Friday, May 2, 2008

Wishing for a Meticulous Maryn.....

Wouldn't it be fun to switch kids for a day? If I could, I'd take Maryn. Especially after what happened last night because at least Maryn willingly cleans up after herself since she can't stand messes.

First off, I wish I'd have pulled out the camera to take a picture. Maybe Jake and I wouldn't have been so mad about what happened and maybe just maybe Jake would have been smiling more while cleaning up after our natural disaster inspired by none other than Elisabeth.

To start off Jake and I have a tradition of every Thursday night watching "The Office" and "Lost". The house needed a little straightening up and so during the commercials Jake and I would race around the house with Ellie trying to pick up her toys, finish the dishes, etc. We made it through "The Office" of cleaning during the commercials when Elisabeth announced to me that she was going to go play with her babies in her room. "Finally some peace and quiet", I thought to myself. I was too tired to remember the number 1 cardinal rule of motherhood. Silence is golden only during naps..... not during playtime. Jake and I watched the next segment of TV until the next commercial came on. We got up to do our thing and I went to put some toys away in Elisabeth's room. To my horror EVERYTHING from Ellie's desk and chest of drawers was taken out and thrown in the middle of her room. She had then pulled out the baby powder to change her baby's bottom. She could have stopped there and I wouldn't have been so mad. However, she took the baby powder (in the largest size you can buy) and proceeded to fill ALL OF THE DRAWERS with it (for a grand total of 9 drawers). The entire bottle, which started out full, lined everything from the carpet to the bed to the clothes that she dumped on the floor too. Her room was definitely powder fresh as the bottle stated.

Instead of timeout, Jake and Elisabeth (mostly Jake) cleaned everything up. In what took 10 minutes or less to create caused an hour and a half of clean up. I don't think Jake wants me to ever buy another bottle of baby powder in my life. He swore up and down that he was going to have some kind of lung disease because of what he had to inhale. (I think Jake was very sweet to just start cleaning up without me even asking for help). We ended up not being able to watch "Lost" at all!

So the next time anyone wants to trade a child for a day... maybe Meticulous Maryn would be a better choice over Untidy Ellie.

4 comments:

Sheena said...

Oh believe me there are other reasons why you wouldn't want Maryn. And believe me Maryn will make her fair share of messes...when she's tall enough to get into to things and we have a bigger house that I won't be able to see her every second of the day.

That would have been a great picture though. You will laugh at it in the future especially when she's a teenager and you're telling embarrassing stories about her in front of her friends.

Janice & Don said...

I'll trade!!!!! I'll send you Actually Brennan and I'll take your sweet ellie! Maybe I'd at least have enough quiet to hear myself think instead of six million questions about everything from "Why do butterflys begin with Butt? Do they smell bad?" to "Can brothers be friends?". I'd rather deal with messes than answer such crazy questions!

Dan & Calli Ellinger said...

That story made me laugh, that is since it wasn't my child doing it this time. Kierra & Keaton have both had fun with the baby powder. I remember when Keaton was younger and I found him with powder everywhere in the bathroom. Keaton said to me, "Look mom smoke!" I must say cleaning it out of the dresser does not sound fun!

Dan & Calli Ellinger said...

That story made me laugh, that is since it wasn't my child doing it this time. Kierra & Keaton have both had fun with the baby powder. I remember when Keaton was younger and I found him with powder everywhere in the bathroom. Keaton said to me, "Look mom smoke!" I must say cleaning it out of the dresser does not sound fun!