Happy Monday, everyone!
Anyone with young kids knows how hard it can be to get a shower sometimes. I finally found a way to get a 10 minute run through the water, and it’s been pretty successful. Well, the other day the kids were happily playing in my daughter’s room, and I thought maybe I’d try to get cleaned up while they were playing instead of waiting for Sesame Street to come on.
I was just putting the conditioner on my hair when I heard the first few “BOOMS!”. I knew that meant my daughter was jumping from the changing table that is attached to her toddler bed (we got one of those cribs that grows with your child…). I finished my shower, continuing to hear the thumps, and wrapped a towel around my wet hair. “Stop jumping!” I yelled as I started to get dressed.
“I said you need to stop jumping!” I grabbed my shirt, through the towel on the toilet seat lid, and started power walking to her room, pulling my shirt on as I went.
I was not prepared for what I saw.
An entire box of Cheez-It crackers (I had just opened them the day before) was dumped on the floor, creating the crunchy landing spot of every kid’s dreams…
When I came into the room Peanut instinctively tried to hide in the closet, Monkey followed her. Angry as I was that the entire box was now smashed into the carpet, I managed to walk quietly back to my room and close the door so the dog wouldn’t come out and try to clean up the mess in her own way. And then I had both culprits (after all it’s possible that Monkey dumped the box…) pick up all the little pieces. And, yes, I had them put all the pieces in the box, informing them that now they were going to have dog hair and broken crackers when they wanted Cheez-Its for a snack.
Lesson Learned: Stick to what works when it comes to taking my shower in the morning…
Karen Greenberg says
Oh no! I’ve had those days. Yep, stick to what works for getting in a shower!
That’s great that you had the kids put the Cheese-Its back in the box. I would have thrown it all away and just bought Cheese-Its the next week. The kids would have had to go without for the week. I like your idea MUCH better! Natural consequences are what I strive for, but sometimes I just don’t think fast enough for that!
LOL, the having them put them back in the box is partly because I’m so cheap! I hate to spend the money on a new box of crackers and no one gets to eat them! And I am definitely sticking to what works when I get my next shower…
Why, oh why do kiddies love to smash food into tiny bits? My son does is all the time! I kept having to wrestle chips away from my him at lunch yesterday at a mexican resteraunt. I feel your pain.
Kassandra @ Coffee and their Kisses says
Hey! Oh gosh this had me cracking up! The only shower I get to take is with my son, unless it’s night time then I can shower alone. LMFAO! I love what you had them do. I do the same thing with Nick, gotta teach them some how right? I forgot to lock our bedroom door one Friday night and woke up with half a dozen eggs on my kitchen floor, table, and everywhere else. It was awful, but I did the same thing to my mom as a toddler. Okay, rambling over here lol. Thanks for coming by my page I’m following you back. xo!
Oh times like these can be SO frustrating! Great job on keeping your cool!
Sounds like your showers are about like mine. There is no more luxury in showering after you have kids. Lol! Only when my boyfriend is home do I get the chance to stand under hot water for more than the very barest of bare minimums.
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Yes, if I’m lucky I get my shower at night when my husband is home to watch over the little monkeys… I forget when I got to soak in the tub last…
Oh, nooooo…that is hilarious (but awful!) 🙂 I’m always relieved to hear that my children aren’t the only “crafty” ones around. I love that you drew a hard line and put them back in the box. 🙂