The Harrowing/Heartwarming Parent Moment of the Week

Our friend Phyllis gave our family this wonderful set of Star Wars cookie cutters. I made the dough, but it had to chill for 2 hours and by the time all that chilling had been completed I had to make dinner and didn’t have time to cut out cookies. But the boys offered to do the job themselves. I was skeptical. They are 10, 8, and 5 years old. But the Hunky Hubby is always pushing me to give them a chance and so I did. And do you know what? Those three little boys meticulously cut out a double recipe of sugar cookies with the skill of experienced chiefs. I had to assign my oldest to place the cutters and make sure that they all took turns cutting out a cookie and it is true that one person got punched and two people ended up with frosting smeared all over their faces…but the cookies were delicious and I didn’t have to bake a single one of them.


So, we just purchased “Blue Planet” for our middle boy as he has been asking for it for some time. The boys all love it and many of their imaginary games reflect their love of nature. “I’m a Tibetan fox hunting Pika in the Himalayas!” and so forth are common words to hear in our house. This week they were watching the giant male elephant seals fighting. The film has this thundering classical music booming in the back ground while the seals tear each other to pieces. It is all lovely but the best part was yet to come. The narrator sadly informs us that many of the seal pups are crushed to death by the ferocious battles of the male seals.

And thus the game began.

The Hunky Hubby roared and wallowed all over the bean bags shouting out things like “Oh, no I’m crushing my pups!” while the boys screamed in delight and ran all over the house attempting to escape their inevitable crushing. Yep, our house is not necessarily a normal house, but it is a fun house and I’ll take that over normal any day.


I promise you a crazed animal, a concussion, and a kiss in every single're welcome!

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