Saturday, October 24, 2009

PLEASE COMMITT ME OR GIVE ME THE AWARD FOR GRAMMY OF THE YEAR

Let me preface this post with the fact that my husband is out of town. He could take 10 small kids to the movie and never have one problem. Just a FACT. Very little moves his needle.
Amanda and Micah are away on a long weekend to see LSU play and then a business golf tournament. I am the "keeper of the kids", at least until Pop gets home early tomorrow....(Believe me, I have a new appreciation for all Amanda does.)
But this was no problem that a Grammy could not handle....Well maybe that's not exactly the way our Saturday turned out...I wish I had better pictures to document the day...just had to use my cell phone. I DID have my camera in my purse, but I DID NOT have a free hand to get it out. I started the day tired as both boys slept with me and Jack slept every way EXCEPT straight. I think I have a permanent foot in my side. BUT we had a mission for the day. I was determined to get both boys a haircut and take them to the movie.
Jack, at 20 months, had a haircut at Disney, but that was May and now he had curls....long blond curls! Parker, at 10 is very serious about how his hair is cut. I had PROMISED him that I would tell the girl to just do a tiny trim and not touch the front! (she did great)...Jack had been a "wild man" all morning...as in bouncing off the walls, so just getting out the door was a minor feat. Then I remembered I had left my phone on the charger...Back to get my phone...Just getting a 20 month old buckled in a car seat is a trick, especially if he does not want to get in. I decided we would go to one of the "cool" hair places, Sports Clips, and Jack would be intrigued by the decor. He fell asleep exactly one minute before I pulled in the parking spot. What to do? Parker and I decided that this might be great. He might sleep through the trim. Wrong. And why in the world would I wear black? They took us right back (no waiting) and the cutest gal trimmed Jack's hair. He did really good...only a couple of jerks. I could tell she had trimmed lots of toddlers...Mission accomplished. I paid and gave Jack some tip money and he was the cutest thing you have ever seen taking the tip back to the girl.
As soon as we got in the car, I snapped some pictures of his BIG BOY haircut.
He has no idea what all the fuss is about
Parker was very happy with his CUT
HE really is a little ANGEL!
Our next stop is Sonic, where he gets a Wacky Meal...he loves to eat....tater tots are one of his favorites. But he WANTS Parker's cheesburger.
Then we head to the movie. Parker and I are making a plan. If he acts up or talks out loud, I will take him out and Parker can stay and watch "Astro Boy"! Once we arrive at the movie, I decide I will change his diaper in the car..Parker unbuckled him and he climbs in the front seat...laughing for some reason. Parker then informs me that Jack has poured his drink on his jeans. Great! And I don't mean just a little...a lot. I search his bag and I have 5 shirts and not one pair of jeans. Poor planning on my part.
We discuss going next door to Walmart and Parker running in and buying him a pair of jeans...but we only have 15 minutes before the movie starts. Remember this is his FIRST MOVIE...He does not seem to be bothered by having wet clothes, so we just go on it. Parker buys the tickets and I try to make sure Jack does not run away. He is too heavy to carry and he is FEARLESS. WE get the tickets and our plan is to get our seats and then Parker will go back and get the food. Efficient as I am, I have a bottle, fig newtons, and Halloween candy that he loves in his bag. The problem now is he does not want ANY of those things. He wants what Parker gets. Then I see Parker coming up the steps with the theater manager with him helping him carry all the LOOT he has bought...This movie trip has already cost 40.00! Parker hands me a diet coke (and trust me I needed one badly) and Jack immediately spills the coke all over me....all over the black pants that are covered in blond hair. Normally I would sit near the top, but we decided that we should sit down low, in case Jack threw a fit and I had to carry him out...It would be less of a "show"! All seems to be settling down until Jack decides he wants the candy Parker bought for himself...At this point, it is just give it to him and go get you some more. Another $4.00! Now I am praying for them to turn the lights down. Jack did watch the movie and for 90% of it he acted perfect...as long as we kept the bottle full and kept the candy coming. But then he decided he was ready to go!..rather he was ready to RUN away from me. We finally made it to the car. I just said a prayer of thanks that it was over and I had accomplished the two things I had on my "to do" list! Forget the fact that I was about to drop.
Does he have the LIFE or what?
We finally made it home and at 10:00 PM tonight I realized the only nap he has had all day was that ONE minute before we reached the hair place. I would love to go and snap a picture of him sound asleep and looking adorable, but the FEAR is too great that it might wake him up. And this Grammy needs a BREAK!!!!

30 comments:

COUNTRY MOM said...

Teresa, I am sorry you had such a rough day. What a great story. I am not laughing lol... ok maybe a little. You are an awesome Grammy. Hope you can get a good nights sleep. Where is that night-night pic of him lol...j/k. Have the best weekend my friend. Audrey

Denise said...

You are definitely grammy award winner, lol

WackyMummy said...

Oh, my, goodness! Teresa! You ARE fearless! Love your story. Hope you recover! =)

Love Being a Nonny said...

What a day! What A Day! I hope you got some good sleep last night!! Haircut is adorable!

Anonymous said...

So neat! What beautiful memories you and they will have to look back on and remember them!

Elaine said...

As a mother, I know exactly how you feel! My daughter spilled a drink on her last week at our football game. I however, thought she had peed her pants. And, didn't have a change of clothes. As, I'm running from bathroom to bathroom, with her half naked, trying to find a dryer- which, there weren't any! Thankfully, it wasn't pee, and just some of her juice, but she had semi damp pants in 40 degree weather. Let's just say it's refreshing to hear that someone else has chaos like I do! Glad you survived it.

2 little Boys said...

WOW, sounds like one of my typical outings with my two boys. Glad you survived and even happier you had the "crazy" experience with Jack and Parker. Hope you got your rest.

Daily laying it at the Master's feet!
Laura Ann

Anonymous said...

I am laughing so hard....this is the comic relief that I needed this morning:) Teresa, you totally get Grandmother of the Year ~ you already know how much I adore you and think you are the greatest Grandmother ever, but this makes you even higher on my greatest Grandmother list:) LOL LOL What I love is the sense of humor that you have about it and the AMAZING LOVE that you have for these precious ones. Yes, these boys have it made and that makes me smile.

This is Tammy Ewert ~ I can never remember my login.

What is so funny is that this seems like my everyday. My little Caleb-Wade is a live-wire for sure, so I totally relate. Sometimes I feel absolutely crazy, but I would not change it for one minute:)

Love you:)

Jo Whitehurst said...

I hereby confer the title "GRAMMY OF THE YEAR" upon you!!! :)

You definitely deserve this one!

Lucy and Ethel said...

Whew for the day, and congratulations for surviving it!

Parker sounds like a jewel :) And Jack sounds like a 20-month old B-O-Y!!!

Both are really cute.

I hope you get a nap today :)

Lucy

Bacardi Mama said...

Congratulations on surviving your day. I can feel for you. I just had my two grandkids and their mother here for 48 hours while their dad recovered from the flu. In that 48 hours, we had a large family birthday party for the one year old. Oh, the stories I could tell. I feel your pain girl, I feel your pain. The good news is, we still love them all more than anything.

Pineapple Princess said...

Yep! You deserve an award!

What a doll he is in his big boy hair cut!!

Mammy said...

Boy, can I relate! That is my life EVERYDAY as a grandmother raising a special needs 4 year old. I find myself most days muttering, "Help me, Lord. Just help me!" as I chase my little guy through the house. I would love to just have the energy he has leftover at bedtime! Thanks for making my day....Now go write me a Christmas post!

Rose said...

my three are living her "part-time" they are a blessing! but a lot of work!

Saranne said...

Loved hearing about your adventure! I recently took my 2 3/4 yr old granddaughter to Disneyland....isn't it great to know that we can enjoy them and then give them back? ;-)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

But of course you have my vote! My few moments on the computer today are to congratulate you! My days of babysitting are over...and they all grew up...just as the children did..and the greats are beginning to appear..but my daughters are like you...being the best grandmothers in the world! YOU are wonderful! :)
Mona
Grandmother of 14 and Great Grandmother of 5 and a bit grateful to have been put "out to pasture! :) HUGS!

Nezzy said...

You are a brave woman! Talk about a full day. You go grandma, you rock!

Have a fantastic week!!!

Get Real Girl said...

You are a wonderful grandma! My mom would never attempt to take my girls to the movies and they are 4, 7 & 9. . .

Hope you had a chance to relax a little today. :-)

Grammy and Olivia said...

Oh yeah...Grammy of the Year! I have my hands full going out with one. I was out the other day and saw a sweet grammy shopping by herself with triplet boys about two years old. She was doing pretty well considering. I think you might have some competition for your award :o)

Jane In The Jungle said...

Boy can I relate. It's gotten to where we buy the 3 yr old girl the same stuff as the 7 yr old boy or else.........

♥georgie♥ said...

Yep Grammy of the Year-the boys are so cute!
I have to admit i was exhausted just reading about your day...

Kimi said...

There is a little something something for you here

http://somanykidssolittletime.blogspot.com/2009/10/roll-out-red-carpet-wyoming-style.html

Lilly, Matt, and Sara said...

Hey! It sounds like it is a special day that the grandkids will remember!

I left you the "over the top" award on my blog!!

Jackie said...

Six words....."You lived to tell about it". Hallelujah!

Sweet Blessings!
Jackie

Andi said...

Hi,
I found you through Natalie Benson's Harvest of Friends Blog Party comments...I hope you do not mind me stopping by...your "A Baby Changes Everything title" intrigued me because it had "grammy" in the address. I was curious because my daughter is having her first baby in February, and I will be new to the grandmother's club then. She wants her son to call me grammy and to call my husband, her father, pops. :)
I must say you do deserve the grammy of the year award! What a fun outing for the boys! And though you were exhausedted, I imagine you had fun too.
I am amazed by all you do...here and on the Christmas blog! WOW...I hope it is ok with you that I come back for other visits when I have more time. Nice to meet you...keep loving those precious boys.

Jess said...

Drumroll please.......

And the winner...of the best grammy ever....issss.....

Theresa!!!!


LOL

Love ya!

Honey B said...

Teresa, You are truly the best! I hope I can measure up to you as a Grammy. Rhonda

Linda said...

I have done those kinds of things with my 11 grandkids,...but not so much these days, as they are growing up...And my daughter Lynnette who has the three little guys,(And the three older ones too), lives farther away from me now than she did when her other kids were little, so I don't help out much now that she has 3 teenagers to help her. BUT, I could so totally relate and I remember having those kinds of days. But now they are just memories and I treasure them.

You are a very special lady!

Love, Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Ginger said...

I think you need a pat on the back for taking a 20 month old to the movies!! I have a grandson who will be 20 mos.old in a week, can't imagine taking him to a movie. I don't think he would sit still. If I was you, I would of been asking for a little rum in that diet coke you ordered (just kidding...I think). lol.
You did a great job!! Love how you told the story.

Jill said...

It's definitely not easy taking care of little children. I've done it plenty of times myself. But the time you get to spend with your grandkids is worth it.