Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Hide and Go Seek = Time off for Mommy

It was pouring rain yesterday afternoon. The sky was all gray and gloomy and I just didn't have it in me to drag all the kids to the gym. I really need to ask the manager at the gym to consider giving us moms with a handful of kids some priority parking spaces in front. As it is now, the parking lot is a madhouse and I usually have to park way out yonder and then run the kids through the parking lot, with the hopes that one of them doesn't get run over by some crazy guy on steroids. So, yeah, the idea of going through all that and getting soaked in the rain PRIOR to working out just wasn't my idea of fun.

So here I was stuck indoors with 4 extremely energetic kids...what to do, what to do. Well, first we made Jello Jigglers, which are actually quite gross if you ask me. I used to love Jello when I was younger but now the stuff just makes me feel sick. Figured that was the wrong choice of snack when Cole ate some of the jigglers and then started running around the room as if he were the Tazmanian Devil.....on crack. That'll teach me to stray from our usual carrots with yogurt dip.

Then we played a question/answer game where the kids would all stand at the top of the stairs and answer various questions I would ask them....well, Cole and Bella, anyway. The little twins just stood on the stairs, giggling the whole time as if I were the best stand-up comedian ever (guess the Jello jigglers hit them a little hard too). Whoever called out the right answer first, got to move down one step....until they got to the bottom of the stairs and that person was the winner. And I agreed to sing "We Are The Champions" for the winner and/or the Rocky theme, depending on which one the winner chose. Good God, the things I do to entertain my children.

They answered questions like "what did we have for dinner last night?", "what's Mommy's first name?", "who drops off presents for you if you've been good at Christmas time?", "what does the Easter bunny leave for you on Easter?", and "Who is God's son?"....they actually did really well. And they had fun with it...that's most important, that THEY had fun! Even if I did sound like a complete idiot singing the Rocky theme. Somewhere in my head, I could hear Simon Cowell saying, "that was just dreadful...absolutely horrible...don't quit your day job".

I was getting tired by this point and I looked at the clock and....I could NOT believe my eyes....only 15 minutes had passed!! Huh?? That 15 minutes felt like an hour. I was so sure I'd look at the clock and it would be 5:15 pm and I'd hear Tim's key in the door, ready to rescue me so I could make dinner without 4 kids hanging on my legs. Darn it....what was I supposed to do then??

I said, "Hey, let's play hide and go seek"....okay, cool, they were into it! I explained to them that Mommy would stand in the corner of the family room with my eyes shut and count to 10 very loudly. When I got to 10, I'd start looking for them. So off they went while I counted. By the time I got to 10 and said "ready or not, here I come", the house was silent. Not a peep, not a giggle, not a footstep...and I thought "what am I....high?? I'm gonna sit down for a few minutes and let them think I'm looking for them". So I sat down in the rocking chair and said things like "oh wow, you guys did such a good job hiding...I can't find you anywhere....where are my kids??" while I flipped through the People magazine I got 2 weeks ago....Madonna and Guy are divorcing?! Where have I been? Oh yeah, entertaining my kids. I'm so out of the loop on what all the celebs are up to these days. Finally, after 6 minutes, I think the kids were getting antsy so I actually did search for them and I found them all hiding in the coat closet in the living room.

They giggled at the thought of outsmarting me. Cole said, "Mommy, it took you forever to find us...we're good, huh". Oh yes, son, you're awesome at hide and seek...now go hide again so Mommy can pour herself a tall, chilled glass of wine while she "looks" for you all. So off they went to hide and I counted and then sat my butt down again, flipped through my magazine some more and decided against the wine and drank some apple juice instead. I figured I might actually fall asleep and forget about them completely if I had some wine.

We did this a couple more times and then finally Bella suggested "Mommy, why don't you hide and we'll look for you?"....oh great, now where was my down time??!! Being the evil mother that I am, while they had their little hands over their unsuspecting eyes as they counted, I grabbed my People magazine, went upstairs and sat in my shower. I figured they'd never look there and I'd still be able to hear them to make sure they were safe (and not leaving the house!) I actually got to read most of my magazine before I heard Cole come into my room for the 5th time and say "Okay, Mommy, we give up...where are you?" and I popped out from the shower and Cole and Bella screamed...."aaaagggghhhh, you scared us".

Cole said, "Wow, Mommy, you're really good at this game"....yes, son, I am, and thank you for noticing. Last night, after the kids were in bed, I came online to look at the weather report, praying that there will be rain again tomorrow. Rainy days aren't so bad after all....

14 comments:

MAMA CEO said...

That is awesome! Next time I play hide-n-seek I will be sure to grab my favorite magazine! Thanks for the great idea!

kristi said...

Very cute!

Hajar said...

Mamas have to be really creative to get 'me time' sometimes, don't they? Your's was a genious plot.

Nina said...

How clever.... I laughed all the way through this one.

Tina (mummifiedx5) said...

Now why didn't I think of that?! LOL

Doré said...

This is great!! You are so funny.

btw, who won the question game on the stairs?

Creative Junkie said...

I loved to play hide and seek years ago with my youngest! It was how I got a lot of stuff done that I might not have otherwise!

Love the way you tell the story - you make me laugh!

mrsbear said...

Holy cow, that is a fantabulous strategy that I will be sure to apply in the near future. Totally quiet you say? Oh the possibilities.

Paula Constable said...

I love your question/answer game! My kids would get a kick out it.

I have to confess that I have played hide and seek with my kids, too and taking a while to find them. I've even walked around the house picking up, putting stuff away, making beds and other small tasks and I call out, "where are you"? It gets harder to do that as they get older.

newlyweds said...

Ha Ha, I laughed so hard!! I can just see you sitting reading a magazines and all the kiddos in the closet just waiting. Too funny!

I love the stairs game, great idea. Don't worry I sing goofy songs to my boys all the time!

Connie said...

Very imaginative idea. They had fun and so did you. I say go for it again. Next time you'll need a new hiding spot, like a closet :)

Ambulance Mommy said...

HAHAHA!!! oh thats absolutly great!!!! If you are willing to risk it, you can always try "hairdresser" too....if you are going to get a chance to shower that night, you grab some of the johnson's no tangle spray, give them each a comb, and let them play with your hair while you read a magazine, just like the ladies in the salon! :) although, you will end up with a LOT of the no-tangles stuff in there!

Jade said...

Hahahahahaa this is really funny,thanks. I needed that.

You should write a funny novel;)

twinmama said...

Shower! That is a great idea! Hilarious!!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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