Thursday, December 30, 2010

New address

I've decided to combine the kids' blogs into one blog. It's easier for me and I've been finding more stories about things they both do that I'm never sure how to separate into different blog entries. So from now on check out here:

http://monkeybusinessjanda.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My angel

We're kind of tight on space in our new place. Most of the Christmas presents are in the basement, but I was wrapping the other day and brought them into the house to wrap, then decided to keep them there till Christmas. I put them in the hall closet. I had told the kids the presents were in the basement and I hoped this would eliminate snooping.

I was unloading a few things from the car yesterday and when I got back upstairs I noticed Jessica rummaging in the closet. Kind of sharply, I asked her what she was doing.

She started crying. Then she said she had presents for me and Daddy and was trying to hide them and how was she supposed to do that when we were always there?

She had a point. I told her I would go into my bedroom and wait for a few minutes while she found a hiding place. She was too upset and ran into her room.

After a while she cheered up and I forgot about it.

I stashed a few more presents in the closet today and I noticed a little package in there. I didn't take a close look at it but I know it was from her.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Absence does not make the heart grow fonder

One of Jessica's best friends last year in kindergarten was Emily. Emily really liked Jessica and was always writing her notes telling her how much she loved it. It was really sweet. After we moved, Emily was one of the kids Jessica repeatedly said she missed and wanted to have a playdate with. They had a couple of playdates and Emily came to Jessica's birthday party.

The day before Thanksgiving I took the kids to the New England Aquarium. I figured since it was such a big travel day, the aquarium wouldn't be as crowded. I was right.

On the way out, guess who we bumped into? Emily and her grandparents, who live in Boston. Emily has always been pretty shy and she immediately hid behind her grandmother. I guess it was contagious, because then Jessica started hiding behind me. Neither girl would talk to each other. It just seemed kind of odd, and a shame, that these 2 girls who liked each other so much, were suddenly shy with each other.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Small miracle

Jessica is in a play for the next couple of weeks. A semi-professional production company needed 100 kids to play elves in their Christmas play. The kids actually play 2 parts: elf and child. When they're the child, they wear PJ's and for elves they wear a Santa hat and "something festive." Jessica is wearing a Christmas dress, red velour.

So, today Xander had a birthday party to go to from 11 to 12:30 and then Jessica had to be at the matinee performance at 12:45. We had to go straight from the party to the play, so she wore her Christmas dress, which is the first outfit she needs.

I had forgotten the party was at "Plaster Fun Time." Kids pick out a premade plaster creature and then paint it. I had somehow hoped that Xander would just let me drop him off, but not only didn't that happen, he spent much of the party saying "I want to go home!" At least he didn't cry most of the time like another kid. Since I had to stay, I let Jessica pick out something to paint.

She wore a smock, but the entire time I kept saying, "Be careful of your dress, be careful of your dress." Not a drop on it. It was a Christmas miracle.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The professional

Now that Jessica gets marbles (which lead to money) for certain household chores, she's much more amenable when I ask her to do one of those chores. I usually call out "I have a marble-earning opportunity!" and see which child bites.

But even though that's the phrase I use, it was odd to hear Jessica ask, in a very businesslike tone, "Do you have a marble-earning opportunity available?" She was one marble away from earning $5 so she was very motivated.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

7 years of luck

Mostly. Happy 7th Birthday Jessica!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Phrasing

I just handed the kids a piece of gum each.

"Remember," I said in my best Mom tone, "if I see the gum out of your mouth, I'm going to take it away."

Jessica's response? "What if you don't see it out of our mouths?"