We had a great weekend! I already told you about Friday night. Saturday morning after Kris got done doing a duathlon on his own (he ran, then he biked, then he ran some more – you know, for fun! and in the rain – the man is way more dedicated than I am!) he stayed home while Krystle, Mathias and I headed out to go shopping. And boy were the kids mad! They wanted to go with and both of them threw fits when we left. They were practically wrapped around my legs. I had to physically remove them from me in order to get out the door. I hate that. I really do. It breaks my heart to have to do that. But I also wanted some sibling time without having to be on Mommy Duty at the same time. So I left them at home. I’m sure 2 minutes later they were so engrossed in playing again that they forgot that I was even gone. Kids.
So we went shopping and had a great time bumming around the stores together. We ended up buying each other birthday presents. Heh. After shopping I ate lunch, wrapped presents and hustled everyone into the truck so we could go to our next activity. Party! Saturday night was Seth’s graduation/going away party. The kids loved seeing Nana and as soon as they were done eating dinner they were stuck to her playing Mr. Potato Heads. Jamesy had to come show me each potato head that he made. And while they were occupied I took the chance to hold Kris’ cousins new baby girl, Autumn. She was six weeks old and of course super tiny compared to my big kids. I fed her a bottle (Which I have to admit was SO weird for me! I never fed bottles to my own children and haven’t bottle-fed a baby probably since I babysat when I was a teenager!) and held her and cuddled her until her Mom arrived. Neither kid showed any jealousy towards me holding the baby. Annika was actually enthralled by it and was hovering pretty good for a while, stroking the baby’s head or hand. This, of course, was because it was a baby girl, dressed in pink, and she just couldn’t get enough.
I usually write all glowing reports of my children on this site. Want to know how they really act sometimes?
Saturday at the party James was wearing Kris’ hat. He wanted to see something in the kitchen so he lead me over there. While standing there he decided he didn’t want to wear the hat anymore so he took it off and threw it on the floor. I told him he had to pick it up and bring it back to Daddy if he didn’t want to wear it anymore. You know what that little turd told me? He told me to pick it up! I told him no, he had to and he told me no again. That I had to pick it up. Um, excuse me!?! I picked him up, flipped him over so his hands touched the ground, made him pick up the hat and then walked him back to Daddy so he could give it to him. Me pick it up. Hmph!
And now Annika’s bad behavior story. So, Saturday after the party it was bedtime (around 8pm) when we left and started driving home. I knew both kids were tired and wanted them to fall asleep in the truck. Annika asked if she could watch a movie on the DVD player and I told her no – it was rest time. She whined about that for a while and then asked if she could listen to her music CD. I told her no – it was rest time. She could watch the trees or count the utility poles outside but that all movies and music were staying off. She threw a fit. She cried, whined, yelled at us to turn on her music, etc. Finally Kris pulled over into a parking lot and told her to knock it off and that we were going to sit there until she was done. She kept on going. 5 minutes later she was still going. 5 minutes after that – after repeated warnings and threats – I asked her if I should just throw her music CD away. She said no and I told her she had to stop right that instant or I was going to throw the CD I was holding away in the trash can outside the truck. She stopped and we went on our way. She groused a time or two after that, occasionally asking us to turn on her music, but never threw a fit again. James ended up falling asleep but Annika never did although she did go to sleep easily once we were home. Sometimes she can be such a pill! And stubborn! And rude! And, well, normal I guess. We’ll keep working on it though.
Sunday morning I slept in later than I had planned. When I got up I put my work out clothes on and got my 5 mile run in and then a 5 mile bike. I was supposed to bike longer but it was misting and cold and I decided I was done. Heh. We missed church though due to my laziness. Bad me!
We got everyone bathed and dressed though in time to meet Grandpa, Mathias, Krystle and Pierce for brunch. It was the same restaurant we went to for Krystle’s birthday and on the way there Annika asked if they had the bagels and strawberry cream cheese she likes. And that’s pretty much all she ate while we were there (OK, she had some bacon, strawberries, and a cinnamon roll too – healthy, no?). Also on the way there Annika announced that she wanted to sit by Uncle Mathias at the restaurant. And then James announced that he wanted to sit by Grandpa. And they did. During our meal James decided to start pointing out who he likes and who he doesn’t like. First he declared “I like boys.” Then he went around the table saying “I like Grandpa. I like Uncle Mathias. I don’t like Nika. I like Pierce. I don’t like Krystle. I like Daddy. I don’t like Mommy.” What!?! I asked him if he liked me and he said no. I asked him if he loved me and he said yes. Then I tickled him until he said he liked me too. He is hilarious sometimes which his “I like boys and not girls!” declarations. Of course he’s just feeding off Nika who says all the time that she likes girls and not boys. She even told me last week that she didn’t like Ryan (the neighbor), only Erin (the neighbor). Of course she does like Ryan and has a fit when he’s outside playing and I won’t let her join him. Oh, also last week she asked me if I could help her make a sign for her door that said “No Boys Allowed” and one for James’ room that said “No Girls Allowed.” Where do they get this stuff from??
OK, back to the weekend. After brunch we all went to Grandpa’s house for the afternoon. Grandpa had a LP gas call he had to take care of so the rest of us sat around watching TV for a bit. Kris got restless (He so has adult ADD!) so he and James and I ran down the road to Target to bum around. We ended up getting James a bike helmet – which he adores. (He even fell asleep later that night in the truck on the way home with the bike helmet firmly in his grasp.) Then it was back to Grandpa’s house for a great game of dominoes. We played a whole game too – from 12′s down to 0′s. So fun! We teased Pierce. I pushed all Krystle’s buttons. (heh) And I think Dad ended up winning. Of course. He’s a good game player – pretty sneaky that one! You always have to keep an eye on him and how many bones he has in his hand. I hope we can play again soon.
After the game was over it was time for us to head home. Before we did though we had a picture taking session. Have to capture those memories with Mathias! We lined up for some pics on the couch and first up was Mathias and the kids. Mathias and James had to make goofy faces (some captured on camera too). (I’ll have those up on Flickr tonight – along with pictures from the last couple months – look for those later!) Then Annika hopped on Mathias’ lap for a few pics. She was completely not shy with him at all. She ADORES her Uncle Mathias. And here I thought she only liked girls. Anyway, then we lined up the siblings and then the siblings with Dad, etc. It was a great weekend.
Not much is going on this week. Kris has a trip to the big park planned for the kids and maybe a trip to the zoo as well. This weekend is our second duathlon of the spring and a Machine game Saturday night. Should be a fun week!