I suspect that my 2 oldest angels have been watching a bit too much TV this summer. Really, though, the heat this summer, particularly in July (and now in AUGUST, if you can believe it's already AUGUST, people!) has been so oppressive that if you aren't fully submerged in water, it's not worth it to go outside between the hours of 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM. I try to limit their TV time, truly I do, but sometimes allowing a bit more TV gives me time to piece together an actual coherent thought without being interrupted by an argument over who is going to be Batman or Superman or any number of made up superheroes (like Wolfman, Raccoonman, Waterman, etc. Their imaginations clearly have no limits).
My wonderful, darling, precious mother-in-law came over on Saturday evening and helped us pack our entire dining room and half the kitchen. So now our dining room is stacked with boxes and little room is left to actually, oh I don't know... DINE in there. I'm not complaining, just saying. So this morning at breakfast, Micah tells me (and I'm QUOTING here!) "Mommy, if we put daddy's books in spacebags, we could put them in the closet... under the bed... or even in a box! Spacebags would save us alot of room for other stuff."
If you haven't seen the infomercial for the miracle that is a spacebag, it's basically a vacuum sealed bag for your clothes. And the commercial comes on at about every commercial break on Toon Disney, which has superhero cartoons on in the evenings, which my boys are addicted to like crack. It's sad, really.
A few nights ago we were eating at a home-cooking restaurant and Micah, referring to a plant on a ledge over our booth, said, "That plant has an aquaglobe. That one does too. Aquaglobes measure out just the right amount of water a plant needs and they're only $14.99." He's turned into a series of walking infomercials.
Better parents than me would be using this incredible brain memory space for scripture verses or ancient hymns. Oh, I'm kidding. We work on memory verses, but listening to Micah's informercials is slightly more entertaining. But I'll admit, it's also become a wake-up call to be more intentional about working harder helping them commit to memory words of life rather than words of consumerism.