Sent: October 31, 2009 11:47 PM
Subject: Halloween with the Nelson Gang
After one year with full Halloween participation, Jack once again declined to don a costume and join the fun. Even more discouraging, he declined to join the printer-friendly version fun -- now that's just sad.
As you'll see in this month's points of bullets, Halloween isn't the only childhood tradition the kids are leaving behind...
- I returned home and found five kids singing Michael Jackson's Bad. I'll do a little digging & then assign blame. Who am I kidding?!? It's Lisa's fault
- Trying to calculate the number of hours in three days, Cate quickly added 48 and 24 in her head. Responding to Lisa's amazement, she explained: "I imagine a sheet of paper with the numbers in my head." She's definitely getting a scholarship, so I can now quit my job
- Something we never thought we'd have to say: "Jack, you may not have a piece of gum instead of brushing your teeth."
- Jack complaining about his soccer sox: "But they make my shins look fat!" I hope he's kidding...
- Unexpected benefit of having a dog: she loudly warns us of dangerous threats in the night. Like: "It's raining" And: "It's still raining"
- I've discovered a powerful parenting technique complete with a Halloween theme: "Get in the shower now, and I'll stop making ghost noises"
- Jack, working all the angles playing rock-paper-scissors: "Cate, you keep doing 'rock' and I'll go easy on you." She didn't fall for it
- Irony: I won't let the kids eat a snack in my car for fear of errant crumbs, but then the dog puked three times in the back seat
- Under doctors orders, I split Benadryl tablets with the dog. You just can't make this stuff up
- Cate, upon the realization that there's no Santa: "Now that explains why I didn't get Butterscotch!" She's wise beyond her years
- Let's be honest. Don't all kids pile pillows and blankets in the tub so they have a comfortable place to do their homework?
That's it for now!
Lisa and Greg