Monday, June 21, 2010

Boys in the Kitchen

I think my kids could have a great cooking show. They don't cook very often, but when they do there is a lot of laughing and usually some antics going on. Let's face it, three's a crowd in the kitchen. Especially with one boy who likes to toss ingredients in the air, one who doesn't read the directions all the way through, and one who really would rather be teasing the dog.

As of this morning my kitchen is spotlessly clean. Well, it was. Then came the rice krispy treats project.

Take
hysterical laughing,
a distracting baseball game on the kitchen TV,
a bag of marshmellows,
a box of rice krispies spilled all over and into the range,
a tiny saucepan when a large pot is called for,
a vacuum,
a dog who is not allowed in the kitchen scrambling to eat all the items on the floor but who doesn't like the vacuum,

and you get a project that is more clean-up than creating, and a miraculously somewhat successful batch of treats that are a bit tough and overcooked but delicious to their creators.

The creators who, I realized too late, have braces and shouldn't be eating them in the first place.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Summer Lovin' Happened So Fast

Yes I'm a huge Grease fan. But that's not what this post is about.

It is almost summertime, and I have a teenager this summer. And another almost teenager. I can already tell this summer is going to be different. Way different.

HELP! I need a manual on how to parent teenage boys over the summer!!

One of my boys has a girlfriend, and it is killing me but in the interest of privacy I can't post much about it. Let's just say it is very sweet. It reminds me of my first real boyfriend, Keith, who was very sweet. Until he was a really huge jerk (are all teenage boys this way including mine?).

Different issues this summer. How much independence do boys this age want/need/deserve/handle? Do I let them go on . . . gulp . . . dates? I mean one-on-one, not group dates to movies. What do I do about the fact that they don't want to hang out with me anymore? That one hurts. How much separation needs to happen between the teen and the ten year old? Right now that 3.5 years is a huge gap.

And how am I going to feed all these growing boys 24/7 starting tomorrow?????

I'm freaking out here. Time to call on some friends who have been through this recently for some advice.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Clean Plate Club

My youngest son just has a knack for performing in front of an audience.

During the 6th inning of a tense and close playoff Little League game last night, my youngest sauntered up to bat. He eyeballed the pitcher, set his feet, tapped home plate with his bat. Then instead of bringing his bat in to position to hit the ball, he said something to the umpire standing just behind the catcher.

The umpire reached in to his pocket and pulled out his brush, handing it to my youngest. My youngest knelt down and carefully and meticulously brushed off the plate, which was just a tiny bit dusty. This was accompanied by much laughter from both sides of the field, a much needed comic relief in the tension.

Satisfied with either the audience reaction or the clean plate, or both, he was ready to hit the ball and get on base to help win the game.

As proof that imitation is the best form of flattery, a team mate who also likes to be appreciated by his fans asked for the brush to clean the plate himself before his turn at bat.