The Preslar Family

The Preslar Family
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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Ups and Downs

This is RAP:

This is RAP without a nap:

Incidentally, she was wearing jammies that had the word "cutie" embroidered across the front. Indeed. The jammies were the problem - she liked the pants and wanted to wear them on top, which I was not able to help her with. It brought to mind the verse,
"There was a little girl
who had a little curl
right in the middle of her forehead.

And when she was good
she was very very good
and when she was bad,
she was horrid."
That is my child. Eventually a couple times through "Goodnight Moon" and her favorite goodnight song (There was an old Lady who Swallowed a Fly... don't ask my why that's her favorite. It just is.) helped her settle into sleep. And then mommy went for a long hard walk. Alex was happy.

We had a nice weekend. Well, I did. I took the kids for this monster walk and ended up at a park we hadn't been to before. The weather was perfect, RAP had fallen asleep in the stroller, and CTP was playing happily. I sat down and stretched out in the sun. CTP sat beside me, also stretched out in the sun and said, "Mom, isn't today just beautiful? I mean, isn't it just gorgeous?!?" "Yes indeed," I replied. Of course, on the way home he complained that he was thirsty and I didn't have a drink for him. When he asked me why not, I told him that I made a mistake. "I'm sorry," I said, "I'm just not perfect. I make mistakes sometimes!" He replied, "No you don't, mom, you're pretty!" Awww. Thanks CTP. Not that pretty is the opposite of mistaken, but I'll take the compliment from my sweet son anyway.

In the meantime, Troy was at home unclogging our extremely clogged sink. We had tried the drano thing, several times, to no avail. Finally, after CTP spent an afternoon playing in the backed-up water with an army of plastic carnivores, it became obvious that more effort would be required. Luckily it didn't take Troy too long to take care of the problem. After cleaning out the pipe he displayed an impressive catch: 3 hairclips, 2 earrings, 2 pennies, 1 pair of tweezers, 1 pimple popper, and 1 human tooth. (That last one belonged to my niece, Mary Grace, who was very distressed after losing a tooth at my house - she dropped it down the drain while admiring her new negative space in the mirror.) I guess there was also the usual presence of gunk and hair ("A tremendous buildup of filth and muck!" Name that movie....) but we don't need to give details on that. Anyway, hoorah to Troy for fixing the sink.

And to end on a nice note, RAP did get a nap on Sunday, and was very difficult to wake up, partly because she's quiet and nice while she's sleeping and I just can't quite bring myself to do it.

P.S. I just finished a book I just loved: "These is my Words" by Nancy Turner. Thanks for the suggestion, Misty!


Carrie said...

As always, your posts make me laugh because they are so similar to our life. I am just starting "These is my words", it is my book club book, I am glad to hear that you liked it.

Scott Romney said...

OH, I know! Fletch, the classic of many one liners. "My car just hit a waterbuffalo, do you have a towel?

ghd3 said...

I don't know, was it 'Fletch?' I missed the allusion....

Great pictures, so glad you had nice weekend. We also had sink trouble of late, though I was not nearly so resourceful as your Troy.

Tell Chase there is a Live Dinosaurs in 3D at the Seattle Science Center's IMAX Theater -- he should come up and see it. :)

ghd3 said...

Here's the description:

Dinosaurs Alive 3D (runs 40 mins)
Opens May 26
Dinosaurs Alive! is a global adventure of science and discovery - featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous "reincarnated" life-sized for the giant "IMAX" screen. Audiences will journey with some of the world's preeminent paleontologists as they uncover evidence that the descendents of dinosaurs still walk (or fly) among us.