Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bribery works.

Strange days.

I wake Griffin up for school, he's fine.
Make him some breakfast, he's fine.
Tell him to get dressed for school, fine, finer-ie!
I comb his hair, teeth get brushed, water bottle ready, backpack packed.
No complaints.

But when we get to the door of his classroom, meltdowns occur, tears are shed.
"I don't want to go! I want to stay home with you and clean the house!"

Really Griffin? Really?!

In steps bribery. I picked up some pencil top stampers from the dollar section at Target and each day he calmly goes into class without crying, he gets a new set to open after school.
Griffin is all for it!
He'd do anything for new art instruments.

The stamps are Halloween themed, similar to these:
Please notice the "RIP" graveyard tombstone.

While studying his new set of stamps today, Griff was planning out his masterpiece and I overheard him say, "Okay, so..... the bats will go first and then the cats under them. After that, the pumpkins will go next to the Ten Commandments.........with spiders everywhere."

I was too proud to correct him.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Trying not to laugh

Tonight as I sang songs to the boys, trying to be soft and reverent, I busted out with laughter in the middle of "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam". I had to sing the rest of the song with my eyes closed.

Kai, knowing that he'd be told to lay down, did not get up and jump when "sunbeam" was said (which is the usual action, for those who don't know the song).

Instead, laying on his side, a single arm with pointer finger extended, SHOT UP to the sky each time, right on beat. As if getting rid of all his extra energy through a beam coming out of his finger. (You know, like at the end of Beauty and the Beast. ?? Anyone?... )

Well, I'm assuming Kai did it each time. Like I said it was so funny I had to close my eyes.

Maybe you had to be there.