Monday, October 24, 2011

The Post Where I Muse About Figuring Out How Not to Offend People

So, we are going to be pretty strict parents when it comes to how our kids act at certain places. You know, like at Mass. Dominic is only 14 1/2 months old, but, we are already trying to get him in the habit of certain behaviors are appropriate at some places but not others. So, at Mass we try to encourage him to look forward and he has a few "Mass acceptable" toys that he can take. Sometimes Jason puts him on his shoulders and Dominic giggles some but I assume this is better than that incessant whining that would happen otherwise. The problem comes when other people decide to try to make him giggle. Dominic has this absolutely adorable habit of shaking his head no in order to get people to giggle at him. It almost always works because, like I said, he's adorable. We try to discourage it as much as we can, but what to do when the nice people behind you are doing it to him?? I mean really, what are we supposed to do? If it was a child we would say "please don't play with him during Mass". And, yes I know that we can tell an adult that, but it seems so...patronizing? Condescending? I'm not even sure the appropriate word. It drives me nuts!! That's why we try to keep him facing forward.

I know we should be thankful that people are accepting of our having kids at Mass. But, seriously, if you're sitting by us at Mass, don't try to make our kids giggle. :-|

Does this drive you nuts? Do you say anything?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Play Time vs Clean-up Time

Life at home with these two beautiful, fun boys sure is wonderful. It is so wonderful that sometimes the laundry and the dishes don't get washed for a few days. The floor hasn't been vacuumed in...well...I think Jason did it while I was in the hospital. I do manage to sweep every couple of days in the kitchen. There are toys all over Dominic's play area (read: living room) and the counters need to be cleaned up...again.

But, there is the sound of boy giggles from when Dominic gets you to chase him. There is the new found voice of Christopher when he coos and smiles. There are real words mixed in with Dominic's babble that make your heart melt. Words like "thank you" and "Iyou" (I love you). There is the smell of cocoa banana bread baking in the oven, and if you stop by later, you will smell the roast simmering in the crock pot. There is happiness and love emanating from inside this messy home.

And I'm happy with that. :)