The Life of Riley

May 13, 2010 by Rieshy
With 4 children away on a trip with their grandparents life should be more relaxing, right?

Are you kidding?

I'm home minus 4 extra pairs of eyes.  If you knew my 2 1/2 year old you would understand how he must be kept under constant surveillance.

Mr. Destructo Man would be my 2 1/2 yo's nickname if I wasn't worried he'd endeavor even harder to live up to such a name.  Besides general world domination, I think his future is in structural engineering; he seems obsessed with discovering the breaking point of everything he touches.  I won't even mention his proclivity for climbing.

I'm also home minus 4 extra story book readers and 4 extra laps.  However, on the upside:

  1. I am home minus 4 voices complaining about the 2 yo's potty-training wardrobe-  bare bottoms rule.  
  2. It's much easier to sneak brownies for breakfast.
  3. My toddlers go to bed at 8:00 p.m.
  4. No one is drinking my coffee.
  5. No one is complaining about the 2 1/2 yo's potty-training wardrobe.  (Yes, I know I already listed this, but the list isn't weighted so this entry needed to be repeated at least 10 times.)
By the way, my 4 yo tried to stow away in his grandparents car.  He dressed with great deliberation to achieve success.  Evidently cowboy boots, bomber jacket, sunglasses, and a black balaclava were the keys to staying undetected, in 85 degree weather.... on a trip to Texas.

Now back to potty training...  
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miranda said...

Good luck with the potty training. I have to get busy on that with Jenna. I think she will do well, I just have to get the time and energy. Both very scarce during moving and pregnancy! Can't wait for life to settle down again. Enjoy your time and brownies!!

My Mercurial Nature said...

I actually prefer when all the kids are home...they keep each other entertained (and keep an eye on the youngest).

Unknown said...

I did the no pants thing too. Everyone thought I was CraYZie.
My 2 1/2 year old will spend a lot of time playing Clue with himself. He likes the small pieces. Especially the revolver.
Am I a bad parent? NOooo. I mean, he wears pants now right?
Just a tip for if you need some free time: CLUE

Rieshy said...

I'm actually fine with skipping the whole potty training thing. My husband however thinks it is some sort of requirement of parenthood...

JoAnn, I could just leave the teen-age girls bedroom door open. The toddlers could entertain themselves for hours. I bet the girls even have a Clue game in there.

Moving and pregnant and potty training? Miranda that makes me tired just thinking of it.

Anonymous said...

I would miss the extra laps, but the early bedtimes must be a treat and a half!

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