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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

24 Jan

The word juxtaposition is defined as “the act or instance of placing side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.”  As soon as I saw today’s photo challenge I knew I had to participate, because my home is full of INSANE juxtaposition.

Having a boy and girl so close in age means that they do play a lot together, and their toys, so boyish and so girlish, meld together in sometimes strange ways.  Just this afternoon, for instance, the three of us were playing with Maddie’s Barbies, when suddenly Charlie ninja-kicked my princess Barbie in the face with Skipper, and suddenly we are playing ninja-Barbie.

Here are some other examples of this going on around my house:

A mixture of Hello Kitty and DC Superhero Legos.

A mixture of Hello Kitty and DC Superhero Legos.

 

A beautiful furry headband, torn apart by a rambunctious little boy.

A beautiful furry headband, torn apart by a rambunctious little boy.

 

Another result of a rambunctious little boy: a demolished tea set.

Another result of a rambunctious little boy: a demolished tea set.

 

Maddie loves to take Charlie's superhero figures and make them "friends" with her Barbies.

Maddie loves to take Charlie’s superhero figures and make them “friends” with her Barbies.

A princess storybook hidden on a bookshelf in a certain someone's room.

A princess storybook hidden on a bookshelf in a certain someone’s room.

 

A football player resting in Maddie's dollhouse.

A football player resting in Maddie’s dollhouse.

 

Our day is full of juxtaposition: ups and downs, laughter and tears, hugs and hitting.  With a 3-year old girl and a 4-year old boy with totally different personalities, you never know what you’re going to get, but it is interesting, to say the least.

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Boys vs. Girls: The Restroom

24 Apr

Hi everyone!  What a gorgeous day this has been.  Aaron spent the day with us (while Sam was at Duke getting his stem cells harvested-go Sam:)) and we got to do some fun stuff with him.  He helped Charlie and Maddie with a science experiment this morning and then we went to the park to enjoy the weather.  I walked/ran a little with the kids while Aaron finished up his schoolwork.  This afternoon we went to Aaron and Noah’s baseball game.  The kids really liked it and we are looking forward to a summer of games.

I have a little anecdote from today that those of you who know my children will find amusing.  I have always known that Charlie and Maddie are very different.  I think some of their differences are typical differences between boys and girls, but most of it is just that they have very different personalities. They are total opposites! While at the park this morning, a wonderful illustration of the differences in my children occurred.

Maddie had to use the restroom.  She did the typical thing that she does in the restroom: I pulled down her pants and undies, helped her onto the toilet, then she said, “Turn around.” Yes, she tells me to turn around.  At home she tells me to “Go away.  Close the door.” Then she goes about her business and lets me know when she is ready for my assistance.

Charlie was waiting outside the door of the bathroom.  He had to go, too.  I take him in, help him unzip, then stand there next to him while he goes.  “Look, Mommy, my pee slides off of the side of the toilet and goes into the water!” He proceeds to talk to me the entire time.  So sweet to his mommy.

This picture captures their personalities perfectly!

This picture captures their personalities perfectly!

I value both of their personalities- Charlie’s sweet and caring attitude and Maddie’s spunk and independence.  Maybe they will rub off on each other throughout the years and we’ll have 2 perfect people.