This morning my big kids had some issues that they needed to work through- shoes that wouldn't stay on and painting that should happen NOW instead of later, and I started thinking that if they spent half the energy trying to fix the problem instead of just whining, how much easier would it be?
And then I turned it around on myself and thought, Oh. Right.
So I asked them what would make them happiest for breakfast, and now they're eating baked oatmeal and smiling, and we're going to have a great day today! The babies are milk-drunk and passed out happily and I"ll have some time for big kid curriculum stuff and more box-sliding and all kinds of good things. Even if I started out the day feeling a little crabby, now I'm smiling and I do mean it.
And for real, when you get to hear this kind of laughter at work, HOW could you possibly feel grumpy about anything?
I think this is the easiest first day transition for a two year old that I've ever had. She's sunny and delightful. She ate well and slept well and is happy to come for hugs right away. I mean, listen to the great laugh! I love it.
Had I known beforehand that she was a redhead, I might have waited to name the new baby Merida. But it's done and I do love my Merrybabies so I need to find a new name for this cutie. I haven't used Rapunzel yet, or Tiana.. can't think of what else is new off the top of my head. Oh, Wreck-it Ralph is the newest Disney and I do like the little racer girl character, but I think that spelling Vanellope is going to be tiresome. I had to look it up just now to manage it once. :) We'll see how it shapes up.
I put the box in the playroom yesterday thinking they'd go inside and build a fort or something. I didn't expect them to turn it into a slide. It works well though and they are all really enjoying it!