yesterday may have, quite possibly, been the longest day of my life. surprise days off are always a little crazy, because it throws what little schedule we have into a tailspin. because thomas is home, everyone else wakes up earlier and does things differently. the boys simply follow thomas' lead, which is both a blessing and a curse. it's great that they want to follow him and do what he does, but it also makes for more fights throughout the day.
one frequent complaint on days like yesterday is "god, i just want to be left alone for a little while!" (that coming from thomas, surprisingly, not from me) for real? so do i, but we live in a small house with too many people! and really, you could be in school right now. why aren't you doing cartwheels for joy that you are playing wii in your pajamas at noon on a wednseday? how is having a day off a burden to a nine year old? it makes me wonder where thomas came from sometimes.
another thing that i question in my house is my children's fascination with taking their clothes off. why does the statement "put your pajamas back on!" not faze me anymore. what is the problem with staying clothed? why did caroline just come down from her nap in a shirt, diaper and onesie, while katie (who was in the same room; neither of them technically took a nap) is still fully dressed, including, shoes, socks and barette? she couldn't have been too hot, look at katie. how is this fun? i don't ever feel the need to strip down to my skivvies and walk around. why do they?
sometimes i have to wonder where they come up with the stuff they say and how do they know to use these things in the correct context. for example, when they are playing wii and dennis (who is 3) says to thomas "rock on, freaky bro!" for real? where did he learn that? and when jack asked me earlier why i put so many "mystery marks" after something i typed (i had just typed 3 question marks), i had to crack up. how funny is that? they totally understand the right way to use certain words and terms, even if they don't know exactly what that term should be. it amazes me that they are so perceptive, without having gone to school yet or anything. god help me when they start! thomas already knows he is smarter than us, can you imagine what it's going to be like when all five them think that!