Boys will be boys!
So to anyone out there with boys of your own, I am not going to tell you anything in the next few paragraphs that you don't already know. To those of you without kids or in girl-only families or maybe with itty bitty boys - I envy your laundry schedule...
Boys are gross!
They do gross things and talk about gross stuff. I am LONG past the point of being even slightly embarrassed by farts or burps or potty talk or giggles when someone says "but". I DO, however, draw the line when someone just stinks! We have a certain child (who will remain nameless, but if you are around us for any period of time, you will KNOW) who is smelly! He has stinky pits. I'm not talking about some mild body odor. I'm talking full on, gasping for fresh air, please-get-away-from-me STINK.
There may also be a boy in my house who can't seem to remember the reason we supply toilet paper in every bathroom. Let's just say that sometimes this child leaves evidence that he's bypassed what I (and I'm sure many of you will agree with me) consider to be a critical step in the bathroom process. And let's also imagine that said boy was getting some help with some homework one day and just happened to REEK. And then I will leave it to your imaginations as to what the mom of this boy gets to launder. O M G - please child! WIPE!!! Boys are gross!
Boys are dirty!
This probably goes along with the gross for many, but to me being covered in mud (or dirt or yellow pollen or rainwater or grass or mulch or turf pellets or ...) isn't really gross - it just means someone was having fun. It doesn't bother me when the boys are dirty. Quite the opposite - I LOVE to see a dirty, tired worn-out boy! It means a few moments of peace in the evenings and a good night's sleep! My washing machine, however, could use a little less "fun".
In this past week alone we have had:
- Soaking wet boys who refused to stay under cover during a double-header lacrosse game in the rain. (Picture attached so you can all admire the pollen river that Zane is playing in. Yes, that yellow stuff on the ground is pollen. Pollen is gross!)
- Mud covered boys who found some new "path" on bikes and went on the path while spraying mud up and over their bike tires to land all up and down their back - and each other - before dismounting and playing in said mud and then one of them (aka the stinky one) managed to FALL in it covering his backside with a solid sheet of sticky red mud/clay. Pure awesomeness
- Beckett has learned that when his hands get dirty, he should bring them to someone to clean off. The other day I was at the park with him and he got some mud/dirt on his hand. I told him to wipe it on his pants - which he thought was hysterical. So he disappears again and then reappears with a handful of dirt. He says "uh oh" and then promptly rubs the whole handful across the leg of his shorts. Then he did it 3 more times before he lost interest and decided to play with a bug for a while. (Guess this one is kinda my fault!)
Boys are GOOFY!
Bob and I have had some really good laughs lately. We have to step back from the swirling chaos every now and then and just chuckle. The boys come up with some very entertaining things!
Spencer has decided that his favorite way to show affection these days is to give "mustache kisses". This basically involves holding your hands up to your mouth with fingers pointed out and wiggling around the fingers while making goofy noises as the other party does the same thing until the wiggling fingers of each party make contact. It's very bizarre! It's also pretty funny. It's even more entertaining that Beck does it too - and giggles like a maniac the whole time!
Quinn is still our singer/dancer. The other day we were coming home from practice and he made us sit in the van in the driveway until he could finish the song that was on the radio. I don't remember exactly what the song was, but his favorite these days is probably Brantley Gilbert. Although he easily switches between Country and Pop - or even an advertising jiggle with a good beat. He's not picky.
Zane has decided that it's time to hone his imagination. He makes up some of the most awesome stories ever! They are usually VERY far fetched and constantly make me wish I had a tape recorder or some way to capture the awesomeness. Most of his stories include Quinn as a trusty sidekick. In one of the latest, he and Q were working with Superman to save Spence from some kind of terrible peril!
Oh yeah - Zane still sleeps under his bed too. Not on it... but under it. And every night when he crawls under there we have to barricade him in with a wall of stuffed friends and blankets. Very goofy!
Boys wear you out!
These boys, and this schedule, is wearing us out! But we're also having a TON of fun with them this spring. It's really fun to watch their personalities come out more and more. The biggest change is probably Beckett. This time last year he was just an infant. I vividly remember referring to him, often, as the most laid back baby ever. He just sat there and took it all in. That Is No Longer The Case!!! That child is BUSY. He's fearless. He loves to be thrown in the air. He loves to be held upside down. He throws balls. He shoots nerf guns. He wrestles and tackles. He has no issue with walking into the middle of a group of 9 year olds like he belongs there.
The other day he showed us that he knows how to climb a chain link fence. Oy Vey! He'll be 18 months old tomorrow. (I think he's gonna kills us!)
Have a great week everyone! Those of you who are fortunate enough to have boys in your life - I hope you are enjoying them as much as we are! Dirt and Mud and Stink and All!