The boys and I stayed home together today, giving Baxter another day of rest. The kiddos stayed in their pj’s all day, even when we walked the half block to 7-11 to pick up some eggs for the sugar “flu-kies” we made this afternoon. I am only dressed because I went to the gym early this morning, which was a bit rough after a poor night’s sleep. The kids’ve done very little this spring break week, aside from our Horton Hears a Who outing. In fact, I’ve done very little myself, or at least it feels that way, and I seem to be in a bit of a time warp. Life is strange when there’s no car pool, no nursery school, to give the week its familiar shape. Perhaps it’s simply this combination of factors, but I was feeling out of it this afternoon. Fatigued. And I seem to have a bit of a fever tonight. I have an unusually full day at work tomorrow (6 hour-long clients back-to-back without a break – yowza) and hope that I will wake up feeling well enough for it.
But before I turn in early, I have a few observations and photos from my day with the boys today:
1) When left to their own devices for more than 10 minutes, they were able to amuse themselves quite well. At one point, they played a game in which they took turns giving each other a good thwack on the rear end and then laughing uproariously (I tried to figure out how to phrase that to avoid showing up on the freakier Google searches). Next, they were happy to “spit” (more like raspberries) on a piece of construction paper, declare it “Disgusting!” and then pass it to the other brother. Which begs the question: what will the teenage years look like? And one of my favorite games is when Baxter randomly asks, “Lyle, what + what = what?” to which Lyle earnestly starts guessing numbers. “100, Baxter?” – “Nope.” – “17, Baxter?” – “No way, Lyle!” I love crazy sibling shit like that.
2) A highlight of my first use of the new Kitchen Aid mixer (which was mentioned in comments earlier today – it was fantastic!) was when I had my back turned and Lyle switched it on – with the mixing blade pointing up, full of the wet ingredients for cookie dough. One word: EVERYWHERE.
3) These boys are being ludicrously kind to each other these days. I think there was only one argument all day, and that was about whether there was enough natural light in the playroom to warrant turning the lights on. Lyle insisted it would be “wasting electricity” and Baxter turned the lights on anyway. High-pitched three-year old screaming ensued. But, really, if there’s going to be an argument, I’ll take that one.
3) As I mentioned earlier today, it is supposed to snow tonight, tomorrow, oh, and Saturday and Sunday a bit, too. I had to stop, mid-cookie baking, when I saw the sun hitting the tulips like this on our dining room table. I’m going to keep it in my pocket tomorrow to remind me that spring was once here for a short while and will be back.