Oh. My. Goodness. This little girl of mine was out of control tonight.

beautiful, warm February day = 4 hours at the park = no good nap for L = sassy, grumpy-pants

After a long trip to the park, we went to Grammy and Grandpa’s for dinner where she was in rare form. We got home in time for a quick bath before bedtime. I plopped Liam in and told Lydia that she needed to get in. The rest of the conversation went something like this.

L-No, thank you.
S-Um, this is not a choice. Get in the bath, please.
L-Well, it is my choice.
S-Lydia Grace Erni, your little sassy mouth is making me angry. Please get out of that car so that I can help  you get in the bath. 
L– (As she slowly inches her way out of the cozy coupe) What are you going to do, chain up my hands and feet?
S-(mouth hanging open speechless) What in the world? Where did you hear that? What are you talking about?
L-Well, that is what they did in Grandpa’s movie and that is what they did to Dumbo and Tangled.
S-Um, well, that is really frowned upon these days. No one is going to chain you up. And never say that again, especially in public! Someone is going to call DEFACS on us! 

So I get her in the bath and think all is well. Then she starts kicking Liam. He cries.

S-Lydia, do not kick him again!
L-But mom, I wasn’t kicking him. I was putting my feet on him.
S-(bending down so that I could be at her level) Lydia, when mommy tells you to do something what do you say?

On a normal day she says “Yes, mam” or “okay, Mommy” and we go on with our business. Tonight she put her hand up and started yelling “stranger danger, stranger danger, STRANGER DANGER!” I could have beat her to death. Just kidding, but I did tag Jared in and left the bathroom. I returned after both kids were washed, jammied, and ready for bed. Feeling a little guilty for needing a minute to breathe, I started this conversation.

S-Lydia, I love you. I will always love you no matter what. You know how much I love you right?
L-Mom, I know. I know you always love me. Even when YOU are grumpy and angry.
S-(chuckling) Yes, baby. And I love you even when YOU are naughty and sassy!

Then I snuggled her to sleep. 

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