Monday, March 30, 2009

It's inevitable....

1).....that my kids will sleep late Monday through Friday, yet wake up at the break of dawn on both Saturday and Sunday.

2).....that when I want my kids to listen to me, they won't, yet when I don't want them listening to me, they can't help but eavesdrop (see next post)

3).....that they will repeat a bad word I used when they weren't supposed to be listening, like when Garrett spilled his goldfish crackers on the floor in the doctor's office and he said "oh shit"....conveniently, I might add, just after the doctor had asked me "So how's the speech therapy going?"

4).....that my kids will absolutely love pancakes one day, yet the next time I make the same exact pancakes, they refuse to touch them.

5).....that they refuse to even taste a small bite of the chicken teriyaki I made for dinner, yet when it's on MY plate the next day as left-overs, they beg for me to share it with them.

6).....that when we punish them for pulling all the toys off the shelf in the garage by having them sort the recycling for a couple hours, they actually have fun and say "when can we do THAT again?".

7).....that my kids never want anything to do with helping me clean the house, yet when I'm in a hurry because we're having company over in 20 minutes, they suddenly want to learn how to use the vacuum.

8).....that there seems to always be tons of good movies in the theaters, yet the ONE time my mom and stepdad offer to babysit, there's nothing good playing right then.

9).....that when I don't bring the kids grocery shopping with me, there are plenty of fun race-car grocery carts available, yet when I bring them with me either none are available or they're all "out of order".

10)....that just as Tim's finished the taxes and we have about a hundred ideas for what to do with the money, that one of the kids breaks something that wasn't broken in the first place...and it just happens to cost a whole lotta money.

Quick shout-outs....

Check out Van Pan!! Elizabeth's (of Three Channels) husband started this blog to showcase "The Dirty Underbelly of Mommy Blogger Culture - A Glimpse Inside Their Nasty Minivans". I submitted some pictures of what the inside of our mini-van looked like (on a GOOD day) and I'm honored (I think...) that the pics were featured in a recent post! If your mini-van looks anything like mine (oh, come on now....fess up), send him your pictures!

Karen, at A Peek at Karen's World, picked little ole me as her Blog of the Week!! Thank you, Karen!!

Tami, at Diary of a Mad Woman, made this adorable bear hug award....and she requested that the recipients of this award pass it on to someone who may need a big bear hug....so I want to pass this on to Zeemaid at In the Mommy Trenches. She and her husband just got back from a relaxing getaway only to come home to a couple stressful situations so I thought she could probably use a nice bear hug!

Onna at Toddler Craft has a fun weekly meme that she's just started called "Click and Comment Monday"....go check it out!!

I have some more shout-outs but I'll have to do those another day...my bosses kids are hollering at me to rub their backs so they can go to sleep. If only I had an extra pair of arms....

29 comments:

Meg said...

our kids are related, they have to be. For a minute there it was a crazy sense of you being at my house talking about my boys.....

lol!

Creative Junkie said...

I believe this is the foundation for Murphy's Law, or as I like to call it, Mission Statement for My Life.

I love your new blog design! I'm going through sheer hell trying to get mine ready for launching on Wednesday. UGH.

Nikki B. said...

the same thing happens to me when the one and i try to go to the movies. if we have a sitter...nothing good.

although...this past weekend we did get to see "i love you, man"...FRIGGIN HILARIOUS!!!

score!

♥georgie♥ said...

LOL...this was just too cute and oh so true I LOVED the one about not listening then eavesdropping LOL
Happy Monday

Mrs Cooper said...

#3, ROFL. Kids know exactly how to use the right terminology at just the right time. Figures it would happen right at that moment.

The High Family said...

LOL! I can't enough of your lists....you should create a book!

I couldn't check out that link because I think you have too many "http://" in it. :(

Could you email me more about your son's speech therapy? We are starting to think Ryan might benefit from it. He's almost 3.5 years old and only I can understand what he is saying about 80% of the time.

high821 at gmail dot com

Thanks a bunch! :)

Tami said...

Aren't kids grand? Keep up the great job! Your wonderful, and your children are too. It's when we're at our wits end they come through with something that brightens the day. I adore those moments.

MamaHen Em said...

LOVE the new look! We started spelling things backwards to avoid the eavesdropping thing and SOMEONE figured it out and translates for his sister. I wish we had never taught him to read or spell! I'm off to check out the minivan pics...

Karen said...

Hey, you totally deserved to be Blog of the Week. :-)

And your list cracked me up. Especially #3. Kids!

Mrs. D Lightful said...

Hahaha you are so funny! But everything you said is true! It's Murphy's law...everything happens the OPPOSITE of how you want it to. Happy Monday!

Tracy said...

Don't like pancakes? Does not compute.

LOVE the new look!

Dina said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment! :)

Too cute about your kids wanting the Chicken Teriyaki that was on your plate the next day, but not wanting it when it was on their plate. Just pile all food on your plate and see what happens. lol ;-)

The Daily Dean Chronicals said...

I can relate! Especially the vaccumming! Always when I am in a hurry they want to help! Glad to see we think alike! Have a great Monday!

Tess said...

I love your lists. You should do a book strictly on your lists! To answer your question about the card-voting starts April 6th for grand prize.

Zeemaid said...

how true it is. Congrats on being blog of the week. You deserve it!

Thanks for the Bear Hug Award. Hugs are always needed around here!

The Eadle Family said...

haha, I swear me live mirror lives. And as for the car, I cleaned mine out yesterday, and the things I found should not exist in this world.

Mama Jenn said...

Love you blog so much I am giving you an award!! Check it out at: http://mama-jenn.blogspot.com/2009/03/my-very-first-blog-award.html

Sharlene said...

I swear all those things are inevitable here as well. There is never a race car cart available when the kids are in a bad mood and need distraction and they like yogurt one day and think its gelatious vomit the next! Urggggh!

Cheryl Lage said...

Oh dear Heaven, Helene, these KILLED me....sooooo true in our home too. :)

Hajar Zamzam Ismail said...

Wow! I thought my kids were the only ones who gobbled up something like it was the most delicious thing in the world, and the next time I make the exact same thing for them they barely touch it! They also prefer to eat off my plate, so I started feeding them off my plate regularly.

Jen said...

All of it 100% true!!!!

Lana said...

Amen. The one that sticks out most of all is #6. "punishment" back fire. I HATE that!!

Ginny Marie said...

You hit it right on the nose!

My mini-van has a ton a raisins on the floor right now, that I keep meaning to vacuum...only then I'd need to pick up the books, misc. toys, etc....

Van Pan Dad said...

Wow - thanks for the shout out!

I can absolutely relate to #9 in your list. I regularly take all three (or at least two) to a nearby grocery store that also has the exciting race-car shopping carts. We can't seem to be happy with whichever cart might be available, we have to have #32. Numbers 05 and 16 won't do. Admittedly, #16's coolness is diminished by the fact that one of its steering wheels is missing. I considered it a minor triumph to once to make cart #05 acceptable by pointing out that, of the three, it was the only cart with a prime number. It helps to know one's audience, but even this tactic only worked once.

3 Bay B Chicks said...

Great post! I nearly died laughing.

Did you notice that something has been missing from your blog? It might have appeared around the time I stopped commenting? I’m sorry about all that. I took a little hiatus from the blogosphere, but I couldn’t stay away too long. After a break, I had to come by again and see what you’ve been up to.

Glad that I did.

-Francesca

jungletwins said...

Love it! Kids are the most vexing creatures on the planet, and the most hilarious. My favorite is the "oh shit!" in the Pediatrician's office after the speech therapy query. That there is solid gold. My little 1 yr old Maddie recently blurted out "viagra!" -Her first 3 syllable word, I might add, when I let her watch the news with me and a viagra commercial come on. Not my proudest moment!

Veronica Lee said...

I swear our kids are related, LOL!

Onna said...

Helene- Love the post!! I always laugh when I read your blog!! I love your sense of humor in your writing!!

Thanks for the link love about my Monday meme!! I love hearing everyone's stories!!

Onna

Kathy B! said...

I love the new blog header :)

And it is inevitable, isn't it... sigh...

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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