Logic? But… Ducklings!!!

There are a slew of logical reasons why having animals is a pain in the behind and no sane person should ever want to keep a menagerie like we have.

But yesterday I got to wake Clara and Jane up by introducing them to a baby duck that hatched overnight.

And then today, my birthday, another hatched.

Logic and sanity be dammed…

…raising animals is the best!

 

 

True To Nature

I have sweet, kind girls.

I also have kids and kids are by nature boundary pushers, button mashers and tiny manipulators.

My girls have discovered the wonders of youtube and all of the terrible trash that has been produced for kids that it contains.

I, like any good mother, use their smidgen of trash screen time to leverage as many chores out of them as possible before handing over a device.

They, like any kids worth their salt, do their best to wheedle and cajole and push for all their worth to see just how much extra time they can get.

Today my sweet girls found me in the kitchen and presented me with this:

For the record I’m pretty sure they intended to say that I am a person who draws rather than a drawer. However, I probably hold more of their stuff than I do draw things so maybe drawer is more accurate.

I, like any good mother, made admiring noises.

I, like any experienced mother, was touched and also suspicious.

And those sweet, kind, girls of mine, like any true, red blooded kids, waited no more than a half a heartbeat after I expressed my thanks before blurting out- “Can we watch more videos now?”

I have sweet, kind girls.

I also have kids and kids are by nature boundary pushers, button mashers and tiny manipulators.

L is for… Leaf

Did you know that honey bees are actually unrepentant photobombers?

It’s true, just look what this little lady did to my picture of a leaf!

She’s trying to steal the show but this “L” picture is all those baby leaves.

The leaves that uncurl daily at this time of year always seem to be overshadowed by their flowery companions (and photobombing bees) but I think that mist of green that covers everything shouts, “Spring is here!” louder than any flower (or buzzing bee) ever could.

Speaking of shouting, I’d also like to share a little story about listening, in honor of the letter “L”, of course.

(Ivy brings me a container of small bulbs that have started to sprout and asks what they are.)

Me: “Those are the blue-flower bulbs.”

Ivy: “I don’t know what those are.”

Me: “Do you remember which flowers I’m talking about it? We plant them in pots…blue flowers… Granny and Gramps have them on their porch too…”

Ivy: “Oh! Are they red?”

Me: “Did you hear me call them blue-flowers?”

Ivy: “No.”

Me: “Sometimes, when we have conversations like this, I wonder if you actually listen to me when we talk.”

Ivy laughing: “No. I don’t really.”

Me: …

Speaking of conversations like these, I’d also like to share another favorite “L” word – liquor.

 

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J is for… Joy

Sometimes when I’m taking pictures, I catch the moment while missing the “perfect” picture.

Often those are perfect pictures anyway.

Jane delighting in spring weather, running with a stick over her head like a flag and a dog following behind her was joy incarnate. It was only after yesterday’s post that I realized that “Jane” herself could be my letter “j”.  Apparently I forget what my kids’ names are on a regular basis…

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I is for… Ivy

Tip of the day:

If you are the kind of person who requires multiple hours and large vats of caffeine to morph from something with the brain power of pond slime to the, relatively, normal functioning human being you become after 10am (eh, who am I kidding) 10pm, don’t ask your kids questions without thinking about them first.

Me: *On the way to school, only half way through my first cup of tea.* “Hey girls, I have to take a picture of something that starts with an “I” today, might be a tricky one, let me know if you see anything good.”

Ivy: “Umm… Me?”

This pro parenting tip has been brought to you by caffeinated beverages, embarrassed laughter and the letter “I”.

 

 

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