enjoy the ride

I hear there is a turning point.  The point at which a parent wonders what happened to the closeness they used to have with their child.  But as for now, I love all of the new stages of our kids.  

Well, except for new born.  I know this is not a popular opinion (except for among the honest) but, newborns are the worst.  Throwing up pooping screaming.  Basically, a pet that behaved that way would be…hmmmm… would be….

Since newborn stage, my kids just keep getting better.  Now, they are more perfect than ever.  Not perfect in the actual sense.  Izzy is untidy and Isaac can be very bothered by me. 

But, they are so adorable.  I know i know.  What nine and ten year olds are adorable?  Mine.  They are confident and outgoing and independent.  I think that that is the proudest observation that a parent makes.  Observing their child become independent.  

Until, of course, they are so independent as to despise your every attempt to parent.  Which may be age ten and twelve for all I know.  I am enjoying the ride though. 

 

 

Photos from Springville, Utah (This young lady was the kids' previous nanny! We miss her.)

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Elephant Gifts

My birthday is on June 22nd.  Please send gifts to…  I kid.  

I had a summer birthday.  It was usually a few days after school ended.  I always felt so cheated.  I was so jealous of all the kids that got to celebrate their birthdays during the school year.  Jealous in a spiteful way.  Nice cupcakes Jane, you big jerk.  That sort of thing.  

The third grade is Isabelle’s first year of real honest to goodness school.  And she has been looking forward to her birthday since the first day.  Looking forward and planning.  

“Do you think the school will allow a rented elephant?”  

“Sorry.  What is that now?”

“You know, for my birthday.”

“Hmmmm, well, I’m not sure it’s ever come up.  Also, I’m not sure you can rent an elephant.”

“Well, let’s ask.”

Birthdays are parties in this house.  I always felt so special on my birthdays.  My parents did such a wonderful job of celebrating us on birthdays.  And I have really tried to do the same for my kids and my gorgeous Wendy.  

But maybe I’ve gone over the top when my soon to be nine-year old thinks there is a good chance that an elephant is showing up to school on her birthday?

Eventually Izzy was convinced to have a more subdued day.  Cookies and cupcakes for classmates.  (No doubt there was a little summer birthday boy in class eating the cupcakes through a grimace.)  Then we went to pick her up at precisely one o’clock. (She wanted birthday wishes from those not in her class.)  Then the zoo and her soccer game. And for the birthday meal?  Chuck-o-Rama.  Because that is how we do.

Happy Belated Birthday you precious, precocious beautiful girl!!

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Happy kids

How to make a child or two deliriously happy:

Raise their bedtime on weekdays from 8pm to 9 pm. You will hear their shouts and screams of joy down several blocks and be squeezed to death with love.

 

Pictures from Austin, TX.

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The dragon with a beard

What is a normal present for an eight year old girl?  Let me google that real quick.  Thinking is overrated.  BRB.  

Well, as of 2014 it was the Harry Potter book set, Game of Monopoly,  Karaoke Machine and Chess Set.  If PopSugar is to be believed.  (Hint: I’m pretty sure it is.  I mean, Monopoly people.) Isabelle is not a normal eight year old girl.  At least, if PopSugar is to be believed (I’m beginning to have my doubts about it now.)

Isabelle had one specific request for her birthday.  A kitten.  Now, I know what you're thinking, Um, Tyler, that is very normal.  Good point.  But wait, there’s more.  

We went to the animal shelter with Izzy and Isaac to adopt a cat.  We found an amazingly cuddly furry cat.  She loved the kids and was so snuggly.  We brought her to the front to bring her home.  

Then something very odd happened.  My theretofore under appreciated ability to breathe was severely lessened.  My eyes got super itchy.  

Turns out Im highly allergic to cats.  How did I not know this?  

So instead of a really nice cat, I got a really sad little girl.  It was heart breaking.  

So I asked her what she wanted instead of a cat.  She replied immediately, “A Veiled Chameleon.”  My first impression was that a chess set might indeed have been a fantastic gift.  I felt outmaneuvered.  

One does not answer Veiled Chameleon to the question of what one wants without some forethought.  I almost suspected she had brought her own allergens to the shelter.  

So Wendy and I searched for a Veiled Chameleon.  We found one but according to its breeder they are not a fantastic reptile for a first time reptile owner.  

We informed Isabelle of this, she replied immediately, “Juvenile Bearded Dragon.”  (A Lumbersexual Lizard, nice.  If you don’t know what a Lumbersexual is, google it.  You’re welcome.)  Well played little girl, well played.  

Wendy and I researched the Bearded Dragon, and it seemed like an excellent first reptile. They are hardy and are okay being handled.  We brought him home on her birthday while she was at school.  It was Izzy’s first school birthday ever, but that is a story for another day.   

She arrived home and set her backpack down in  her room.  She spotted the terrarium, and let out a giddy screech.  She was so happy!!

Wendy and I beamed.  Well done Madame.  Well done Sir.  

I shared an interesting fact about the Bearded Dragon, “Did you know that this guy can get to be two feet long?”  

Belle grasped her heart, gasped and took three steps back from the creature.  

“Would you like to hold him?”

Belle grasped her heart, gasped and took three more steps back from the terrarium.  

She calmed down, “What does he eat?”  

“Live crickets.”  Belle Immediately teared up.  I hugged her and she started crying hard.  

Maybe next year We’ll get her that karaoke machine. 

 

Photos from Phoenix, Arizona.

 

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