Another thing: three's a crowd. At least for my family. (Yes, I know I have 4 kids - but Lucy doesn't "count" yet.) The whole week I spent with Lucy and Emmy at my parent's home I had hardly an ounce of trouble from her (meaning Emmy). I had a few (maybe even only 2?) times of frustrations from and with Emmy, but that was it. No loud screaming, yelling, or amazing tantrums. And from the report here, the boys were "awesome" (that is Jonas' new favorite word - I think I heard him say it over a dozen times today). Miles didn't pester Jonas. Jonas didn't whine. At all. Then, within 30 minutes of arriving back home, chaos once again engulfed our home. Emmy SCREAMED. Jonas WHINED. and Miles PESTERED. (well, really, I can't remember Miles pestering in those first 30 minutes. All I can remember is him sharing a toy with Emmy to make her feel better. But he has definitely pestered since we've been together again.) What gives? Me - perhaps I'm the problem? But I did have a problem-free week with Emmy, so it can't be just me. I've always heard of "three's a crowd," even in reference to children. I'd have to agree.
The boys just came down about 15 minutes ago. I spent about 30 extra minutes reading to them tonite - a Nancy Drew mystery book. Miles is in to mysteries these days. I enjoy them, too. Especially when I can figure it out waaaaay before it's "solved." (Right, these books are for 6-9 year olds. So I should figure it out waaaaay before. But at least I do :) Miles was stalling when he came down here. I asked him what the problem is. "I'm scared." He's into that phase, I guess. And then he being scared, scares Jonas, and if Emmy were still awake it would scare her. . . and so forth. So then we just talked for a bit. He wanted me to show him something that we read about in the Nancy Drew book. About them finding a "clue." The "clue crew" took a piece of paper from a room - it was blank, but it was underneath a stack of papers in which some girls had written some things down on the top piece of paper (am I making any sense at all?). So then the "clue crew" rubbed pencil on the blank sheet of paper and the words (from the top sheet of paper, that had been "pressed" onto the blank paper) appeared. Miles wanted me to demonstrate it. So I did.
The secret message? "Go to bed." Dang I thought I was funny. And so did the boys. :)
So they are back in the rooms, listening to primary songs on CD. Hopefully that will drive away all the scary monsters. . .
p.s. I was on the front-cover of our newspaper today. I don't think I'll scan the picture - but maybe I will at some point. I was out shoveling snow yesterday and someone from the paper came and took my picture. I'm pretty embarrassed about being on the front cover. Even though you can't see my face, I still don't think I look good. Go figure. I'd link you to it, but the online edition doesn't have the picture on it. Sorry. But you aint missing out on anything spectacular.
p.p.s Ben is MAKING me scan it in. So there you have it.