Thursday, May 13, 2010

I know you've been on the edge of your seat!

Guess what came down on Monday?

I believe Raise them Up was the closest at estimating when it would come down with with her Memorial Day guess!

Yep, if you remember my Love is in the Air post about the Valentine's helium balloon that was let go by a certain toddler on Valentine's Day, when he took the string off, and it was stuck in the highest ceiling point in our house, well, finally on Monday (3 months later) the loss of air combined with the running of the A/C caused the balloon to move to a position where my husband could reach it!

The only problem is that instead of taking it directly to the trash like I would have, all the while dancing a happy dance to FINALLY be rid of that balloon, he pulled it down and handed it to my 4 year old daughter.

The girl who if you tear a stray string off her sock says, "Let me have that string, I want to save it!" Oh yes she did say that to me just today! Seriously, the girl saves things even a pack-rat would call trash!

In a moment of complete weakness while trying to convince my girl to throw the balloon away after she said, "But I want to show my friends it came down!", I may have actually suggested she take it for show-and-tell at preschool, hoping after she'd sufficiently shown it off we could throw it away! But immediately after she became very enthusiastic about taking it for show-and-tell I had the realization that I was allowing my daughter to showcase to her teachers and entire class the fact that even though it was May 12th, we still had a balloon from a holiday that fell on Feb. 14th!

It went for show-and-tell and I was secretly hoping it would somehow get lost and not make it home, but come home with us it did. I talked my girl into cutting it to let out the remaining bit of air and was rallying for the trashcan when she decided,

"No, look it can be a bag to hold this card I made for you, Mommy!"

I do have to admire her recycling, repurposing, green-minded spirit, but I also have to confess that when she went to sleep that night I took the card out, saved it, and threw the balloon carcass away!

Shhhh, don't tell because it's been a couple days and she hasn't missed it yet!

Oh and Raise them Up, your prize is that I took out the trash before thinking up the idea of sending the balloon to the lucky closest guesser! I know you're happy that bundle o' love is not headed your way!

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  1. Oh that is too funny! LOVED this. And I hope that your daughter and my oldest son (7) never meet because he is the same way.
    Have a most excellent weekend.

  2. My 7 year old is of kindred spirit with your little girl! The 5th toilet paper roll in her room was my last straw. But hey, at least we're raising a generation who is more minded to recycle & reuse, right?

  3. Oh, that's soooo cute...she is definitely going to be a "greenie". :)

  4. Wow! That is a long time for a balloon to stay up! Too cute that she repurposed. :D

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Oh, man! I would have loved to have had that thing too. Lol! Not really. But did you know that you can (very) carefully insert a straw into the opening of the balloon and let all the air out? Then you can store it flat and (if you remember where you put it) get it refilled the next year. :)

    I know you wanted to know that.

  6. The balloons from my daughter's first birthday lasted for (I'm not kidding) 10 1/2 months!!! It became a thing to see how long they would last. They were guaranteed for 48 hours. The second b-day party balloons only lasted a week. Bummer.

  7. This story is hysterical! Kids are so entertaining!


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