Saturday, February 28, 2009

Something OId Does Something New

Allow me to tell you what I learned about snowboarding....
1) it's harder than it looks
2) kids are much, much better than grown ups
3) it's freakin expensive - not a sport for us poor inner-city kids
4) it's the most fun you'll ever have on a frozen hill

So, for my birthday this year I wanted to try something different. I'm not sure where the idea came from, as I hate cold weather and normally opt to stay inside. Methinks my husband suggested it at some point and then once I decided, I would not be swayed. It was a balmy 20 degrees, maybe 5 or 10 when you factor in the windchill. We had SO much fun though! Now I'm totally going to be buying some used equipment so we can do this again.
Belly was fearless. And he was great. D was the first to really wipe out, and as he lay on the frozen ground with his board at an unnatural angle away from his body, he threw a thumbs up and yelled, "That was awesome!"
Yep, that about sums it up.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

An Ode to Parenting, In 2 Acts

Act 1
Setting: Kids room, getting ready for bed
Time: Evening

Son: But I'm starving! I can't go to bed, I'm too hungry!
Mom: You already ate dinner and a snack. Get in bed. Now.
Son: But I didn't get to play with my toys! Or play Wii! Or take over Canada!
Mom grabs TV remote and switches to "Supernanny". Kids are transfixed.
Mom: You are not the boss here, mister. If you don't start following directions, I will have that mean fat lady come over here and whip you into shape. Now, do you want that?

Act 2
Setting: Kitchen, mom is making breakfast
Time: Mid-morning, today

Son: Hey mom, what do you think would make a good Saturday morning, pre-breakfast snack?
Mom: Sunday
Son: You think I should have a sundae before breakfast?!
Mom: No, sweetie. The day. It's Sunday.
Son: Wha... how...? Time is playing dirty tricks on me!