This week has sucked. The kids have been sick with fevers and coughing and have been exhausted human barnacles. And now we're on to the aftermath of the sick which involves all of the whining, but none of the reasoning. It sucks and I'm drained and it sucks. But rather than talking about the suck (the whining... SO MUCH WHINING), I'm going to talk about something else. Because I've had enough of the suck for today.
Instead, I'm going to talk about some things I've noticed lately. Good things. Silly things. Things that make me smile. Because really, those are the things I'll remember (and want to remember) in the long run. So here they are. Some things that don't suck.
- The other day I told the Big One that I used to love to eat frozen peas when I was a kid. He looked intrigued, so I gave him some in his school lunch. He ate every last frozen pea. I gave them to him again today, and the grown-up at his table at preschool raised his eyebrows and said, "Frozen peas, huh?" And he smiled and said, "Yup!" And I smiled, because, yup. That's my guy.
- Kid perspective is awesome. It is only after having kids that you get to hear things like this:
Big One - "Sometimes? Beans look like they're barfing."
- I noticed a little while ago that the Little One says, "Okay" in a very specific, adorable way. I realized about a week ago that he says it just like me when I'm trying to comfort them. I realized yesterday that I say it (and, therefore, the Little One says it) exactly like my grandmother says it. I love it so much more now.
- Parenthood makes you realize weird things about yourself. For example, I have learned that when I am pissed off or anxious, I clean the kitchen. Why? Dunno. It makes me feel less anxious, certainly, but I think it also gives me an outlet for my anger. (So many pots to bang around and stubborn counter stains to scrub at!!) I just saved myself $500 in therapy! Good job, me!
-Also, the sun came out (in May! In Seattle!) and these things happened. And they were good.
Kid yoga is awesome. We are stars.
I am not as angry at the juice pouch as I look.
As you can see here, I am part vampire.