Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Whitewater again!

So the Season Pass to Six Flags Whitewater is again a summer hit! For $60 bucks, it pays for itself in 2 visits. It's Davey's and my way of having a pool around and not to mention the tons of kids to interact with. We took our friends Kim and Cole to the park on Saturday, and had a blast. Of course, she lost Cole for a few minutes in the water playland area, and then she had a panic attack in the wave pool and mowed down some teenagers with her tube on her way out, and then there were grown men having a splash contest in the lazy river, which drowned our children and made them cry. But other than what a fun day! HA HA- ok, so not our best day, but fun for Davey and I and 1 picture to show for it!

Good bye from the water bugs!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

No, no, no, no, nooooooo

The defiant 3's are in full swing! At this age, dealings with children are more of a bargaining game as opposed to my original vision of sole dictatorship by parent! Davey has learned on many occasions that his Mom is not to be "messed with" (sassed, talked-back too, yelled at, argued with, ect) OR ELSE!

BE AWARE: that 3 is also the age that your words of punishment, praise & encouragement, and reprimand come back to haunt you! I have on several occasions heard not only my words come out of Davey's mouth, but also my Mother's. Is it possible to remain mute for the duration of his youth?

Davey is a smart child. He has learned in 3 short years to work the angles to his advantage (darn that fish oil), and he has also learned the art of negotiating with adults to work most situations to his liking (again with the fish oil). I take some credit in this learning, because he has been hooked to my side for the past few years!
On this particular day, he caught me unaware and not only did it make me smile, I believe a giggle escaped my flustered face.
Place: car
Activity: driving
Time: after work
I began making "a deal" with Davey that if he was good in the grocery store- interjection into story- ( Often even the best behaved children turn into BeBe's kids running the aisles and acting crazy when let out of the cart- and you will find no Twinkies, soda, or high fructose corn syrup in our cart- however it comes from somewhere deep inside them to misbehave as Mom is trying to concentrate on multiple tasks!)
-back to story- that if he was good, there would be a treat.
A simple mathematical equation? Of course the treat could be a penny to put in his piggy bank, a gum ball, a quarter to help earn him a hot wheel car, or the actual hot wheel car merits a big treat!
Well, Davey shocked me by telling me to "wait, just a minute.... and no, no, no, nooooooo, let me ask you if you will......." and to be honest I didn't hear what he said, I was so shocked that my little tyke was so smart to realize that I was treating our relationship as a democracy and that he had a voice in the matter, that I whipped my head around to see a little boy sitting where an infant use to be.

Eyes glowing, and face lit up with intellect and excitement,

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Behold! The Merry Men!

We've watched the Atlanta Renaissance Festival come and go for many years. But this year we stepped back in time and went with our friends Kim & Cole for a merry good time! With many Kings, Queens, and locals in costumes, there was quite a lot to see. They were adding pirates to the mix along side the knights and wenches (due to their growing popularity), which suited Davey just fine! As he was dressed in his Jack Sparrow costume a good portion of the day! We walked, ate, rode the rides, and then ate some more! The acrobats and Joust by far were the most entertaining. The boys seemed to really like it, and Davey was thrilled after he found his painted wooden sword. Definitely a fun time and worth making a ritual. Any takers for next year?