Saturday, October 11, 2008

Pop-Pop the sailor man

Tom is still such a new creature that almost every day he is doing something for the first time. First time peeing, first smile, first time peeing on Papa and then smiling. For seasoned veterans like Peter and David, it is not that often that they get to do something for the first time. Pop-Pop was able to give them a few new memories. Soaking in a jacuzzi, learning how to gamble, and cursing to name a few. I will let you guess which lovely memories I thought could have waited for a few more years.

The day started out with Peter and David waking up and discovering that Pop-Pop had not slept in their bed. They then began crying and weeping, in addition to moaning and whining. I told them to trust me when I said that Pop-Pop's snoring was like waking a bear with thunder, but they obviously do not trust me. I do not know why, but please don't ask Angie for an explanation.

We finished with the swimming lessons and decided to allow the Weekend Warrior a tiny power nap. Refreshed, but not really looking much better, Pop-Pop met us for dinner at a nice little Schnitzel House around the corner. Grams, Opa and Heidi completed the dinner for eight, although Tom snoozed through the main course.

After belly-stuffing for over two hours, we made our way back to the apartment. Instead of tucking the boys into bed and reading them nice stories to make them sleepy, my dad thought it would be a genius idea to teach my boys how to play cards and gamble. I might also add that my dad thinking has never ended well and this was no exception.

First of all, David is two. He is not Rain Man. He cannot count cards. He doesn't understand things like 'double-down' and 'High Chicago follow the Bitch'. But yes, he is an excellent driver.

Peter is only four, but at least now he can repeat things like 'Queen beats a Jack, every day of the week'. He can also repeat the lovely expression 'shit', although I am not sure where he picked up that gem. Hmm. That's a puzzler. Thanks, Padre, for the lovely memories, even if I think some of them could've waited a few more years.
Ladder Talk:
1) What was the best part of your day?
Peter: When Pop-Pop make when I go with him swimming pool and I got the orange fish.
David: I go to you mit Pop-Pop and me and Peter and not Mama and we are swimming.

2) What was the worst part of your day?
Peter: When couldn't play cards four times longer.
David: When I no 'Little Einstein Fire-bird' see or watch.

3) What would you like to do tomorrow?
Peter: To play with Pop-Pop some more cards.
David: When I see Pop-Pop and me and Peter and go swimming again.

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