Thursday, July 10, 2008

Snips 'N Snails and Puppy Dog Tails.

So now that the busiest June is history is…history. I’m on to a month of July filled with guests. The first special guests to arrive this month are my mom and my nephew Tyson. After two wonderful flights, they arrived at the Luxembourg airport only to discover that Lux Air managed to lose my mom’s suitcase---again. In fact every time she has come to visit us, Lux Air has lost her luggage. At this point it’s just funny.

Tyson & Pam Arrival

Anyway, yesterday was exhausting. I had a really tough time adjusting to having a kid in the house. Dude, the Barbie Dream House is NOT kid friendly. How could we have not realized this before? I spent the entire afternoon chasing after Tyson making sure he didn’t accidentally break stuff. And even if he did, who could I blame but myself? Which leads me to really good question: What kind of Yuppie Jack-asses build a house, then furnish it with furniture that’s as fragile and as rare as Fabergé eggs? Answer: Yuppie Jack-asses who obviously have no kids. If FrenchBoy and I ever do get around to making kids we will either have to sell the Barbie Dream House or keep them in cages. Mind you fragile and rare cages designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

Oh, Oh! And the noise. The noise! Listen, I grew up with 2 brothers, but clearly I have forgotten the absolute avalanche of sound that even one kid playing solo can create. Yesterday my brain actually hurted. Of course my Mom thinks it's hilarious. She's having quite a laugh at me running around the house like a mad woman. Revenge is sweet I suppose.

The one quiet moment of the day was an hour or so when my Mom and Tyson decided to make some paintings. OK, Tyson decided. I taught Mom and Tyson how to mix 2 colors of brown from orange and blue and how not to let your acrylic paint go dry in your brushes. For one blissful hour we all painted. Quietly. It was nice.

Tyson Art 3

Tyson Art 2

Tyson Art 1

So today, we are off to the Zoo or Aquarium, or whatever kid friendly location I can find around Metz. I just want him to see cool stuff and have some fun. (Any clues on what 9 year olds think is cool or fun?)

And I will do my best to chill out and not have a cardiac arrest the next time he slams his cup of water down on my lovely glass dining room table or somehow manages to fall over and completely topple one of the fancy matching leather chairs.


Penny said...

Ha ha I remember thinking when you bought that sculpture recently that my kids could reduce it to dust in about 2 seconds flat! Is there anywhere you can take him swimming in Metz - its the best way to keep kids of any age happy for hours. Have fun

Penny :-)

Camille Acey said...

Ha ha! I'm glad these visitors have given you a wake up call. It actually all sounds very fun, and could your mother and Tyson be any cuter? They look like two peas in a pod!

Travel said...

They say children are the best form of borth control. Is it too late to get a cage installed?


Madame K said...

Ok, so far nothing is broken, but I am however thinking about having a cage fashioned in the empty space under the stairs.

Anonymous said...

is there a hangout or meetup of english speaking kids?

this didn't look too promising but maybe it'll help. maybe a real expat forum would have better suggestions.

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Felicity said...

Your nephew is a handsome young man.