Here's something I don't understand. When a child does something really michievous, why is one of the more common responses I've gotten from onlooks, "Oooh, what a clever child! She's a smart one." Now, it's not that I don't think my child is clever. It's more like - really? She has the business end of a paintbrush in her mouth and art all over her cheeks. I guess that's creative, but what exactly is it about that scenario that screams "genius child!"? And, on that note, seven things that my children have done this week to drive me batty assist me on my road to perfection.
Ground banana into the carpet while I was emptying the dishwasher.
Smushed mini-wheats into the sofa while I was emptying the washer of the millions of little absorbent beads that exploded from the diaper that inexplicably made its way into there.
Fell into the sump pump while I was dealing with aforementioned washer load.
Colored on the cupboards (thanks be to God for washable markers).
Colored on the butcher block (not with washable markers - DOH!).
Dumped the entire bucket of cranberries onto the carpet and (apparently) danced on them.
Emptied an entire bag of frozen corn "into" an eeeeety-beeeety bowl while yelling "I DO IT MYSELF MAMA NOOO I DO IT MYSELF!!!!"
And in the spirit of a pinch to grow an inch, a couple sweet things from this week, too.
One evening after a series of instances similar to those above, I was counting to tenwhile getting Asparagus to bed and she stopped whatever crazy misbehavior she was enjoying, turned around, and gave me a hug. She started patting my back and stroking my hair and saying, "It okay, Mama, it okay. Shhh, it okay, Mama. Shhh." Then gave me a big kiss on the nose. The little snake charmer could get away with anything if she tried that more often! It was very, very sweet.
Lichen has learned to talk on the phone. She grabs M's phone (or a block, or whatever), holds it up to her ear, and even "talks" - she makes this little "EUH - EUH - EUH" sound the whole time she has it up to her ear! Thanks, as usual to Jen at Conversion Diary for hosting this week's Seven Quick Takes.