Friday, February 1, 2008

Never Not Get It?

In the great and rainy state of Virginia school has been cancelled. Yes, that's right I said 'rainy'.  And I said 'canceled'.   I am looking outside and the rain is in fact, heavy, but it is still just - rain. Coming from Utah, living at 6,000 ft, I drove through 2-3 feet of snow, in a raging blizzard, more than once, to get my kids to the bus stop. After braving the elements there, this seems - weird. People say that I shouldn't scoff, after all it is freezing rain. Which is the kind that freezes (hence the name) when it hits the ground, and apparently people here do not know how to drive on slick roads.  Ergo, we are all homebound for a 'rain day.'  Excuse me, a 'freezing rain day'.    

Consequently, instead of getting ready to go to the gym, I am overseeing the clean up of the basement. Whilst, goading my 3 offspring into action, we had the following 'intellectual' conversation:     

N: If my birthday was on Christmas would I still get presents?
Me: You bet.
N:  Awesome!  I wish my birthday was on Christmas! 
A: I wish my birthday was on Thanksgiving.
Me: Why?
A: Because we would have a big feast for my birthday dinner. (She looked suddenly thoughtful) Can I never not get my own birthday cake?
Me:  What?
A:  Can I never not get my own birthday cake?
Me: What do you mean?
A: Um, like, if I didn't finish my dinner?
Me: Well, usually we have something good for your birthday dinner - so you want to finish it.
A: But if it was Thanksgiving dinner, I might have to eat some gross vegetables or something, and I wouldn't want to, but I wouldn't get my dessert if I didn't finish - so can I never not get my own birthday cake?

Never Not?  I was thinking that A could have really used this day of school to brush up on her grammer, but before I had time to delve into double negatives, the kids began to battle over N's prolific creation of Mii's on the Wii.  A is angry that N is wasting Mii's.  N feels very strongly that Heather will really want a personalized Mii waiting for her when she comes to visit this spring.  And so will Kristy.  So will Grandpa Rex.  I resolved the issue by dictating that A can make all girl Mii's and N can make all the  boy's.  But only for real people.  N will have to delete all of the fake Mii's that he created, because let's face it, that is wasteful.  In fact, Some kids don't have any Mii's at all, and here N is all willy-nilly with the wasting.  (If you don't have a Wii and don't understand this, just chalk it up to kids having another pointless argument.)

On the tails of resolving the Mii issue there have been loud disagreements over:
a) who actually turned the Wii on (because this was not allowed until the basement was clean)
b) who demolished Z's club house (because they should have to fix it)
c) why Z should pick up all the Scooby-Doo toys and not just Daphne (sadly, his all time favorite toy - besides barbies and polly pockets)
d) how N threw A's book at/to her and so will never be allowed to touch any of her things ever again
e) how Z is not helping clean
f)  how N is not helping clean
g) how A is the only one who is cleaning even though she never makes any of the messes   

I am wondering if I can never not get any peace and quiet today.  Z is crying, N is yelling, A is tattle taleing, (perhaps I could be more parental but I am blogging)....and it is 8:30 a.m.

It would seem that my kids day off is my day to pull a double shift.  Time to go be a mommy.   


Janice said...

Oh we love our Wii, i got pretty good at guitar hero, but the last few weeks have not played once, I replaced that time with blogging. What a nerd....

Becca said...

I think that we have all the same conversations at our house while cleaning! Too funny!

Becca said...

Wendy, Love reading your blog. I am grateful you now really understand the "turn my mom into a pie" problem that parents face. If fact, we are not all wonderful all of the time. If fact I feel like we are lucky if we are wonderful once in a while. You make us all laugh and we feel like we are in touch with you a little bit more when we have your blog to read. You are awesome. Love, Mom

shauna said...

We had a snow day last week, although technically it was really a subzero-with-windchill day. Is sure did throw off my day, and then my week.

And oh, how I would love to get a Wii. They look so very fun (and "active," thus negating all negative video game effects--maybe I should studied the double negative today...)

Pennies In My Pocket said...

The Wii in my substitute workout for the day! :) hehehe

Just wanted to stop by and thank you for linking me on your sidebar! You're so fabulous! :)


Heather said...

Snow days do not really even exist in Utah. If we do have to cancel a school day for snow our Spring Break will then be shortened. We have had twice as much snow here as an average year and about 4 different days as I have driven to work I think to myself school should be canceled. I felt it should be canceled not because I can not get to school (my 4-wheel vehicle has come in handy several times this year, all the more reason for me to be grateful that I make monthly payments for it) but because I want a day off. I guess my weekends, summers, national and state holidays sometimes are just not enough.

Heather said...

As for the Wii, he is right that I would love to have my own Mii when I come to visit. However I am worried as to how he views me. Will I have large lips? Probably. Will I have a brown shirt on since that is my current favorite color? Mostly likely not. Will I be tall and slender? Only in my dreams. I guess I will just have to wait to see how he views me in the Wii world.