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LET THE JOYOUS NEWS BE SPREAD!  Our missing iPad was found tonight.  The kids had been "looking" for it for two weeks.  That sounds worse than it actually is.  The Offspring are only allowed to use the iPad on the weekends, so it was really only gone for six actual days.  

I love watching them "look" for something.  For the Boy this involves standing in the center of his room and looking to the right.  He then sighs heavily and looks to the left.  After he has done this twice, he will then shake his head and say, "I can't find it anywhere!"

The Girl is slightly more thorough.  She will dig through any piles nearest to her and then get distracted by something.  She will stay in her room "searching" forever, but if you poke your nose in her room, you will find her reading a book or drawing pictures.  "Did you find it?"  You ask her, and she look at you very confused.  "What?"

So, where was this horribly misplaced and missing iPad, you ask?  Surely, with kids looking everywhere it must have been somewhere really, really hidden.  

It was on the desk.

I know Moms everywhere, are saying, "Uh, huh.  That's right!"

I once asked the Boy to put away his legos. "What legos?"  He asked.  He was standing in the middle of a pile of them.  I'm pretty sure one of them was stabbing him in his foot.

Still, I was happy to find the lost iPad.  I would hate for Santa to leave a note instead of presents.  "Dear Children, I couldn't bring you any more presents because you aren't taking care of the ones you already have."  I may or may not have made this threat.  Don't judge me.  It was at the end of a LONG day.

The Offspring are just seventeen months apart -- to the day.  One is in 4th grade and the other in 5th.  They either get along like best pals OR can't bear the sound of the other one breathing.  There seems to be no middle ground.  It never fails that they are the most fractious when we are out with the grandparents.  One day, we went to lunch with my parents and they fought every single second.  Later that same day, they played together happily for HOURS.  The Girl even looked at the Boy and said to me, "He's just so cute."  Which is true but that sort of admission generally costs an older sister her soul.

Whenever I see a mom with two little ones, I feel like offering to babysit so she can take a nap.  When I had two under two, it was pretty exhausting.  Still there is no rivalry between them because their world has always held both of them, and despite their fractious moments, they are very close.

I don't know how the Moms of twins do it -- or those of you brave enough to tip the scales toward team kid, and have more than two.  God Bless you!  I get tired just thinking about it.  Apparently, I was never cut out to be the Mom of 19 kids and counting - or is it 20 now?  I don't follow them.

These weeks between the holidays can be pretty hectic.  There are a million places to be and about ten billion things to do.  So, if you are out in the world and there are a couple of kids with less than stellar behavior, have some compassion on the Mom or Dad or Grandma -- whoever is trying to ride herd over the Offspring.  Raising humans is no joke, and we all need to support each other.