Yesterday morning was quite hectic----- picture day, I'm sure you can imagine. Technically, I only had seven kids to "fix up" but when five of them are girls on the brink of puberty, we were bound to have some upset. The previous night I cut William's beautiful head of hair--- he reminds of Prince Charming in Shrek, and Dennis' who I can't seem to keep up with because of how fast it is growing. So really, I had the whole morning to only primp and pamper the girls in my bathroom. It was nice and pleasant with each girl patiently and excitedly waiting for me to fix their hair, until it came to be Sveta's turn. Puberty has brought out the attitude in her and boy did she decide to dish some of it out to me. As I started to comb her hair she let me know that I was doing it wrong.
"Sveta, please stop pulling away from me. I am trying to part your hair to the side."
"Mom, I don't like it that way, you have to curl it."
Immediately, I sensed that nothing I could do would be good enough, but I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt.
"Sveta, I think your hair would look so nice this way," pulling one side of her hair back behind her ear.
She pulled away more. Her body is solid and since the brush was in her hair she was slightly pulling me too. Her attitude flat out stunk and was uncalled for. All the girls in the bathroom were trying to convince Sveta that her hair looked nice, but it only mad her madder.
Rather than have her continue to pull away, I walked her back against the wall in the bathroom so she couldn't pull away any further. Sternly, face to face, I explained to her how mean it was of her to be acting this way. I asked her to remember a time that I purposefully tried to make her hair look like a clown when I knew that she wanted to look nice. After asking her if there was a reason why she was upset, I asked her to stop being grumpy since she could not think one. I have to keep things simple with her.
Her attitude continued to be snotty so I sent her to her room to cool off and had her come back 10 minutes later so that I could put up her hair and stick in a nice bow. I turned her stiff body around so that I could show her in the mirror.
"See Sveta. It looks nice. Please don't be grumpy like you were two years ago for picture day. Remember how grumpy you looked in that picture?"
I imitated her face from 2nd grade and got her to smile. I tickled her a little and told her that I always want her hair to look pretty and her attitude seemed to soften a bit.
At bedtime, I sent her to her room 20 minutes earlier than the rest of the kids. If a child isn't able to redeem their bad attitude in a timely fashion then they have to go to bed early that night. She joined Anna and Annalyn.
Dennis is in such a good mood when he first gets up. He is the most playful first thing in the morning and after he gets up from his nap.
Here he is playing Peekaboo with me.
I had to make a Costco trip. I proudly had in hand a spoiled 3/4 carton full of heavy whipping cream that I had kept in my fridge since my last Costco trip on Sept 23th. I was returning it to get my money back because when I bought it I didn't notice that it had only three more days till expiration. It didn't even make it until the expiration date and I wanted a replacement.
The lady was a bit rude and insisted that she talk to the manager. "Why did you wait two weeks to return it if it wasn't good?"
"Um, excuse me? I don't normally go out of my way to embarrass myself by carrying around a spoiled carton of milk, but when I know that you guys made an error by selling cream with such a short expiration date, you better believe that I am going to stand on my principals and request a new carton. I am just not going to do that by making an extra trip. I don't have to explain why I didn't return it immediately, instead you should be trying to apologize for selling a product that didn't even make it to its expiration date."
I got my money back once the manager pulled up my account. Maybe it was the fact that he saw how much I spent there? I sure hope not. Even if the cream was the only thing I ever bought there, I should still have gotten my money back.
The boys have come to love trying all the samples. What kid doesn't like going around and getting to try all kinds of yummy foods served in cute little containers? Jonny happily fed Dennis the soup that he didn't like himself. It reminded me of the old Life cereal commercial where the kids have Mickey try it. "Have Mickey try it. He'll eat anything." Dennis is our Mickey.
My Costco trip was a success. I am hoping that this will last two full weeks and then some. I loaded (with the help of a nice employee), unloaded, and put away all of these groceries. Who ever pays for gym membership ought to just come over to my house on Costco days because you'll get a work out that is absolutely free!
Last night, we celebrated my mother in law's birthday. We had a nice dinner, and the kid's made her nice birthday cards.
William wrote one of the sweetest cards any of us have ever read and I wanted to share it with you.
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Grandma had a pumpkin pie instead of the traditional birthday cake. You can see Annalyn in the background playing happy birthday on her clarinet.
Our family had some fun with the whipped cream.
Dennis got his first mouthful of the creamy stuff! He immediately spit it out!
Grandma appreciated all of the nice cards that the kids made. We gave her a box of chocolate covered Macadamia nuts........ and she shared it with all of us.
As our day was winding down, I read with Rachel. Since no one was allowed to play computer because my van looked like a trash can from the kids throwing down empty wrappers, clothes, shoes, water bottles, toys, books, and whatever else they had conveniently found a home for on the floor of my van, Caleb joined in the reading too. It was nice to take turns reading with the both of them. Hmmm, maybe I should take away computer more often.
BTW, yes the kids cleaned out my van---- they made the mess, they clean it up.
William had me pull out his tooth last night. It gave Andrew the chance to see how easy it is.
William asked if we thought the tooth fairy would leave him a bunch of teeth instead of a present.
"I don't know William. Why don't you write her a letter?"
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We were all surprised when William showed us his tooth fairy gift. He held up a bag of teeth. The morning's conversation was quite interesting.
"Hey William, that looks like one of my teeth."
"Hey Adam, didn't you have a tooth just like that?"
"Mom, whose teeth are these anyway?"
"Mom, did the tooth fairy wash these teeth first?"
"William, I bet if you put all of those teeth under your pillow at one time, the tooth fairy will bring you something really big."
I hadn't thought of that.