- Certain Small Children knock over bright pink nail polish over Brand New Kitchen Floor (being sure to get into the grout). That's sweet of you to
spread it into the groutwipe it up, Honey. But I think that's a Mommy job.
- Certain child Who Should Know Better writes, "I LOVE YOU" in permanent marker on the sidewalk right by the front porch ("I thought it was washable, Mom!"). I love you, too, but could we use chalk next time?
- Certain child takes opportunity to admit a math grade of 30 as phone rings for the next showing.
- Potty trained child takes opportunity to regress temporarily, and drip-drip-drips all the way up the [carpeted] stairs to the bathroom when we have less than 30 minutes to get out of the house.
Being forced out of the house hasn't been all bad. Yesterday, when we had to be gone for three hours, we had a an all-family Raising Five whiffleball game.
Annie (6) shows promise as a pitcher. She just needs to learn to throw the ball in front of the batter.
Neal (13) knew he had no chance of getting past her, no matter how fancy the footwork.Ruthie (4) didn't enjoy fielding, even though she forces a smile here. Unless, of course, she was batting. She'd hit the ball and then run after it and tag herself. Allie better be taking a picture here and not texting.Libby (10) was a bit more serious about the game than the rest of us. Note the shin pads and cleats that make the "I know what I'm doing" statement. She really wanted to strike Neal out, but by this time Annie (6) and Ruthie (4) were content to be cheerleaders from the dugout.
And when a friend offered us their Dallas Stars hockey tickets for last night, it was a good excuse for the big kids to get out of the house and bond with Dad.Nobody even spilled anything while they were gone. It's a miracle.