Scientist or Troublemaker?

27 11 2011

Those who know me on Facebook read this earlier today:

First casualty of the season: Patrick wanted to know what was inside a snow globe, so he whacked it against the wooden back of our Stickley couch. Now he knows.

What I didn’t capture on Facebook was the simple, matter-of-fact conversation I had with Patrick after I cleaned up the water, broken glass, and bits of fake snow from our couch.

Me: Patrick, why did you do that?

Patrick: Because I wanted to see what was inside.

Me: What did you think would happen if you hit it?

Patrick: It would break.

I didn’t really know what to say. Everything unfolded exactly according to Patrick’s plan. He wanted to know what was inside, so he wanted to break the snow globe, so he did. All in a few seconds.

I later tried to explain that I didn’t want him trying anything like that again. Beyond the mess, I told him that broken glass was dangerous, that it could cut him, and it made me scared when I thought of him getting cut. He thought about that for a moment, and then he said, “Like that time I ran out into the street, and the car was coming, and it saw me? Like how you were scared then?” (This particular incident happened months ago.)

“Yes, Patrick, like then.”

I wonder if I’ll ever figure out how his mind works.

Swanson’s Reindeer Festival

27 11 2011

Reindeer and Elf, originally uploaded by B.K. Dewey.

One of our crazy holiday discoveries this year: Swanson’s Nursery, the great plant store in Northwest Seattle, hosts a reindeer festival throughout the Christmas season. (They have a camel and a donkey, too!)

Turkey Toss

20 11 2011

The holidays are upon us, so Seattle parents know what that means. Turkey toss!

For those not in Seattle, that’s when the animals at Woodland Park Zoo get their special turkey dinners. With some animals, like the Jaguar, it isn’t a Turkey Toss… two turkey legs were just put on the ground for the cat to find. (Next to a cute paper mâché turkey, for some reason.)

Do you need this leg?

With the lion, though, it did look like a turkey toss. Or maybe a turkey zipline — I didn’t have the best view. All I could see was a turkey flying in the air, and moments later the lion had it in his mouth.

Turkey DInner

For me, it was an odd trip to the zoo, because Alex decided he didn’t want to go. He spent the day running errands with Molly instead, and I got to spend the morning just with Patrick. Molly & I rarely seem to have time with just one kid. It’s a different vibe. It’s certainly less stressful to have just one, and it’s nice to be able to pay attention to one child rather than always chasing after the one who happens to be running away.

(Molly’s theory is that always-wear-shorts-Alex knew in the back of his mind that he’d be cold if he went to the zoo. Or maybe he’s just starting to get tired of it. Or maybe he really wanted a donut from the grocery store, and he knew that was one of the errands. Who knows.)

Now that the animals have had their turkeys, it’s time for the people to have theirs. Happy Thanksgiving, all!

14 11 2011

Say what you will about Seattle weather… it’s been a beautiful autumn. Sunshine and good weather lingered well into November. Even when things got cold and cloudy, there’s been enough color to keep things festive and happy. This past weekend, we got the kids out to a few playgrounds. It was the first time Mr. I-only-wear-shorts complained about being cold. (That didn’t get him to wear pants. He just wore a warmer coat the next day.)

Boys of Autumn

Patrick at Madison Park