I ignored it for about 20 minutes - but then the piercing screams from the 5-year-old hit a new octave - and I had HAD it.
I went marching down the stairs, already using my "angry voice."
Me: OK - THAT is IT! WHAT is going ON down here!
Ethan's face is red and sweaty, tears are running down his face and his screaming hits a high as I approach. His arms outstretched, he is holding a stuffed bunny in each hand. One is a cute blue Beanie Baby - the other is not. And frankly, looks kinda scary. He got from the "cousins" house during our weekend stay.
Me: WHAT is WRONG?!
Zach is lounging on the recliner watching television... ignoring what is happening. Zayd is perched on another chair watching me like a spectator - waiting to see how THIS one is going to go down.
Me: WHAT! WHAT did Zach do!
I am now yelling even louder than before so Ethan can even hear me over his screams. So I CAN even hear me over his screams.
Ethan: ZAAAAAACHHHHH TOOK MY TOYS AND PUT THEM IN HIS PANTS!!!!
Pause. Uhhh.. Did I hear that right?
Yes. Yes, I did hear that correctly.
Zach sits straight up and looks at me.
Zach: What! He kept throwing them at me! I told him if he did it again, I was going to put them in my pants.
Ethan: NOOOOOOOOOO! (Another piercing scream).
Oh my. I'm going to start laughing - and Zach can see it coming. So he starts smiling at me.
I turn my head away to pull myself together. "Angry voice Najla! Become one with your angry voice."
Ethan: ZAAACCCHHHH's PENIS TOUCHED MY TOYYYYYYSSSSS!
Zach, Zayd and I are now covering our mouths with our hands. After a few moments, I conjure up my angry voice again.
Me: Zach. Did you put the toys in your pants or in your underpants?
Zach: Just in my pants.
Me: Seeeeee Ethan! He JUST put your toys in his pants, not in his underwear. See?
Ethan: HE DID! I SAWED HIM!
Me: No Ethan. He said he did not. ZACH! Say you are sorry for putting his toys in your pants. And mean it!
Zach: (Serious voice) Ethan. I am sorry I put your toys in my pants.