I figured a couple of updates are in order.

I mentioned in my previous post that my son is of late making sound effects to EVERYTHING. He can be playing with any object and will then proceed to make shooting and grunting noises that defy belief. Im of the opinion he is going to hurt his throat soon. He does it when he is sitting, playing, right before bed, while eating etc. Its bordering on annoying and slightly weird. He seems very entertained when he does this, so maybe its just his way of having a good time.

Speaking of bordering on annoying, my daughter had continued her little stripping parade. I have mention it before that she, at the moment, loves removing her clothes and it is now starting to become a concern. Strangely enough, she only decides she wants to do this at night. Rarely in the day. It baffels me and I am yet to figure out her need to undress. I have checked if maybe a certain type of clothing makes her itch, or maybe she doesnt like a particular type of pj’s, but to no avail. Back to the drawing board I guess.

Our “Survivor” challenges at home continue and as of yesterday we earned ourselves another point by Outplaying them. Felt good to at least have another notch in our belts. However, this cant be an everyday thing as it probably will kill us!

A Little More Winning!

Since the kids turned two years old last year, our house has been like the TV reality show Survivor. You know the tag line right? “Outwit, Outplay, Outlast”, yup that pretty much sums it up right there. All the activities excluding (unfortunately) getting sent home and living it up on an exotic island till the finale.

Of course there are days when we win the “challenge” and keep the “immunity” (our sanity) idol, and then there are those days when we fail it completely and march off defeated to our camp.

We used to be so ahead in the game. I mean if we were keeping score that is. Ok, so sometimes I would keep score. Can’t help it! And somehow when they reached two our grip started to slip. They were becoming smarter and in the back of my mind I should’ve actually seen it coming.

Some of the challenges I am going to list here and mention who won and who lost. Because I like to keep score like that!

1) The “getting to sleep on time challenge”
Trying to get the kids to sleep at night is a mission in itself. Between N’s stalling tactics and A’s (as of late) making sound effects when its bed time (that is sooo going to be the topic of another post) its becoming a battle! More often than not I end up yelling at them (which obviously makes it worse) to just close their eyes and get to bed. When they eventually fall asleep I’ve almost lost the will to live. When calculating the scores in this challenge, they win!

2) The “eat what you are given challenge”
N is a fussy eater. It is extremely difficult to get her to try anything new. Its like a huge battle when something new is introduced. Luckily A isn’t as fussy and can merrily eat what we give him. When tallying up the scores and the fact that A isn’t fussy I reckon this one is a tie.

3) The “stop fighting challenge”
Argh! The constant fighting is bordering (ne is!) on rediculous! Its never ending. The one will start with the other and then pandemonium erupts. And this can happen within a millisecond! One second all is well and the next you see a toy flying past your head aiming towards a kid. I think we have yelled and disciplined enough to the point of being hoarse! No need to even calculate scores here. They win and we need to go back to the drawing board!

4) The “let’s see who can destroy more things challenge”
My kids are completely destructive! I mean totally! Toys do not last long in this household. Its almost unreal how twin 2 year olds have the capacity for destruction equivalent to a whole pre school! Ok, I’m just not gonna bother keeping score, they win! Again!

5) The “let’s see who can nag more challenge”
A1 has confirmed that A is the worst nagger ever! N follows at a close second and well I don’t count anymore! Haha! The constant “mommy, mommy, daddy, daddy” can sometimes, when you have had a long day or week, just bring you to the point of breaking! Yes folks, they win again!

So on this edition of “household Survivor” it looks as if camp 2 year olds have overtaken camp parentals by leaps and bounds. Here’s hoping camp parentals can make a comeback soon!

Thought Processes

This weekend I happen to be thinking (I do sometimes actually have enough clarity to do that ya know!) about the facts of general life. How no one tells you what to expect. Ok people are always quick and easy with advice but nothing compares to finding out these things for yourself. I’m talking about general life stuff. You know, the little things that make you say “so why didn’t anyone tell me this?” type stuff. And if someone did tell you, they didn’t mention the horrible bits about it. Always the cutesy stuff, but never the hardcore WTF? type stuff.

Well in my lifetime I have discovered the following (not in order):

1) Sometimes no matter how hard you work at something you will just not ever get the reward you deserve.

2) Dreams are sometimes just that, dreams. Depending on how realistic your dream is, will determine whether it will be achieved or not.

3) Kids will inevitably suck the life out of you. It is a responsibility not taken lightly. Be prepared to give up at least 20 – 30 years of your life should you want to have them. (referring to point 2, your realistic dreams will also have to take a back seat)

4) Pregnancy is not all it seems to be.

5) Kids are cute, for a certain amount of time only!

6) You are NOT superwoman! At some point in your life you will be driven to such exhaustion that you will be physically sick.

7) Life is NOT as you see on TV! (sorry to burst your bubble, but its not)

8 ) Contrary to popular belief, you will NOT be liked by everyone all of the time. Trying to reach this goal is fruitless. There will also be times when you will have to be firm, mean and nasty. Whether you like it or not.

9) Unless you were born extremely wealthy, there will be times when you wonder how the hell you are going to survive the month. (also see point 3 as a factor in regards to this)

10) You will be hurt and disappointed a couple of times in your lifetime. This is unfortunately unavoidable. But you will find the strength to get over it.

11) You are stronger than you think!

12) Crying does not make you weak. It strengthens your resolve to carry on.

13) True friends are those that no matter how long you haven’t spoken to them, because of life’s generalities, they will be there for you should you call.

14) At some point in your life you will lose your true self. Be safe in the knowledge though that you will find yourself again.

15) There will be that ONE perfect moment in your life that you will remember until your dying day.

16) There will never be enough hours in the day! There are 24, you will just have to manage.

17) You would have, at least ONCE, considered going to therapy or have gone to therapy.

18) Some people who claim to be successful are, in actual fact, just damn lucky!

19) You can never be 100% sure what the future holds. No matter how well you plan it!

20) In order to really see reality? Take the blinkers off!