Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Here it comes...

This morning I awoke to rain, and boys who were very excited about the rain. You see, they got new umbrellas a few weeks back and have been dying to use them ever since. I have had strict rules about the umbrellas, saying under no circumstances are they to be played with in the house, and under no circumstances will they be used for anything other than outside on a rainy and not windy day. I even had to put the umbrellas up high in my closet, where even I could not reach them, as the temptation to break the rules was simply too much for my boys to bear.

Today I finally gave in and brought down the umbrellas. Cody and Jamie barrelled outside in the cold to enjoy the rain. I was okay with that. I did not let Micah out as there were only two umbrellas and he's just my little guy. I didn't want him getting frozen out there in the rain. (The temperature was not much above zero, so it was not just a summer rainy day.) Not long after, the boys were inside again and the rain turned to snow. Yep. March in Manitoba is showing its true colours. Unpredictability. That's the name of the game. All three boys went out in the huge, fluffy snowflakes that were tumbling down rapidly from the sky. In truth, it was quite pretty. But it's nearing lunch time and it is still coming down. Enough is enough. I am not joking when I tell you we now have more snow than we had on February 24th, when I took our last photos. We have had no snow on the ground at all for the last two weeks, but you should see it now. And you can, because I took pictures. Check this out.

Yep, that's right. We're back to winter. Time to bring back the winter boots, at least for a day or so. It's hard to say how long this will last, and it is not really that surprising. But it is disappointing.

After the boys came in with their umbrellas, I asked them to hang them up in their cubbies to dry off. Not half an hour later, Jamie came in with a very bent umbrella and proclaimed that Micah broke it. I was beyond frustrated. That was EXACTLY why I had banned them from using them, and exactly why I never intended to buy any umbrellas in the first place. It seems there is just no winning with these boys. Everything must break.

And so I am taking a break in my room again. I am not feeling well this week, and not sure what the problem is. Whatever it is, it is lowering my tolerance level for things like boys fighting, whining, and breaking things. But I have cleaned the kitchen and done a load of laundry and got the boys to clean their room, so at least the morning hasn't been a total loss. Here's hoping things improve this afternoon.

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