1. Little things bring a lot of happiness. Oliver was so excited today when I ordered him a pair of jeans that came with a belt. His first belt! He was also thrilled to be able to use a little lamp I just clipped onto his bed to read just one more book before going to bed.
2. If you teach your mono-lingual child about false cognates, and he comes up with a Nintendo DS being a false cognate for diez-the Spanish word for ten-you should just go with it.
3. Sometimes, having someone else around to help you change your underwear and sheets after you wet the bed can make your whole night better. (And major props to Kullervo for his ability to change sheets lightning fast! If there were parental superpowers, that would definitely be one of them.)
4. If you tell kids that their Auntie E really misses them, they will pose for a picture to make her day.
The kids love the movie Cars. We had a busy morning of playing outside in the really, really cold (I was hoping to freeze Oliver into a nap, unsuccessfully), and this afternoon I had promised Hazel that we could watch a movie. It’s really hard to say no when she asks to “wotch a mooooooovie”.
I put on the movie, hoping that I’d be able to get some unpacking and organizing done, but Hazel said she wanted me to sit on the couch with her. I figured her attention span wouldn’t last too long, so I would sit with her for a couple of minutes and then when she got up to wander around, I’d get up and get to work.
But she just melted into me. She put her arms around me, lay her head on my chest, and said, “I love you, Mommy.”
So I watched her beautiful face while she watched Lightning McQueen, noticing her nearly-translucent skin, the way the light from the TV reflected in her eyes, how her face shape is so similar to Oliver’s, and just enjoyed the feel of my incredible daughter snuggled up with me to watch a movie. And I hoped it would never end, because one day she’s going to grow up, and I don’t know that I’m ever going to be ready for that to happen.
Oliver and Hazel were arguing over a toy, and Oliver got mad, and said, “Hazel! Go to Time Out!”
Hazel, who has never been sentenced to time out, walked dutifully over to the time out corner and sat down.
… I had to have a conversation with Oliver about how he doesn’t get to be the boss of Hazel, and certainly doesn’t get to send her to time out. I am pretty sure Hazel was just excited to finally get some punishment around here.