Ryan just opened the pantry, got out his lunchbox and three applesauce pouches, and packed them up. Then he went to the laundry room, got his shoes, and then came to get me. He pointed at the garage and said “car car!” indicating that I should drive him to school now that he was ready to go.
He misses his big sister during the day and if she goes to school, he is going to figure out what it takes to get there.
•My baby niece is visiting for the first time ever.
•So obviously we took her with Elizabeth and Ryan to have cousin pictures taken.
•It was a disaster.
•All three kids were cranky and displeased and uncooperative.
•Ryan participated in civil disobedience and kept coming over to me pathetically and whimpering and putting his head on my shoulder. And it wasn’t until we were done and I was reviewing the pictures that I realized that he was barely in any of them.
•Elizabeth was annoyed that her cousin’s dress had ruffles and her own did not. (Blame Gymboree, Dibits, not me.)
•Baby niece simply did not approve of the whole “wait, why did mama set me here and leave me?” thing. She did reasonably well for a baby with that opinion though.
•I learned that I can handle two outfit changes with one child, one outfit change with two children, and zero outfit changes with three children. If we do cousin pictures again, they come dressed and stay dressed. (We did a casual outfit and a fancy outfit this time.)
•It was the first time I’ve tried to get a shot and not been able to get it. I wanted one of all three of them in their fancy outfits and it was impossible. We could only get two out of three at once.
•We will possibly try again at Christmas. I shall bring more bribes that time.