My Kids Make Me Laugh – The Bossy Edition

my kids make me laugh and that fills me with joyMy kids make me laugh on a daily basis.

Maybe it’s because I’m easily amused, maybe it’s because I’m raising two comedians, maybe it’s because my own internal voice amuses me.  But I’d like to think it’s because I treasure the little moments of our lives.

Yesterday was one of those perfect Houston fall afternoons.

It was 70 degrees with low humidity and a light breeze.  So of course, we were outside.

So were all the other kids on our street.  GoGo is the youngest (1st grade) with about a dozen kids in total ranging up to eight grade.

I was sitting on the front porch with some crochet, enjoy the blissful afternoon sunshine.

(it helped that i had dinner handled and was guilt free.)

GoGo grabbed our soccer ball off the front porch and walked out into the street with an air of confidence.

(uh-oh.  he’s going to get ignored)

GoGo: Hey Guys! Let’s play soccer!

They agreed.

(wow. i can’t believe that the junior high girls are buying into playing soccer.)

He put one junior high girl as the captain of each team and split everyone up.

(already the ladies man, my little guy knows just how to get what he wants from a cute girl)

Girl: Hey GoGo, what team are YOU on?

GoGo: I’m not on a team.  I’m the DECIDER.

Girl:  Oh. You mean referee.  OK.

And just like that, street soccer commenced.

I sat there amazed that my little guy had just orchestrated street soccer and was in charge. I listened in amazement.

GoGo: No, that wasn’t a goal.

(what? there’s no goal defined, how can he know?)

GoGo: Wait! You’re on the wrong team, lets play boys against girls.

(what? they’re going to go for THAT too?)

My Kids Make Me Laugh!

I had to put my crochet down because I was laughing too hard.

I loved watching my little guy assert his leadership skills. I was laughing at the expressions on the older kids’ faces. I loved watching the confidence of my boys as they worked together to “own the street” in a very big way.

Yes, they made me laugh.  But I was mentally writing a post about seeing my children for the treasures that they are.  I was soaking up every bit of the treasure that they are. It gave me joy.

Tell me, how have your kids made YOU laugh this week?

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://thishappymom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/DSC_0036.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination for eggs, socks, and books. She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family. She serves an amazing God. She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. isn’t it great to watch your kids be who they are and see their skills come through.

    I love watching Dinosaur play with his toys, he talks to them and makes them interact with each other.

    • The honest truth is that I was out there hoping to catch something that would be blog-worthy. I went out EXPECTING to find something that would bring me joy. And I found it. If I hadn’t needed a blog post, I might have been zoned out on twitter and missed the whole thing.

      Expectancy is a powerful thing. It really helps me be fully involved with my kids. They love that, and I’m learning that it means a lot to me too.

  2. Haha…Next time I am in a new social situation, I will take a page out of GoGo’s book and proclaim myself The Decider!

    • Personally, I can’t see myself EVER having the… um… courage to declare myself “the decider” in that situation. But I love that my son does. I love that he pulled it off. And if you think you have it in you to be “the decider” then go for it!

  3. Neighborhood dynamics are a great place for kids to learn important life skills. We love to listen to them decide if a ball was foul or if the runner was out. Negotiation 101 is being taught in our backyards and on our streets.

    • Absolutely. I love that my boys get real world exposure to all that stuff and get to use the front yard as a laboratory for those experiences. I sit outside and watch because my kids ARE the youngest on the block. I’m there if they get in over their head or if the other kids start behaving in ways my littles aren’t ready for. I can’t remember the last time I had to do anything but watch.

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