Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday Regurgitation - "Here are your choices....better make it a good one".

My bloggy buddy, Andy, at The Creative Junkie, often does a Sunday regurgitation post on her blog. She explains:

"For those of you wondering why Sunday is throwing up, fear not. Sunday Regurgitation occurs every Sunday, when I link to a prior post of mine, because I am trapped under something heavy and am unable to write anything original or riveting. Hopefully someone will notice I’m missing, remove whatever is suffocating me and I’ll be back to normal by tomorrow. But just in case this doesn’t happen, think of me fondly."

Please go check out her will not be disappointed! Make sure you're not drinking any kind of liquid while reading....because you'll be laughing so hard, you surely will spit it out all over your computer screen.

So in honor of her Sunday's mine:

From October 27, 2008

As I was driving home from picking Cole and Bella up from preschool today, I heard them chattering in the backseat. This is what I heard:

Cole: Okay, Bella, listen to me. Here are your choices...better make it a good one. The choices are for Mommy to drive your way home* or choose a movie to watch at rest time. (*there are 2 different ways we can drive home from preschool so I usually let them choose which way we take)

Bella: Um, hmmmmm, I'll pick the movie today.

Cole: No, I'm going to pick the movie today.

Bella: But you gave me the choice.

Cole: No, I just TOLD you the choices but it's really up to me. And I'm picking the movie.

Bella: Mommy, Cole said I could make the choice and then he told me I couldn't pick the movie.

Me: You both work it out amongst yourselves.

Cole: Bella, here are your're gonna tell Mommy which way to go home and I'm gonna pick the movie.

Bella: That's not fair. I get to decide because you gave me the choices.

Cole: No, I gave you the choices but I decide.

Bella: Cole, you are frustrating me. I don't like you anymore. Don't talk to me.

Cole: Okay, so we decided....Mommy, go Bella's way home and I'm gonna pick the movie today.

All I could think of while listening to them discussing this is that Cole would make one hell of a presidential candidate some day in the future. Make someone think they have a choice but then when they choose something you don't like, twist things around so you come out the winner in the end anyway. It's all about persuasion...

By this point, Bella was in tears over all this, insisting that Cole had given HER the choice. Between her sobbing, Cole yelling at her, and Garrett and Landon totally freaking out because they did not give a rat's ass which way we drove home or who was picking the movie because they were just so hungry they wanted lunch...I called for total peace and quiet.

Once we were home, I said, "Since you two can't work it out, here's what we're gonna do...we'll flip a coin". Cole immediately said, "I'm tails" and I said "you're sure you wanna be the one to choose first?" and he said "yes". Can we all see where this is going? Bella agreed to be "heads". I flipped the coin and it landed on heads, fair and square. Guess who's pouting now and screaming how unfair it is??

Once the little twins were down for their nap, it was time for Cole and Bella's rest time and Bella chose her movie (only this time it wasn't Barbie in the Diamond it was Barbie in The Nutcracker....Barbie, Barbie, Barbie....I'm sick of Barbie). She ended up falling asleep within the first 15 minutes and then Cole fell asleep shortly thereafter.

So ultimately I was the winner....I got to turn the tv off and relish the quietness of our home. I plopped myself down on the sofa in the family room and got lost in a book....for 2 hours.


Creative Junkie said...

Well, I have to admire Cole!

Bringing his opponents to tears with his reasoning?

I see politics in his future. Or the law.

Or marriage.

Tami said...

I Love NAP time! If I could only convince Caleb at 6 1/2 to take one, I may just get that much needed rest!

Betty said...

Nap is a great thing isn't it? lol
Your right Cole would be great as a presidential candidate. ;)

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm...someday soon he'll learn that women make all the choices in life!

Musings of the Mrs. said...

I love regurgitation Sunday. I have been reading your blog for only a little while and now I get to read stuff I never got to when it first came out. Lovin it.

The Daily Dean Chronicals said...

Awesome post! I love that Bella tells him she hate him! Don't you wish we could say that to people that make us mad???? Happy Sunday!

Dianna said...

tee hee! I thought this story was funny the first time around!!
Hey ... you changed your blog layout!

Tracy said...

Ah, two whole hours. Lucky lady. I know it was in 2008, but still. :)

Amy W said...

My girls NEVER fall asleep if the TV is on. Just wouldn't work in my house. Not that they nap anymore anyway....I'm so glad you got 2 hours to yourself though!!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I wouldn't mind the fussing if mine would nap for 2 hours!!

Jennifer said...

Choices, shmoices. I hope Bella enjoyed the 15 minutes of her movie! ;-)

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Cole is brilliant. I have long suspected it, but now I finally realize this to be true.

I sent you an e-mail today re a proposal. Interested to hear what you think. Should we join forces to do something fun, Helene?


PS: Someday, you will have to reveal your blogging genius to me. How on earth do you grow your blog as quickly as you do and still take care of 4 kids? Do you sleep, my friend?

Supermom said...

Tag. You're it on my blog.

Supermom said...

Tag. You're it on my blog.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha. I remember this the first time. I still love his strategy. It works for parents too, you just let them think they have options... said...

Glad you threw up this one ")

I love it when I ultimately win ")

Hope you had a great weekend!

kel said...

Cole is a very cool kid!! Such a great post!

ps. I hate those barbie movies!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my, Mr. Cole!! He is so going into politics or law. I can see it now.

Elle said...

I love his "choices". LOL! Thanks for bringing this one back.

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr

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