1. I saved $13.75 by not buying disposable diapers for the past eleven days.
2. I earned dry chapped hands from wringing out cloth diapers for the past eleven days.
3. I also earned the delight of seeing how much Bun actually prefers cloth diapers. He especially likes the Polar Babies (they make his bum look like a teddy bear). They do make him waddle a bit.
4. Negative 36° F doesn’t look any different then 0° F. But it does feel different.
5. We gauge how cold it is by how long we involuntarily convulse in the vehicle before calming down. “How cold is it? Freeze your sinuses cold? Or 15 minutes convulsing cold?” Why? So I know how many layers to put on under my coat, gloves, hat and scarf and so I know if I should have the car or van running for 15 or 20 minutes before leaving.
6. Resident snow shovelers always demand hot chocolate for their efforts.
7. Squadron snow shovelers prefer cookies.
8. If you have been up late with an anti-sleeping child, you probably shouldn’t accidentally whack his head on the door frame when he’s finally asleep while you’re carrying him to bed.
9. Children between the ages of 3 and 5 will go to sleep really fast with the promises of paper hearts dangling from their bedroom ceilings the next day.
10. My children know the sound of the sanitizing wipe container being opened. “I will help! I will do chores! Can I wipe the doorknobs? Can I clean the oven handles?”
11. It is possible for young children to sanitize light switch cover plates so well that the paint around them starts to wear away.
12. If you’re sitting at the computer and start to hear a sizzling sound and then start to smell a burnt electrical smell, you should probably not run screaming, “Danny! Danny! I didn’t do anything! It just started wigging out! And there was sizzling and crackling and it smells SOOO bad!” This may elicit a less-than-calm response from him.
13. G said to me just now, “I want da white crayon. ‘cause yellow don’t work.” Yesterday she had a yellow paper to color on. Now she’s screaming, “It works! It works! Yellow works now!” Because, of course, she’s coloring on a white paper now.