Friday, September 12, 2008
Why do I try?
So Wednesday night I decided since the weather has been so beautiful that I would take the kids to the park after dinner. I was having one of those "I really am going to try and be a nicer Mom and have fun with my kids" moments. So this is basically how it went down. I got all of the kids, Teenie included all ready to go. We hadn't walked more that a block and Teenie decides that she as found the perfect spot to poop. Don't you worry, I have my plastic bag and I am totally prepared and we are even right next to a dumpster, what luck. After this quick potty stop, we were on our way again. Just as we got to the entrance of our complex, Teenie decided that she needed to poop again! Nope, I am not THAT prepared, so I had to leave her "gift" (which I HATE because I always critisize people that don't pick up after their dogs, because it gives responsible pet owners a bad image.) Anyhow,off we go again we finally make it to the park and just as we get there, some boisterous teenagers are playing fetch with their dog who is obviously not on a leash (alright, they were just there having fun, but their complete disregard to the on-leash rule lent to my terrible evening, so today, they are deemed boisterous!) The dog sees Teenie and is off to the races and pounces all over her ( I am sure the dog was just trying to be playful, but it is never fun prying someone elses dog off of your terrified pooch) They appologize quickly and take the dog away. We recover quickly and finish crossing the grass to get to the park. At this point, I had to park the stroller and help Will get his bike across the grass, when suddenly the dog strikes again and poor Teenie is trying to get this blasted dog off her as best she can until I get there to rescue her. (We may need to work on her self defense skills a little) The kids scramble to get their dog again (yes, they are now kids, no longer boistrous teenagers!) Whew! We made it to the park! And this kids run to go and play. After a couple minutes, Will decided tht he needs to go potty, so I call to Grey to have him come with us to the bathroom. Will at this point decides that he can hold it and doesn't want to go. I tell him that we all are going to the bathroom, and he throws a fit and walks away to go an play. So what do I do, I grab him and have to haul him over to the bench to time out. I am stilltrying to get Grey to come over to me so that we can go to the bathroom, but he keeps saying "Nope, Im good" (obviously having too much fun that he doesn't want to have to stop an waste time with the potty) While I am trying to get Grey over, Will proceeds to punch and pinch my arm, because he is mad that he is in time-out. So just as I get up to physically get Grey, (who is now holding his crotch) He says Mom, I need to pee and proceeds to do so right there next to the monkey bars. I go and grab Grey and put him in the back of the stroller and tell them that we are going home. Of course this does not go over well with Will and he acts as expected and is crying and doesn't want to ride his bike home. So I finally convince him to get on his bike (and by convince I mean, I told him that it was either ride the bike home or leave it at the park for another little boy who would appreciate it) and we head across the grass once again. I get to the sidewalk and turn to help Will with his bike who is now screaming hysterics because he thought I was leaving him and he was stuck on his bike in the grass. We get to the sidewalk and head home, all along the way, Will continues his story of how he is going to leave and that I am stupid, he apparently wasn't getting the reaction that he was hoping for and thought that I couldn't hear him so he started to go slower and turned his head toward me to make sure that I could hear him proclaim that I am stupid. Keeping my cool, I just keep folowing him with Grey and MJ in the stroller. Just as we hit the entrace to Tuscany again Teenie of course decided that her last 2 poop stops weren't enough and poops for the 3rd time!!! (in the 5 years I have owned this dog never has she pooped 3 times in a 20 minute time span!) At this point I couldn't give a crap that I didn't have anything to pick it up with and trugged on. Some neighbors saw me with the baby and decided to come say hi, at this point I just hope they don't look down and see Grey's wet pants. After a quick hello we head on the homestretch towards our townhouse. Just as we are rounding the corner Will takes the corner too fast and crashes his bike and scrapes his knee. So close! The wailing begins yet again. After I pick him up and brush him off, we finally made it back home where after a quick bath, the boys went straight to bed. Needless to say, I don't think I am going to take the kids to the park by myself for awhile.