Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What I Have In Common with a Big, Green Ogre

Goldi is not the only thing giving me a Great Big Headache lately. My kids are doing a pretty good job of that themselves. Jordan can't put away more than two things in her room, without asking "Can I take a break now?" (Yes, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.) And Josh wakes up every morning and says, "I hope the lice are back so I can stay home from school!" Did I mention we had lice a few weeks ago. N-I-G-H-T-M-A-R-E.

Maybe that's why I've been too exhausted to blog. I even have Guest Posts ready to go and I can't manage to get them up. (Did I mention the tree?) My laziness knows no bounds.

But then, this past weekend, I saw Shrek. Shrek has it all. A nice home. A beautiful, loving supportive wife. Three precious little baby ogres. And you know what? He isn't happy! He misses his carefree days when he didn't have all the responsibility of a family. So, he makes a deal with the devil (Rumpelstiltskin) and he almost loses it all. It is only then that he comes to appreciate what he had.

Not sure my kids even understood the film, but boy... did it hit home with me.

My kids are ADORABLE.

Who else would say, "Mommy, today we are going to a burrito farm." (arboretum?)

OR "Mommy, I have a new system. If I back up when I pee, I don't hit the wall."

Gosh, I love those two!

16 comments:

Mother Hen said...

Take what you can get from Thing 1 and Thing 2, They don't stop being funny and sweet for years but it's just finding the time to step back and actually listen to them. Sounds like you are doing just that!
Kids are adorable, it's us that can be the nightmares.

Patti said...

That's a great lesson, I think I'll have to take my kids to that movie. Kids are awesome and sometimes it takes just taking a step away for a few days to appreciate them.

Totally feel for you on the lice.

T. Anne said...

WOw I didn't realize Shrek would be rife with morals. I'm taking the kids to see it later this week and I can't wait. I for sure love my crew and will miss these crazy days later in life. *sigh*

Rebecca said...

Ha! Your kids always manage to crack me up!

Sandy Shin said...

Your kids are so cute. :)

And that is definitely a great lesson. Though I'm not a mother, that is still something I need to keep in mind: to appreciate my family and what I do have.

Amy Allgeyer Cook said...

Oh man! Thanks for the peeing tip! I'll have The Boy try that.

I'm glad you had a little ah-ha moment from Shrek. It's so easy to stop appreciating the things we have in our face every stinking day, and love them anyway.

Julie Hedlund said...

This post is just so full of awesome! You just can't beat kids and the things they say/the love they give.

The other day my son said, "I love you as big as the solar system." I gave him a cookie. :-)

Amy Tate said...

LOL! I love the pee story. That's a classic. It's so true. We complain about the chaos and all we have to do, but it's the chaos that makes life fun. Love it!

Lisa and Laura said...

OMG, as someone who has cleaned a lot of pee off of a lot of walls, I'd really like your son to send a memo to mine. Hilarious, as always.

Kim said...

Love this! I'm so jealous of the pix of your kids. They always look like they love each other. My ballerinas would rather scratch their eyes out than spend time together.

I'm going to have to watch Shrek. I've never seen any of the Shrek movies. Sounds like I'm missing out.

Kelly H-Y said...

Oh my goodness, what a great post ... and, those quotes ... priceless!

Christina Farley said...

So true! I keep telling my husband that the time with my kids only gets better and better as they get older.

Hardygirl said...

Too cute!! And, yeah. It's good to be reminded of what life would be like without them . . .

sf

storyqueen said...

Aw, Corey, this is a sweet post.

And if they don't grow burritos on farms, where DO they come from???


So, what is it about Goldi that is giving you headaches? Plot? Character? Words?

As a fellow picture bookie, I can totally relate.

Shelley

Susanne Drazic said...

I like the Shrek movies. Have to see this latest one!

Thanks for sharing about your young ones. Kids and the things they say are priceless!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

shrek is so profound :) your kids are awesome. write those lines down so you'll be able to remember them. they are classic