Friday, May 25, 2007

A Week with 3 Boys

We've had the DeShong boys here for a week while their parents were in New York. It was such a blessing to be able to care for them. As we prepare to pass them back off to their parents this afternoon, here are a few observations about being little boys:

It doesn't hurt to ask for soda with every meal, no matter how unlikely it is to get it.

If you have any pain, the minute you swallow pain medication, you instantly feel better.

You might as well leave the bathroom light on for the next time you come (and the seat up as well).

There is never any need to wash your hands because they will just get dirty again anyways (and if you do wash them, don't bother with soap).

You can help out Aunt K by washing out your ice cream sundae bowl in the jacuzzi.

Three boys can never agree on one box of popsicles.

If you don't like the food being served at a meal, say you have a stomach ache.

Contrary to popular belief, Vance does not know how to tie his shoes.

No matter what time you go to bed, always try to wake up by 6:30 a.m.

Playtime is most fun when ALL the toys are out at once. And, even better the further they are scattered.

Changing your underwear daily is a waste.

Using an indoor voice is a great accomplishment (so is not running).

"But my mom lets me do that" carries no weight at Aunt K's house.

Swimming with Drew is the most fun you'll ever have.

Anything can be accomplished with a candy bribe.

And, now I will end with a brief story from our Costco trip this week. We had quite the load. By the end of our trip, the food was piled so high in the cart that you could no longer see in front of it. You had to pull the cart from the back. As I loaded the last item into the cart, a 2-pack of milk, I had to remove the 3 pineapples I had and asked the boys to each carry one. Here are the differences between the boys. Austin quickly found a strategic place in the cart for his pineapple and was perfectly hands free. Luke carried his pineapple with no complaints whatsoever, and thought nothing of it. And Vance, well, he lagged behind, whining in loud voice, "this pineapple is TOO heavy!" (give me a break - did he see the cart I was pushing??)

So, it's been a lot of work, but a lot of fun, and a real privilege to know my nephews so well and to spend time with them.

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