…or DOES he?

Tonight, we were sitting around playing “Cupcake Wars” (shout out to Justin Willman and the Food Network!), like most families do on a Friday evening.  It usually goes like this.  Simon tells us which part we are playing, tonight I was the judge.  He was the cupcake baker.  Now that I think about it, I am always the judge and he is always the cupcake baker, but sometimes Mike can be either.  But since Mike is not here right now, he does not count.

So, in the middle of a very intense “sports” themed round, Leo decided he was very interested in the play kitchen.  And he started trying to steal Simon’s bowls, utensils, pretty much whatever Simon was touching.  This was agitating Simon more and more by the minute.  I kept telling him to settle down, because sooner or later, Leo would get bored and go find something else to play with.  But Simon’s patience wore thin before Leo’s and he FREAKED out.

“MINE. MINE. MINE.  All these things are mine!  Why does he always want MY stuff??  MMMIIIIINNNNNNEEEE!”

To which I replied…well, nothing.  I was too shocked to say anything.  And deafened by the high pitched squeals he was emitting.  If I looked out the windows at that moment, I’m sure I would have seen all the neighborhood dogs standing at attention in my yard.

When he finally calmed down a little, I told him to get a grip or we were no longer going to play and then we would not find out if he was the winner of tonight’s episode of Cupcake Wars.  He did not like this, because although he is the only baker most times, he still wants to be acknowledged as the winner.  Darn these kids and their self-esteem issues.

And because of his IMMENSE dislike of my suggestion of no more playing, Simon yelled to me all exasperated, “Is Leo your EVIL MINION brought here to RUIN my LIFE?”

To which I laughed, as anyone would have.  And when I started to laugh, Leo did, as well.  In fact, as Leo started to laugh, he dropped the bowl and whisk he was holding and started to clap with glee – all evil scientist style.

And that makes Leo the winner of THIS cupcake war.

Leo, celebrating his victory.