either my husband's sons have hit a seriously stinky streak or I am totally delusional in expecting my husband's sons to behave remotely civilized during this festive and holy holiday season.
I have resorted to "Santa's watching you." "Do you think Santa is going to be happy with you poking your brother in the eye? kicking your brother? pinching your brother?" I have even gone so far as to make my cell phone ring and proceed to have long, very involved conversations with "Santa" about Logan or Caleb's stinky behavior. This tactic is, of course, almost completely lost on Caleb unless he picks up on Logan's reaction to it.
This tactic isn't something I thought up on my own (as my dear husband thought was the case...). Nay, comrades. My parents used this tactic on my siblings and me when we were growing up. "Amy, Santa's watching you."
When I asked, "how? where?" my mother informed me I had an elf assigned to me and he sat in my bedroom window keeping watch over me, reporting back to Santa. I don't know if the tactic was their brainchild or just the traditional handing down of successful (or not) parenting techniques through the generations but I remember it quite clearly. And I also seem to remember it starting around JUNE some years! In any event, I was on the phone with my mom not too long ago when Logan was repeatedly interrupting our conversation. I countered his onslaught with, "Logan, Santa's watching you. He doesn't like it when you don't listen to Mommy." Since we were early on in this game at the time he was understandably incredulous of the all seeing powers of Santa Claus so I asked my mother to confirm my statement. People, my mother, the possible inventor of "Santa's watching you." declined to confirm my statement! "I'm not getting in the middle of this," she says. Can you imagine? Anyway, Logan always wants to know where
Santa is...so he can talk to him...plead his case perhaps? Figuring that "he's just around," was wearing thin I decided I better come up with something tangible to point to.
I present to you: Santa's Spy-cam Necklace. It's similar to the Boo necklace I made back in October only this one (as far as my four year old knows) is equipped with spy capabilities so Santa can keep an eye on things here at the Lyons' den. I'll be making another one to put up fo sale ($25 plus postage) later this afternoon.