Something has changed recently though. Two weeks ago, we spent the week with the children of a friend. I watched 4 kids for 4 days (long story about how this happened). My friend has lovely kids who are the same age as mine but the combination wasn't great for my kids. Jack was really unhappy with the arrangement but instead of articulating that he became aggressive and channeled that anger toward Sonia. I spent a great deal of time managing their unhappiness and mine. It seems that week wore me down as I felt really cranky this week. Jack, especially, seems to pick up my moods. So now my unhappiness is his. I didn't figure it all out until yesterday when I commented to Ryan that I couldn't understand why the kids were so grumpy. His look said it all. Grumpy mom = grumpy children.
Next week, the kids will attend camp. We all need some space.
|Portland Children's Museum entrance|
|We visited friends who moved to Portland. They have 3 kids in their family and this amazing cargo bike. I want one.|
|Ryan at STP finish|
|Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island|
|Bloedel Reserve. This is how they feel about posing for pictures|
|Visit to Oxbow farm to pick raspberries|
|I've wanted to ride the Great Wheel since it was installed. It's worth the ride. I took at least 10 pictures during the ride and chose this one because of Sonia's face. My kids will regret their attitude about pictures once they see this blog.|