“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein
This is how I feel at least twice every day.
Why did I just pick up that bin full of potato heads? They’re just going to dump it out again.
What is the point in folding Mason’s clothes and putting them in the dresser? You know he’s going to pull them all out and pee on them as soon as you put him to bed.
How many times are you going to say “Use your inside voice!” before you learn that the children don’t have inside voices?
Pick up this, put it away. Step on it again in twenty minutes. Pick it up, put it away, step on it again in twenty minutes. Pick it up, put it on a shelf, step on it again in twenty minutes. Pick it up, throw it in the garbage, go hide in closet.
Don’t jump on the furniture! Stop throwing things at the television! Don’t hit your brother! Stop screaming! Leave the dog alone!
These things. These ridiculous things just keep happening over and over again – yet I continue to try, over and over again. Hoping, with some sort of sich masochism that one of these days I will actually get a different result.
Who knows, maybe one day I will.
Anyway, we went to the library Friday to pick out some movies for the weekend. It occurred to me, while standing there listening to Mason scream at Kaleb and Kaleb scream at me in the middle of the children’s section that the kids have never seen Mary Poppins. Oh, wait. I have never seen Mary Poppins. I know, I know, major Fail.
I was too preoccupied falling in love with Beauty and The Beast and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Both of which my kids have seen at least five times each. I wasn’t the “Spoon full of sugar” kind of kid, so to speak. I was definitely more “Time Warp”. But still – what kind of self respecting movie-night making mother am I if I don’t sit down and watch the lady with the crazy umbrella (Mary Poppins is the one with the umbrella, right?) fly around the tv?
Right then I decided to remedy my Mary Poppins problem and borrowed it from the library. Since we’re spending the weekend celebrating Kaleb’s graduation to Kindergarten I figure it will be a perfect addition to our party. But first things first, we needed Shrek 4. Last week was so rough I opted to make this week as much like a vacation as I could. Which meant 7 days of movie nights, favorite foods, fun and games, and lots of low key fun.
We watched the first three Shrek movies throughout the week, at least three times each, and now we needed Shrek 4. We took a break from the movies on Wednesday since Uncle Ed came into town to play, which was awesome. It’s been years since we got to see him, and the boys certainly did their best to make up for it!
So when we went shopping on Friday after the library we picked up Shrek 4. Unfortunately, by the time we got home both of the kids were walking nightmares. Screaming, fighting, throwing, kicking, you know the drill. Mason screamed for an hour because he wanted cereal, Kaleb screamed because Mason was screaming. By 6pm Friday night Mason had put himself to bed and was sound asleep. So, our celebration got postponed until yesterday.
We spent all day yesterday making a mess of the house we had just cleaned. We made our fruit fondue dip, and while it was setting Kaleb and I set to making some spinach dip. Though he suddenly stopped me and said:
“Mommy, I don’t want spinach dip.”
“Oh? What do you want instead?”
“Peas dip? What would you put in something like that?”
“Peas, tomatoes, cheese, milk, cookies, and olives!”
“Buddy… that sounds really gross.”
“No! Everyone loves peas dip!”
“Okay, let’s just stick with spinach for today, what do you say?”
*sigh* “I guess mommy. But only because you’ve been a very good girl today.”
My kid is truly silly sometimes.
We filled up on our dips and snacks and settled in to watch Shrek Forever After. Fifteen minutes in, Mason jumped up, ran to the popcorn machine, grabbed his favorite popcorn cup and started screaming for the popcorn machine. So, we took a break and made some popcorn.
Settled back in to watch Shrek 4 – and didn’t get very far. Fighting, fidgeting, screaming – oooh my.
Both boys went to bed around 9, and I vowed to finish this party today.
So, we’re going to make puppets with paper bags and have a puppet show. And we’re going to watch Mary Poppins. And we’re going to continue to completely destroy the house – because, well… the bins are already dumped out everywhere, we might as well play!
Then we will get up tomorrow, and clean the house again. Wreck and repeat. Insanity I say.