June 12, 2008

Quantity, not Quality

Why do you suppose kids do everything in bulk? Its like they have this never ending need to do things on a grand scale, maybe because they are so small. I should probably count my blessings that the kids messes (for the most part) are made in quantity and not quality. My sister-in-law told me a story about how one of her boys brought in the hose from the back yard and flooded their living room and another time he decided to decorate the entire kitchen with butter. So my kids messes are not quite the same quality.
I guess kids are just curious? Maybe they just want to know what it would be like if...... I suppose the entire big Sam's Club bag of gold fish poured out onto the floor was probably just a need to explore the sport of fishing? Or our giant bucket of mini foam dinosaur stickers poured all over the kitchen floor was simply a way to see what it must have been like to live with dinosaurs? Or the big container of straws that was emptied and half of them chewed on was simply to discover if the different colors meant different flavors? And perhaps, when every single bucket or box or container of any sort holding toys has been emptied in the closet (and no, I am not exaggerating) it is just a way to keep mommy from being able to reach the clothes so the kids could run around naked all day? Who knows? They are pretty clever!

Well, yesterday was Luke's birthday, he turned 28 years old! I had all these grand plans for how it was all going to go down. I guess there is not much need to go into great detail about the day, but lets just say my plans didn't quite work out. When Luke came home from work the house was not sparkly clean like it was suppose to be, quite the opposite actually. I guess I did manage to start one load of dishes in the dishwasher before he came home! I didn't have a nice dinner made, we ended up eating grilled cheese sandwiches, and we never got around to eating the yummy ice cream cake I made. (sigh) The kids were SO grumpy ALL day long! They pretty much spent the whole day fighting and making messes. I don't know how to quite emphasize the "so" and "all" part. Of course, it did rain and snow yesterday so I guess I can't blame them. But lets just say, when we finally got the kids to bed, Luke and I just plopped ourselves down on the couch and stared at each other for a long time. We had been totally defeated by our tiny toddlers. It amazing how they can do that! I felt really bad his birthday was a disaster.
Well, I tried to make up for it today. I actually cleaned the house and made dinner, and we even ate the ice cream cake. Better late than never I guess!

Jacob really enjoyed one of the cupcakes I made to take over to Luke at work.

Our camera was going haywire again. Anyway, I couldn't find the candles so Luke got to blow out Jacob's birthday candle. Luke got to turn 1! Hmmm, looks a little old for his age.

And of course, Savannah singing happy birthday to daddy!

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Mama Smith said...

Tell Savannah...I want an her to sing to me on MY BIRTHDAY!!!! (smile) I loved Joseph...getting the word "birthday" in...while she sang...(smile)There is a statement in the scriptures...that says...the "intent" of your "heart" COUNTS...so the next time...the little ones...rearrange your day...KNOW...the "intent" of your HEART will still count!!! (smile)

Brittney said...

The video at the end is so cute and just makes me melt haha.. kids can be terrors, but they always make up for it somehow. I love hearing Joseph learning how to talk. I'm glad you could try again the next day and be successful. Happy Birthday Luke!

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