Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Battle of the Sexes

For so long I've dreaded the idea of having a teenage girl (or two) in my home. You know having that hormonal thing turn the ugly age of 13 in the middle of 7th grade (wouldn't it be nice to wipe that from our lives?).


Then my MIL sent the family this picture (titled "Suitcase for Mischief" no less) telling us all how she had come across what she thought was an empty suitcase in her garage.



Then I was on the ground crying. But later I started worrying about Bradley ending up with a felony charge for blowing up the neighbor's mailbox.

What do you think?

Are girls easier to raise or are boys?

Do you want hormones in your house or the FBI?

18 comments:

Jodie Haney said...

BTW, Mrs. Tracy asked about you guys a few days ago. I told her how you were a hero and helped the neighborhood boys ride their bikes! She said that fits and that you were the cutest pregnant woman she had ever seen. She says "Hi!"

Jessi said...

Good question. At this point I'm going to have to be satisfied with hormones. (Scary thought considering I am going to have FOUR teenage girls at the same time!!!)

Jodie Haney said...

NO WAY! That's awesome.

John said...

FBI, FBI, FBI

Give me 10 years hard time in state prison rather than hormones!

Fluffy doesn't need to worry. None of her sons are cool enough for that suitcase to belong to them. I am sure it was just one of their friends.

John said...

Why do I have to do a word verfication to leave a freaking comment?

Are you THAT cool that people have to have secret access codes to leave a comment? After all, you do get to accept or reject comments.

Maybe if you weren't trying to have the longest "friends" list to build your self esteem you wouldn't be having any problems (assuming you are having problems).

P.S. "uyyswcga" was my password this time

tara said...

It appears as though I will have no choice in the matter, for now! Perhaps I will have some of both?

Anonymous said...

Stets....you were supposed to get rid of the evidence dude - at least get Ruth to give you back the flower bombs.

Brad

MIL said...

Sons are by far easier to raise than daughters. Things like the FBI are but little bumps in the road. Hormones, however, last forever so precious granddaughters are the way to go for some of us who don’t sew, cook, wear frilly things, or know how to braid hair. We just get to love the granddaughters who enjoy all these things provided by their sweet mothers who are so talented. I am a blessed MIL.

Emma said...

My boys are not "easy" right now, but they aren't terrors either. I haven't experienced raising a girl yet. Give me a few months;) I do worry about raising teenage girls: dating etc. But I don't remember the hormone thing being a big deal for me. Really, jr. high was a blur. Maybe my parents saw it differently.
I hear boys are easier in the long run, but we shall see.

MIL said...

Well, I was wrong about not knowing how to braid hair. I did learn enough to braid the tails on our sons when that was the rage? Was it really a rage or were they pulling my leg?

Mama Hom said...

Well...the firecrackers in the suitcase look very familiar...We never had the FBI but we did have several calls from the Vacaville PD and also the CHP...Since I don't have any female hormonal stories...I would have to say that the PD and the FBI are infinitely easier...It quickly becomes apparent that the perps have to face their own music and while it is hard to hold up one's head at church the day after the "arrest" especially if the arresting officer is a member of the ward...it must be easier than the constant grinding of hormonal fluctuations not to mention the expense (which neither Ruth nor I had to incure) of 'feminine products'...
With boys, it all has to do with friends for which we have been constantly grateful...so when they got into tight spots..at least they weren't alone...and look at it this way...75% of those who were arrested at the Nut Tree (not your husband) went on the marry in the temple, finish college, go on missions, and are leading exemplary lives...the other 25% has a chemical imbalance but is also working at a very good job. So my advice is just to keeping the communication open and lock up all the suitcases and never go to Wyoming where they actually sell firecrackers.

Love you
momhom

MomHom said...

So after Paul got home this afternoon..I showed him your blog with the picture...As we looked at it...I said...Well I can see the M80's and the toilet paper but what do you think the light bulbs are for? He smiled and fessed up that he knew why they needed them....Ask Steven!

Annie said...

I would like to know myself. Its hard to say since Owen is only 7 months...however, Lily being 3 is already hard. She has hit the sassy, terrible 3's and I just pray that Owen stays the sweet, easy going boy that he is now....we will see about that now won't we?

Brekke said...

I'm not sure, but I think I'm stuck with the one I've got. Unless boarding school is an option....

Brekke said...

We haven't started to worry about the really scary stuff, yet. Matt is still traumatized by the girls clothing department.

LeahNicole said...

It depends for me. If having a boy means he gets my husband's childhood behaviors then I most definitely want girls (provided they get my early behaviors). However, if we were to get a girl that behaved as the hubby did when young-- that really might be the worst of all worlds! Much love to Andrew of course, but I was a model child, and he was most definitely not. We might just have pets.

Emily said...

I had all those same suitcase goods in my trunk as a teenager, so does that through the whole gender stereotype out the window? but then again, i had two older brothers. two sisters close together, now *that's* a volatile mix i don't know about!

Tara said...

I agree with John with the word verification thing! It sucks!!!

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