Saturday, January 23, 2016
It's funny how parenting will give you whiplash. Earlier this week, on Tuesday, I was so proud of my three big kids. Two days of no school often means bickering and fighting among the three of them. So on Tuesday, day number two, I was so pleased to hear them showing concern for each other and a selfless love. It started when we went to Walmart and Conleigh wanted to spend some money in her piggy bank on a candy bar, money that she had forgotten she had already spent. With no money to spend, she pouted a bit and was out of sorts. As we headed out to the car, Kenson quickly told her she could sit in the front sit, something he only did because he knew she was upset. Then while shopping, I told Conleigh to grab a bag of chips to have with our lunch. She rushed to find the Lays Plain Potato Chips because those are her favorites. As she circled the display with those in hand, she asked if we could get Doritos too which happen to be Kenson's favorite. I told her that we were just getting one bag and she decided to swap out the Lays for Doritos. Later that day, Conleigh headed to a friends and Kai was napping so Zeke and Kenson headed out to sled, sharing our one sled. They were using our backyard which is slightly sloped but pretty small, especially when you consider the fence. Kenson ended up sledding into the fence, hitting his face right on the pole. After lengthy consolation, I managed to convince him not to give up on sledding and suggested they try in a different spot. Kenson told Zeke that they could try a new spot and he and Zeke headed that way. As they walked away, I overheard Zeke, who had been sledding the whole time Kenson and I were talking, telling Kenson that he could go first and have a whole bunch of turns since he had missed sledding because he got hurt. It's rare that in parenting you get multiple occasions to see your kids being tender with each other. Guess that was just setting me up for this Thursday when I heard them playing Simon Says in the back of the van, including the direction "Simon Says eat your boogers."