Wednesday, April 8, 2009

What It Is Like Having a Toddler in the House

What it is like having a toddler in the house:
  1. Yeah, it's pretty much like that. THOUSANDS of popcorn kernels strewn across your kitchen floor!
  2. He pulled the bag out of the pantry, took off the clothes pin that was keeping the bag shut, and shook the entire contents onto the floor.
  3. I was just a few feet away and heard him rustling in the pantry but it was snack time, the bigger kids had been in the pantry, too, and I assumed he was getting out crackers.
  4. Then I heard it, a sound like rain and wondered what in the world had happened that it was raining in my kitchen.
  5. The next sounds were from my 6 year old shrieking, "He's doing something really bad!"
  6. I stared at the mess in disbelief. We were having guests the next day and I had many things to clean up already!
  7. Clearly the popcorn kernels became first priority.
  8. I whisked out the 2 sets of hand brooms and dust pans as my toddler began shouting, "MESS! MESS!"
  9. I guess it was a lesson in cause and effect for him. Bag of popcorn kernels + opening + turning upside down = MESS!
  10. I made the mistake of enlisting my toddler and 2 older kids in helping clean up the mess, I guess I thought the work of cleaning it up would deter any of them from making such a mess again, but soon there were popcorn kernels coating the entire 1st floor of my home!
  11. Because you see, kids sweep with gusto and they are not so good with the dust pan!
  12. If you come to my home anytime in the next 8 months you are likely to step on a kernel. Take my advice and wear your shoes at all times!
  13. Thankfully that mischievous toddler is also the sweetest thing, giving the best hugs many times each day. Just yesterday when I got him out of his crib first thing in the morning, all he wanted to do was, "Kiss . . . Sisser! Hug . . . Sisser!" and he did, crawl in bed with his big sister and kiss and hug her!
Find more Thankful Thursday at Women Taking a Stand, Thousand Words Thursday at Cheaper Than Therapy, and Thursday {Thirteen} at Happy to be @ Home.

25 comments:

  1. I enjoyed your thankful post.

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  2. Ack! Ours was rice bag. And my tile is well, rice colored and suffice it to say. I am still stepping on rice. I love this age though!!

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  3. Aaww...what a sweetie you have. It makes all the sweeping worth it, isn't it? LOL...ok maybe not.

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  4. A temporary trouble makes a fun lasting memory. You'll enjoy this story for a long time to come. Loved the sound descriptions. I could just hear all the kernels hitting the floor!

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  5. Messes like that always seem to come at the worst possible moment, and in the end really not as bad as it might have seemed. Each popcorn kernel you or a house guest steps on, will bring back sweet memories! Stopping by from ATWT.

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  6. That looks about right. Mine does this ALL the time, although never with popcorn. Bet that was super fun to clean up!

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  7. My youngest was known for that kind of stunt when she was a toddler. She loved to dump things out. You are a good momma as you enlisted his help to clean up his mess.

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  8. Well my kids are grown up now but I do remember what it was like to have a toddler in the house. Be thankful as they grow quickly. Happy TT, Laurie

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  9. :D What priceless memories! :D

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  10. i love it!!! those make for some of the best pictures.

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  11. I has that happen with cheerios and now that I think abuot it, prolly popcorn too! I can't wait for the clean up days to be over!

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  12. I have a 22 month old, yesterday my floor looked very similar!

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  13. Yes, having a toddler, young boy and tween, it's multiplied!! Happy ATWT!

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  14. This morning I had about 100 cotton swabs (the kind you clean your ears with) on the bathroom floor. Lydia took them out them tried to crawl on them (imagine a cartoon character running on marbles, you get the picture). About my brother, the judge awarded custody of Lizzie (foster daughter) to the "father" (not really the father, but the father of her two half brothers). It's really sad b/c the father is taking her to "do the right thing" and to keep her away from the birth mother who abandoned Lizzie and her brothers last year. It's the lesser of two evils, but all the caseworkers etc recommended Lizzie stay with my brother's family. Lizzie doesn't even know her half brothers b/c she was just a baby when she lived with them. Also, she's just going to be out into sub par day care. It's so sad. So, her "father" will get her and his two boys. Talk about parenthood shock (he never lived with any of them until the mom took off). It's too sad to think about.

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  16. Toddlers also vacuum with gusto. We've had similar experiences with kix cereal, tampons, anything you can name in our 17 years of raising toddlers. Keep laughing. CP

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  17. It always seems to happen at the worst times!

    To keep myself from getting upset I've learned to just grab the camera. LOL!

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  18. Oh, I can relate! My daughter loves to help clean up her messes, but she usually sends the pieces flying even farther.

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  19. That picture is priceless - and so cool to have the kids 'help' clean up the mess...even if it sort of made it worse... ;) Love that he wanted to give 'sisser' hugs and kisses the next day! ;) Happy ATWT! :)

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  20. oh the energy they have but like the song goes your gonna miss it because I sure do in a few years we will have an empty nest and boy will that be bad

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  21. I laughed out loud at the sweep with gusto part! I'm still chuckling. That is SO true! Hugs!

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  22. We've have similar messes from the pantry, but it was syrup!! My little man got the cap off and spilled it on the floor and started to play in it!! Luckily, I wasn't home to discover the mess...my husband was the lucky one! Thankfully the syrup bottle was almost empty to begin with.

    I have a little "tag" for you over at my blog...if you want to play along.

    Have a great Easter with your family! Blessings to you!!

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