Things That Made Me Smile Today

parents and two children laughing together

All the boys playing together nicely: today’s big event was dumping a huge barrel of plastic balls down the stairs and laughing at the thunderous noise.

Naomi’s post on a certain reality of life as a pregnant mom (sorry, post no longer is published).

The Manager effecting a truly SPECTACULAR belly flop in the middle of the store today. I have no idea what caused the fall, but it was so hilarious that I couldn’t help laughing. Poor kid. I’ll add that the the list of reasons he’ll need therapy someday. After a quick cry and some hugs all was well.

Captain Earthquake, noticing that I’d closed out a computer program he wanted open: “I still love you, but I wanted to leave that on, Mom.”

Hubby, realizing that he’s going to sorely miss the boys while they’re visiting the in-laws for a few days.

Everyone giggling over the odor when the Captain, ahem, passed air during bedtime prayer.

TechnoBoy and The Mercenary hooking the balloons they got at the store tonight to a small cup and using the contraption to send us love notes after bedtime.

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The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • PreSchool Mama February 14, 2008, 1:30 am

    I think the gas jokes come with the territory when you have boys. Somehow, girls don’t seem to find it that funny at all..

  • On Living By Learning February 14, 2008, 10:16 pm

    On the contrary, potty humor in all it’s glory is very popular with both genders in 2nd and 3rd Grade. How else to explain the extreme popularity of the Captain Underpants series?

    I love the love notes contraption. Did they use helium balloons? How did they propel them?

  • Amy February 14, 2008, 10:36 pm

    They attached 2 helium balloons to a small box. I believe that one boy snuck down and got some scotch tape to attach things. He had to walk past us to get it. Once it was floating, they just pushed it into the doorway and hurried back to bed. It was super cute.

  • Lian February 17, 2008, 9:22 am

    Thanks for sharing. Made me realize I need to smile more around my kids.

  • Amy February 17, 2008, 9:29 pm

    Hi Lian, and welcome! I know what you mean. I’ve gotten into places with the kids where I said no no no all the time, and grumped at them and never smiled. It’s easy to get there, and takes conscious effort to move away from that place. I’ve tried making a small joke or two, and also just hanging out with the boys if I was really grumpy. What are you planning to do to smile more?

  • Brett Legree February 18, 2008, 6:19 pm

    Hello! I just stopped in to visit, hopping over from IttyBiz when I noticed that you are a proud mom of two sets of twin boys! Wow, can I say that you are awesome, and your site made me smile, especially this post. As I am the proud father of one very special little 6-year old boy and a set of equally special 3-year old triplets (two more boys, and a little girl), I know a little bit about how unique your life must be.

    And yet, you are homeschooling as well! That is really great, and I have to take my hat off to you.

    Thanks for helping me smile today!!!

  • Amy February 18, 2008, 6:31 pm

    Awwww, thanks Brett. I knew about your triplets and wonderful 6yo from reading your comments at IttyBiz, and wow, I have to say: triplets are a whole ‘nother universe from twins. 🙂 Your 6yo must have been so adorable as a big brother to 3 babies! You and your wife are pretty amazing in my book.

  • Brett Legree February 18, 2008, 6:50 pm

    Hi Amy – you are very welcome! I guess you are right, each successive addition in a multiple string brings an order of magnitude more challenge. We know a couple who brought home a set of quadruplets to meet their big brother, and whenever we think we are busy, we just think of this family!

    Yes, our big 6-year old has been and is a wonderful big brother. He is very special in his own right, as he is a triplet set survivor.

    (I am writing all about this story right now, to be published some time at the end of this year if I stay on target. And maybe with a little help from Oprah. Oprah, can you hear me?)

    Thank you again for a wonderful site – I will be back!