Monday, November 26, 2012

Three's Company

There are some things about Thanksgiving that I could do without. I'm not a fan of Black Friday madness that has people out shopping at midnight. Many people LOVE leftover turkey. They can have mine. And having the kids out of school for an entire week...well all I can say is thank goodness for Winter Break camps that involve two hours of swimming per day.

The one thing about the Thansgiving holidays I couldn't do without is the moment my husband's eldest brother makes his appearance at the airport. As far as my kids are concerned, their Uncle Adam is better than meeting Taylor Swift followed by a three day trip to Disneyland.

They mob him as though he's literally Taylor Swift and for four or five days the number of children in my house goes from two to three. There are constant wrestling matches and I have to resign myself to inconvenient pieces of furniture like coffee tables or couches being shoved to one side.

One episode of The Munsters while I'm at the grocery store morphs into a Munster marathon complete with three sets of belly laughs echoing up from the basement (four, if my husband is home). Heads are pressed tightly together and I try to pretend lice is not epidemic in my children's school.

Halloween bags of candy are inspected and appreciated with much more gusto than I can ever muster. Schemes involving an autumn olympics tournament complete with events like riding bikes around a track and tennis volleying are dreamed up and then executed.
I find myself having to say things like, "I'm sure your uncle doesn't want the hamster on top of his head," or "Please don't bang on the door to your uncle's bathroom and ask him what he's doing in there."

Their uncle's faint British accent is dissected, imitated and then he is forced to read Harry Potter with all the accents and lots of interruptions for discussion. Bedtimes are, well, I take the attitude they can sleep when their uncle returns to New York.

I'm sure their teachers won't like my sleep-deprived children in their classes today, but I suppose we can always catch up on our sleep during the two and a half weeks we have off for Christmas Break.

20 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

But I'm sure he kept the kids occupied all week!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

"I'm sure your uncle doesn't want the hamster on his head." Bwa-ha-ha.

The things you never thought you'd have to say ....

Shell Flower said...

Everyone needs a fun uncle. My sister's husband is known as the Tickle Monster around here. My son still loves to see him, even though he's almost 18. Though, now they have long talks about life late into the night rather than tickle fests.

Barbara Watson said...

He sounds totally perfect. Your kids (and your entire family) is so blessed.

Anne Gallagher said...

Monster loves my brother so when he shows up it's a giggle fest. They do "boy" things because he has the patience to explain how everything works from power tools to electrical current.

And yeah, I think most teachers are experiencing sleep deprived children today.

jaybird said...

Sounds like when my brother comes to town. My kids will throw me over for my much cooler brother, any day of the week. Sounds like fun was had by all though.

Tamara Narayan said...

We have something similiar here, but for my two little girls, it's their cousin Ariel. After two blissful days of shrieking, nail polish, underwear hidden all over the house, and duck tape art projects, they both conked out and fell asleep before brushing their teeth. Sorry teachers!

Carol Kilgore said...

What a cool uncle! Ah, yes...a whole two and a half weeks. Joy :)

Your daughter is your own Mini Me.

Hart Johnson said...

HA! Uncles like that are the best! I had a couple. I can see though, how they might be exhausting as houseguests.

Emily R. King said...

Isn't it wonderful that your children enjoy their time with their uncle so much? Mine get lots of time with their aunt and they love it!
Glad you played hard this weekend, Johanna!

Johanna Garth said...

Alex, he did.

Dianne, my son has me saying things I never thought I would say on a regular basis.

Shell, I love the fun uncle concept.

Thanks Barbara!

Anne, I think my son loves having an extra boy around the house too.

Jaybird, exactly. Who can compete with fun and staying up late.

Tamara, I know. I felt a little bad dropping them off this morning.

Carol, you are the second person who has said that today!!

Hart, actually not exhausting at all because he offsets the exhausting two children.

Emily, I love what a close relationship they have with him.

Joanne Noragon said...

Both my granddaughters had to be rousted from bed this morning, one with less than half an hour to catch the bus. It was cousin shrieking at our house.

Gail said...

What a wonderful uncle. Wishing we all had one like that.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

My kids imitate my faint British accent all the time too. :P

Sounds like they have a wonderful uncle. I bet they're sorry to see him go. :D

Gina Gao said...

He sounds like a wonderful person. I wish I had a British accent!

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naida said...

He sounds like a cool uncle and how fun about reading Harry Potter with a British accent! lol

Tonja said...

Awesome that he read Harry Potter with an accent!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

No wonder your kids adore him!

Joshua said...

I think you need to record him reading the whole Harry Potter series and let us all listen to it.

Talli Roland said...

Aw! How wonderful they have an uncle they love so much! :)