Stomper received a book as a gift a couple of days ago. He was so excited, and even read it to me, which is really saying something. (The reading thing has been somewhat of a challenge, to say the least.) Of course when I saw what the book was I just about jumped out of my skin. The single most frightening book of my entire childhood! Can you guess what it was? Does the phrase, "pale green pants with nobody inside them" ring a bell? Oh Dr. Suess! I know you thought it was a good idea to write about overcoming your fears but seriously, that book, with it's dark night-time pages and creepy empty pants running around following the little guy - that was just scary! Stomper seemed to think it was hilarious and read with great theatrical gusto, but even now I get the willies just looking at those pale green pants! With nobody inside them!
Speaking of great theatrical gusto, Stomper's little first grade class just put on a rousing production of The Owl and the Woodpecker. (Heard of it? Me neither.) Stomper, who played both a pirate and a crocodile, was so cute - he belted out his lines most heartily. It made me come to a decision. Next time he has a speaking part in the annual church primary program and he tells me he's just too shy I'm going to tell him bull-oney. A definite shout-out goes to the drama, music and dance teachers at Wasatch who put a LOT of work into these productions. I enjoyed watching their directions from the floor as much as I enjoyed the kids.
And Bitty. Oh Bitty. We go through great times and then suddenly she's all off kilter or something. Seriously. Two weeks of cheerful happy loving little daughter and then overnight she turns a corner. "Mom, I WISH I were you." "Why, honey?" "Because then I wouldn't have to LISTEN to you."
Also, how do I respond to this one? "Mom I did something gross at school today. Okay, it was kind of sweet." Uh oh. "What did you do, Bitty?" "Brennon and I were pretending to get married so I kissed him. On the lips." We proceeded to have a conversation about keeping kisses special just for our family, but she seemed to have an answer for everything. Also this week she let me know that I was not to 'boss her.' I responded that oh yes I was supposed to boss her because I AM THE BOSS! She politely informed me that actually I'm not the boss all by myself, but that daddy is also a boss. Well guess what, darlin', he's on MY side! Now shut it! Of course I didn't actually say that, but I have wanted to several times the past few days. Sheish! What happened?
Wow. I look really tired in that picture. Maybe because I am.... should go to bed..... Bitty's still talking to me from her bed behind a closed door. I wish I were her! Because then I wouldn't have to LISTEN to her. Just kidding. She's charming and hopefully she'll like me again in the next few days.