Just like most of the country, we had some awful weather lately with Tuesday as an “ice” day and no school. Also, just like seemingly everyone else, we’re all sick too with some sort of respiratory funk. Although it’s snotty and miserable around here, I feel fortunate there have been no fevers/ear infections/rashes/puking/pneumonia as we’ve had in recent months. Does it make the kids any less miserable? Nope.
It’s not their fault either, as much as they’ve been couped up, and now sick to boot, there’s been a bit more bickering between siblings..at least the boys. Joey, who is five and a half, is big for his age. Jake, age three and a half, is an average size for his age. Joey weighs a full 25lbs more than Jake and is a good foot taller (at least). Jake, though smaller, has learned quickly he cannot overtake his brother by force. This means Jake needs to be a bit more calculating in his attacks.
For example, Joey gets mad and might push Jake or hold him on the ground. Jake gets mad at Joey and he colors with crayon all over Joey’s wall. Joey then freaks out and Jake,although is then punished, gloats and obviously feels triumphant with his mental warfare. Jake is a clever little guy, and you can see him thinking things through and calculating his next move. In fact, even when the boys pull a stunt together, I often wonder who the mastermind is…
Yesterday, although he hasn’t had a fever, I kept Joey home from school because of a persistent cough. I pumped him full of fluids, vitamins and soothing foods and he still coughed, but also ran around all day playing. He obviously sounded much worse than he was actually feeling. Jake,who caught the funk from Joey over the weekend, was feeling sick and stayed home too. Between being stuck indoors and feeling sick, they were going at it all day. I stopped counting how many times I heard, “Mooooooooom! <insert Joey or Jake’s name here> is bugging me!” or “Tell him to leave me alone” or “Tell him to stop <looking, breathing, sitting> <in,on,near> me!!!”
This morning I heard Joey coughing and shut my alarm off. Truth be told, I feel awful too and wanted to call in sick myself. If I knew how to pull that off, I’d be in bed right now. Anyway, I called Joey out sick and after an hour of coughing he stopped. What didn’t stop was the running around and fighting with Jake. So after three hours of Joey not coughing and acting normal I took him to school for a half day. His classroom, when I dropped him off, sounded like synchronized coughing, so in retrospect, I probably should have taken him yesterday.
Apparently, while I was gone, Jake began plotting revenge for Joey’s particularly unrelenting tattling and brutishness the last few days. After I was home only twenty minutes or so from dropping Joey off my husband asked me to come and look at what Jake had done in the basement. That is rarely a good thing.
So here’s a quick back story on the photo below. Joey is obsessed with the Wii. You saw the post where he ran and ran on the fitness running game, and he’s created over 100 Mii’s (the avatars for the Wii games). I’ve had to limit the amount of time he spends playing Wii otherwise I am certain he’d do it morning, noon and night. So Jake went in and hit him where it hurts…he took Joey’s favorite Mii and altered him. What’s disturbing is Jake made Joey’s Wii look like Hitler….or at least I think so.
I guess that’s what Joey gets for being such an azul to his brother this morning.
I thought it was funny, but did make him change it back…what do you think? Leave me a comment!
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