Sunday was Duncan's 4th birthday. I don't understand kids on their birthdays, but they are either really sweet and loving to everyone, or really selfish and asking when they can open their presents all day. Duncan was really good for the first part of the day. He was under the notion that it wasn't actually his birthday until after church. He was very sweet. He came in our room and whispered to Mark, "Daddy, there are no more sleeps until my birthday!" Then after church he started getting anxious about the whole thing, haha. Constantly after us about wrapping his presents so that he could open them and not sharing anything with anyone.
We had my friend, Clarin, over and her boyfriend. They got him a really nice gift, a Fisher Price golf set. He got a couple of inexpensive computer games, a little fishing pole with some fish, Hungry Hungry Hippos, a new baby doll. But the crowning glory of the whole evening was...the Better Batter Baseball. At least that is what we decided to call it because that is what he wanted and he can't read yet. We went to Target a few weeks ago to check out how much it was. Yeah, it was $40. As much as I love my children, I don't see a reason to spend that much on one gift for a 4 year-old. We were smart and got a lesser version of it. I know, one day he will see the pictures and say, "Mother! You lied to me?!" But I feel good about the purchase because I saved $20.
Duncan goes to open his "Better Batter Baseball" and says, "I knew I could get this! This is great!" Then when we opened the box he picked up the "batter" and went to Gwendie and said, "Look at my batter, Gwendie! It's cheap!" Little does he know...
Later on Duncan and Clarin's boyfriend, Jake, are sitting at the computer, trying out his new games. Jake decides to start singing, "Sa-tur-day, i-in the park..." Then Dunc responded quite seriously by saying, "it's Sunday, Jake." That's right, don't try to fool a 4 year-old by singing about the wrong day of the week!
Recently our little girl has learned to do a "shake it" dance. This dance starts off by a shimmy of the shoulders with a wiggle of the hips to go along with it. Well, Gwendolyn was taking care of Dunc's new baby by feeding it, holding it and giving it lots of kisses. Then things went down hill. She chucked the baby off the couch onto the floor! I let her know this was not a good thing by saying, "Gwendie, that can cause a shaken baby death!" She responded by doing her "shake it" dance. I see now that she will be very easy to discipline in the years to come.