I sit here at 8:30am with the kids and breakfast and chewing. I have it somewhere in me to really want to quit but it ain't happening. PokerDegen gave me some advice on going cold turkey, and I think he may be right. But to date it hasn't gone real well.
Today, I use the excuse of dealing with the kiddies by myself (and brother-in-law) since the wive's are stateside at her brothers Mother-in-laws funeral with the rest of the immediate family.
The kids are sucking the life out of me. Mine and the others are all fighting, best friends, and fighting again in a vicious battle for supremacy over whether they watch Caillou, Dora, or spongebob. Or who gets to wear the purple hat vs the red hat, and so on.
The 10 year old is staying clear, relegated to the pre-beach hours of ninendo DS, staying out of the way of the carnage. But all the while laughing at me secretively behind her back. As a matter of fact, I don't even think the thing is even on at times as I see her peer over the screen in enjojyment as I change yet another diaper, while refereeing a fight between my 4 year old and her 3 year old cousin. (both girls... If women are the rake, then little girls are the toke)
I played in a bodog $10 last night with Tragedy. 250+ runners and I took 3rd. As soon as I went out the boy woke up and decided he wanted to go to the pool. (1:30am). It got to the point where he was going to find out how pleasant that pool would have felt in a thunder storm if he didn't pipe down. Thats my credo... when all else fails, "you want it, you got it!"
But he went from whiny siren to fast asleep when the powers that be saw me walk on to the deck with him. Call it intervention.
The wife and sister and brother all come back late tonight. I hope they make it a fast trip. the weather has cooled considerably after the storm last night, going from the 90's to the high 70's today. The could be a blessing in disguise, or it could prove quite troublesome.
The beach is a great baby sitter, but with cool temperatures and no wind, the flys are certainly going to be out in full force. Probably not a good day for combing.
Without beach activites, pent up little urchins will be hard to entertain and I am preparing for a full frontal assault from the little ones. This is war people. Its all about tactical assaults. I am a pretty good operative though when I have time to prepare, so the plans are being drawn up for the expected attack. Somewhere along the day, I hope the tide will turn and in the end, we can claim victory.
The ordinance for this evolution will include, but not be limited to:
Play station - that should keep the 7-13 years olds occupied and happy in case I need to turn them into an alliance. This could backfire however if they are interupted in the middle of a quest for a high score.
DVD's - This will be tricky. Finding one that can be agreed upon by all parties will be difficult but worth the 2 hours of silence if succesful.
Pool - The pool is heated so the temps wont be an issue, however, it entails my time watching and standing guard. Depends on the moods of the enemy at that point, and if who gets the yellow noodle vs the blue one doesn't rile them up a whole bunch. Probably a last ditch effort.
Naps - If that happens, I am ruler of the world. Probably a poor attempt at diplomacy, but who knows. Maybe the sun will rise in the west, and the moon will fall out of the sky, and pigs will fly, and that will happen.
ICE CREAM! - This would buy a lot of bargaining power. The issue however is once the popsicles are done, the power of negotiation goes with it. Probably -EV, since the high commanders, when finding out that the enemies were given ice cream at 11am will view this as weak and shallow on the part of our command.
Trip to the playground - again, this would be likened to dropping a daisy cutter from 50,000ft. It would quiet the ranks for a while, but also entail participation from us (plenty of collateral damage), so we will see how that goes. It certainly doesnt guarantee submission either, as it could just be moving the battlefield if someone doesn't get what they want.
The next 12 hours will see a victor for sure. Either way we expect high casualties, but with suffering comes peace. Strength and honor!