Every time M and I want to go out we have to plan very carefully to reduce the amount of trauma Pineapple exhibits to the babysitters (our sons).
First we never say out loud that we are leaving or going out (sometimes we spell it or use a synonym that she doesn't understand yet).
We quietly put everything that we are going to take with us by the door and then return so she can see us.
We then give our boys babysitting instructions in whispers, behind closed doors.
We set up food and a video for Pineapple.
Then I quietly go out the front door and wait.
M says goodbye to her quickly- so she knows we are leaving and Ender is in charge.
I can not do this or she will scream, follow me and won't let go of my legs.
M quickly meets me outside.
Last night we went to a Korean wedding. We were the only Americans in attendance. The pictures below are of the flower girl and boy.
Upon our return we discovered that Pineapple had found a way to get into her whole box of hair clips and jewelry. She is amazing with small motor skills. She got everyone of those little clips in.
She also wet her pants.
This morning she was still protesting our leave of her. I got her dressed and told her to go potty.
She went into the bathroom. Then she stood right next to her potty seat and peed in her pants.
So another new outfit it is.
We are having a Korean high school student stay with us this week. We are hosting him here while he learns more about American culture.
I went to the fridge to get some milk and we were out. Hmmmm. What can I make for breakfast? I don't have time for anything elaborate. I whipped up some slimfast and powdered milk.
I don't think the Korean boy liked it. That went right along with our earlier taco dinner. He had never had a taco before. He said it was very interesting. He asked me if Americans eat a lot of meat and bread. I said we were trying to eat less meat-only one or two days a week. I don't think he believed me. I think he was taught that Americans eat a lot of meat.
The boy asked my boys if they enjoy studying.
They laughed (he look bewildered)
We asked him if he played video games.
He said he didn't have time for that. He studies early in the morning until late at night every day. He gets one month summer break and he uses it to build and paint apartments in poor areas of Japan.
My kids have been trying to break him of the study habit.
So much for his parents encouraging him to come.
He likes to play with Piney though and that is a plus, bonus for everyone.
(She looks very exotic he said after learning she was from Russia)
Other good news:
I opened the closet this afternoon and discovered this:
More great stuff from Johnson & Johnson that had somehow gotten separated from the box when I did my last post. Wow. It just keeps coming! Lotions, shampoos, body washes... I'll let you know what I think of them after I try them out!
Oh and the winners for my last post. O.K. I am writing everyone's name on a little paper and folding them up. Now I am asking Link to draw two names.... and the winners are:
Kristen (mascara) and Valeta (concealer)! Just comment with your email and I will get your address from you so I can send them.
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