Monday, April 6, 2009

Delinquents in Training

Hello there. Have you missed me? I've missed you more than you know, little blog. See, the only thing that got me through last week was knowing that I had a good story to tell. The story that began early Saturday morning as our friends Colby and Kandis left on an airplane to some warm places of paradise, leaving us in the bitter cold with high hopes of a fun week with four kids under the age of 4. Before you get the wrong idea and think I am any sort of a Saint, don't. They're returning the favor in 24 days as we depart on our Western Caribbean Cruise. Sorry guys, but you're going to need another vacation. Why? These 4 kids are CRAZY! Let me introduce you to the little delinquents.

NAME: Parker
WANTED FOR: Peeing all over my floor.
CAPABLE OF: The defiance you would expect from a 16-year old.
FORM OF COMMUNICATION: Screaming, whining, growling, yelling, screaching.
DISLIKES: Sharing toys.
LIKES: Taking friends into forbidden areas of the house.

NAME: Carter
WANTED FOR: Sleeping with scissors.
CAPABLE OF: Cutting up an old blanket, and stealing brother's binkie.
DISLIKES: Sleeping in the basement.
GOOD AT: Being obedient (and staying in time-out), unlike partner-in-crime, Parker.
FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Filling bags, baskets, and boxes with toys to haul around the house.
NAME: Brooks
WANTED FOR: Happily eating spaghetti, then puking it up ALL. NIGHT. LONG.
KNOWN FOR: Being happy unless hungry.
ATTACHED TO: Binkie and blankie.
WANTS: To be one of the "big boys."
BEST KNOWN FOR: Climbing into the tub fully-clothed.

NAME: Avery
WANTED FOR: Breaking her arm when we weren't watching!
CAPABLE OF: "Limping" when crawling.
KNOWN FOR: Crying A LOT, and wanting to be held constantly.
DISLIKES: Sharing mommy's attention.
LOVES: Dancing.
LIKES: How hair sticks up when she rips her bows out.
RECENTLY: Dove head first into Parker's bath.

After 5 days at my house, Carter and Brooks were thrilled to see their Grandma and Grandpa at our doorstep. I have to admit that I wasn't too sad to see them go. But now our house is empty, my kids are bored beyond belief, and I'm ready for my next assignment. But this time, I'll just leave ice cream and cake out on the counter incase they get hungry, pillows on the floor incase they get tired, plastic on the carpet incase they get sick, or need to pee, a bounce house for Avery incase she decides to try breaking another bone, and scissors incase they get bored. And I'm getting ON the plane! Love ya, kids! Have fun, and don't kill each other!


Erin said...

I've been waiting for this post. I'm so glad you have survived. Or have you? I'm sure you're still trying to recover. I say you've earned a vacation and then some. It's over now, so we can look back and laugh, right? or can we....

Darcie said...

That was just funny!!! Sorry about the CRAZY week that you have, but you are right it made a GREAT post!!!

Very sad that Avery broke her little arm... hope she is feeling better.

Hiller Family said...

You have been busy!

Niki Carpenter said...

This is one of my favorite posts of yours, by far! Although I felt for you, I really did, I couldn't help but laugh the whole way through...until I got to Avery's arm...sorry about that :) Robyn, you go and enjoy the heck out of your trip, YOU deserve it!!!!!!

esherman10 said...

You are so brave! I can't believe little Avery broke her sad! Sounds like you'll be ready for that vacation of yours...can we come?:)

Maylene said...

Holy Cow! That is so nice that you would do that (although I guess you'll get to be kid free for a week soon!) Avery looks so cute, even with that pink cast on her arm. I bet that will be heaven to be somewhere warm and quiet :)

Kelly and Megan said...

That was hilarious! How did Avery break her arm? She does look cute in her bright pink cast. You are very brave to take on extra kids! But hey, if you get to skip town without them, it sounds more than worth it! Have a fun trip!

Mandy said...

oh my gosh! Sounds like a blast!! Poor Avery! That little cast is so cute! I am soooo jealous of your trip! I need a vacation! And trust me a fully understand the chaos that keeps moms from being able to call and chat with a friend!

Darci said...

Oh gosh I totally sympathize!! That pic of Avery made me think back to Gwenie's broken leg and it was crazy and awful! Sorry for all the craziness. Hopefully your getaway will make it all worth it!

Christie said...

I think I need a vacation after just READING about your week. Loved the delinquent-style post. Super cute.

The Hipple's said...

Wow! I have to say your post definitely cheered me up after what I thought was a really hard day with just one baby. Now I'm extremely grateful that I don't have four!

Annakaisa said...

This was SO funny! I'm so glad you are still alive. Avery looks absolutely ADORABLE!!! And that picture of Joe wiping something of the floor made me laugh. :)

Deanie said...

So do you have any hair left after all of that?? Whew, I may have to go on vacation just reading about it. Avery's pink cast is dang cute, hope she is okay!!

Cindy said...

Wow! What a week! Hooray for a little getaway of your own!

Matt said...

I really enjoyed reading this, Robyn. You couldn't have been more creative. Love the picture of Brooks, he couldn't look more sinister. This was absolutely hilarious! Give Avery a hug for us, this totally reminds me of Sadie's broken leg at around 11 months old. Looking forward to enjoying the beauty of Mexico, Central America, and Bahamas with you and Chepe!

Aly said...

You are SOOO FUNNY!!! Only you could turn a week like that into a completely hilarious blog post!

Avery is so squishable I can't even stand it! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, those CHEEKS!! She is just adorable and Parker is so cute too, who wouldn't want to trade kids with you for a week?!

Don't feel bad about Parker peeing on the floor...Minnie just learned how to take off her diaper and this morning when she woke up she promptly removed it, stood on Chuck's pillow to look out the window, and peed all over it:)

Devo said...

That was funny! That week was so crazy. Thank goodness you get to have your own getaway soon. Wish I was going too! Thank goodness for treadmills, naps, and least that's what gets me through my days. Love ya!

PrincessBri said...

LOL. You make me laugh. You're such a good mom no matter how much you try to down play it. Avery is adorable in her pink cast. Sounds like you have had your hands very very full. Can you believe Parker is almost 3?

Missy said...

Geeze Robyn! Well, at least you got your turn over first. And you didn't have the fear involved with knowing what was coming.
Now its gonna be their turn and they've heard all the horror stories. Ut oh. :)
Sorry about Avery. It's pretty tough to break a little kids bones, they're still rubbery and flexible and stuff. Whatever happened, it must have been pretty bad. Poor kid. Poor you too.
The wanted posters are pretty cute. Cute little stinkers. :)

Becky Glover said...

That is HILARIOUS!! At least you could console yourself with the fact that they are returning the favor! I can't imagine doing that with service in mind - it wouldn't work for me, and so the "service" would be null and void. I'm kind of a jerk - I tell my friends I'll help you out if you're in a bind but I don't do daycare and I won't watch your kids unless its an emergency. Isn't that rude! Can't help it, had some truly need friends and they took advantage - gave me such a bad taste in my mouth. Hope you enjoy your cruise! You deserve it! Oh BTW what is your team name for Ragnar?

Babe in Boysland said...

HAHAHA!!! I love this post Robyn! When you first told me about all this I felt AWFUL for you and now look at me, I'm laughing my guts out... don't worry, I haven't had spaghetti for a while. hehehehe.

You're so great. Creative, funny, beautiful, smart, talented- I love you!

(And Kandis is right, you are going straight to heaven.)

Missy said...

Hey Robyn,
Yeah, I think we must go at diff times or a diff place. I go to the 24 hr off Redwood Rd and about 5600South or so. Where do you go???