Carrie ~ You’re Gonna Love This One!!!
So, my kids are awesome. They are well disciplined and well behaved. We get comments on them everywhere we go. They stand out because there are 5 of them and they are always on their best behavior. Eye rolling and heavy sighing is a normal sight when we walk into a restaurant but by the time we have finished eating those who have rolled their eyes have already come up and complimented our parenting and our children. I don’t have a problem talking about this, it really isn’t bragging, it is just the truth. They are exceptional kids.
If you know my kids you may want to take a breath and sit down before you continue. Duuu, you are already sitting down, you are at the computer.
Imagine my surprise the other day when my 3 oldest, 12, 9, and 6, decided to START A FIRE in the back yard. Yes, I said START A FIRE!
Okay, now breath.
We have a large concrete slab in our backyard that a previous owner had laid as a basketball court. My 9 year old has learned how to burn ants and such with his magnifying glass and he likes to get pine cones smoking and whatnot. I have no problem with this and we talked about the importance of keeping it all on the concrete and gave him some safety rules about using his magnifying glass for such things.
Well, my dear daughter came in to get some water and I smelled a campfire smell on her. I asked her why she smelled that way and she said “we were burning moss with the magnifying glass”. I said, oh, okay, just be careful. She smiled, mumbled something I couldn’t make out and turned to go back outside. I ignored the mumble as she is your classic mumbler and I am always tired of asking her “what?”; oh, and her mumbling is never rude she just doesn’t always speak clearly.
My husband arrives home just a few minutes later and goes out back to say hi to the kids. There he finds blackened gravel all over the concrete and he said “Where did this come from?” My daughter (12) announces proudly that they were starting fires with the magnifying glass. My husband asks “Does your mother know about this?” She tells him that I did and he shrugged and said “okay”.
I went out to see what mess he was talking about and I was amazed! Not only was there a fire pit in the center of the concrete slab but all the scrap wood from our remodeling project was gone from the trash pile behind our house.
Kait proudly announced that they had burned it all up just by using the magnifying glass.
Apparently this was no small fire and I don’t know how I missed it. We are avid campers and my kids know how to build a safe fire, however, even when we are camping they are not allowed to start or even mess with a campfire without my husband right there with them.
My dear husband was very successfully in scaring the beegeezies out of them by telling them that backyard fires are ILLEGAL (he was very calm until he got to that word). They were appalled
that they had broken the law with such criminal activity. He also discussed safety hazards that neglected to think about and he took the magnifying glass away which completely broke my 9 year old’s heart. We are also very good friends with one of our towns fire chiefs and we talked to him about it as well.
My kids have been successfully cured of fire starting – there is no doubt in my mind.
However, they seem to be in some odd state lately where they are just doing crazy things that are very out of character for them.
All this has happened in the last 7 days…
- Joe (9) decided to dig deep holes all in our yard. He told me he had dug a hole and I said he had better ask dad before he continued with it. It did not deter him from digging many more with our big shovels.
- Gabe (6) threw a down and out temper tantrum two days ago over a tricycle that isn’t even his. If you know my kids then you know they NEVER throw temper tantrums after the age of about 18 to 24 months. We are very good at training in this area.
- Joe ate a live worm the other day. I HATE MOVIES!
- After my husband and I went on a walk the other evening after dinner we came home to a sopping wet kitchen. Even the top of the refrigerator was wet. Apparently my kids decided to have a water fight in that short 20 minute period using spray bottles and the kitchen sink sprayer.
Needless to say they are not happy campers right now and my house is getting cleaner and cleaner every day. I have told them that since I can no longer trust them out of my site I will be giving them activities every day to keep them occupied so I know what they are doing all the time. We have been incident free for about 36 hours now.
I guess I could sum it all up as spring fever. Still, that is no excuse. Being 8 months pregnant has caused me to lay down on the job, literally. I guess I need to suck it up and get back to being a mom first. After all, my kids need me, obviously.
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