Sunday, June 22, 2008

Things Kid Say (part 3)

Pinky: "Mommy could you please put some tobacco (Tabasco) sauce on my meat."

Pinky: When I grow up I want to own a port-a-potty company. All my port-a-potties will be pink and they'll smell good too."
Mommy: "Pinky's Port-A-Potty Co. ?"
Pinky:"And they'll have pink toilet paper and pretty pictures on the walls."
Mommy: "I'm not sure guys will like using a pink port-a-potty."
Pinky: "Well, they can just go use those nasty green and white ones then."

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

When You Realize Your Child Is Different

I think yesterday I reached that point....or maybe I already knew and was in denial.

There was a group of 9-11 year old girls playing with Daisy and Pinky yesterday. The visiting girls were chatting and playing cards. They were talking about little girl things like Hannah Montana and jumping rope. Pinky was able to follow the conversation pretty good and was laughing and talking appropriately.

Daisy kept getting into each girl's personal space and started questioning them like was was a police interrogator. She was asking questions like; "Who buys your shoes for you ?" "Where's your dad at ?" "Do you get everything you want ?" As I watched I could tell the other girls were starting to get uncomfortable, they slowly started backing away from Daisy, who followed and kept getting really close. Finally they made an excuse and left and didn't come back.

Even 'Cole, who was sitting in the house, watching them out the window, noted that it seems like Daisy has the social skills of a Kindergartener.

Daisy is always the one who complains about not having any friends and it was interesting to watch this interaction yesterday.

I sat down with her and talked to her about personal space and about asking people personal questions. I don't think she understands how her actions affect other people.

I guess it made me realize how different Daisy is from other girls her age. She can be funny and delightful, but she can be really intense and in your face. She wants to Definitely something to work on.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Working at the Dog Wash

We had a lovely day today. It started with a quick trip to the pet shop for some pet cleaning supplies. 'Cole and Daisy went with me.
Of course, you know there's no such thing as a quick trip to a pet shop with kids. The girls had to ooooh and ahhhh over every single animal in the place. I'll admit I came really close to buying the most adorable yellow kitten, but decided against it.
We ended up getting some bunny shampoo, doggie shampoo and conditioner, a pet hair clipper set and some dog treats. 'Cole bought a special dog treat for her dog Casey, a cupcake-shaped cookie for dogs.

When we got home the real work began.
Team One was Pickles and 'Cole washing Casey while I held his leash (to prevent escape) Pickles does NOT do well with anything dirty and Casey was one dirty dog. 'Cole just dived right in and soaped him up, rinsed him off and he was done. Team Two, Daisy and Pinky were in charge of brushing and combing. That did not go so well, but it was funny to watch them chase Casey around trying to coax him into getting brushed.

Team One started the real work on Shadow who was a bushy mess. Shadow is part English Springer Spaniel and part Black Labrador Retriever. His undercoat was insane.

By that point Team Two was getting bored and fidgety, so I sent them out front to play. Shadow was not in the mood to cooperate, so I had to get down on the ground and baby him until he relaxed. 'Cole and I gave him a through brushing and cut out a few mats.

'Cole continued working on Shadow while I cooked dinner and he looked pretty darn good by the time I was done cooking.

Everyone ended up pretty doggone tired and I'm soooo glad we won't have to wash these dogs again for a few weeks.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Water, Water Everywhere

We had a great time at the new Zoombezi Bay Water Park up at the Columbus Zoo. 'Cole and Daisy both ended up with a sunburn across their cheeks and noses. (that is the only place I forgot to put the sunblock)

I've been busy trying to find activities to keep the kids from being bored all summer. Most of the summer camps are too expensive, so maybe we'll try a small weekend camping trip. The kids are looking forward to going to see the fireworks for the 4th of July and going to the Ohio State Fair. Pickles turns thirteen next month and I'm giving him a surprise party.

We had a huge water balloon battle on the last day of school. All the neighborhood kids were in it. There were kids with Super Soakers, cups and water guns. One girl even brought an empty vegetable oil bottle to fill with water. I ended up wet even though I was trying not to. It was crazy fun. Everyone must have had a good time because they're still talking about it.