This week we challenged Jackson to live without the Wii and me to keep the computer off while the kids were awake. I was hoping it would be the magic bullet for some attitude problems we've been having in our home. It didn't solve it but I suppose it helped. Technically, I'm cheating right now because Annabeth is not asleep, so I'm trying to be quick.
2) Making cookie brownie bars with Jackson.
These are so good! Jackson loves cracking eggs and he was bummed that it only required one. His favorite part of the process was telling me that the brownie batter looked like...well you can guess. That is the reality and joy of baking with a boy.
3) Spraying the kids with the water hose.
Early this week we were having a very long afternoon, so we went in the back yard and played with the water hose. Basically, I sat on the fort and sprayed the kids when they ran by. I wasn't sure Annabeth would like it but she rose to the occasion.
4) Finding a booger glued to the top of my hand and not knowing whose it was.
Gentle reader, I apologize if I have offended your sensibilities. This is my current reality.
5) Volunteering to help at an event at the kids' school and realizing I signed up to help decorate.
*Insert minor panic attack*
In order to atone for missing Jackson's Rodeo Day at preschool, I volunteered to help with an in-school field trip next week. I thought I would just have to be there to help. Well, it turned out that I signed myself up for the decorating committee. Someone get me one of the kids' lunch sacks! I'm hyperventilating!
I ended up getting to cut things out of construction paper in the work room on Tuesday and found it to be very pleasant and therapeutic. The conversation with other ladies was very enjoyable. I also feel utterly empowered having learned to use a die cut machine.
6) The last parent teacher conference of Pre-K.
Curtis and I met with Jackson's teacher yesterday. She had some sweet things to say about him and we were so grateful. The last year has not been without some significant challenges and it just means a lot to know he's doing well at preschool. In the beginning of the year we promised Jackson we would buy him the light-up tennis shoes he wanted if he did ________. His teacher had noticed a lot of improvement in this area, so off to the mall we went! Add "buying light-up shoes with great joy" to the list of things I swore I'd never do as a parent.
7) Mother-Son Date.
After the light-up shoe buying extravaganza, I had a couple of hours alone with Jackson. We went to McDonald's per his request, then we played video games at this place called Mountasia. I'd hoped to ride go-carts but they weren't running those. So then we were stuck in this crusty old arcade where some friends and I used to hang out in 9th grade. Jackson didn't notice the crustiness - only the flashing lights and small toys behind the ticket counter. He loved every minute of it.
After that we went to Dairy Queen for some ice cream. When we went in, Jackson said, "I've never done this before!" "What, buddy?" I asked. "I've never gotten to do everything I wanted to do!" Ha! I told Curtis about it later and he said that sometimes we all need a day like that.
When I put Jackson to bed last night I asked him what he wanted to pray for. "You," he said. He prayed and thanked God for his mommy and for getting to do "everything fun together."
Sometimes we all need a day and a prayer like that.