Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Around the House...

The other night Josh told me that when we move he doesn't care how many brothers he has to share a room with but he HAS TO HAVE his own bathroom. You know you have a problem when a 9 year old boy is worried about having his own bathroom. I admit it is bad with all 6 of us and a tiny, tiny bathroom. I feel the same way!

This story is too funny to pass up...John's building had another fire so he got to come home a little early on Monday. He and the boys decided to finish the bionic eye treasure hunt. I blogged about the bionic eye last Christmas when we received it from my brother and sister-in-law. Anyway, they got really into it and were having a fun time but started complaining about being ready for dinner. Quickly Seth and I got dinner all ready and put it on the table. Everyone came and sat down except John who was still glued to the bionic eye. This is normal, often John has "just one more thing" to finish before he comes to the table so no one thought anything of it. We said the prayer and everyone ate dinner. We then had a round of tangerines (who doesn't want tangerines this time of year?) The boys finished, put their plates in the kitchen and went and sat back down with John to finish up the treasure hunt. It is important to this story to note that the TV and table are (I counted today) only 5 steps away from each other. While we ate dinner John was literally about 5-6 feet away from us. They finished the treasure hunt and wanted to keep doing some other pictures on the map with the eye. John told them they couldn't because it was time to fix dinner and eat. Hyrum said, "I'm not hungry" and Josh explained they had already eaten. John refused to believe them. He said they had been sitting there the whole time with him doing the treasure map. Josh and Hyrum persisted saying mom and had already given them dinner. John getting a little frustrated said he knew they were having a lot of fun but that they had to stop and get dinner. Josh went and got his plate and showed John. Hyrum started laughing and showed John all the tangerine peels. Then they both started laughing at John when he went into the kitchen and saw what was left of dinner fixed up for him. It still took John awhile before he believed that we had all sat down and had dinner and he hadn't even noticed the boys had left the floor. Eventually he ate his dinner while we spent the next 10 minutes giggling. As the boys poked a little fun at him later he still had a hard time believing us. He is still convinced the boys never left his side. I think the take home message is that John has an AMAZING ability to focus his mind :) This is why he is so successful at both problem solving difficult experiments, data analysis, programming situations, etc and being so very entertaining to the normal public at the same time.

10 comments:

Tyson said...

A few comments. First, whoever gave you that bionic eye must be really, really awesome. No doubt about it.

Second, I believe John. Don't give into the pressure. They're just trying to mess with you. They all keep telling me that we had birds when we lived in Seoul but I know it is all a big practical joke / prank. Stay strong, even in the face of the united front that they will surely present.

Third, what would a good follow-up to the bionic eye be?

Sara said...

Goodness! Send some of that focus my way! :/

Janine said...

A great story. The bionic eye is on our wish list-- don't know when Cora will be old enough to appreciate it, but we will own one some day!

Raspberry said...

Love the bathroom story - uh, yeah right Josh.
And the Robert Pattinson thing...ah. I must confess to not being a fanatic either. :)

ajoachim said...

By the way, when are you guys moving back to Utah? This summer?

Corrine said...

that is too funny!

McCulloch Family said...

That's so great! That sounds like a story that came from our house as we have some great focusers around here too ;)

Thanks for the giggle and your awesome, happy perspective!! :D

Anne said...

What a funny story!!! Thanks for sharing!

Just saw that you have 18 days left, good luck with the last few, hopefully they will go quickly!!!

Can't wait to see the new little Prince! :)

Jacki said...

Love it! I totally understand that "one more thing" statement. Brooks pulls that on me too. Or my favorite "Ok, just 2 minutes". And 20 minutes later dinner is finished without him.

MZP said...

ummmm, this story made me laugh so hard. it must run in the family!!! dan is exactly the same way. so funny!!