Keeping Eyes on Daniel
My boys have recently gotten on a board game kick. JD, who is completely incapable of actually playing or understanding any of the games, is the one who started the phase. He is constantly asking to “play games.”
It’s 1/2 exciting because I think board games are a fantastic pastime. They are educational and team-building. I mean there are so many advantages! And it’s 1/2 groan-inducing, because, hello, we do still have a two-year-old.
Yesterday morning, JD started out his day by pulling down the Stacking Cups game, one that all four of them truly love.
The oldest two enjoy playing the game for the purposes for which it was intended. Daniel does too, but he also enjoys joining JD in his antics, which is exactly what happened.
First, Daniel tore up the box trying to open the wrong end of it. I swooped in half a minute too late and helped him, so at least he didn’t completely destroy the box…
Then Daniel and JD built “ice-cream cones” out of the cups. One after another. And they licked them, and licked them, and licked them. Oh, it gets worse. Then JD began throwing cups around the room, much like people throw candy out at parades.
I suppose you are wondering why I had not stopped all this cup licking and throwing sooner. Well, I did. I tried, but I was again just not quite fast enough. I think I was doing laundry or one of the other billion tasks people expect homemakers to do while they simultaneously supervise and educate small children.
So anyway. Cups ended up all over the place, and Caleb walked in and discovered this mischief. As chief owner and biggest Quick Cups fan, Caleb was not impressed. But thankfully, he is Caleb, so he very nonchalantly got down in the floor and started picking up all the cups. I made his roguish little brothers help him. (See, I do try.)
Caleb got the game all put away in the box. I was back to working on cooking in the kitchen, and Daniel walked in, looking seriously worried, and whining:
“Mom!!! Caleb said that he’s keeping eyes on me from now on.”
I laughed. I couldn’t help it. It was funny. He should actually be thankful that was all Caleb did or said.
“I don’t blame him, Daniel. Every time he turns around, you and John David are scattering or destroying his things. You deserve to have him keeping eyes on you.”
Caleb followed behind Daniel, staring him down. He kept that act up for a good while.
Poor Caleb. Two little brothers! And Joshua! Three of them! Haha!! And as for keeping eyes on them to curb the mischief, good luck with that, Caleb. I’ve been trying that for 10 years now. As you can see, I’ve lost a lot of my resolve.
A Few Updates on Things I’ve Mentioned
Today is the anticipated heart doc appointment. Hopefully, by the end of the day I’ll have a date set for my heart procedure. That’s where they go in and burn off the trouble-making cells in my ventricles. Should be a grand ol’ time. I’ll let ya know what I find out.
I’m still sticking to my goal of beginning and ending each day with Bible reading and prayer. I’ve kept up my journal too. There’s even a page dedicated to tracking my fevers, per my doctor’s request.
We have only one week of Classical Conversations left! Sad and exciting too! Joshua even has several lines that he will get to say at the closing ceremony.
We’re setting up for a fairly insane May and June. Alan and I have been discussing plans constantly, and it makes me feel excited. We’ve had entirely too much monotony and sadness around here lately anyway. We’d like to have a FUN spring and summer.
“Heaviness in the heart of man makes it stoop: but a good word makes it glad.” Proverbs 12:25
“The righteous is delivered out of his trouble, and the wicked comes in his stead.” Proverbs 11:8