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Friday, September 16, 2011

Valuable Lessons in Motherhood

I'm acquiring vast amounts of knowledge lately. I think I could even write a book.  I'd call it:

What NOT to Do as a Mom

Do NOT spend too much time on the computer in the morning.
Your children will get creative.

Do NOT let your one-year-old eat sherbet with a pencil.
He will squawk when you take the stolen goods away. 

Do NOT try this at home.
Thankfully, my kids are kitchen counter-jumping professionals.

Do NOT trust children in the kitchen.  
OK, I spilled the pepper.  The second time this year!  But I'm certain the lid was tampered with by one of my minions. 

Do NOT buy markers--ever!
My girls like to decorate.

Do NOT allow your daughter to bring a dangerous looking bug in the house!
Dangerous looking bug will likely escape.

And finally, do NOT let your toddler get his drinks from the dishwasher.
Or at least stop him immediately, before you take a picture.

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  Hiding all markers. 



And I'm linking up:

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65 Comments:

At September 16, 2011 at 6:49 AM , Blogger Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

LOL, mine go crazy trying to drink from the dishwasher too!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 7:05 AM , Blogger Kelley said...

These were so funny! Ha! Love the pictures- all of them. The pepper, the drinking from the dishwasher, the markers- hilarious!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 7:19 AM , Blogger Amanda @ Gratefully Growing in Grace said...

I would probably not let my kids do the counter jumping 'cause I'm chicken like that, but I REALLY want to try that myself. It looks like more fun than I've had in a while. Have you done it?

 
At September 16, 2011 at 7:43 AM , Blogger Sandy -- As Told By Mommy said...

Haha I love you! Your kids are crazy!! Please tell me this didn't all happen in one day haha!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 7:50 AM , Blogger stephanie said...

all of those cracked me up! particularly the little one drinking from the dishwasher- too funny!!!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 7:55 AM , OpenID yummychunklet said...

OMG, everything is so cute! But, it had to have been a bit of a mess to clean up!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 8:00 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

Ah the joys of motherhood! Those pictures are great!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 8:00 AM , Blogger Claire said...

Wow - your kids are as crazy and mine!! Makes me feel like I'm in pretty good company!!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 8:04 AM , Blogger momnextdoor said...

Somewhere my children just got serious pangs of jealousy and they are not sure why. It's because your counter is positioned just right for jumping. If my kids had this option they would be ALL over it!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 8:11 AM , Blogger Carol said...

Ha! This is awesome! Oh, to be a kid again :)

 
At September 16, 2011 at 8:17 AM , Blogger Laura@livingabigstory said...

You are SOO great at taking pictures ... how many FUNNY things you will have to TOTALLY blackmail your kidlets!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 8:21 AM , Blogger Brandi said...

I love your sons decorated face! And the drinking from the dishwasher! thanks for the laugh!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 8:26 AM , Blogger Kiddothings said...

Yes, valuable lessons indeed. I'll be sure to keep them in mind. :D

 
At September 16, 2011 at 8:39 AM , Blogger Greta said...

It looks like your kids were having a *bit* too much fun this week! Hilarious!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 8:46 AM , Blogger Mrs G said...

LOL Why do kids drink the water from the dishwahser/toliet? Mine think its hilarous LOL

 
At September 16, 2011 at 9:52 AM , Blogger Lesa said...

Well, hopefully my teenagers won't attempt any of this but I think these are good reminders for when my granddaughter comes to visit next month :)

 
At September 16, 2011 at 10:19 AM , Blogger Mikailah said...

Oh my... I cannot even imagine kids who are that.... creative. :)

 
At September 16, 2011 at 10:36 AM , Blogger Danielle said...

Oh my goodness! I so wish I could come and share muffin and some laughs with you some time. Your kids would provide the entertainment! Hey, I like that toilet seat! That's high art! I thought it was an artsy fartsy watercolor design.

Thanks for the laughs today!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 11:00 AM , Anonymous Christina said...

Oh my goodness, these are too much! :) Hilarious! :) Mia loves the dishwasher...putting her babies in it, taking the dishes out of it, and yes, even drinking the water in it! :)

Have a great weekend! :)

 
At September 16, 2011 at 11:17 AM , Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

Your children have such talents. Dishwasher drinking is such an acquired taste. I hope JDaniel doesn't acquire it.

 
At September 16, 2011 at 11:40 AM , Anonymous Jenn @ Coolest Family on the Block said...

hahaha I don't think I could get my daughter to do half of those things even if I encouraged her to...she's quite the little priss.

 
At September 16, 2011 at 12:05 PM , Blogger GrumpyJaxMomOf3 said...

I absolutely LOVE that I am not alone in my crazy life lol. I have starting taking pictures of the crazy things my kids do also. Dani is quite an amazing "counter jumper." Can't wait to see you tomorrow!!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 12:35 PM , Blogger Heather H said...

I think this is the funniest thing I've seen this week! Thanks for the laugh!

You know my favorite part of your posts? That you can laugh at all this chaotic stuff in your life. I think that's so important for life.

And I agree on the marker thing. And the bug thing. But I'm not sold on the dishwasher thing yet. ;)

 
At September 16, 2011 at 12:39 PM , Blogger Valerie said...

My kids are also pros at the jumping on furniture (and off of counters) sport.
And my 10 yr old still can not be trusted with markers!!!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 12:56 PM , Blogger Mom of 12 said...

Every year I swear I'm not buying any more markers! This is the first year I actually did it. Mine don't drink from the dishwasher, but they love to climb up on it. In our old house, one of the kids did that and actually broke the door!
Sandy

 
At September 16, 2011 at 1:05 PM , Blogger An Irish Italian Blessing said...

Pretty sure I do all those things, except for eating the sherbert with a pencil, except for the couch acrobatics, except for the markers (My poor couch already learned that lesson) oh and except for the bugs..ewwwm, LOL Ahhhh...the joys of motherhood.

 
At September 16, 2011 at 1:13 PM , Blogger Erin said...

What a fun blog post! Love it!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 1:47 PM , OpenID euregirlsandboys said...

This is hilarious! I agree with no markers - I regret it every time. They write all over themselves, their clothes, the furniture, the walls...pretty much any surface they see. But I know I'll keep doing it. And my kids would love to jump from the counters like that - they constantly pile up blankets and pillows to lay in, play in, jump in, whatever.

 
At September 16, 2011 at 1:50 PM , Blogger Melanie said...

Oh THANK YOU GOD! Thank you that I'm not the only one! My Jax loves to drink dirty kiddie pool water, & ofcourse the doggies water! Ofcourse.

 
At September 16, 2011 at 2:53 PM , Blogger ohkeeka said...

The toilet seat is kind of pretty, though. I like it. :) I hope they painted the other side to match?

 
At September 16, 2011 at 3:46 PM , Anonymous My Inner Chick said...

---Dear, Grumpy Mom,
I love Love Love your posts :)))))) xxx
btw, the toilet seat is pure art.

 
At September 16, 2011 at 3:52 PM , Blogger Charlotte said...

I would take that toilet seat over the one I found last week (stupid stomach flu).

The worst thing is when you are the one making the mess so you can't grumble a "this is why you should be more careful" lecture while you clean it up.

 
At September 16, 2011 at 4:12 PM , Blogger Adrienne said...

Oh these are great lessons!! Such great moments you've captured. I LOL! :) Stopped by from Sara's link.

 
At September 16, 2011 at 4:22 PM , Blogger Victoria said...

Your kids just make my day. :D

 
At September 16, 2011 at 4:34 PM , Blogger Lourie said...

okay the toilet seat is awesome. hahaha. The kitchen couch flipping thing is scary. My heart stopped a second. Oh the pepper!!!! I wanted to sneeze. Great post all the way. :D I am following you on Twitter now...I am Missellejay0902

 
At September 16, 2011 at 5:48 PM , Blogger Brittney said...

bahahaha i love this!!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 6:14 PM , Anonymous Kim of Mo'Betta said...

I love that you captured all this on film! (well..it's probably not on actual film. geez, I'm old.)

 
At September 16, 2011 at 6:33 PM , Anonymous Ruth said...

I agree with everyone -- glad you snapped those pictures! They are all just super cute. My favorite is the one of your little guy drinking out of the dishwasher. I think I would have stopped to grab a camera too!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 6:53 PM , Blogger Help! Mama Remote... said...

ROTFL!!!!this looks.like my house. Whew! I don't feel bad now :-) my little one is the only one on the counter though.

 
At September 16, 2011 at 6:59 PM , Anonymous Tauna said...

That is hilarious!
I am so exhausted just looking at the pictures!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 7:11 PM , Blogger LOVE MELISSA:) said...

These are soooo AWESOME!!!!!! Every single one. The toilet seat is all sorts of awesome! Love this!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 9:08 PM , Blogger Tatiana said...

Woman, you most definitely could write a book... or ten, about all your adventures. So did you display the toilet seat somewhere nice in the house? You know, since it's art and all.
And I'm just wondering how TLC has not found you to offer you your own show. Your life would be good TV!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 10:02 PM , Blogger K said...

These cracked me up! Seriously, you must have your camera on you all the time to be able to capture these moments! Kids are more than creators and inventors and dare devils, they are invincible little brave warriors paving entirely new paths in life!

 
At September 16, 2011 at 11:08 PM , Blogger Melanie said...

You are one of my favorites....EVER! Thanks for the laugh...it's been a bit of a lousy day. I needed it.

P.S. My husband, upon seeing the couch jumping picture, said, "and she's letting them do that?" He he he....men...they just don't get it.

 
At September 17, 2011 at 2:13 AM , Anonymous jacqui said...

Oh, wow...you have your hands full, don't you? I think I might be able to handle all of these child-related emergencies except for the bug. That's a brave little girl you have there.

 
At September 17, 2011 at 8:26 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Is your daughter doing a flip in that picture on the couch?! I'm impressed!

 
At September 17, 2011 at 7:11 PM , Blogger Mrs E said...

amazing pictures.
i love every single one.
impressive flip by your daughter!

also, I often snap the photo, then stop the act... hey, makes for a good memory if you can get a photo first.

 
At September 17, 2011 at 7:14 PM , Blogger Liesel said...

I love this post! Sooo funny. Great picture of the flip off of the counter (scary too).

 
At September 17, 2011 at 7:48 PM , Blogger Rach (DonutsMama) said...

Oh.My.Goodness! You have your hands full. Yes, hide all markers, quickly!!

 
At September 17, 2011 at 8:02 PM , Blogger tessica said...

The toilet seat is amazing! It is just great!
And I want to jump off yoru kitchen counter now!

 
At September 17, 2011 at 8:43 PM , Blogger Mommy LaDy Club said...

Okay, the drinking out of the dishwasher just cracked me up!

 
At September 17, 2011 at 10:20 PM , Blogger LeAnn said...

Wow, that was so cute; I LOL. I loved the colored toilet seat and the pictures were priceless. Children are very creative and I remember some days like these.
Blessing to you and keep on enjoying these precious moments!

 
At September 18, 2011 at 12:44 AM , Blogger KERRY said...

I actually like that toilet seat :)
Oh wow, kids are so active and curious aren't they!!

 
At September 18, 2011 at 8:41 AM , Blogger Shell said...

Oh, this made me laugh!!! And feel better about the things my boys get into.

 
At September 18, 2011 at 10:26 AM , Blogger Hopes@Staying Afloat! said...

OH I love these! Each and every one of them! What is it about couches that make children think that they are indoor trampolines??

 
At September 18, 2011 at 3:54 PM , Blogger sarajo said...

BEST POST EVER!! I love it!!

I need to put my markers up now.

And we removed the ottoman for that very reason.

My two year totally "helps" with the dishwasher.

 
At September 18, 2011 at 5:05 PM , Blogger I Am Not Superwoman said...

And I thought I had my hands full.

 
At September 19, 2011 at 12:24 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

I'm thinking that I should bring my kids over to play. They are trained just like your kids. It will be a perfect match. I won't bring any markers.

 
At September 19, 2011 at 7:12 AM , Blogger blueviolet said...

You need a clone to help you over there! ;)

 
At September 19, 2011 at 11:50 AM , Blogger Kazzy said...

Hehehe. Your kids are keeping you hopping for sure. I especially love the counter-hopping!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 8:28 PM , Blogger Texas Type A Mom said...

Your kid's antics sure do make for great blog fodder!

 
At September 19, 2011 at 9:16 PM , Blogger M and D said...

Oh my gosh!!! Can't stop laughing...

I think you're right about the pepper. It was clearly tampered with:).

 
At September 20, 2011 at 12:18 PM , Blogger Lexie Loo, Little Lily, and Dylan Too! said...

Those are all great lessons...the pictures are the best part!

 
At September 22, 2011 at 11:13 PM , Blogger Branson said...

Girl... I love your family! I wish we could have crazy chaos playdates, lol ;)

 
At September 23, 2011 at 9:14 PM , Blogger my3littlebirds said...

So funny!!

 

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