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Cackles with glee, etc.

Posted on 2014.03.23 at 19:56
Hokey Pokey:

  1. Wears his underpants backwards because he doesn't like the penis pocket

  2. Says, "poop, wake up! Don't take a nap, poop! Come out," when sitting on the toilet, in wait.

  3. Is sleeping in his car seat in the parking lot of HEB. He said "I want to stay in the car" and so I stayed behind with him, and then he promptly fell asleep. I'm writing this draft on my phone.

  4. Said "guys, one at a time. Underpants, you gotta go first. Pants, you're next," while pulling his pants up, after using the bathroom. This was not the same occasion as (B).

  5. Is forever my darling.

  6. Might not be amused in ten years that I told everyone how he doesn't like his penis pocket. Confidential to older Pokey: please, see (E).

  7. Obviously all of the above.

March 23, 2014 (3)

Grandma Collie and Hokey Pokey, in the birdcage chair, at dusk. (The deceptively dangerous birdcage chair, because idly twirling can unscrew the bolt, and you will crash to the floor, and then that ball on top will roll off the top arm, and clank you on the head, as punctuation for your foolishness.)

Hawaiian Punch:

  1. Says, "Let me see your pretty eyes!" in a cajoling manner, when I bury my face in my hands in exasperation. Inevitably it makes me laugh, which is totally counterproductive. Once I start laughing, it's dreadfully hard to accomplish whatever was exasperating me in the first place.  I often say, dryly, "I suppose we're making memories" as control of the situation slips through my fingers.

  2. Sees Pokey having fun, and wants to recreate that exact experience. You can't swoop in on Hawaii and swing her high in the air and zherbert her stomach. She will not enjoy the surprise, nor lack of agency, and will tensely shriek to be put down. But you can swoop in on Hokey Pokey, and so we do. He cackles with glee, etc, is very merry.

    Hawaii watches Pokey's reckless abandon, his carefree zest, and says "Now do that to me!" So you put down Pokey, and pick up Hawaii, and try to do the exact same thing. Inevitably, it is not perfectly recreate-able. You can't swoop in on the same river twice and zherbert it.  Inevitably, Hawaii gets a little heartbroken and busted and has a miniature - yet real - run-in with the angst of the immutability of one's core temperament.  I'm so sympathetic to her plight, and I can't fix it for her, but poor Hawaii. (For what it's worth, I was a child with Pokey's temperament, not Hawaii's.)

March 23, 2014 (1)

Matching skirts with Grandma Collie. No, Grandma Collie does not know she's being blogged. She would be hurt that I haven't shared this journal with her, but not at her presence on it. (I feel bad about not sharing this journal, because I know how much she'd love it. But, first, I tell no one. Second, Mom is not good at secrets. Third, I tell no one, and if you want something to stay a secret, you tell no one.)

Good afternoon, Morningside Nature Center:

March 23, 2014 (5) March 23, 2014 (6)

Swamps and sheep kept their distance from each other, as best they could within the same park.

March 23, 2014 (4)

On the drive home, we stopped in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to play on a playground with a fire truck.  We did the drive home in one long stretch - wake up at 4 am, Eastern time, and pull into our driveway at 10:30 pm, Central time. One thousand miles, chump.

March 23, 2014 (7) March 23, 2014 (2)

Ace frolicked with the garden hoses.


(Anonymous) at 2014-03-25 01:35 (UTC) (Link)

Road trip

How did you manage the long car trip with the three kids?! That's awesome. I feel like I would go bonkers, but maybe I'm selling myself short. I am planning a similar long haul this summer with just one child (who will be 17 months) and would love any tips you have up your sleeve.

heebie_geebie at 2014-03-25 20:12 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Road trip

We sedated them with TV! They watched as many movies as they possibly could. This didn't work with Ace, of course, but she slept more than I expected. She tended to be our limiting factor - around 2.5 hours, she would really start to wail and we'd pull over and let everyone stretch.

17 months is a tough age to get really immersed in a movie or TV show, though. But you can also tire them out pretty easily with twenty minutes in a grassy area, if you can get them running around after a ball or something. Scenery + familiar music can go pretty far with a toddler.
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