And so the monotony continues, until one day something really out of the ordinary happens....I got bit by an earwig last Friday. Or maybe it's pinched...pinched by and earwig. In any event, I was sitting outside enjoying some peace and quiet after the kids went to bed...chatting with Brian, when this unpleasant little insect decided to pinch my arm. Thanks to google images, I've managed to wrassle up a picture of this unsavory creature....
Sometimes we just have to create our own fun. For example, Brian fell asleep in a lawn chair last weekend and I decided he bore a striking resemblance to Grumpy Cat - so here's a little side by side comparison.
Yes, Brian gave me permission to post this :) He's a good sport. Plus it's really funny...and the kids have been getting a kick out of calling him Grumpy Daddy.
The thing with parenting is that you're stuck in this little routine, and then all of a sudden, the whole thing changes and your stuck in a new and different routine. Just when you think you've mastered this one stage - things do change. It's sometimes easy to lose sight of the big picture when you're in the day to day grind, but looking back - things really have changed quite a bit. My kids (4 and 3) are now so much more independent...they have such active imaginations and play together very well. It used to be that they were amused to play with toys and books in our playroom...my job was to keep them safe and nurtured. Now they want to be out on adventures everyday. Each morning they ask where we're going that day. My biggest challenge is finding new and exciting adventures while balancing housework, grocery shopping, and of course the checkbook. It's hard to convince them that we're going on yet another adventure to the grocery store. The other day I was taking them to the library to check out some books and Lauren informed me that we've already been to this library, so let's try and new one. I also took them to their first movie the other day and they did great. I thought they'd be scared of how loud it was, but they loved it. Anyway, as I write this I realize that Lauren will be going to preschool in the fall and the routine will completely change again. Ben will miss her terribly, and I'll probably miss their little arguments over dismantled Barbie limbs. I've said it before...this parenting thing is such a catch 22. You want them to grow and learn and mature, then you long for the days they were babies. And on that note, I'm off to find Toodles..slacker!