Saturday, January 16, 2010

Wash Your Mouth out with Soap

I will begin this blog with a plea that no one will think that I am an evil mother for what I am about to tell you. I have upon occasion used the punishment of washing my youngest child's mouth out with soap when (1) he has a naughty mouth (2) he is back-talking or sassing me (3) he sticks his tongue out. Hey if the mom from "The Christmas Story" can do it, then I can too. I can tell you, it works. I haven't had to do it often, but when he is extremely naughty and other punishments are laughable to him. Then he gets the soap treatment. Now sometimes just the threat of soap makes him turn into an angel apologizing profusely. Now some of you are now picturing my youngest little angel with a bar of soap in his mouth for 5 minutes like poor Ralphie. Before you start thinking I am cruel or insane, let me tell you what I do. Naughty One goes to the bathroom for his punishment. I either use a bar of mild soap and swipe it across the inside of his mouth or mild liquid detergent is used and I squirt a drop on my finger and put it along his gums. He may then immediately go to the sink to spit and wash his mouth out with water. An unpleasant taste isn't enough to hurt him, but it sure curbs the bad talk or back-talking for a long time.

Here is where the story begins...this past week the boys and I were sitting in the living room. Naughty One got mad at something and started throwing a fit. Screaming, yelling, tossing himself upon the couch, then he started back-talking and yelling at Mama. All I said was, "It looks like I'm going to have to go get some soap." Naughty One jumped up and ran out of the room. I started talking to Caleb and forgot the episode. Caleb and I then heard from the bathroom spitting, gagging, and water running. I looked at Caleb and said, "Is your brother washing his own mouth out with soap?" Caleb was dying with laughter and said, "Yeah, I think he is!" I said, "He aint' right." In walks Naughty One with tears in his eyes,
"I just washed my mouth out with soap. I'm sorry."

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Fun in the Snow

Adam and Andrew came to play on Friday. The boys took turns sledding down the hill.

Best buddies!

Caleb and Adam tried their best to sled all the way into the frozen creek.

Andrew and Cody took the least likely to crash into a tree or drop off into the creek route.

Andrew and Caleb ended up going back inside after about 45 minutes in the snow. They wanted to play the Wii. Adam and Cody played outside for another 30 minutes, then came in to watch movies and warm up with hot chocolate.
Christy and I always laugh at how the 4 of them pair off like that oldest with youngest (their personalities match best that way).

Now for some indoor activities to warm up. Cody playing with his pal, Rosey.

Then art time...perhaps the nephews will take after you, Uncle Kevin. Here they are drawing animals from their new Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Animals. They thought it was so cool that they could follow the directions of drawing simple shapes and turn them into animals. They turned out really cute.

Here are Caleb's drawings of a fire breathing dragon, hedgehog, turtle, some dogs, a raccoon with a baby chick on it's tail, and a fuzzy caterpillar.

Cody drew a scary looking gorilla and some tadpoles.
We ordered another Ed Emberley book from It is "Drawing Book of Weirdos"-with dracula, frankenstein, King Kong, witches, werewolves, etc. Caleb picked that one out :)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

First Snow Day of 2010

Today we woke up to about an inch of snow. Everyone in Western Kentucky has been freaking out about the snow coming. "We don't want to end up in the same predicament as we did last year during the ice storm". I went to the grocery on Tuesday on my way home from work, not because we were getting snow, but because we were out of a couple of things, namely potatoes. Cody has been begging me to fix mashed potatoes for several days and I have been out, since I used them all in the potato casserole on New Years Eve. Anyway I went to the produce department and walked straight over to where the potatoes are displayed. I couldn't find any potatoes except red potatoes. I retraced my steps to the front of the produce and around each produce bin thinking, "well maybe they are next to the apples, or the oranges, or bananas, okay maybe they don't have any that is really strange". I still wasn't thinking about snow and all of Paducah buying potatoes because of the snow. I was disappointed that I couldn't find any potatoes for Cody, so I went down another aisle to find a couple of other things on my list. The shelves were ransacked, especially of non-perishable food items. What is going on? This store always has a good selection. Then I came to the front of the aisles where I could see the cash registers, by now I had about 10 items in my cart (that always seems to happen when just stopping in for one thing). Each register was open and there were several people in each line with their carts overflowing. Then it hit me...SNOW! You have got to be kidding!

That leads us to today, the first Snow Day of 2010. Yes, Snow Day, as in the kids are out of school because of an inch of snow. At this very moment I hear my aunt and uncle in North Carolina laughing hysterically. Thank goodness she is from Kentucky and knows how Kentucky comes to a standstill because of a snowflake or the forecast of a possible snowflake.

I had to work this morning, so the boys had to go to daycare. Cody begged for me to pick them up early so they could play in the snow before it melted and before it got too dark. I promised them I'd pick them up after lunch and I did. When we got home two little boys were stuffed into snowsuits, snowboots, coats, gloves, hats and all the cold weather paraphenalia. Then out they went excited about sledding down the hillside at our new house and playing in the snow.

videoCheck out this video of Mr. Perfection finding the best spot to start the sled. You can't just jump in and let it ride, it takes some planning.

Even Rosie got in on the snow action. Looks like she is grinning with excitement in this picture. Check out the ice balls in her beard.

After an hour of play, the boys came in for a quick mug of hot cocoa and marshmallows before headed back outside.

Yes, Caleb has hot cocoa on his face. He got to giggling while he was drinking and it splattered everywhere.
The neighbor girls Peyton and Serena came over to try out the hillside. Then the Petitt boys stopped by briefly to see what fun was being had at the Peterson household. They couldn't stay long because they didn't have enough warm gear on, but they did get a few sled rides in before headed back home for fun of their own.

Caleb played outside for 2 1/2 hours! Cody came in after about 2 hours crying because his feet were cold. I bundled him up with warm socks, slippers, and a blanket and put him by the fire until he thawed out.

They have played so hard that now they have the munchies. Hopefully they will go to bed early tonight :) I imagine it will be back to school tomorrow. Watching them play in the snow today brought back many fond memories of playing in the snow with my brother, Kevin. Our neighbor Amanda had a great hill for sledding and we would have great fun playing in the ice on our creek, making pretend animal tracks up the hillside, and rolling giant snow balls around the yard. It is fun to watch my boys making memories of their own and enjoying the best of childhood. Now I better go make some mashed potatoes for a tired little boy, hopefully he won't notice that they are red potatoes.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy 2010!

We had our first party in our new house for New Year's. Our best buds the Petitts and Atnips were there as well as the chiropractic friends: Kahres, Shanks, Adams, Shimerdas, and our new neighbors the Tomassis. 15 adults and 13 children counting ourselves! Thank goodness we have the basement for all the kids and it has a door to control the sound level :)

Here is the wonderful hostess with the mostess showing off her delicatable desserts. Everyone brought tons of great food and Ben was up at 5am to start smoking pork, turkey, and deer. Yum!

Quinn's little brother Mase hung out with the big boys all night. He kept busy playing with balls and eating cookies.

There were 11 boys taking turns on the Wii
down in the basement, as well as playing with the light sabers and nerf guns. The neighbor girls showed up around 8pm, but they held their own with all the boys.

Some bad looking boys hanging out in the basement.

The ladies played a hand of Euchre, while the men chatted about manly stuff. Only two couples and their 4 children made it till midnight. Lots of fun and festiveness! Everyone agreed that our house is definitely better for our get-togethers since we all have kids. I see more fun times in our future.