Yesterday afternoon the babies were wild crying banshees. Jackson invited them into his room (this is always a mistake). We all went in there and the fighting quickly ensued over the light sabers. I don't understand the fascination with boys and light sabers. The next thing I knew the twins were battling it out for the blue light saber and Jake went in to take a bite out of Josh's head. Josh screamed a loud battle cry to warm of the impending bite out of his mellon and Jack was standing yelling/upset "get out of here you crying babies!" I was doing what any other sane mom would be doing... sitting on the bean bag video taping it all.
After they were all looking at me like, "why isn't she doing something." I put the camera down, broke up the light saber war and calmed the eldest son down, gently reminding him he was in fact the one that "invited" them in his room. The twins world was in a fit now and everything made them upset. Mom decision #1 - if they can't be consoled, let's try a nap... and of course with the fan blowing, blankets snuggled around their arms and soothing music they were calm and on the way to dream land. It sounds like paradise to me. Someone please give me a blanket, turn on a fan and play some soft music in a quiet room, the word paradise comes to my mind. If I believed in reincarnation, I would want to come back as one of my children. You know, the peaceful sleepin', happy dreamin' relaxed in a cool quite room, no worries droolin' toddler twins we call Jake and Josh.
With the toddlers asleep, now to settle Jack down. To spend our time together I said, "Let's play a board game." The excitement lit up in his little eyes (he is my child when it comes to board games. I love em) He went to his closet and looked up at the boxes of games. I wondered which brightly colored box would call his name, I was hoping it wasn't Twister. Would it be Cariboo? Checkers? Go Fish? The curiosity is almost too much for you I know...
He called me over and said, "That one! That's the one I want to play."
I looked up and the box that captured his attention and its name was called "UpWords" it is Scrabble but you can build on the letters. I looked at him and said, "You know you have to spell words with this game." (he's 6 and just finished kindergarten)
He said, "yep, now let's play"
We sat on his bed, chose our tiles and set up the board game. He said he would go first. I said, "Now, you use the letters you have to spell a word and put it on the board."
Side note: I chose my letters and I had gone to check on the twins (this is when Jack chose his tiles). Miraculously, his first 7 letters spelled the word "Jackson." I know, what are the chances... :)
I laughed and said, "Hmmm isn't that something." He grinned the biggest grin and said, "Okay, I won't do that again." as he laughed.
I played the word "sad."
He played the word "bune." I said, "What word is that?" He said, "Bunny." I realized this was going to be a game of phonics. His words were going to be spelled how they sounded. I played along and played my next word.
His next word was "osm." Again, I said what is that? He said, "Awesome." I see how he got it so, okay we went on. You get the picture. This game board was too funny but I was proud of him sounding out the words he wanted to play.
Finally, he asked what is the score. I said, "Oh, I think you are about 47 and I am about 23." We went on and when the game was almost over he asked the score again. Again, I said he was ahead. As we finished the game he said, "Oh ya, I forgot to tell you, the winner gets a chocolate milkshake, a massage and TV time." He obviously knew his position and decided to monopolize on it.
I laughed and said,"So are you the winner I guess." He said, "Yep!" Usually I disregard his crazy little rewards when he comes up with them but I gave in. I made a chocolate milk shake, turned TV on for a bit and rubbed his feet and rubbed his back until he said "Over to the left a little." Sorry little man, you can take this only so far, I am not a masseuse. ;)
Like I said, If I believed in reincarnation I think I'd like to be reincarnated as one of my children. Especially the chocolate milk shake drinkin', massage getting, TV watchin' not a care in the world child we like to call Jack.
wht an osm da!