Monday, February 27, 2006

What was I pleased about again?

Oh yeah, my eldest is home.

Why is it, when kids go away (even for just a week), you don’t get the same child back? This new one I’ve got, well, if this is an indication of the teenage years soon to come, then I quit!

I didn’t mind him being tired (only to be expected if you’ve been travelling for twenty-two hours and instead of sleeping, stayed up and watched movies), I didn’t mind him not talking (getting blood out of a stone would have been easier), I stayed calm when he called his brother a stupid idiot (though I reminded him we don’t use those words in this house), I shrugged when he refused to take a shower, and I patiently explained each and every time he demanded to know why he couldn’t go to bed until six last night.

But bloody hell it was an effort! And I wasn’t expecting him to be even worse today!

After thirteen hours asleep, we woke him for school. But he didn’t want to go. If it was just attitude he gave us, I could cope. But the endless tears and refusing to eat, had both the BH and I flummoxed.

I tried explaining that he had already had three and half days off school before half-term, and it really wasn’t on to take the mickey and stay home just because you’re tired. But his tears didn’t stop, and in the end I caved and said he could stay home. So all morning as I dashed about, he sat huddled in the back of my car with his coat on and hood up. Of course he’s more relaxed now, sat in front of the TV. (I did think of sending him to his room until we go out on the next school runs, but I’m too afraid he’ll fall asleep and spend half the night awake – only to be too tired again tomorrow!)

But honestly. I really need some time without the children! Have I even had a week since the Christmas break when at least one of them wasn’t home? If I have, I was too busy to notice!

But enough grumbling. You’re here, I’m here, and I promised to show you my son’s holiday photos. That’s what you came back for, isn’t it? Admit it! And I’m going to show you. ALL of them! So get comfy.

Ready? Okay here’s the first:

Yes. It’s meat. Not sure if this is a man thing, or just an eleven year old thing, but he wanted to take a picture of this meat. I’m saying nothing more for fear my sarcasm will get the better of me. After all, it’s probably my own fault, as I told him to take pictures of EVERYTHING (and I reinforced that request each occassion I talked with him!)

So onto the others. Here they are:

Yes. That’s right, four. Count them again. Four pictures. FOUR??!!!!!

And I know two are virtually the same, but I didn't have the choice I was hoping for.

I even checked the download twice, just to make sure I hadn’t missed any, of a pillow or something. But no, he has restraint and took just the four. Three, if you don’t count the meat. Which I’m choosing not to.

So much for that holiday scrapbook I was planning on making him. But then, the mood he’s in, he probably would have rolled his eyes at my daft idea anyway.

Overall he said he enjoyed himself, and I’m hoping his mood will thaw and we might even get to hear about some of the things he did. But at the moment, all I know is what movies he saw on the plane, that he came second in his class speed race, and in America they have Jesus action toys. Go figure.


Blogger Who is this Dave? said...

You need a holiday.

Monday, February 27, 2006 1:16:00 pm  
Blogger Karen said...

Kids are so funny. I do like the looks of the three, blue/white. Meat? I cracked up over that one. Next: your holiday!

Monday, February 27, 2006 3:38:00 pm  
Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

When Jake was five, we went to a huge petting zoo. He insisted on taking pictures of all the different kinds of poops on the ground.

Monday, February 27, 2006 5:31:00 pm  
Blogger mm said...

LOL - I know I shouldn't laugh Jona, but I can't help it. LOLOLOL!

Doug - I hope that settled any question you may have had about him being your son.

Monday, February 27, 2006 8:59:00 pm  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

Jesus and meat are very big here in the States. Also porn.

Monday, February 27, 2006 10:57:00 pm  
Blogger g said...

It sounds like you could use a holiday yourself. And you would probably bring back more than four pictures.

But when a ten or eleven year old boy goes on vacation, and brings back only four pictures, you know he had a good time.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 1:42:00 am  
Blogger rdl said...

Maybe he's just jetlagged; hope he's better t'mrrw. Too bad we don't have a blogger convention to go to. Hope you get a day off soon - motherhood - lousy hours and pay.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 2:08:00 am  
Blogger Meow said...

Hopefully it's just that he's really, really exhausted. He may be better tomorrow. If not ??????
Take care, good luck, Meow

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 2:18:00 am  
Blogger Latin Lover said...

I am surprised at the meat picture. Was that taken here in the states? And if so where??

The prices seemed outrageous! What kind of meat could possible cost $35.95, let alone $54.95?!?! If I saw those prices, I would take a picture of it too! ;)

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 2:41:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a good thing that your son did not find the bendable Jesus. I can't even imagine...

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 4:41:00 am  
Blogger Southern Sweetheart said...

Glad to hear he's home safe and sound. I'm sure you're relieved.

I agree with oldhorsetailsnake -- he's right. And Jesus action toys? Weird. Lived here all my life and never seen any of those!

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 5:32:00 am  
Blogger Who is this Dave? said...

Oh, I got a Jesus figure with moveable arms from the USA.

He's pictured on my blog on the 9th March 2005, if anyone really wants to see him.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 9:34:00 am  
Blogger Me Over Here said...

You have such patience! Sign yourself up for a cruise sometime soon. Take the BH, hire a (trusted) babysitter, and enjoy yourself!

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 6:14:00 pm  
Blogger Sam said...

Jesus action toys? Scary.
Jet-lag from that end is horrendous - he will be exhausted for at least three days.
I'm cracking up at Doug's comment about the poop - see? It could have been worse. LOL

Tuesday, February 28, 2006 6:54:00 pm  
Blogger oopseedaisee said...

Perhaps he choosing to be tifht lipped about his doings because he had too much fun? Maybe the sort of fun you may disapprove of. That would explain his state of exhaution too!!!
hehehehe...Im Kidding!!!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006 5:38:00 am  
Blogger oopseedaisee said...

I think I had my eyes closed and my legs crossed when I typed that last comment.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006 5:52:00 am  

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