Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Toddlers. Sheesh.

Then there are these wild toddler days.

Catherine was trying her best to give Elisabeth a loving hug this morning. Elisabeth was having none of it, pushing her away. Catherine kept trying, though.

Then Catherine started building towers from the big cardboard boxes. Elisabeth suddenly became her worst enemy when she took delight in making Catherine's tall towers collapse to the ground. I had to separate a few screaming hair-pulling matches when an angry Catherine was trying to wreak her revenge for her own personal tower collapse.

Then Catherine wanted a snack after all her hard work engineering the tower. I only found out about it when I noticed a tomato was missing from the kitchen counter. I had one of those heart-stopping moments of horrible eye-opening clarity when I realized there were only two tomatoes on the counter where there formerly were three. She was happily rocking in the recliner, munching away at it like an apple with tomato all over her, the chair, and everything.

Elisabeth is probably going to be an astrophysicist. She conducts gravity experiments with her snack goldfish crackers. She drops them out of both hands to see which fish can hit the pavement first. Usually they explode on contact, which she finds delightful.

How old are they before you can leave them alone for five minutes at a time, I wonder?

Is it naptime yet?


Update: I love the nicknames Auntie Linae has bestowed on the girls. Chaos and Entropy.

9 comments:

TriFeist said...

No photos of the tomato fiasco? At least she's developing healthy eating habits.

I think you stop watching them when they move out.

Mojo said...

A tomato? That probably wasn't any fun to clean up but it was a healthy snack!

I find it amazing you have time and energy to train while caring for toddler twins! You are superwoman!

Cliff said...

Wahahha...i am turning 26 in Apr and I still can't be left alone :)

Mica said...

Oh my! Hope the tomato didn't ruin her chair...at least she likes healthy food, right? ;)

mipper said...

about 18 years from now. and even then, it depends on how wild they are. ;)

Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Ummm my brothers are in their 40s and sometimes ya still can't leave em alone for 5 minutes...lol.

Kids will be kids...be thankful they aren't boys.....

Bridget said...

Lol, well when I read this my first thought was "Wow, I wish my kids would just eat a tomato like that." I certainly wouldn't want to clean the mess, but getting kids to eat some veggies can be difficult, so at least she is being healthy.

I have to say that I can leave my boys alone for pretty long stretches of time (seriously an hour or more some days!) and know that everything will be just fine. Obviously I do "stealth checks" but they are good players. However, when my five year old nieces (also twins) visit, I can't leave them for more than a couple of minutes. So, I take exception to what Dawn said about being thankful they aren't boys!

Lynne said...

Much better than my twin nephews' nicknames --- Momar and Sadam

Wylee said...

"How old are they before you can leave them alone for five minutes at a time, I wonder?"

I'm still trying to answer that question... I suspect it's a trick question. You can leave them alone for 5 minutes anytime, but...