Thursday, October 14, 2010

Not in the parenting handbook


A mother has lots of duties. Cooking, cleaning, wiping bodunkadunks, making up beds, washing clothes that I swear are NOT dirty, making drinks in sippy cups and cleaning up the messes they make because the no-spill valves are either non-functional or still stuck up in the cupboard. Yes, a mother's job is a busy one.
So, while a mother unloads the dishwasher and calls friends to line up child care for when she is going to be gone, she totally expects her children to sit on the sofa with their hands folded neatly in their laps while they look out the window and contemplate the wonders of God's nature. Children are usually that perfect...especially mine.
She does NOT expect to be distracted from her phone call with exorbitant laughter and look up to find a living room full of snow. And she does not expect that snow to be thousands of little staticky foam pellets that once housed themselves inside a lovely lady bug bean bag that she would later regret purchasing.
She does not expect her children to throw the foam pellets into the air while yelling "It's snowing!!!" and making snow foam pellet angels on the carpet. She also does not anticipate just how glue-like these cushion pellets are, as they stick to every little thing around.
And to top matters, she does not realize that staticky foam pellets like to migrate and stick to warm, moist places, which would mean that the mother would spend an exorbitant amount of time manually picking the pellets from her children's "nether regions"...those suckers seem to really like cracks and crevices...and nostrils.
And as much time as it took to clean the foam balls, it was totally worth my two littlest ones pretending that it was indeed snowing in our livingroom. They now know not to EVER unzip a bean bag again, but it was indeed fun while it lasted!

10 comments:

Melanie Hodges said...

I love that you got out your camera instead of your wrath! Very cute pictures even though it must have been a pain to clean up!

Anonymous said...

how much did you laugh? that is much messier than kids getting into a entire cake!

amber.s

Sarah on October 15, 2010 at 12:44 AM said...

That is GREAT! LoL! kids will be kids. I'm so glad that they had fun, but moments like these are just too hard to be totally mad about. You guys made an awesome memory.

Dawn Sutphin said...

The pictures of your children made me grin from ear to ear. You will be finding pieced of foam for quite some time

Melody on October 15, 2010 at 11:18 AM said...

Nicholas did that once and it was such a mess! We tried to vaccuum up the pellets and all they did was to static cling all over the inside of the vac cannister. At least that was a *nit* easier to clean up than the episode Nicholas had with the Vaseline...lol! Great pics! Have safe travels to Houston and call me if your plans open up any...

Allyson/HBMomof2 on October 15, 2010 at 2:47 PM said...

Oh my gosh. I held my breath that entire post, because I think I would have cried rather than take THE most adorable photos of my kids. You are an awesome mom, even if it did include picking snow from the nether regions! Great pics too!

Ash on October 15, 2010 at 5:44 PM said...

I LOVE these pictures and am laughing at the thought of these two being so excited that it's snowing in your home. So cute! I also love that you reached for your camera and took pictures of it all in action...perfect!

I must admit, it looks like an abundance of fun in your short lived winter wonderland!

The Gustafson Family on October 15, 2010 at 8:41 PM said...

I love it! This post made my day!

Lori on October 18, 2010 at 9:28 PM said...

Love your write-up of it, Amber!

We've BTDT, too -- not with a beanbag, but foam packaging that the kids decided to break into teeny-tiny pieces, then place in front of a fan to "decorate" (DD-now 11's word at the time) the boys' bedroom. What a mess! And a similar incident, maybe sans fan, happened in the playroom early last year -- I guess my lecture/s about styrofoam had been forgotten by then.

Blondie on October 19, 2010 at 4:40 PM said...

Most hilarious post - ever!

I would have taken pictures, too, then cried while cleaning up the mess.

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