Thursday, March 24, 2011

this just in

A snow day with a 6, 8 and 11-year-old goes by wicked fast. Best times of motherhood are happening right now. I think back of those snow days cooped up with toddlers and babies and they were so damn long. About the only thing I miss about that time is their cuteness. A fair trade-off for longer attention spans, less mess, no diapers and skillful use of cups and spoons. All the stuff that drove me batshit crazy when they were little? Like making them popcorn for a movie or setting up craft supplies or game pieces? Piece of cake now. I had no compunction making popcorn for them while they watched Scooby Doo in their ginormous cardboard cars (made out of appliance boxes) in the living room. We played Yahtzee, Cranium, Mario Cart. (Boy, do I SUCK at Mario Cart--I came in 8th on one race--but after points got calculated I still came in last. What an ego blow. How can I be Team Testosterone's full-time designated driver and crash Princess Pea off the edge of Coconut Mall every single lap? Based on our Mario Cart scores, Mr. G should be driving the Momvan.)

The baseball season is officially delayed in Wisconsin for weeks I'm guessing. This makes for one crabby coach.

Nevertheless, when you have kids between ages 6 and 11 life is good.

25 comments:

  1. Seriously, I think that is the best time. They can't drive, they still need you but it's not so hands on, and they finally have some kind of personality. And they usually sleep the same hours you want to sleep. Life is good.

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  2. I failed at Mario Cart, too.

    Fun times!

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  3. yeah, I agree...mine are (amost 6!) and 9. They play together, we can be out all day, no one needs help in the bathroom. It's all good.

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  4. Isn't it awesome? And it just keeps getting better. While I was away, my eldest made breakfast every single day and he's still at it! Breakfast is no longer my responsibility! And playing games with them is so much fun now, even if they do wipe the floor with us.

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  5. My kidsa re 5, 7, and 9, and I was just thinking the same thing the other day! They are so capable now! It really makes life so much more fun. I love being able to have a real conversation with them, and being able to do something while they do something else. (Like fold laundry while they bathe, as opposed to fold laundry while they unfold laundry!)

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  6. Sounds like fun. Can't wait until my little one has an attention span of longer than a goldfish's. ;)

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  7. I thought I was winning once at Mario Kart. The kids were cracking up because my cart was really off the road stuck in the shrubbery while I thought I was driving the image that was actually the mister's cart. *sigh* They like to play with me because of the comedy factor. Big kids rock.

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  8. When you're right, you're right! Loving this "age" as well!

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  9. Yeah, self-suffiency is a good thing. I remember the day I could say, "Put your shoes on and get in the car!" And they could do it themselves! (Not that they will, but they could...)

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  10. But then again, remember when a wad of play-doh or a bubble wand could entertain them for an hour?

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  11. "...skillful use of cups and spoons" = *hahaha! GOOD MOM! I have dated fellas that we couldn't say that about! (hippies. hmph.)
    & I would kick all y'all's butts @ yahtzeeee...

    G-diggy driving the momvan is my uplifting image for the day..*heehee

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  12. I absolutely agree. So much better then the baby/toddler years.

    Don't even talk to me about Coconut Mall. I have nothing nice to say about it.

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  13. I remember when I was out in the hall (instead of in the meeting I was supposed to be in) with my 5 mo. old fussy daughter, an older colleague came up to tell me how cute Emma was, and she said the truest thing: "It just gets better and better." So far, so true!

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  14. Isaiah loves to play with me because there's no chance in hell or on this side of it of me beating him. I'm such an easy mark!

    we're supposed to get snow this weekend, too. i secretly knew that mr. winter was still lurking around the corner!

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  15. We had a snow day yesterday as well. Only I was trying to work from home during the snow day and a conference call with all the noise, was interesting to say the least. And they were in the basement.

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  16. I'm seriously glad that proficiency at Mario Cart is the criteria for who can or cannot drive.

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  17. It is So much easier now that they're independent (ha! Mom...mom..MOMmmmmmm). Still, somedays I'd trade my 11 year old for a wee one that doesn't talk yet! (Yikes, he's getting sarcastic...wonder where he got that from?!?)

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  18. Awww...this is so sweet.

    And I heart Mario Cart. :)

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  19. Oh they are all fun years - what am I saying - 13 through 17 not so much

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  20. I am just starting to get a good 30 mins occassionally of independent play...yea! They are 3 yrs old and I go back and forth between looking forward to getting to the fun/easier ages of 5 - 10 and hating to wish away this time.

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  21. My kids don't have cardboard cars made from appliance boxes. Apparently I'm falling down on the job!

    I'm horrible at all video game driving games: off one side of the road, off the other, back and forth, back and forth.

    Sending spring vibes your way. By the time you get spring, we'll be full on summer!

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  22. I LOVED ages 5-8. So much fun was had, and it was just EASY. I miss those days...

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  23. Oh, the tiny ones are cute. They have to be.

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  24. Awww. This is so sweet, and so good for me to read. I so heart the baby phase. I am already yearning for another baby, tho I know we are done. :( I will ALWAYS miss my babies, but I do know that there is so much to look forward to as well. :)

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