Monday, May 13, 2013


In a stunning turn of events, Middle Son now wants to trim his own fingernails.  Historically, this has been very challenging.  To the point of only doing it when he is asleep, and bringing nail clippers along when he has to have anesthesia at the dentist.

I remember MomC telling me a couple of weeks ago that he had wanted her to clip his nails.

Tonight, he took me to the cabinet where we have snacks, medications, and nail clippers.  All things that, our house, need to be kept locked up.  I opened the cabinet, and much to my surprise he wanted the nail clippers.

He led me into his room.  He lay down on his bed.  I had him take off his shoes and socks and clipped his toe nails.  Then he took the clippers from me.  He started trying to clip his fingernails.  They were short, so he wasn't able to line them up himself.  I helped him, and we clipped a couple of fingers.  Then he was done.

Friday, May 3, 2013


The boys didn’t have school today. Oldest and Youngest Sons were at MomC’s, but Middle Son was at my house. My nanny came over at 8:30 to watch him so that I could go to work.

As I was leaving, I asked her to pick up a roll of duct tape today. I told her that the property manager was coming over, and “I’m not sure that we have enough duct tape to re-wrap the toilets.” The I began to laugh. She looked at my, and asked why I was laughing. She looked to see if Middle was doing something funny.

I said “Did you hear the words that just came out of my mouth?”

Unbelievable. I watch it happen, and I still have trouble believing it.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Shower Door

In my next house, I want a shower with glass doors.  Middle Son took a shower tonight.  That's a practice I want to encourage.  He's heading into his teenage years and is starting to develop body odor.

He hops in and out of the shower a lot.  He doesn't always close the shower curtain when he gets back in.  I used multiple towels drying off the floor after he was done.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New Rule

At long last, we have two functioning bathrooms again.  Yeah!!

Middle Son was using the restored hallway bathroom.  After a while, I decided that I should go and check on him.  I found that he had taken off all his clothes and dumped half a bottle of shampoo over his head.

I believe that is the 4th time in the last two weeks that I've found him with half a bottle of shampoo on his head.

Thus, we have a new house rule.  ALL shampoo, conditioners, etc. must be locked up when not in use.