For weeks, Carson and Ella have been preparing for fall and cold weather. It all started when they discovered long forgotten footie fleece PJ’s in their drawers.
“Mom?” Carson drug three pairs of footie PJ’s behind him, “What are these things? Are these my old PJ’s?”
A lengthy discussion followed, explaining weather patterns, leaves falling off trees, hot and cold temperatures, the reason we don’t eat fruit snacks for dinner, and when we can start wearing cold-weather clothes which was still weeks and weeks away.
Of course, within seconds, both Carson and Ella began stripping down and putting on the footie fleece PJ’s.
A few days after that, they discovered their mittens and hats in the upstairs coat closet.
“Look guys,” I shook my head and tried to explain, “it’s 85 degrees outside. That means it’s hot, we don’t wear mittens and hats until it gets cold.”
“Come on Ella! Let’s put on our mittens and go find those winter PJ’s!” Carson yelled as he grabbed his sister’s hand and headed to their rooms.
We’ve taken Ella out to dinner on numerous occasions these past few weeks with her wearing a fleece winter hat. Carson has played outside wearing his mittens and stocking cap. Tate and I decided these weren’t battles worth fighting and figured that they’d take them off when they finally sweated through.
A recent trip to Kohl’s to purchase some larger long-sleeve shirts for the kids turned into an all out wail-fest when we got home and I explained that it was simply too hot to wear their new clothes.
“I promise that as soon as it gets colder we can wear our new clothes! Very soon it will start getting colder and the leaves will start changing colors and fall off the trees…” I explained as I hid their new clothes in the backs of their closets.
Everyday since, Carson has woken up and asked, “Did the leaves fall off the trees yet?!”
Finally we woke up this morning to temperatures in the 50′s and a projected high of only 67 degrees! During breakfast I told Carson and Ella that I had a very big surprise for them when they got dressed. Both kids gobbled down their whole grain pancakes with organic syrup and fresh squeezed orange juice (or Blueberry Toaster Pastries, WHATEVER!) and eagerly awaited their surprise.
Based on Carson and Ella’s reaction of running away screaming and crying when I showed them their jeans and long awaited, brand new long-sleeved shirts from Kohl’s, I’m guessing they were less than enthused.
“I wanna wear my shorts!!” Ella screamed. “NO! I don’t want that shirt!” yelled Carson.
Children are baffling.