Saturday, October 16, 2010

What am I going to do with her???

Elli knows how to wreak havoc on our home. Today she seemed to be making even more messes than usual, including chewed up crayons in the carpet and some especially sweet diapers. I had finally had enough, and piled the kids in the van to run some errands-- mostly so I could keep her strapped in for awhile. (: Our first stop was Walmart. On the way out I bought the kids ice-cream cones from the McDonald's inside. The kids are very good at not verbalizing when they have "treats," as they know Elli will want them if she knows. (Our girl has a sweet tooth!) I bought her a shake-- so I could feed it to her and she would stay clean, and we all got buckled in the car. Jesi handed Xander her cone so she could get buckled. He was sitting next to Elli.

I'm not sure how she realized he had ice-cream. Did she smell it?? Accidentally touch it? ? All I know is that Xander and Jesi both started shrieking like they were being stung by a swarm of bees. Elli had found the cones. She was grabbing at the ice-cream and shoving it in her face as fast as she could. We're talking handfuls of soft-serve ice-cream. Xander couldn't do anything because he was buckled in. He was holding them as far away as he could, but Elli is smart and strong. I wish you could have seen her determined little face as she shoveled the ice-cream in. By the time I got out and rescued the cones, ice-cream was eveywhere. I was laughing so hard I started to snort, which made me laugh even harder.

Why do I even try with this girl??? Needless to say, Walmart was our last stop.

Marjorie Pay Hinckley said, "The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache."

We laugh a lot around here!

We cry once in awhile too.



  1. Good morning friend - just keep laughing - it's the only thing you CAN do. In many ways you are more wise then me - it took me into my 40's to get to the point that you are! Many times since we've adopted the kids I've commented that it's WAY easier to parent at this age than it was in my 20's and that I feel like I did a real dis-service to our older kids because I couldn't laugh back then but now I can....thanks for both 'getting it' and learning how to parent faster than I did! (And I've found that a garden hose is the easy and fun way to clean that up!)

    Just another example of some of the things we love about you guys!

    hugs around - aus and co.

  2. I think that I would have pulled out a few hairs after I laughed. Whew taht girl keeps you busy!

  3. I can imagine what that was like!! My daughter has special needs, and when discussing some of things that she does my friend and I laugh! I totally agree and have told many people that if I don't laugh about it, I will cry.

  4. I often say that in my life: "You either have to laugh or cry," but I had no idea where it came from. Thanks for the source of the quote...and the source of a good laugh out loud!

  5. Christianne, you put life in it's proper prespective for me ~ thank you for that. I miss your family so much. Think of you often as I drive by your old neighborhood. Just recently pulled out Sister Hinckley's book and love the reminders of her wisdom. Love to all the Greens!

  6. i LOVE that quote. I love that she says crying gives her a headache. I agree. It totally does. haha

  7. I believe in laughing and crying too...but sometimes I just go out to my car in the garage, shut the door and yell "aghhhhhhhhhhhhhh". Then somehow I can face it all again. Hehe!