The girl has been beyond difficult lately. I'm mentioned before that of my two children, she is definitely my problem child. She's loud and rambunctious and very talkative. She wakes up between six and seven every morning and is a bundle of non-stop energy until she crashes at seven at night. She doesn't nap. As she's gotten older she's become sneaky and mischievous and occasionally a bit of a liar. I love her to pieces, she's my princess...but sometimes it's not easy being around her. The last week or two my goal has just been to get through the days with as few meltdowns (by her or me) as possible.
Yesterday, even though it was wet and foggy and I would have rather just stayed in my pajamas, Jay and I took her to the park. Usually she's calm after the park and can be relied on to go home and color or play in her room quietly. Not yesterday...it seemed to only wind her up more.After two days of extra bad behaviour, I'm tired and overwhelmed and ready for bedtime. Hers and mine.
On our way home from the park we drove past a house that was throwing away this puppet theatre:It actually came from the same house that was throwing away the record player two weeks ago. Those people have the best junk. I've always wanted a puppet theatre. When I was a kid I would have loved to have one of these...hell, I'm pretty amused with it now at 32. My kids both agree that it's cool, but aren't real interested in it. Which makes me very glad I never actually spent any money on one. Sadly, it may just be getting sold at the next garage sale.
After this week the boy will be out of school until the beginning of January. Frankly, I'm about ready for a break from his school as well. Lately a lot of his projects and responsibilities have involved work from me and Jay and I'm definitely feeling thinly stretched. Tomorrow he's having a class luncheon and all the kids had to pick a country and bring in a traditional dish from it. The boy chose Canada, thinking it would be easy. Now I don't know if I was just looking at the wrong websites but I did numerous Google searches along the lines of "traditional Canadian foods" and the dishes that came up either a.) involved way too much preparation for me and the boy, b.) were made with ingredients not readily available to me, c.) didn't sound kid friendly, or d.) would have been too difficult for me to make in amounts large enough to feed a class of 25.
We finally decided on something called Sucre a la Creme, which is a candy with a sort of fudge like consistency. It's delicious but very, very sweet. (Note: I couldn't find the link to the exact version of the recipe that I used, but the above link will take you to one that is very similar. The only difference is that the one I used also called for 2 tablespoons of butter.)
Sorry this Update is on the bitchy/grumbly side. Before I go, I do want to leave you with a few things that are bringing me a bit of happiness lately:
Enjoying: This J.C. Penney add. I laughed out loud. Well worth the time it takes to watch it. (Thanks again, Amy!)
Watching: Season One of 24. I just couldn't wait until January for my Jack Bauer fix.