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05 October 2010 @ 07:58 am
There's entirely too much drama around here before eight a.m.  
Two cute (or disturbing, depending on your perspective) kid stories:

(Ethan and Aaron are having french toast, Carrie has only had half a cup of coffee. Aaron is coughing, the performance is one quarter actual cough and three quarters drama to see if he might get to stay home.)

Aaron. (gasp) Oh, my gosh. Mom, I just coughed up my tonsil.

Ethan. Dude. You don't even need those. You're still going to school.

Aaron. (disappointed sigh) It was worth a shot.

Ethan. (whispers) Tone it down. Too much and she gets out the Robitussin.


(The boys have to come to us and request to do extra-curricular activities; we don't put them in every sport/class from which they get a flyer at school. Aaron brings me a karate flyer and immediately starts campaigning.)

Aaron. Karate is awesome. See? (points to flyer) It helps kids develop confidence and get into shape!

Carrie. You don't have confidence?

Aaron. (dismissively) I don't know what that is. But I want abs!

Carrie. Not a good reason to spend $99.

Aaron. (points to flyer again) But that includes the costume!

Carrie. They call it a uniform in sports, big guy.

Aaron. Whatever. It's free and I'll be able to beat up Ethan!

Carrie. You're so not helping your cause.


Is this normal? Does everyone have this level of entertainment before they're finished with their coffee?
I feel:: awakeawake
I hear:: a distant coach's whistle from the middle school
Jessica K Malfoy: halloween: ghostly pumpkins witch hatjessicakmalfoy on October 5th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
I WISH I had that kind of drama with my coffee. I take my coffee to work at 6 am, so my drama includes being cussed at, hung up on and lied to.

Your kids are awesome!
Carrie Leigh: halloweencarrie_leigh on October 5th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
Aw, suck! Pay your bills, people!

Thanks. So's yours. How's her arm? Is it itching like crazy, yet?
Jessica K Malfoy: fall: spooky fall treejessicakmalfoy on October 5th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
I agree! I have my fingers toes & legs crossed that I get the clerk position (I think only 2 other people applied) so I won't have to be on the phones, although even if I was just working from home, I would prefer that to coming in every day at 6 am. I would still be collecting but I could stay in my pjs, doing homework & read fanfic while I work :)

She's hanging in there. She says it itches but she hasn't complained about anything, which is good. Bathing her is just the most challenging thing!
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on October 5th, 2010 02:20 pm (UTC)
That job sounds awesome. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
Jessica K Malfoy: halloween: haunted house on a hilljessicakmalfoy on October 5th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Aweso-mejandjsalmon on October 5th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)

No, you guys are special (and awesome). My mornings usually include Scott kicking Ben for not looking for his DS recharger and Bethy crying because she wants cartoons and I wont turn on the tv. We aren't clever like this until at least eleven. ;)

I'm with you on the not putting tem in EVERYTHING though. It seems like every day there is something new and it's nit jyst money but time - where would we find the time to do it all?

Carrie Leigh: Blah blah blah blahologistcarrie_leigh on October 5th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
We'd live in the car and never be home. It wouldn't be pretty, and no one would be happy, least of all the kids. People who do that are cuh-razy.
Ayla: Amusedabitofayla on October 5th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
I want to live with y'all for like... a week. I think I would be greatly amused.
Carrie Leigh: halloweencarrie_leigh on October 5th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Either that or scarred for life.
Ayla: Randomabitofayla on October 5th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
Either way, there will be laughter in the end... whether it's sane laughter I'm not sure. But by then the Zombie Apocalypse should have come and that'll be that.
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Carrie Leigh: Astoriacarrie_leigh on October 5th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)

I'm glad. I smiled, too.
tracyj23: FF - Jayne - of all the things I've losttracyj23 on October 5th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
Most definitely. My life is easily as entertaining as that. In fact one of the teachers at my boys' school told me yesterday (while laughing hysterically) that my life is just too amusing. Yep, I live to entertain with my crazy kid stories. :)

Have some more coffee. We both need it, living with all this testosterone!
Carrie Leigh: Arthur smilescarrie_leigh on October 5th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
No kidding. Though, God knew what he was doing when he gave me boys. I'm enough girl for ANY house. :)
stardust_20: Castle - Becket happystardust_20 on October 5th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
I used to think it would have been nice to have a girl but honestly, I think perhaps I got exactly what I needed. And I love them all to death. (Almost literally sometimes.)
deedsk_tx on October 5th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
At least you have these conversations in the kitchen while having breakfast and getting to sip on a cup of coffee. We have to have our deepest conversations on the 2 1/2 minute ride to Josh's school- where we have discussed the following:
**Why men DON'T have boobs- only women (they are too young to get into the meaning of 'man-boobs' yet).
**How babies get out of their Mommy's bellies if they are NOT cut out (that one was put off until another day)

It's just crazy what these little men can come up with in a very short span of time!

OOOOHHHH.....I totally thought of you this morning! On Kidd Kraddick (yes- he is still on the air in DFW) they were discussing swimming with Dolphins being on one of their bucket lists and the co-host(a female) said she would never do that because she has heard they like to get frisky and pretty much attach you underwater! I was laughing so hard b/c I was remembering your story (and pictures)and wanted to call in and tell them how you were 'violated' but such a cute mammal!
Carrie Leigh: Dolphins are gay sharkscarrie_leigh on October 5th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Kidd Kraddick must be a thousand years old by now. Did you know he lives (or used to) across the street from mom?
slitherhither: paolo_smileslitherhither on October 5th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
Your kids are too awesome to be normal. (And teehee about AJ's 'uniform' misunderstanding!)

I love how both you and Ethan are coaching AJ. Clearly, he's learning from the best. :D
Carrie Leigh: bad examplecarrie_leigh on October 6th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
We try. ;)

And hey, there stranger. Long time no see!
O Demanding One: Urs: Blessedheyurs on October 6th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)

That Aaron James is too precious. I can just see his pretty face. *laughs* Too much!

HA! Trei would be in good with Ethan about the Robitussin! He hates that stuff! *LOL*

I don't do the coffee bit, but my before 8 o'clock mornings consist of a lot of last minute signing of papers, and permission slips, or money or checks for something or another. *grrrr* I think it's a boy thing. What can we do? We love 'em like crazy. x)

Carrie Leigh: Mini Scottycarrie_leigh on October 6th, 2010 12:20 am (UTC)
I know! Are they allergic to asking for money BEFORE it's absolutely due, or getting our signature other than when they're walking out the door?

Silly rabbits.
O Demanding One: Express: (BH) Tight Hugsheyurs on October 6th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)


Silly baby punks! ♥

I MISS you! :O!

*hugs tight* ♥

Carrie Leigh: hugcarrie_leigh on October 6th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
Aw, sweet Ursula. I miss you, too!

Adelagiaadelagia on October 6th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
Heeheeheehee. Oh Carrie, your children are the best.

I want abs! *laughs some more*
goeungurlgoeungurl on October 8th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
He already wants abs? Hahaha. Precious. Both of them. It's probably not normal to have that much entertainment before breakfast, but I would consider it a blessing.