Busy day for us. Pool, bank, lunch, gas, Target, chiropractor... Last time we were at Target, Ryan wandered away and we had to call code yellow. So I talked with him today and thought he understood NOT to wander away. I was wrong. Everytime I called out for him Andy got upset which made me get more uptight.We found Ryan in the candy aisle amongst a pile of gummi bears he had dropped on the floor. I did my best not to yell since that only makes things fall apart even faster. Once I got him to tell me that he did it, I grabbed a bag and made him pick them up. Do you know how much gummi bears are? $6.99 per pound. Ryan managed to drop a pound and half! And I felt I had to be honest. I told the cashier but he did not make us pay. He saved Ryan's hide.
The screaming has started, and it's not me. Ryan is following Andy around like little brothers are wont to do. But Andy is not the typical big brother. He doesn't understand it. He doesn't like it. And he whines and cries. Then gets Ryan upset to where Ryan screams like a banshee. My blood pressure goes up but I stay calm, at least on the outside. 12 weeks to go. sigh
But I did get another card done.
Why does this title stick in my head today? It might be that Ryan has turned crazy ugly weird. It could be that he first grabbed (then asked) to use my new Brother P-touch Labeller and proceeded to copy a chapter of the bible onto strips of (rather expensive) stickers to put onto a sheet of white paper. It could be that when I saw what he did and said (quite loudly) OH My God! and Andy covered his ears so I calmed down and did NOT give Ryan the tongue lashing I felt he deserved. I tried to reason with him that it was too (friggin) expensive to print out a chapter that way. We could use the computer and make sticker strips. I even offered him the other tape which is black on clear. But he wanted the black on white which makes no sense (to me) since he is just putting it on white paper.
It could be that he loves to looks at guide books but doesn't want to travel anywhere. He also doesn't want anyone else to look at the books.
But I think it has more to do with the fact that Ryan is crazy. At least today he is. He doesn't want Andy to follow him. But he doesn't want Andy to be first either.
And I didn't mention that next Wednesday is the last day of school. Then we have 3 full months before they go back. What in sam hill am I supposed to do with them when they get bored during a 3 day weekend?
When negotiating with kids, it's important to know their currency. WHAT will make them do something you want or make them STOP doing something you don't want? It's hard to know with my boys. Maybe with any kids. Seems like what works one week, will not work the next. You have to constantly renegotiate the terms. UGH!
Ryan was enthusiastic to do his chores/tasks for the points. Then he slacked off. I had to threaten no more scrapping. Then he goes over the edge and claims he will never scrap again, EVER!
Andy told me he DID his task so he could watch the movie. He didn't. I don't think he actually meant to lie but only said what he knew would work to get what he wanted.
It might be easier to do the cleaning myself but then again my back can't handle it and they wouldn't learn anything.
Ryan's class has a field trip. In the past, he did not want me to come to his field trips. But now he knows that if I don't go, no one takes photos and no one does a layout. It may rain. Oh joy.
Andy is 10 years old today! Amazing how the time has passed. He is a big boy, 4' 10, 90 pounds. He is smart and he is lazy. It's a struggle to get him to do work at school. He'd rather ride his bike, play his piano, watch DVDs, play with his game cube. Typical kid things. Though hardly the typical boy. He used up the last diaper the other. He hasn't pooped since. The kid has way too much control over his body and is stubborn as hell. It's not going to be pretty when he finally has to go.Today was Ryan's visit to the dentist. He didn't better than last time but he still hates it. He is so sensitive to taste and is so quick to gag and puke. A few times it was close. He was calm when he had had enough. He didn't scream or cry but say it was bad. I knew not push and I'm sure the dentist and techs thought I was a pushover. But I would rather back off than have to calm him down later.With Ryan being out of school for the rest of the day, I knew Andy would NOT want to be on the bus alone. So I said I would pick him up. But I couldn't find the car rider sign and had to get a new one which put us farther back in the line. Ryan was bored waiting so long. Once we got Andy, we went to Publix for balloons. It was the one thing Andy wanted. He got 2, Cars & Thomas and I let Ryan get one. He first picked out this HUGE one that played music when you knocked it about. Um...no. "I can't get the princess one because it is only for girls." You can get it if you want. He chose not only the Disney princess balloonn but one shaped like a heart. hmm...We came home and let Andy get the rest of his gifts. Books from Aunt Nancy, cards and cash from Uncle Greg and Uncle Steve, and a really nice handmade card from Susan. (OK the Baskin Robbins gift card? That for me. :P ) I got him some more books and Slinky Dog. But the most favored seems to be the balloons. When will I learn? ;) Happy Birthday Andy!