Sunday, August 21, 2011

While I Was Gone

So, I go away for a couple of days, and things continue uneventfully at home. As a matter of fact, even bedtimes went smoothly and without any drama or issues! Granted, I wouldn't want to wish the three children on one parent for any length of time on a regular basis, but The Wife handled it with aplomb and relative ease.

That is, except for the head wounds.

Yes, I'm being ironic - while both boys had nice whacks to the dome while I was away, it was entirely unavoidable and something that would have (and will) happened while I was watching them. Little Bear was climbing in and out of our bed when he fell and opened up his chin on the rim of the bedside. No stitches necessary, although he will probably have a nice little scar of his chin. The trick was trying to get the bleeding to stop and keep some kind of bandage of the wound. We got a butterfly bandage on it around bedtime, and it stayed on until the morning, so that's fine.

The Boy was jumping on his bed when he fell off and bumped his noggin on the way down. This echoes the "8 Silly Monkeys" book and song, and The Boy was asked, "8 silly monkeys jumping on the bed one fell off and bumped his head. Mama called the doctor and the doctor said..."

"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!" he said. Sigh. The funny bit was he remembered the next bit: "...but noone said anything about jumping on the couch!" If you have little boys, you understand: they get hurt a lot. My dad calls them boy bruises - the cuts, scrapes, bruises, boo-boos, and other assorted weird things that are caused by normal human boy craziness.

Today, we made a return trip to Sandcastle, which is the waterside park associated with Kennywood. We bought season passes for next year, which will be a great decision, as we had an amazing time today. What a difference a year makes!

The Boy, last year, wandered around the edges of the pools and had an amazing time watching kids go down the little slides and have fun. Little Bear followed him around a little bit but was mostly a spectator. This year, The Boy went down all of the little water slides in the two kiddie areas about two dozen times each. He sprinted back up the ladders to go again and again, having an amazing time playing in the water. Little Bear did last year's boy impression, wandering from place to place and watching everyone do their thing.

It's pretty exciting to see! I can't wait to see what's going to happen next.




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