Meet my super cool and stylish neighbor, Anya. She is the coolest person I have ever met. Every time I see her on the street I have to go see her. Then I run back into my house and change my clothes to look just like her. I just wish my mommy would be as cool as her mommy and let me die my bangs pink too. Oh well, maybe when I'm 7...
My sweet little daughter has been taken over by the devil and we need to exorcise the demons, stat. Don't believe me? Looks can be deceiving my friends. I want my child back. I really don't know how it happened. We've had our bouts with "terrible two's and three's" but nothing compares to how she's been acting the past couple of weeks. It's been awful. The only thing I can compare this to is when I tried to train my cat to do tricks in second grade. It didn't work so well, the cat didn't listen at all and hissed at me then ran away and hid from me instead.
Well, this is what my Ava has been doing to us lately. She doesn't actually hiss, it's more like a blood-curdling screeeeeaaaaaam every time we ask her to do something she doesn't want to. And good luck trying to get her to eat her food. For the past couple of weeks, we have made her sit at the dinner table until she eats her dinner...this takes hours, no joke, last night she sat there and didn't eat a bite for TWO HOURS!! Who does that? Then she got mad at me because by then it was her bedtime and she kicked and screamed and flailed about while I walked her to her bedroom. Why did I want kids so badly?
At school our little demon has been taking charge of things by matter of intimidation. Her teacher said she's been on a "hitting and spitting spree". Awesome, that's just what a mom wants to hear. My child is a bully. Sweet. Galen and I have had endless talks with her about "treating others the way you want to be treated" but it just doesn't seem to be getting through that blond head of hers. I threatened taking her out of school forever and homeschooling her last week and that seemed to do the trick (I don't think anyone would want to be stuck with me forever). Her teacher's comments were much improved after that.
But, this was just one teensie victory for mom, it felt good at that moment but things quickly changed once we got home and I told her she couldn't watch cartoons for 3 hours straight. She turned to face me, gave me a glare, flipped her hair and said "Mommy, you are NOT my friend anymore. I don't like you, GO AWAY."Wow, it's so rewarding to be a parent isn't it? I've become an expert at taking deep breaths and counting to 10 and thinking before I act these days, otherwise, I think I could easily exercise those demons my own way.
This too shall pass, this too shall pass, this too shall pass, this too shall pass.....
Ever had one of those days when you just don't want to get out of your pretty princess nightie and your Mommy keeps buggin you to get your clothes on before you can leave the house? Take it from me... don't listen to Mommy, just cover that gorgeous nightie up with some clothes and top it off with some great accessories like I did, she'll never notice!
I could've totally beat Derek Zoolander out for top model in Mugatu's Derelict Campaign in this ensemble. If only I were around in 2001.
The weather this weekend was GORGEOUS...finally, a nice, warm, sunny day. I wait for this all winter long, and it was such a treat to get it the last weekend of February (considering we usually have snow this time of the year). Instead of heading to the mountain for some alpine fun, we decided to take the kids for a hike at Smith Rock State Park...
This was a little different from pre-children hikes in the wilderness. Ava kept us going at a very leisurely pace. We had to stop to collect every stick and pine cone on the trail, check out every rock cave, and stop for a snack about every ten minutes...but she did a great job, and walked for over 2 miles! Miles, as usual, was an excellent back-packer (yes, I noticed, his hat is already too small for his huge dome). Isn't this place incredible?