Before I left for my work weekend, I assured the boys that I loved them and that I would miss them very much. I would have assured Emily the same, but she is at that nice oblivious stage.

I also told them that I would bring them a new toy as a treat upon my return. We do not buy the kids many toys outside of their birthdays and Christmas (THEY HAVE ENOUGH CRAP ALREADY), but I like to treat them every once in awhile. And bribe them. With words along the lines of, “Yes, I will bring you a treat if you are good for Daddy while I am gone.”

I talked to them on the phone throughout the weekend. The conversation at lunch on Saturday was classic.

Nathan: “Hi Mommy! Are you having fun at work?”

Me: “Hi sweetie! Yes, I am having fun. Are you having fun with Daddy?”

Nathan: “Yep! So…are you getting us a present?”

Me: “Have you been good for Daddy?”

Nathan: “…” (Silence.)

Graham (In the background): “SAY YES!”

Hee!

Yes, they were good. My kids generally are. Good, that is. The have thrown the occasional attitude (Which is NORMAL), but we are all over them like a dirty shirt. Bad attitudes are not allowed at our house.

Friends and strangers all tell us that they are pretty fantastic kids. I tend to agree.

I wandered the aisles at StupidStore to find the perfect gift. I rounded a corner and found them. Battery-powered bubble guns. Not bubble GUM (not sure how that would work), bubble guns. Perfect.

I pulled into the driveway on Sunday and three little people came running to greet me. “Mommy! You’re back!” and “We were SO GOOD” was what I was greeted with. I cracked out the presents.

I think they were a hit.

G and the gun!

They shoot bubbles SUPER FAST.

CRAZY bubbles!

If I tried to blow bubbles that fast, I would pass out.

Emily

Emily. Looking down the barrel like the good shooter she is.

When I took this I was all, “Sweet shot!”

Bubbles!

And then I was all, “DON’T LET THE BUBBLES HIT THE LENS!”

I kind of like this one. A lot.

Bubbles!  Bubbles!

Bubbles are FUN!

G Force

And a little saucy.

The kids liked to shoot the bubble guns…and to be shot at. Up close.

Shooting

And from a distance.

Bubbles are fun!

Whee!

Yay! Bubbles!

Bubbles!

Laughing at the bubbles

There she goes laughing again…Little Miss Giggles.

Before we knew it the bubbles ran out.

All Gone

Being the uber-intelligent woman I am (Ha!) I had not thought to buy more bubbles. I used it as a lesson to teach my kids about dealing with disappointment. Then I bribed them with took them out for ice cream.

I was away for almost 72 hours this weekend, leaving Honey as a single parent to three kids under the age of six. I go away a few times a year for work, and will go away for BlogHer in July. Woo!

He has left me alone with the kids ONCE. For one night. He is by far the better parent. Hands down.

After all of the busy-ness of the weekend, Honey was tired. He started dinner while I played with/shot photos of the kids. Then he laid down on the bench seat for a little siesta.

Even Superman Gets Tired

He deserved it.

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  1. Michele May 27, 2008 12:28 am edit

    Awww! Sounds like he did! I love the conversation you and Nathan had…Nothing like the “partner in crime” coaching him in the background! Love the bubble pictures!

  2. Missy May 27, 2008 1:57 am edit

    They look awesome! I would be good if I knew someone was going to bring me one. Oh my god you have to bring them to BlogHer!

    Missy’s last blog post..Possessed and Possessioned

  3. Hannah May 27, 2008 2:49 am edit

    Yay for bubble guns! Great shots of the kids playing, too.
    I definitely think Matthew deserved his nap!!

    Hannah’s last blog post..Little Guy

  4. rachel May 27, 2008 6:02 am edit

    The pictures are adorable!! Bubbles are the greatest toy.
    Poor Superman :-)

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  5. ali May 27, 2008 6:43 am edit

    wait..what? only one night alone? ever??!?!?!

  6. witchypoo May 27, 2008 7:19 am edit

    I laughed at the distinction you made between siesta and nap!

    witchypoo’s last blog post..Unsettled

  7. Mrs. Wilson May 27, 2008 7:21 am edit

    Awww!

    Bad attitudes aren’t allowed in our house either. A time out or a lost privilege usually follows a bad attitude. We also get compliments on our “well behaved” kids. I credit my lack of patience.

    Noah hasn’t left us once. We’ve left him a couple times to go see my brother, but apparently he doesn’t like to leave. I don’t mind that.

    And? Bribery is the best form of parenting EVER.

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  8. Kristabella May 27, 2008 7:38 am edit

    I love bubbles!

    I was at a graduation party on Sunday and my stepmom’s sister was like “I buy a lot of bubbles. And they aren’t really all for my son.”

    Kristabella’s last blog post..All Weekends Should Be 3-Day Weekends

  9. Kami May 27, 2008 8:12 am edit

    I got the same reaction every day this weekend when I came home and I didn’t even bring presents – shhhh don’t tell them! It’s rare for me not to be here when they wake up.

    Jay is the same, I have not been alone with the kids for more than a night…here and there. These husbands of ours?

    KEEPERS!

    :-)

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  10. Sharon May 27, 2008 8:29 am edit

    So cute!

    It must be so wonderful to have your kids so excited to see you after you’ve been away for a bit.

    Sharon’s last blog post..Children Underground

  11. 180/360 May 27, 2008 8:36 am edit

    I need some of those bubble guns! My children inevitably spill bubble liquid all over themselves and the garden- so I hardly ever break them out.

    180/360′s last blog post..Weekend Update: Will the Real 180 Please Stand Up?

  12. songsinblue May 27, 2008 8:39 am edit

    Heh, I remember when Graham found out I was scared of bubbles. He thought it was pretty funny to chase his terrified Aunt around the yard with his bubble wand.
    Silly Kid.

    :P

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  13. Elizabeth May 27, 2008 8:42 am edit

    Yay bubbles. And Also?
    Yay for naps ;)

    Elizabeth’s last blog post..I feel pretty

  14. She Likes Purple May 27, 2008 9:07 am edit

    I totally want one of those bubble guns now!

    She Likes Purple’s last blog post..Life Is Short But Sweet For Certain

  15. sizzle May 27, 2008 9:13 am edit

    Even at 35, bubbles are so much fun to me.

    sizzle’s last blog post..I’ll Pass

  16. Chelsey May 27, 2008 9:36 am edit

    i wish i had a bubble gun….

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  17. bethany actually May 27, 2008 12:55 pm edit

    Those bubble guns are pretty cool. You’ve only been alone with your kids for one night? Wow. I am glad you and Matthew complement one another so well. :-)

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  18. Loralee May 27, 2008 1:12 pm edit

    My kids are a big fan of bubbles.

    And? I’m pretty much the same as you. Unless I am traveling somewhere, I really don’t buy them much outside of Christmas and Birthday’s either.

    Loralee’s last blog post..Sideblog: If you are going include edits in your posts, you should strive to make them THIS funny.

  19. Jen May 27, 2008 1:28 pm edit

    That picture of Matt just says it all. hahaha! I’m contemplating leaving Jordan with the girls for a few nights and I’m scared!

  20. Meg May 27, 2008 2:15 pm edit

    Emily looks like a real grown-up girl, and not a baby, in that last picture of her! Wow!!!

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  21. Holly May 27, 2008 4:21 pm edit

    sweet shot = money shot! awesome…
    cute one of honey taking a snooze. good daddy/hubby!

  22. Julie G May 27, 2008 6:27 pm edit

    I work with preschool kids, and they would do just about anything for bubbles…just regular bubbles. I bet I could get a few back flips out of them if I upgraded to the bubble guns!

    Julie G’s last blog post..Three is a Magic Number!

  23. Shamelessly Sassy May 27, 2008 9:45 pm edit

    I need one of these bubble contraptions for myself…I mean, to share with my 3 year old.

    Shamelessly Sassy’s last blog post..It’s Never ‘As Seen On TV’

  24. Kristin May 27, 2008 9:48 pm edit

    You can’t go wrong with bubbles, they are so fun!

    And they made for some great pics too!

    Kristin’s last blog post..Our Handsome Little Man.

  25. brittany May 28, 2008 8:29 am edit

    Wow, those photos are amazing!

    brittany’s last blog post..A spoonfull of…sugar.

  26. Heidi May 28, 2008 9:26 am edit

    Hi Angella, great pics as usual. Totally unrelated but I am considering upgrading my camera. Do you mind me asking what you sold your rebel for? I haven’t got a clue what to ask. Thanks.

  27. Amanda Franks May 28, 2008 12:26 pm edit

    Those bubble guns are totally sweet. Curious how you guys kill the bad attitudes on the rare occasions they show up? We’re getting some attitude over here and I always fill like I respond to it with bad attitude instead of the way I should, just curious.

  28. christy May 28, 2008 4:02 pm edit

    Ohhhh….I miss those little people! Great shots Ange. Holy Cow.

    christy’s last blog post..Whoa!

  29. slynnro May 28, 2008 4:53 pm edit

    I would like one as well please!

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  30. The Over-Thinker May 28, 2008 7:33 pm edit

    What a guy :)

    Those bubble photos are fantastic. And holy crap! When did Emily get TALL?!?

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