information, and I’m still lost. In fact,

I feel more lost now than I did before I asked you.

The man in the boat smiles and responds, ‘You must have voted for
Obama.’

‘You’re right’ replies the balloonist. ‘How did you
know?’

‘Well,’ he replies, You think just like Obama.  You don’t know where
you are or where you’re going. You’ve risen to where
you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made
promises that you have no idea how to keep, and now you expect me

to solve your problem. You’re in exactly the same position you were in

before we met, but somehow, now it’s my fault.’

silly child…

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This morning I decided it was time to go through my linen closet and sort out towels, placemats, sheets, etc. and put them in the proper stacks, not just where my kids have shoved them, so that we can locate the things I know should be in there. This took me about 20 minutes, as I had to refold several items. Then I moved on to the next job on my list, and did that..

And suddenly I realized that my 2yo is missing… he is WAY to silent to be behaving himself.. so I start looking, I knew he had headed down the hall, so I check the girls room, and his… then PLOP something fell out of the linen closet, it is a table cloth off the second shelf, so I open the cabinet… and there, curled in a ball on the second shelf, is my 2yo.. grinning like the monkey he is. So I pulled him out and told him that was not a play place, if he must crawl into a cabinet use the dirty clothes cabinet, (where he and the girls play regularly) cause there are no shelves in there for him to fall off of or break!

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