Carter has sports camp this week which is fantastic for all. Carter gets to run around all week from 9 am to noon playing basketball, soccer, and baseball while mommy and Ava get the quiet house all to ourselves. So far today has been a good day. Carter woke up at 8 ( yes, I know my life is good) and we cuddled for a bit and then we all ate breakfast, Bill and Ava included. Halfway through breakfast Carter decided he wanted something else and proceeded to yell and scream. Well, he was in for a surprise because I had just watched Super Nanny the night before (in tears mind you because yes, it's true, I saw myself) and I had the Thinking Blanket (time-out corner) all ready. 4 minutes later peace was restored. We quickly got dressed and raced off to Sports Camp. We watched from the sidelines a few moments and then Carter was hesitantly ready to join in. A couple minutes after that Ava and I waved good-bye. Ava and I were able to play legos together. She was building quite a tower with me handing her the pieces. After about an hour Linda, Olivia, and Sophia came over to play. I left to pick Carter up, we came home, ate lunch, played some more, and then did art. Finally at 1:45 it was nap/rest time. Thank goodness. It's quiet. Bill will be home around 5:30 so I can go to my District 9 Advisory Council meeting and then to my hip-hop class. My battery will be recharged.
Let this be my warning to all with young kids: 4 is a hard age. My sweet, compliant child is acting like he's sixteen. He is talking back, telling me no, calling me a "fool", and testing the limits not to mention my patience, which seems to be waning completely. Ava on the other hand, thank goodness, is in a nice listening phase. Just yesterday when Carter was in his room for a time out for hitting me, she tells me, as I'm playing Little People with her, that "I no bad choices, Carter bad choices, I good choices." Yes, I think she's getting it. It's like I tell my kids on a daily basis, you decided what kind of a day you have. You are the only one in control of your life. You can decide to make good choices or bad. Everyday I have to tell myself the same thing too.