Sam-Things I Learnt

January 3, 2009 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

It’s back to work Monday after 2 weeks on vacation.  I jotted down some things I’ve learned in these two weeks…not in order of importance:

 

Don’t buy the pre mixed half Splenda and half sugar mixture…especially if you’ve been using Splenda (or the Great Value Altern) for a while now.  For some reason my mom gave me an opened bag of the Splenda/sugar mixture.  I realize now it was because it was probably too sweet for her, so she passed it on to me.  I made a pitcher of tea with the stuff and it nearly killed me.  I could save this stuff, mix it with water and put it out for the hummingbirds in the summer

 

Little kids never tire of Christmas music.  They began asking me to play Christmas music on the iPod back in the summer and they were in their prime in December.  Then after Christmas they still kept asking for it.  Now I’m not a grinch, but after hearing wall-to-wall Christmas music from early November until December 25th, the last thing I wanted to hear on the 26th was any song with Jingle, Holly, Santa or Hippopotamus in it.  I need to give my ears a rest, but they want the songs.  Plus, if you don’t give ‘em the songs, they’ll sing the songs themselves.  While this is cute, the cuteness starts to wear quickly.  Hearing “Ah Meece Body Bop” instead of “Feliz Navidad” is funny the first couple times, but then…it’s just not.

 

Never give a three year old makeup…even play makeup.  Maddie will not stop applying the “lipstick” and all the other gooey stuff…and no matter what it is, she applies it to her lips.  Her lips are sticky, slick, glittery and globbed.  And when she’s not looking and Parker gets the makeup, he wipes it on things.  He’s left blobs on the carpet and comforters.  I picked up the makeup bag and he’d wiped down the outsides.  It felt like grabbing a mixture of pancake syrup and Vaseline.  Then he started wiping down toys.  The good news is that just a few days after Christmas they’ve both used up most of her makeup, so this won’t go on much longer.

 

Sammy, and to an extent Will, think that anything Will Ferrel does is the funniest thing ever done.  Sammy quotes any and every Will Ferrell movie and when asked about any of them he says it was the “funniest one I’ve ever seen”.  I watched “Step Brothers” and “Blades of Glory” with him over the holidays and he behaved like I must have back in the Bill Murray Stripes/Caddyshack days.  Ferrell has one shtick and it’s sometimes hilarious but often you can see the jokes coming a mile away.  He’s usually good for 2-3 gut busting laughs per movie…about the same you get in a movie trailer.  Was I this obnoxious quoting Billy Murray all the time?

 

Thanks to an elderly lady at Wal Mart I learned about centripetal force and accelerated gravitational motion.  Whenever we go to the Mart, Jack likes to drop coins in those giant clear plastic things that make the coins go around in circles as if in a tornado.  I was watching him drop in a few coins and the lady comes by with her basket and says “it took me the longest time to figure out how those work”.  I was like “what”?  You drop in a nickel and it spins…what’s there to figure out.  Of course when I got home I had to google the real explanation.  The accelerated gravitational motion makes it go faster and faster and the centripetal force is what draws it towards the hole.  If you want the full geek out, click on this: http://www.spiralwishingwells.com/guide/physics.html.

 

I need to change my name to something other than “daddy”.

 

Always have backup batteries for the ones you bought because the first round in the toys never lasts long.

 

Count to ten…or even five.  Even if you are quick to jump to a reaction, stop, reverse, count and think as you count.  Your reaction will be more understanding…it works.

 

Be prepared to have to spend hours building the most elaborate and complicated toy only to have it played with for five minutes.

 

Kids break stuff…expect it…then either glue it or fix it, but don’t lose your mind over it.

 

Nothing clears your mind and makes you smile like a day riding bikes or playing outside with the kids.

 

Make a bowl of popcorn, throw some pillows on the floor and watch a movie (works with the little kids and the teens)

 

You never know when your future will show itself.

 

No amount of alcohol cures anything, ever.

 

Enjoy any and every minute you are lucky enough to spend with your kids.  Because of my “situation” I see the kids for only short periods on certain days or weekends.  Over the 2 week vacation I had no days without kids and the twins were with me about 97% of the time.  As crazy as it got and can get, it was worth it because I won’t have this chance again until the summer.

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