Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Now I know why the kitchen floor has been so clean...

Garrett and Landon are super messy kids when it comes to mealtime. They have recently refused to sit in their highchairs anymore but I didn't feel that letting them sit in the regular kitchen chairs was very safe. So we busted out some old booster seats we had in the garage and strapped those to the kitchen chairs....waaahhhllaaaa....they think they're big boys now.

I get such a kick out of seeing all 4 kids sitting at the same table, eating their meals. They pick off each other's plates, have friendly conversations (well, sometimes...), sometimes even a food fight will ensue usually because one child thinks it's funny to fling a piece of ham across the table at another child. Then all the kids start flinging food (oh, and sippy cups too....desperately need to put an end to this). My kids obviously missed the memo on proper table manners.

But in the last few days, I've noticed that the kitchen floor under Garrett and Landon's chairs have been spotless. Very unusual. I've also noticed that they seem to be eating everything on their plates. Their plates are so clean after a meal that I've wondered if they're actually licking them when I'm not watching.

When I've asked Landon if he's "all done", he nods his head yes. I ask "do you want more?" and he shakes his head no. They seem happy, with full bellies. And all I can think is that they must be going through one hell of a growth spurt.

Until last night, when I found this.....

The chair looks very clean...completely spotless, right? Doesn't that seem a little strange, especially considering a toddler has just finished a meal in that chair?

As I looked closer, I realized that since we're not using the tray that comes with the booster seat, there's a hole about the size of a silver dollar on the armrests.

Curiosity got the best of me and I lifted the chair and saw this....



Yup, that would be last night's dinner....half of a bean and cheese burrito, along with some chewed up broccoli. That was Landon's chair. The seat under Garrett's chair looked pretty much the same.

Along all along, I've been thinking they're doing such a great job eating (and patting myself on the back for my excellent cooking skills....HA!) and come to find out, those two little boogers have been stuffing the food they don't want to eat in those darn holes, making me think they've finished everything. It totally reminded me of when I was little and I'd hide my vegetables under my mashed potatoes. But I must have been about 8 when I figured out how to do it so I'd get away with it! I've totally underestimated these little guys! They're only 18 months and they've already figured out how to do this. The kicker here too is that they figured it out on their own, from what I can tell. They sit on opposite sides of the table from one another.

But then I wondered, because the floor has been so clean under their seats for the past few days, where was all the other food that they probably stuffed in that hole?? Turns out Tim knew the boys were doing this and he had cleaned it up a couple days ago because we were having a BBQ at our house with some friends. He said there was tons of food under the seats. He never mentioned it to me!! I don't know if I was more shocked that he never mentioned it or more shocked that he actually thought to clean under the chairs!!!!!

So now I know why the kitchen floor has been so clean....why bother getting a dog....

20 comments:

Ambulance Mommy said...

ok, that has to be the funniest thing i've heard in a while! don't you LOVE toddlers? Their brains are amazing...and our minds are shot when trying to keep up with them! :)

IAmDenise said...

hahaha that is great Helene! They are smart boys and i think its funny Tim didn't tell you, maybe he had no clue that they stuffed it down. I think its great!

motheringmymiraclemultiples said...

absolutly hysterical...
were they stocking up for winter?

Teresa said...

I laughed out loud when I read this, as the mom of 3 boys I totally can see it happening! My oldest son used to store his food in his cheek at about the age of your youngest. Finally, when he woke up one morning and I realized that he had kept food in his mouth overnight like a hamster (can you say gross?), I decided that perhaps he wasn't ready to clear his plate every evening. Definitely a "pick your battle" moment for me!!

newlyweds said...

Those smart little boogers! That is so hilarious! It's probably a fun little game for them to play, stuffing the food through the hole!

bonnieearly said...

Ha ha ha, you don't wanna see what's under my kid's chairs. It's narsty.

Jessica said...

OMGosh you have given me yet another giggle!

Tabbatha Rose said...

Helene that was me "Jessica" I forgot my daughter was signed in lol

Chatabox Girl said...

WOW! they really are smart boys!

Those houses seem weird. I have never actually heard of the underground houses, but it makes me curious to know what they are like!!

And yes... every single egg in the carton had a smiley face. I couldnt believe it, and had to check it out myself. At the supermarket only that specific brand has the faces, but every egg in the cartons do.

I also got told that a machine does it. :( because like you, i also thought somebody hand painted those little faces on too.

Christine said...

That is hilarious!! Keep telling me their secrets lol maybe then Alrxander won't get to have nearly as much fun. However we have two dogs :0( I will never know what Alex eats. he he

Tammy Warren said...

hahaha This is so funny. I remember storing peas in my cheeks. I did not like them then and I don't like them now. I would excuse myself the restroom. I never let them go to my stomach. You know what is funny, I would have tasted them less if I had only swallowed them immediately.

Janine said...

Hilarious. At least they were honing their fine motor skills, right?

Shannon@Vogue Mum said...

What smarty pants!! It sure is scary those toddler brains!!

shannon
Rock Star Maternity
The Domestic Engineer's Union

Elizabeth Channel said...

I laughed so hard I spit out my drink on the computer screen! That food cache looks like something I'd find in my van. Awesome!

Stephanie said...

LOL I was cracking up when I saw this. When my daughter was little I was always surprised how quickly she finished her snacks in the car. Until I cleaned out the car, turns out she was tucking everything into the seat.

michelle @ sweet mady's said...

my twins boosters seats just will not stay clean. I was so impressed with your photos. Atleast all the food is going in one place right :)

Jennifer said...

OMG that is so funny and totally beats my kids hiding the food in a napkin :-)

Claudia said...

Too funny! I recently had a similar revelation when I took out one of the car seats and found tons and tons of food underneath it. I thought Little Girl was eating such tons of snacks in the car, but nope! She was just shoving them through the slot where the buckle comes up.

L I S A said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this post. I'm also happy to find another mom of multiple multiples as we have our second set on its way.

Thanks for the smile :-)
lisa

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