Monday, November 26, 2012
All it took was a four day holiday weekend with my family to realize, MY CHILDREN ARE TERRIBLE!! I'm not quite sure what has happened in the last few weeks, but these boys have literally gone from manageable with assistance from the occasional glass of wine TO manageable with the assistance from the frequent bottle(s) of wine!
It started immediately after I picked them up from daycare Wednesday. I attempted to take them out to dinner and ended up going home early soaking wet from the juice Trey spilled on me. Thursday began with multiple time-outs for fighting, followed by the utter destruction of multiple rooms in the house and ending with a food fight at Thanksgiving dinner.
On to Friday, when attempts at shopping were overruled by screaming children. Lunch at the local Mexican restaurant a battle of who got to sit on what side of the booth. And a night led by a flooded floor created during bath hour.
By Saturday I was drinking wine on the couch playing Suduko on my phone and ignoring the fact that I even had children as they lay in front of me screaming at the top of their lungs over whose turn it was to count for hide and go seek. They'll figure it out!
Church on Sunday included four trips "outside" during the sermon and a few chases around the pews. By the time we got home I was close to the point of looking up "adoption" online when Jackson asked if we could get out some of the Christmas ornaments. And there he was... right on top of the Christmas box... the answer to my prayers...Jackson's Elf on the Shelf!
My mom bought the elf two years ago when she came out for Christmas. Now of course, I find this creature (which Jackson immediately named Candy) quite creepy, but yet, quite effective. We pulled him out of his box and I read Jackson and Trey the book of how Candy will be watching them and reporting back to Santa on their progress. To my complete shock, they started to behave!
Obviously it wasn't to last, but as soon as the slightest bit of mischief arrived in their eyes I would mention Candy and they would go back to being Angels. At some points in the day I would notice Jackson looking around to see if he was in Candy's viewpoint. It's like some secret weapon for mom's this doll! It really does work! That is until I caught Jackson hiding Candy under the sofa cushions specifically so he could do something bad. But as long as I can find him, and point his creepy little eyes in the boy's direction, I think we'll be doing pretty good. Until December 26th that is.....