Today, being the Good Mother that I am, I took Big Kid to the local toy store for Webkinz Extravganza Day.
In the car on the way there, we had the following conversation:
Big Kid: Mia, in my cwass, her brudder Max is berry nasty to her.
Ashley: Why do you say that?
Big Kid: Because he won't let her in his room, and he's always cwosin' da door and stuff and sayin' she's a baby.
Ashley: That's exactly what you do to little kid.
Big Kid: No, no. I don't do dose fings to him.
Ashley: Yes you do, every single day. He is never allowed in your room.
Big Kid: Yeah, but he is a baby.
Ashley: He's your baby brother, you should take care of him.
Big Kid: I'm not his mudder.
Ashley: I didn't say you were his mother, I'm his mother, but you are his brother.
Big Kid: Brudders don't have to take care of da udder kids. Dat's what dere mudders are for.
Ashley: I mean just look out for him, be nice to him, play with him, you know what I mean.
Big Kid: Besides, I'm alweady takin' care of Murph all da time. I do everyfing for him, I take him out, I get him water, I pet him...
Ashley: Oh get out of town with that nonsense. No way do you take care of Murphy to the point that you have no time left in your day to keep an eye out for your baby brother.
Big Kid: Dat's what his mudder is for.
Several times today I have questioned this whole "sacrificing your own fun for theirs" bullshit. I might be wrong on this parenting philosophy. It very rarely happens, me being wrong, but I really think this whole parenting business should be more fun FOR ME. Heck, it's fun just being a kid. He'd probably be just as happy mixing mommy up a beverage as he would at the Webkinz party right?
Oh well, it wasn't too terrible. He had some allowance money and bought a pink poodle (I know, I know. The sales girl asked him if he was positive 3 different times, too) and he got a kitty cat for free. He has named them Poodle Noodle and Cat Matt. Can you tell that our new obsession is rhyming? Fun for the whole family right there, all day, every day, like it or not, headache or not.
So when we got home he hijacked my computer to play Webkinz and I took a bath and finished "World Without End". What a waste of life.
There is no way I'm paying the library $20 for that piece of crap, they can have it.
It was the exact same story as Pillars of Earth (more or less, same motivations, similar characters) but it sucked. It was too long, the characters didn't come together as seamlessly as they did in Pillars of Earth, and it was just lame.
I wanted to quit midway through and now I wish I had.
Anyway, it was a pretty eventful weekend for The Ashley Family, Big Kid being the recipient of most of that good cheer and still being a sassy little turd. Seriously, you just can't win with kids. It's never enough, so why bother?