I know that when a kid is doing something gross, it's best to not make a big deal of it. But the younger goes too far sometimes. We attended the end of year middle school orchestra performance recently (with neighbor Rachel on viola). The seats were of the fold up sort with chewed gum stuck in various places on the now-seat-back in front of us. Janny reached out to touch the most colorful pieces. Janny tried to scrape a piece off. I could not keep my cool face nor pay attention to the music. We fled to the hallway.
A few days later, Clara had a mini potty accident on our patio. I sprayed the puddle to dilute it some. Janny put her hand in the puddle and drank some
. That's gross.
On the brighter side, when mommy makes a particularly good meal (waffles for dinner or hamburgers), the kids say, "Thanks mom! This is yummy!" with gusto. It melts the heart, I tell you.
The capital building was just fabulous. Marble everywhere with a really cool domed ceiling. We rode the elevator and walked some stairs. Even the lovely buildings at our fine local University pale in comparison.