I can tell Liam to turn off the television constantly, but he rarely listens. The other day, he decided that he was going to watch a cartoon. I told him to turn the television off over and over.
When I went into the dining room, he walks back into the living room, turns the television on, walks over to the couch, sits down and just starts watching, like I never said a word.
While sitting down with some other parents, Helena came over to Dalen and I and asked us “Do you know why my tummy is so big?”
“Because I have to go poop!”
The list of things I threw into the toilet today after I went to the bathroom but before I flushed.
- A toy hammer
- A toy dinosaur
- A toy turtle
- A toy mirror
- Daddy’s razor and shaving brush
- 4 toothbrushes
- A bottle of powder
- My underpants
- My shorts
And then daddy wouldn’t read me any stories at nap time.
Dalen called the house during Helena’s and my walk to see if we wanted to meet her in Edina for lunch. She had to spend the day at school setting up her room. Helena dialed the phone today (with me reading off the phone number) to call Dalen back.
Dalen answered the phone with a “Hello?” and Helena, a little nervous, mumbled something unintelligible. I couldn’t understand what she said, and I was right next to her. As comfortable as she is around other kids (she frequently asks kids that she doesn’t know “Do you want to be my friend?”), she is terrible around adults and on the phone.
Luckily, Dalen figured out it was Helena, so she said “Helena!”. After that, Helena was fine, telling mom what she did today with Dad and Liam (lily pads, flowers, ducks, echos under a bridge, climbing on the big letters at the Walker Library).
I asked Helena to find out where Dalen wanted to go out for lunch, and Helena took care of the rest. She even figured out what door to pick up Dalen at. Good job, Punky…I may never have to talk on the phone again.
Helena: “Dad, a crocadile bit Chubby’s tail and his weenie”
Dad: “Oh, that’s not good”
Helena: “Yeah, his tail and his weenie”
Dad: “That had to hurt”
Helena: “Yeah, that really hurt”
Since Helena forgot to bring her beloved Chubby Bear to the Rumppe’s cabin, she came up with “Pretend Chubby” to help her along. Now Pretend Chubby is part of the daily routine.
Everytime she gets into my car, she even buckles the bear up so that “he doesn’t go through the window”.