Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I just got interrupted by Autumn who informed me that the bathroom door is locked and smells like nail polish remover. And here I thought even the younger two were happily (and safely) occupied before I sat down to write a letter .

I walked into the bathroom and found Esther with minimal amounts of nail polish on her skin and clothes. Becca, on the other hand,

was standing stark naked in the tub. Covered in pink nail polish. Cheeks, forehead, shoulders, chest, bellybutton, turn around, butt cheeks, and yes, even a little between the legs.

I did not keep my cool.

And the aftermath?

It's too much to ask of a 17 month old to sit still for the kind of scrubbing it takes to get that stuff off. And from the few spots we did work on, I'm thinking it would also take over 5 bottles to clean it up. And the 4-year old? Well, she doesn't have much on her anyway, and I'm inclined to just leave her alone because I still can't speak civilly to her. I find myself wishing she'd be embarrassed to be seen in public, as some sort of punishment, but who am I kidding? She's four. She doesn't care! All the same, I'm in no rush to clean her up. And it's not hurting her, so the girls will be walking around looking "pretty in pink" until it decides to peel off.

And we're taking Autumn to soccer tonight. Lovely.

And this next bit will sound like a tangent, but it's not. Heidi has moved into a new stage this last month. She is as feisty as ever, but more helpful and obedient.

Are you laughing?

I would be too if I weren't too busy having a pity party for one.

Guess it would be just too good to be true for all of the kids to be in manageable stages at the same time.

Excuse me while I go shower...yep, haven't done that yet today either!
And oh, I left out the best part...Esther cut her hair on Monday.

First day with the scissors out for an extended period of time. Somehow she Houdini's a pair. And that oh, so cute haircut Amanda gave her last week, yes, the last of the corrections, and the beginnings of hey, this looks like an actual style! are now gone. And it's the bangs. Again. Those bangs that make it so impossible to hide the fact that yes, my child has cut her own hair.

Please know, that if you ask me why don't you keep the scissors somewhere she can't get them or how did she get those away from you and you didn't notice or why did you leave her alone long enough for that to happen, be forewarned -- if you were right in front of me, I would LAUGH in your face. And then I would refer you to one of my many friends with many kids who is in a better mood than I am at the moment.

Come back tomorrow though.

I promise I'll have positive things to say.

Just not about this.


  1. Rae said...
    I am SO sorry....and I know that you KNOW this will pass, but it hasn't yet, and so I will just continue to offer you sympathy (empathy!) until it does pass.


    Love you.
    Tiff said...
    Oh, ABBY! *hugs*

    Those girls of yours have a gift, I dare say.

    We need a girls-night-out, you & I. Call me if you're interested. :)
    Abby said...
    Thanks Rae. :)

    Of COURSE I'm interested, Tiff!! I'll call soon. :D
    Heidi said...
    I posted for you. :)

    Answering your email as soon as my wild monkeys are calm but know that you are not alone!!
    Lisa said...
    I hope you don't mind that I'm kind of snickering. It's a lot easier to see the funniness when it's not you. Oh, goodness. Those girls really keep you on your toes, don't they?? And I'd never ask you one of your annoying questions--because as soon as I would, it would happen to me! Isn't that how parenthood is?? Eat lots of chocolate. Now.
    Jean said...
    Oh Abby!! It's just one of those days. :-) (Memories, right? Memories!)
    Trishelle said...
    Oh, any comments to me would have been met with an pie to the face! I echo the apologies of the others. I can almost smell the nail polish fumes and the inevitable heat from the sheer frustration...AUGH!!
    Tyler and Valerie Nelson said...
    HA ha ha ha ha....Thanks for posting that - it totally made my day! I think I have one bottle of nail polish in our house and James has no idea what it is or even where it is. I guess that is what an all girl family does! I remember me and my sisters put vaseline and lipstick all over our cocker spaniel when we were little...oh boy did we get in trouble when he walked down the hall!
    Qait said...
    Aw, Abby... I'm glad this is an older post (I'm catching up a little) and that things must have cooled down a little bit!
    I would have been upset about the nailpolish, too, I'll be honest. And...oh dear...I smiled when I read about Esther cutting her hair again, but that IS frustrating. I can't wait to see her with actual grown-out hair! HAhahah! Since she's so insistent about it, maybe she just really wants her hair off her forehead...or maybe she really will want to be a beautician someday...
    And don't worry. I don't judge the leastest bit about The Scissors. I know you're not stupid.
    I love you Abby! And your mischievous (even naughty) girls!!!

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