Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Birthday Brainwashing

Noelle and her Birthday loot

A real live princess dress! Now she can finally keep up with the cousins

Pink was the only requirement of her Birthday cake. Thankfully she doesn't know that cakes can come in sizes other than squares.
One of the most rewarding parts of parenting is you get to try lots of psychological tricks on your kids and see if they work. Then, if they actually succeed, you can write a book about it and get lots of money and be able to afford the therapy your child may need as a result of your psychological tricks. See how fun it can be?
Anyhoo, Noelle turned three recently. She was very excited to talk about all the things she could do when she was three. Like she wondered if she could go to school like 'brothers'. And if she could be on a soccer team. My mind started working and I decided to take advantage of this milestone and told her exactly what would happen when she turned 3. Here's my list:
When you're 3
You don't have tantrums
You love fruits and veggies
You actually take longer naps
You know all of your colors
You clean up your own messes
You don't imitate any of your brothers' naughty behaviors
You don't start eating until we've prayed
Your whiny voice is a thing of the past
You don't ask to get out of the grocery cart
You don't climb out of the grocery cart
And there were more if you can possibly imagine! Sweet Noelle is now on Day 3 of being three and the experiment was a complete flop. She didn't even try to eat any fruits or veggies to see if she all of a sudden would like them. Sadly, no book will be written about this.
Normal kid problems aside, we love having Noelle in our family to add humor and pink to our daily activities. If I had known girls were so much fun I may have had them first. But then I wouldn't have seen how great it is for Noelle to have big brothers and for them to have a little sister (or two)...so I'll just call it good.


cold cocoa said...

Wow- looks like the funnest birthday present stuffs ever!
I wondered if she'd ever want to do the princess dress thing. It works out great- then you don't have to buy any Halloween costumes.

stephanie said...

Happy Birthday Noelle! I am glad she had fun. Sorry about your three year old rules flopping. I try that all the time with Trey. "Three year olds use the toilet. THey think going in their diaper is yucky." hasn't worked yet

Rhonda Can't Help You said...

Happy Birthday Noelle- sadly, I still haven't even met her, have I?

Sher said...

Wow! It looks like Noelle made out like a bandit! Dan got Ernie and Burt puppets and a video. Oh and you can't forget the really noisy sword and superman from Grandma that he still occasionally prays about (with great thankfulness). I only whisper amen to those because i'm not sure I mean it.

Heidi Ashworth said...

yes, the pychological (sp?) tricks! Love them! You go girl!

LC said...

Love the rules, esp. the one about not whining.I'm thinking about how I can declare some around our house.
"Kids, now that mom's 32 you have to obey her the FIRST time she asks you to do something." Ya think?

hOLLIANN said...

I am coming to your house for birthday! holy loot!