Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Accounting

We went down the street last night and had pizza with neighborhood friends who have children of similar ages. We've happily gotten to the point where the adults can sit around a table and enjoy food, wine and quiet conversation while the kids are off somewhere else, playing in the basement or otherwise amusing themselves - a developmental milestone that clearly trumps walking, drinking out of regular cups or learning not to wander about the house with digestive waste suspended in purpose-built undergarments.

We're also in that sweet and innocent period during which the list of nefarious things that might happen to one of the little ones during these non-parental interludes is basically confined to falling down on the sharp edge of a block, fighting over a toy, enduring a paper cut or choking on some Play-Doh.

They also might have occasion to watch something on television that we don't typically allow at home, which Madison reminded us of at the conclusion of this impromptu adult/child play-date, by presenting the above handwritten account of all of the "unappropriate" shows she and her diminutive co-conspirators watched - in whole or in part - over the course of the evening.


Blogger Unknown said...

i love how she spelled highschool musical :) this is cute

3:15 PM  
Blogger Chels said...

Cute story

5:50 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

your children are well behaved, compared to, say, my 4 year old cousin who is loved to death by his mother. he can get away with anything

6:27 PM  
Blogger onmyway said...

great blog. I am new to this. Just started one today. Do you live in VT? I think one of your posts alluded that you do. I do also. I am a mom of 11 and 13 year old boys and wish I had kept an "accounting" as you are. Best wishes to you. If you wish to visit my new blog it is - cheers to you!

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'll need to translate this or any other little kid writing. Sorry that I'm not fluent. :)

4:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read some of your recents posts, and I'm wowed.
Acutally, I'm a 14-year-old girl, but I cant believe you parents have the time to do such great blogs!

And i have to agree with emma, your kids are very well behaved.

Well, I have a blog, the links:
Some of the posts are quite long, theyre from my class trip last year.
I dont think i've grasped the concept of 'editing' very well, as my blog is all from my diary.
Happy blogging! [I know that's what the blogger team say, but its a great "ism" like "google-it""!]

5:41 AM  
Blogger Mystique said...

Children having playdates are really amazing. It works both ways. It gives time for the kids to be themselves while parents can do their usual comparing notes with other parents.

Some parents could be creative by bringing a group of kids to skating, biking and other physical activities. That would be the best.

dita -

6:19 AM  
Blogger Dad said...

Sorry, I probably should have included a translation of the "accounting" in the post. Here it is:

2 Drake & Josh
1 iCarly
1 Zoey 101
1 High School Musical 2

8:19 AM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

Aww, Drak and Joshe! How cute!!!!!!

3:18 PM  
Blogger David Savedge said...

Its good to see another Dad getting by without destroying his kids, marriage, and social life. Of course these are just observations draw from your writing. Cheers to you!

4:27 PM  
Blogger chumly said...

It is nice to be an adult now and then while the children play in peace not pieces.

7:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It would be bad if his Webkinz turned out to have insomnia once he got the bed.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Too much fun! I'm waiting patiently for my chidren to be at that age! But also dreading that they will soon grow up. Loved the spelling and I was able to translate on my own. I LOVE what I call "kid writing"!

11:46 PM  
Blogger The Pastoral Princess said...

I am loving your blog, so glad to have stumbled on it. How I looooong for the days when we can sit around a table and enjoy a meal without one eye on the children, or worse yet two children in one lap!

9:26 AM  
Blogger Meredreth! said...

I love it! My seven-year-old loves to make lists as such. I just thought she was a little TYPE A, but maybe it's just a developemental thing. She makes the lists before her friends or "fun sitters" come over of all the things she wants to accomplish, such as certain shows to watch, crafts to complete, and games to play.

Don't you just love how they make you smile!!

Love your blog -- I so relate! Have a great one!

11:07 AM  
Blogger bloo_moonz said...

Well,well,well,do you really think
High School Musical is really unappropriate"? That is sort of going over the top there.It's a Disney movie for crying out loud!
sorry I kinda went over on that.
you did a great job though.

5:11 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I found you because of being a BLog of Note. When I came across it last week, I told my husband how great your site was and that it was a DAD writing so much of how I feel about my kids! I went back and read some old posts--you are great and thanks for creating something for the now "masses to read! More importantly for your kids to enjoy later!

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amusing, cute, and astute!

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I know you probably get a freakin' load of comments all of the time, but I love your blogs, and this one particularly. I love hearing other peoples stories about their children and how they parent them, you seem to be one of those parents that teenagers promise themselves they'll be when they get older. I'm glad to see that that is a goal that is reachable.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Cool blog, and a very astute voice:) Keep up the good work!

1:04 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Love your blog, like Michelle I found you on Blogs of Note. I always feel good after reading your posts.

9:05 AM  
Blogger The Unique Mind said...

We teach our kids to soundo words out and listen to there sounds, and thats what they take to heart. Every single on of those were spelled how they sound. Its so cute and one more beauty of life

9:14 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

That's adorable!!!!

Enjoy your blog very much.


5:59 AM  

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