We've had a nice, low-key weekend around here.
With Josh away and the rain coming down, I couldn't think of one good reason to leave the house today.
So we didn't.
I began to regret that decision around 5:45, when the rugrats started to get a little stir-crazy. I just went with it and let them bounce off the walls until they got all of the energy out.
I am always surprised at how loud 2 children can be.
And so are the people who call me on the telephone.
They think they're interrupting some kind of children's party or playdate.
It's just that those two little boogers intensify their noise level upon hearing the phone ring. I'm not even sure they're aware of it.
It's some sort of subconscious act.
Or maybe they do know.
Maybe they find my antics amusing-- when I'm trying to silently give them the look. The one that screams, BE QUIET OR ELSE.
Once, by accident, I caught a glimpse of that look in the mirror.
It was like evil incarnate. I can't imagine why it doesn't work.
Then I find myself frantically miming to them what will happen if they don't leave me alone and go play quietly.
They look at me with a blank stare, as if they have no idea what I mean.
I mean, isn't the finger slicing across the throat a universal signal?
And then there are the times that the phone call is really important and I have to close the door to my bedroom, but they act as if they don't understand why, and begin to beat on it. So then I have to go inside my closet and close that door. And put my finger in my exposed ear. And wonder why I'm 31 years old and hiding in my closet.
Where was I?
Oh yes, our quiet weekend.
In keeping with my resolution to enjoy my children this year, I found that they actually made that quite easy to do this weekend.
Don't worry, it's not as if I didn't like them for the last 5 years.
It's just that there have been times when I have, let's see how to phrase this...affectionately tolerated them, because they stood in between me and whatever it was I was trying to accomplish at that moment.
I'm trying to change my outlook. They are what I'm trying to accomplish each day. Training them, loving them, feeding them, teaching them phone etiquette.
Then feeding them some more.
Until every dish and utensil in my house is dirty because they are insatiable.
Rats. I lost my train of thought again.
Oh yes, the kids were enjoyable this weekend.
For the most part, they got along well together. We read lots of books and sang and danced and just had a merry 'ol time.
And do you know what else?
They look even sweeter in pictures :)
Because you can't hear them.
Know what else?
I love 'em to pieces.