Anywho, on days when we just need something low-key and easy for dinner, we often have scrambled eggs and french fries. Today was one of those days, and we also let the boys watch a movie while they ate. They chose to watch Veggie Tales' Jonah, which, of course, we've seen several times before, so 2/3 of the way through the movie (after I was done eating), I thought I should find something to help me stay awake to the end of the show. I decided to paint my toe nails. I had no idea this would lead to some great quality mother-son bonding time!
Yes, as you guessed, Joel first noticed that mommy was painting her nails "like Auntie Liz does" and was curious about it. Next thing you know, he was begging to have his toes painted. Oh-oh. What's the protocol for a mother telling her three-year-old son it's not "manly" to do something? Obviously, reasoning with him that this is something only for girls didn't work. So, I finally did what any good mother would do in this situation...I deferred him to daddy. "Go get daddy's permission," I said. Well, apparently daddy can't stand up to the cute begging, either. "Only one toe," he says.
By now, I'm sure you can see where this is going. We had a regular toe-painting party this evening (fortunately for Dale, he escaped, though). When Caleb realized what was going on, I had already put all the supplies away and thought him "safe"...until he threatened to paint his toe nails with a black marker. Well, I reasoned, burgundy toe nail polish is better than black marker, right? So when Dale realized what had been going on (he was in the other room the whole time and refuses to be held responsible), I had a ready excuse.:)
It's just silliness, but I thought it was fun silliness worth sharing.