Turkeys and Toddlers

I’ve decorated the header again, this time for Thanksgiving. I thought about putting up some Christmas decorations because the stores and malls have already done it and that’s what I’m listening to on the radio but I decided to wait until the day after Thanksgiving when I put up my real decorations at home. So for now enjoy the gobbler-themed merriment.

I hope to have some exciting news here after Thanksgiving but until then you’ll have to use your imaginations. If you need help with distractions, maybe check out this Thanksgiving-themed story I wrote years ago for the old Flashing in the Gutters site.

Speaking of toddlers, I haven’t talked about the kids in a while. They’re delightful, thanks for asking. Halloween was a riot but I don’t think they care at all about Thanksgiving except that it’s one more holiday where the guy across the street from us fills his yard with an overwhelming number of those inflatable character monstrosities. I think they look tacky but the kids just absolutely adore them and it gives me one more thing to hold over them and take away if they don’t behave. Right now there are only four turkeys, which I think is quite a reasonable amount but soon they’ll spawn and overrun the lawn and the neighboring lawns.

Christmas on the other hand is exciting/annoying. I try not to let the kids watch a lot of TV with crappy kids toy commercials (I’m looking at YOU Nickelodeon and Disney Channel) mostly because I hate how the kids ask for everything they see. This is mostly Spenser more than Holly, but she’s done it enough to worry me. I already told them that flat out asking for those things is the quickest way to not get them and then thought I was being cool and creative by telling me to say they like the toys not that they want them. The effect though has been the same.

I don’t think either of them do it out of a sense of greed and they aren’t going to revolt on me if they don’t get everything they ask for on Christmas morning but still, it’s not behavior that needs to be encouraged. I’m not helped at all by the fact that both kids are at ages where the toys being marketed to them are toys that I want to play with. When daddy’s telling mommy how much he wants the Lego Batcave adventure set it sets a bad example.