Mr. O got on a 3 p.m. flight to Washington D.C. this afternoon, leaving me with two little rascals whom are taking advantages of his absence tonight. They give me a good run for my money; two against one, no less.
I was interrupted while writing this post because 30 minutes ago Peanut just peed on the floor, and in his PJ. I went in, turned on the light, and saw him standing next to the night light saying that he needed to pee. Now after I gave him a wash he wanted to sleep on my bed, wailing and begging.
Ahhh, the rascals are rebelling, indeed. They dare not to do this to O during bed time.
Sometimes I wonder, what’s wrong with me as a parent, because they seem to take O’s words more seriously than mine. There is something lacking about my parental authority when it comes to discipline, even though I have a stern face and tone, they still find it less effective. But when O gives them the look, even without a word, they follow his order like he is a drill sergent. What frustrates me more is when O keeps telling me that I need to be tough and tougher with them, as if I never tried.
Tonight my frustration went all the way up to the red zone, and my patience was truly tested. I resorted to FaceTime and let O give them the “look” with his eyes bulging out, feigning anger, and they immediately got themselves into bed.
Perhaps my eyes are too small, and slanted, and my eyeballs cannot bulge out the way O did. Either way, it is a relief to have a second person to share this lifetime parental duties, because I know for sure I cannot do it by myself.
On a related note, O is in D.C. until Friday, a short trip to do his presentation to the board members of his agency. I am thankful that he is away only for two nights, because usually whenever he goes to D.C. for work he tended to extend his stay to visit families.
I guess the boys grew so much on him that he cannot be parted from them for too long.
Photos of the day:
We took the boys to the children’s festival last Saturday in downtown St. Paul. I have heard of the event before but had not managed to get the kids there until this year. We were very impressed at how organized the festival was, and the wide variety of hand-on activities for kids to do. The boys made pirate hats, hero masks, got henna tattoos, pictured with History Hound, and etc. We wanted to stay longer but needed to pick up Tendril from work so we left around noon.
The boys are looking forward to going there next year already!
It took me more than an hour to finish this entry.
(arggh, these boys, these rascals!!!)