Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Wyatt and Tate Are Over The Moon

The mailman and the UPS guy both brought packages for them - their CAP notebooks and uniform 'accessories', respectively. 

So guess what I got to do all afternoon? 

Sew patches on their uniforms.  


And oh-my-word.  Let me tell you something about how stiff and thick the combination of uniforms and patches actually is.  It's ridiculous.  I lost count of how many pins I bent and had to throw away, and I actually had to use a thimble, which - up to this point - has been completely outside my meager sewing repertoire, and I probably wasn't doing it right anyway.

Also, for most of the time I was slaving away sewing, there were five boys, ages 10 to 15, at my dining room table playing Risk.  Or sort of playing Risk.  I mean, I've never actually played it, so I'm not sure.  But I'm not convinced they're actually playing by the rules.  They don't seem to want to completely conquer the world, because then the game would end, and they really like the game to go on for days and days. 

As near as I can tell, they want to be winning, but not to actually win.

So there are continuous and endless negotiations about the balance of power, and who will or will not attack whom.  And what is a "trading post" anyway?  Is that part of the game?  Or did they make that up?  I'm thinking the latter.  And there is one boy (who shall remain nameless) who incessantly cackles/sings/whines when it's not his turn.  And he was sitting right next to Tate's good ear.  I'm thinking that played a part in the other boys finally putting him out of the game.  Maybe.  I was ready to get the duct tape myself.

And no, I'm not complaining.  It may sound like I'm complaining, but I'm not.  I'm just telling you my fingers hurt.  And my dining room smells pretty funky.



Doug Hibbard said...

When I went from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, Mom sewed the first uniform.

When I out grew it, I learned to sew and iron to get my uniform as it should be. Just a thought....

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oh yes! The sewing was too tough for a first experience, but they are DEFINITELY going to be ironing their uniforms. ;D

Crystal in Lynden said...

We use the sticky stuff called badge magic.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

We could glue them, but... the uniforms are technically "borrowed" and can be traded up as the boys grow. So I guess I'll do it the hard way :oP

Rebecca D said...

Funny... My dining room kinda stinks too, and I have girls... I bet yours doesn't smell from the excessive use of nail polish and remover when simultaneously used by six teenage girls... Boy and girls... Different, but smelly all the same!

The dB family said...

Ugh! The sewing on of patches is torturous! I think those days are behind me now though. So sorry they're just starting for you ;o)! I still don't think I use a thimble right either.

So good to be catching up with you again!