Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Our secret weapon

The waitress leads us to the table and we all find our seats.

One boy on one side of the table, one on the other.  Divide and conquer, that's our motto.

We spend a few minutes choosing our meals and ordering, and then settle in for "the wait".  I admit I am a little anxious about taking my kids to restaurants.  I don't want them bothering others, and if I'm being honest, I also don't want people to judge me for having loud, unruly kids. 

Usually I can engage them in calm conversation, at least for a while.  Then, inevitably, we move on to questions.  The boys love being quizzed, and whether it's math questions, movie trivia, rhyming words, or a spelling bee, they will wait their turn quietly, as long as I can keep the questions coming. Sooner or later, the food comes and we're in the clear.  At least, until they are finished eating...

But there is another, easier alternative.  It keeps them still and quiet, and leaves me free to chat with my husband instead of wracking my brain for one more question.  They're having fun.  We're happy.  It's bliss.  Except for a few little worries I just can't shake.

They get so absorbed that sometimes it's like they're in another world.

And they don't always want to put it down when the meal comes.

And it's definitely no substitute for learning patience, manners, and how to interact with people.



Haha, right?  Totally tongue-in-cheek, obviously better than handing them an iPhone... right?

I don't know.  I'm so happy and proud that my kids love reading. But all the things people don't like about kids and phones in restaurants... Could they apply to kids and books?

I know for sure that I wouldn't worry about my kids' books in restaurants if it wasn't for the phone issue.  But if we don't like kids on phones/tablets at restaurants for the reasons we say we don't like it (no interaction with others, immediate gratification, kids becoming 'addicted')... They're all true with my kids and books.  Especially M.

Last Sunday, we weren't in a hurry, so I didn't say anything when the food arrived.  He kept reading. Until we had all finished eating. Who knows how long he would have kept going if I hadn't broken the trance.

Is letting them read while they wait for their food enforcing bad manners?  Or maybe I'm being too hard on the phone...?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bragging post, move along

This is purely a bragging post. Sorry!  But no sense beating around the bush.  Those not interested, feel free to move along.

L has been in school for 45 days and has earned exactly 45 stickers from his teacher.  He hasn't had a time out all year!  I didn't think that was possible.

I'm so proud!  It would be easy to compare him to his brother, but they are just different creatures.  I'm proud of both of them.

While I would not trade M for the world, I admit it's nice to have one that "gets" it so instinctively.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Spooky spiders

The boys' room has been taken over by Halloween spiders!

L and I had so much fun this morning setting them up!

Only a week until Halloween, but I think we'll let them "hang" out for a while, anyway.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Whim in the news

Today the boys and I got to watch Whim on the morning news!

Way to go, Whim!  We're proud of you.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Part of a boo-tiful breakfast

This morning, L and I made muffins and he excitedly pulled out the fancy straws that Nana included in M's birthday package.  Paired with last Halloween's "Boo!" plates and cups (also c/o Nana), it made for the the perfect October treat.

Thank you, mom, for always sending such nicely-thought out gifts, including little treats for the non-birthday boy. :)