During the past couple of days, I've learned these things:
1. Easter grass does not sit well in a cat's tummy. What goes down must come back up. Ewww! Our little goat-cat likes to eat all kinds of strange things and seems to have a preference for plastic. I put away Jadyn's Easter basket about a week after Easter. I forgot that Bryan still had his in his room. Sophie didn't forget. Not pretty at all.
2. A teenage boy can totally forget the fact that he's babysitting his 4 year old sister, who is napping in her room. Yes, it is possible for him to totally forget that she's sleeping in the room 2 doors down from his room. He will walk right past her room. He will gather all of his things for an overnight band camp. He will get into his little red car and drive away, never looking back. He will totally forget that he left his little 4 year old sister sleeping her room.
His mom will arrive home about 10 minutes later. Mom will look on all three levels of the house for him. Mom will have the horrible realization that her teenage son forgot that he was in charge of his sister. His mom will call him on his cell phone and ask him where he is and if he remembers where his 4 year old sister is. There will be a moment of silence. Then he will say, "Uh, she's not with you?....Ohhh no!"
His mom will not be too pleased with him.
The things that immediately go through a mom's mind...
What if the house had caught on fire in that 10 minutes? I know, it was only 10 minutes, but what if?
What if my 4 year old got up from her nap and frantically searched the house and thought she'd been abandoned? I can only imagine the trauma, especially for our child, who has a huge fear of being left alone.
It was only 10 minutes, and she was sleeping, but still....
Hmm, this may come back to haunt the teenage son.
3. Chuck E. Cheese on a Friday afternoon is survivable. Little prizes are so thrilling for a 4 year old and well worth the time spent following a 4 year old around a crowded game room. One trip to Chuck E. Cheese will hopefully buy me a few months and I won't be bugged to go there. I can hope anyway.
4. Date night is great for Mom and Dad. A nice, quiet restaurant can do wonders for a couple. A drive downtown is so worth it. We didn't have to spend time fighting the crowds in our suburb. Yes!