Sunday, December 30, 2007

the Cost of Dark Green

We have been hanging around the house all week and a lot of the time the kids have been playing a bunch of games they got as Christmas presents.  My mom and I were drinking coffee in the dining room, when over in the Den a fight broke out.  I tried to figure out what was going on.

Anna told me that PJ and Sam were fighting over which color piece they got to play in the game.

"... and then I told Sam he could have the green piece, but PJ wanted the green piece also.  And then I thought we were okay because there was a dark green piece and a light green piece, but they both wanted the dark green piece."

"So PJ and Sam are fighting about who gets the dark green piece?  PJ why don't you just take the light green piece?"

"No!  I want the dark green piece."  PJ said.

"I want the dark green piece!"  Sam said.  They started fighting again.  I just wanted to leave the room, but they were all looking at me, expecting some kind of solution.

"Okay, PJ, how about I give you a quarter, and then you take the light green piece.  Is that okay with everyone?"

"That's good."  PJ said.

"No!  I want the quarter and the light green piece."  Sam said.  Sam started to do his little tantrum dance, bouncing around on his toes like a nervous horse.

I thought for a second.  Had a heavy sigh.  I sigh a lot in situations like this. "OK. PJ you get the light green piece and a quarter, and Sam you get the dark green piece and fifteen cents.  Is that fair?  Sam?"

"Okay"  Sam said.

"That's okay with me."  PJ said.

And that was it, I was able to resume my coffee.  But I had the last laugh.  I never paid them and they forgot about it.  Ha!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Dad day - Dec 24, 2007


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This year, for the third year running, I took my kids out on Christmas Eve day for shopping, a movie, and lots of good old fashioned Christmas yelling.

Anna was nice enough to craft an agenda. Dad was the last one to be ready. First off we went to IHOP, to order, complain about and not eat the food. Well I ate mine. Five minutes after leaving, PJ said "Dad, I'm hungry, can we get something to eat?"

"Why didn't you eat your pancake?"

"I don't like pancakes."

"Why did you order them?"

"I don't know."

Next was shopping for a clock. Do you ever see those angry parents at the mall? I was one of them. Also, as a note to myself, going into a store full of very expensive clocks with your three rambunctious children is a terrible, horribly bad idea. Trust me on this. We ended up getting the clock, though, and proceeded to ye ol' CEC (Chuck E Cheese).

CEC is dead on Christmas eve day, and is possibly one of the least Christmas-ey places around. After that was a movie, and then home. The children had a great time, and dad was a little harried but it worked out for the best and no one got the stomach flue, so I'm pretty happy with the way things worked out.

Dad day - Dec 24, 2007


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Dad day - Dec 24, 2007


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Dad day - Dec 24, 2007


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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Great Wolf Lodge 11/21/07


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Great Wolf Lodge 11/21/07


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Great Wolf Lodge 11/21/07


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Williamsburg,Va - we went here over Thanksgiving week.

Great Wolf Lodge 11/21/07


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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Anna, Sam in Ice Storm 12-15-2007


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This weekend we went down to the cow-house, and there was an ice storm Saturday night.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

BREAKING - Loretta breaks her leg (again)!

I got a call from my brother tonight, telling me that his wife had slipped on the ice and broke her leg. I don't know anything more other than she is at the hospital now, and has been operated on and is in recovery.

Loretta - we down in Virginia all wish you well and our praying for you! Hang in there and be strong!