Friday, July 30, 2010

Again!?!

It's 11:00. Today has been pretty busy and we finally just sat down to read our scriptures. I usually write in my journal before reading. Tonight I don't have my watch on, so I look at yesterday's entry to see what the date was. I am suddenly very confused. I look at Adrianne and say, "Uh...what is today?" Now, before I tell you the rest of the story, let me tell you a little about the past few days and in particular, today.

Isaac has not been feeling well. He had a fever a few days ago and has been complaining about a sore throat. We feel very sorry for him, but Isaac isn't a sad, mopey sick kid. He expresses his discomfort by acting rotten towards other people. Thus, for the past few days we have been getting a lot of, "I'm never going to like you!" and "No, you go put your plate away," and "You're stupid," and "I'm sick and tired of you today, Mom." Today was particularly bad. Isaac's envelope is stuffed full of frowny faces and his mother repeatedly threatened to take away his birthday celebration tomorrow.

When I got home this afternoon, I reinforced those threats as I observed his behavior myself. When he threw a handful of rocks at our van I converted the threat to a promise and cancelled his birthday (well, at least the party). Isaac responded by throwing another rock out into the street. Luckily, there were no cars there.

This whole evening, since putting the kids to bed, our conversation has been about nothing other than how can we be good parents and cancel our sons birthday? We'd already arranged to go visit my adviser's farm and ride his horses. Adrianne was going to make a batman cake tonight, and Grandma presents are already here. We also have some presents for him. We were going to get doughnuts for breakfast tomorrow, too. I was in favor of cancelling it all and telling him that when he shows us how 4 year-olds should behave, we'd let him turn 4. Adrianne said I was too harsh and that we couldn't still be good parents and cancel his birthday. After a long discussion, we finally agreed to sit him down and explain that he had lost a number of the things we had planned on doing for his birthday because of his bad behavior. We would tell him that he could get those things back, but they wouldn't be on his birthday and he'd have to show us that he deserved them. We decided he could start the day with 3 of his 5 presents, no cake and no doughnuts. If he behaved well tomorrow, he could earn back 1 of his presents. If he disobeyed, he could loose those three, as well.

So, back to our conversation. "Today is the 29th," comes Adrianne's certain reply. But, alas, she iswrong, and all our debate about how to follow through with our threats and still remain good parents goes out the window. We have, in fact, completely failed to celebrate Isaac's birthday, as it is today. He's asleep, and I'm not going to wake him up to tell him we forgot.

P.S. Adrianne has been balling the whole time I've been writing. Apparently, we are bad parents. Three of his four birthday's have been celebrated on the wrong day. Well, there's always next year.

14 comments:

Jess and Jen said...

When I got to the bottom, I LAUGHED OUT LOUD! I remember having this conversation with Adrianne a few years ago about how you guys always confused his birthday. That's AWESOME that this confusion persists. It may not be awesome when he's 12, but it's funny now. -Jess

LanceandNance said...

This is hilarious!
-Lance

Lokodi said...

I as well laughed out loud at the end of this. Sad, but quite funny.

Lindsey

Marcy said...

Sounds like you're normal parents to me--well, maybe not the forgetting which day is the birthday--but we definitely struggle with what privileges to take away from one of our frequently disobeying children--even on a special day. I hope everything's better today....

Katrina said...

Well- he is a middle child so he should just be happy his parents remember to celebrate his birthday on any day! lol! :-) There's a reason why kids get middle child syndrome! haha

Jess and Jason said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

If you didn't post it on your blog, no one would ever know! But I am so glad that you did.

The Woods said...

My heart is with Adrianne. I hate it when it can't be all happy and wonderful at home with grateful, reasonable, easy going kids. Make the cake and eat it yourself -that should make you feel better.

The Duke said...

I'm quite sure David will commiserate with Isaac because we tended to forget his birthday -- well, only one year but he's never let us forget it.
I keep getting Jess and David's birthdays mixed up - Jess is July 6 and David's is June 5th.
Isaac will probably grow up and blame every emotional piece of baggage he ever has to you guys because you kept forgetting his birthday. Kids do that....
Just kidding. Hopefully by the time he's 8 or 10 you will have figured out when that little guy was actually born because he won't be forgiving if this continues to happen. This is funny!

Team Clark said...

That's actually pretty funny. Sorry I think so, Adrianne, since this has made you very sad. But seriously - 3 of his 4 birthdays have been celebrated on the wrong day?

Lilola said...

Trust me, you are not bad parents. I have seen bad parents, and you ain't them! We have forgotten more birthdays and anniversaries than you have had your whole lives. Just don't let him read your blog. LOL

Team Clark said...

Well, let me tell you - it's funny now (and it is, by the way), but one day he'll know when it is, so you might want to get a gigantic alarm or something that will remind you - a forgotten or poorly done birthday has its effects on a kid - TRUST ME. My birthday has been forgotten more than once by my family...not the greatest thing to experience.

Adam

Katie said...

Will it make you feel better if I told you that Violet's birthday was Thursday, I bought her presents last night, and we celebrated today? He's not going to know the difference.

I'm just hoping that he was a little more enjoyable for his "birthday" today!

Michelle said...

I think you should just change the date of his birthday. If it's on the 31st permanently from here on out, then you have technically just forgotten it once and then you will always remember it since you think it's on this date anyway.

My parents forgot my birthday once, maybe that's why I'm messed up and I have forgotten the date of Jason's birthday too.

Get this, below for the word verification the word is I'm Nuts

Great, even the computer knows how crazy I am.

Michelle said...

I guess I know what I am going to be getting you guys for Christmas - a great big calendar with Isaac's birthday circled.

Truthfully, I laughed and laughed when I read this post. This is priceless.

Jason