We've been dealing with a lot of envy since dd2's 6th birthday. That's on top of the normal, low-level envy that infuses our days.
I've been pretty lazy, after a string of busy days. After hosting dd2's little birthday party, I caged our extra roosters, hauled them down to a neighbors for processing. He killed them, I scalded and plucked and "cleaned" them, helped with his birds a tad and got home late.
So yesterday I did only the necessary chores, read "The Lightening Thief" to dd1 and was on the computer way too much. Normally I like turning this thing off, but the girls have been liking to play the Olympics reruns, so it stays on.
More tears of envy. When will that girl (nearly 8!) learn that having a birthday is not "unfair"? Everyone gets their turn. Her constant envy and not liking to share anything is smashing head on with society's expectations that an 8yo should show some graciousness. Sigh!
Cooking the chickens today. Tough little buggers.
DD2 is playing with her new fairy doll and is making some origami inventions of her own. They are becoming--wow!--almost origami-like.
DD1 watched the women's team finals again. She does her gymnastics. Now she is keeping charts of the countries and their scores (15.233, etc) and learning about decimals and what they stand for (I got out some coins and dollars to explain). We've been learning about where the athletes' countries are, learning to read their names, adding up the scores (well, I did that) and listening to different national anthems (main feed replays have all of that, unlike the US coverage).
DH and dd2 played chess, then dh and dd1. She doesn't want to put games away. We dealt with this the other day when she walked away from a big pre-packaged project box (Magic Schoolbus Body somethingorother, with "experiments") that she had gotten into, asking me for help. Now the chess game. Really, dh could have put away the pieces himself but she *resists* so hard and she's yelling at everybody which sets dh off and puts the blame on me because I "enable" her (long story).
The chess was so much fun, we are going to start a family chess club with daddy at the helm, but now dd1 "never wants to play chess again!" We'll see about that.....
Now a new day has arrived and I'm hoping hoping hoping it's a better day.