May 29, 2008

Being good is just too much for Eli


All day yesterday Eli was so good. He hardly argued with me, I don't think he whined at all, and he was just so sweet. We went to aerobics and he played with the other kids so nicely, we went to the store and he sat so good in the cart, we went outside and he played by himself so that I could get flowers planted, he ate all his dinner without trying to get down after only eating one bite, he  remembered to ask if he could be excused, he even told me I was pretty without asking for a treat afterward.

I thought all my yelling at him for the last three years had finally paid off. I had raised a wonderful perfect child. Oh if dreams were fishes, right?

I guess by about 7:45 he just couldn't take it anymore. He decided being good was just no fun and he was going to make up for it in the last 15 minutes he had left of his day.

First he decided to dump out all of Hallie's little puffs all over the ground. Then Ryan went into the garage for a second and when he came back Eli was dumping water on top of Hallie's head. When Ryan asked him why he did it he said, "because Heavenly Father told me too." (bet you didn't know Heavenly Father told little boys to dunk their sisters). Of course Ryan gets mad at him, not only for dumping the water, but also for lying, and tells him to go inside and get ready for bed.

Ryan meets him in the bathroom to get his teeth brushed and as they are heading to Eli's room Ryan notices that Eli is trying to smuggle a granola bar into his bedroom. (Eli knows he is not supposed to eat in his room). Ryan confiscates the granola bar and because of all the bad choices he also takes Eli's tiger (the worst punishment ever) his zebra, and his bear. All items he loves to sleep with so that he can pick "fuzzies" off them and rub them on his nose. (yes, I am aware my child is weird). anyway, needless to say Eli went to bed screaming.

Well, I was not home when al this occurred, so when I get home Eli comes running out of his room with a big smile to give me a hug  like nothing happened. I tell him he needs to go back to bed. He begs me to take him, so of course I do. Well, as I lay him in bed I notice his giraffe is on his bed. (Remember Ryan took all his animals away, except the giraffe). The reason Ryan didn't take his giraffe away was because the giraffe sits on the top shelf in his bedroom. So the only way he could possibly have his giraffe was if he climbed the shelf and got it down (another thing he knows he is not supposed to do).

I just let it to go and left his room. I am a big pushover. Anyway he came out of his room a few more times( another thing he isn't supposed to do). Then we didn't hear from him anymore so we assumed he had finally gone to bed.

Before I went to bed I went to check on the kids. I go in Eli's room and he is not there. I noticed his playroom door is closed and so I try to open it it is locked. (Yes, another thing we have told him a million times not to do-lock doors). Anyway I start laughing find the key and unlock the door. The light was off. I turn it on and there is Eli sound asleep on the floor in his tent with his little giraffe. I couldn't believe it. And it wasn't  like he was playing in there and fell asleep. He had grabbed a pillow, his giraffe, turned off the light, climbed in his tent and went to bed.

So much for me thinking I had finally gotten through to him and was finally going to have a well behaved kid. I am sure today we will be back to our normal days of screaming, crying, arguing, and getting into things he is not supposed to.

IMG_1670 IMG_1666Being good is just  more than little Eli can take.

May 24, 2008

Another talent I DON"T possess....


Yesterday, I decided Eli's hair was just getting too long. I had just bought some new clippers and scissors and decided I would try to cut it myself. I figured it couldn't be that hard.

Ryan asked if I wanted him to help me, and I guess I said, "What? You think I can't cut hair?" So I guess he took that as I am an expert hair cutter. So he let me just cut away. Well, I had no idea what I was doing, and you can see I really screwed things up.

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I was just cutting away. Not really with any type of plan or really rhyme or reason. I then decided I better stop and evaluate.Things didn't look so good and I said, "ahh CRAP!" Ryan looks and goes "what did you do?" I said, "I think I cut it a little short." Ryan says, "I thought you said you knew how to cut hair." I said, "no. I have no idea."

Ryan tried to fix it with the new clippers I bought, but they were CRAP! So we decided to run to Wal-Mart and buy some clippers that actually worked. (Of course we made Eli put on a hat).

We came home and the only way Ryan could fix my mistake was to shave his hair. I was so sad. I am not a big fan of the buzzed head look. He just doesn't look as cute, and he looks more grown up.


This morning Eli looked in the mirror and said, "I see my new haircut." I said, "yeah. Do you like it?" And Eli says, "NOPE!" When I asked why he said, "I just don't." I wanted to say neither do I. But instead I had to smile and say, "it makes you look so cool bud."

Next time I better just let someone else do it.

May 14, 2008

Having a bad day?

 IMG_1470 IMG_1469 IMG_1464 I promise I wasn't beating him! So what is the cause of this sad, sad face? Getting his picture taken. Yes. That is right all of this because I wanted to take some random shots of him. I wasn't even asking him to pose.

I am still trying to figure out my camera that I have had for 6 months, so I decided to take pictures of Eli to test some things out. Well, he wanted  NOTHING to do with it. as a result I got these fabulous pictures.  I actually think they are kind of funny.

He normally doesn't get so upset about things. I think he was having a bad day.

And for the record I still haven't figured out my camera. all my pictures are either blurry or grainy. If anyone has any tips PLEASE send them my way!