The very last, lonely, unpopped bubble in my stash of reuse-it-recycle-it bubblewrap rests in my hand in the picture you see. **POP** Well, it was still there when I snapped the pic, but you know I couldn't resist. It's gone, too. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
It's my own fault. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and while Kate was still refusing to study for her upcoming math and spelling tests (that's another story-- we'll see how today goes for her), she was at least playing happily for the moment. This scenario beats the previous one, the one where Kate was not only refusing to study but was also wrestling with Jacob and taunting him with a light saber and yelling "missed me, missed me, now ya gotta kiss me" at the top of her lungs. Uh, yep, my kids were wound up, and having Jacob visit seemed to crank up the volume on the chaos.
Anyway, so Kate was finally playing happily, sitting on her "beach" on the deck. It was rainy and not that warm, but hey, she had her folding lawn chairs, her beach towel, her babydoll in its stroller, and a bag of doll clothes. She was content:
The boys, however, were still busy tugging and yanking and stomping on my last nerves (which shouldn't have taken long to do, since I seem to have so few of them left). Clearly, they needed something else to do. Clearly, they were not interested in finding it for themselves. Clearly, it was time for the mom to bring out the good stuff.
Yes. I sacrificed a giant sheet of bubble wrap from my last glass order. I can hear your sharp intake of breath, I can. It had to be done, though, for the sake of my sanity. I'm sure you'll understand. Besides, I have just discovered this explanation of bubble wrap etiquette, and giving bubble wrap to kids apparently creates good karma :)
Boys being boys, they did not just sit down and mindlessly pop bubbles. Heck, I don't want them to do anything mindlessly, but I was hoping for a little bit of sitting down instead of racing through the house and hopping over the couch!
Oh, puh-lease, what was I thinking? Boys don't sit. Boys create new ways to battle! Here's what they did with the bubble wrap. Mind you, they took turns, so chivalry and politeness do live on. . .
James would stand on the couch while Jacob held the piece of bubble wrap outstretched before him. Then, with a mighty warrior's cry, James would leap from the couch, aiming to karate chop the wrap with his foot.
As you can see from the look on James' face as he lands without even breaking the wrap, the karate chop from the couch method might be fun but lacks efficiency!
Can't you just hear the giggles and the "What the heck?" After about a dozen more leaps, the karate chop was abandoned, and the boys sat down for a bit. They watched SpongeBob and popped bubbles.
P.S. You want some bubble wrap to pop now, don't ya? I can tell, because I'm checking that last piece again myself, hoping to find another one they missed. Maybe I'll just go pop some virtual bubble wrap! Wanna join me? Here's a list of the ones I've found:
- Virtual Bubble Wrap-- They call themselves the original and the best. I think they might be right. Check out the etiquette page, and download yourself a free version of addictive popping fun
- Perpetual Bubble Wrap-- heehee, roll the mouse over the stuff to hear that machine gun poppoppoppop
- Another one with a Boss Button to take you instantly to a boring work safe page
- From Sealed Air, the makers of bubble wrap-- this one requires some patience to get through the pages before you can start popping, but you do get to choose small/medium/large, easy/hard, normal/addictive