"How come you're playing my game without my permission?" Katie
"Since when did I need your permission?" Nicholas retorts while still focused on Petz Dogz 2.
"Since ALWAYS. You better not have messed up my game."
"I have my own game on this. You know the one your friend who moved had," Nicholas snaps.
"You were NOT supposed to touch that."
Voices are getting louder and faces angrier at this point. Andrew and I look at each other and shrug our shoulders. I decide I better intervene.
"Katie, really... it's not that important, is it? I mean, you never play this game," I say diplomatically.
"Yes, it's important...and I do play it, um, occasionally," she answers.
"Well I can, too. We always share. What's the big deal?" Nicholas adds. He has put down his Wii remote and is looking at his big sister right in the face.
"I want to exercise and you've been on the Wii for a long time. Now, get off."
I grab a book, "Shark Trouble," for Nicholas to read. We only have three more days for him to complete his summer reading list of twenty-five books from the library. Katie and Andrew are done with their books (but are still reading), but Nicholas has four more books to read before he reaches the finish line.
I pick up the book and say in a loud voice (to be heard above the sibling rivalry):
"Come over here, Nicholas, so we can yell."
And guess what? The children start laughing. In fact, they immediately go from looks of hatred on their faces to sheer delight as they laugh at their silly momma.
That's the story of my life, or at least one of them. When does school start again?