Wednesday, October 14, 2009

They may be twins but don't expect them to cover for one another....

On Monday morning, after Garrett and Landon had already eaten breakfast, I got their shoes on and then sat down on the sofa to put my shoes on. I was about to take them for their flu shot....I was absolutely dreading it.

Not just because I hate to see them in any kind of discomfort but also because I knew that whoever was unfortunate enough to be in the same waiting room as us would be staring at me...judging me....thinking "what kind of mother is she?"....as my 2-yr old toddlers run around the waiting room like 2 little Tazmanian devils on crack.

Anyway, so that's when I saw IT.....

Someone had scribbled with marker all over one of the cushions on the sofa, as well as the armrest. If that wasn't bad enough, someone had also rubbed some glue on the armrest.



When could this have possibly happened? How could I have not seen this going down? Why do I continue to underestimate these children and what they're capable of?

I looked over at Garrett and Landon, who were standing on the stairs, peering around the corner at me. Judging by the looks on their faces, I instantly knew one of them was the guilty party. I was worried that they might cover for each other....you know, as siblings often do.

Oh, but not these guys....one of them was quick to throw the other one under the bus. He did NOT want to be held responsible for this horrible act of destruction. He gave up his twin brother in a heartbeat....and, that point, the guilty twin really didn't have much room to argue.



Don't you just love how the guilty twin acts like this is the first time he's heard the rules on appropriate places to color? Like he missed the first memo or something...



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62 comments:

Buckeroomama said...

That looks just like my sofa cover... without the glue.

Really? Siblings cover for one another? Z and J would totally give the other one up if I ask, "Who did it?"


HAHA --love your little evil laugh at the end. :)

Jayme said...

LOL that was hysterical! They are so cute!

PinkNote said...

made me laughed when Landon point his finger to his brother when u asked them who's gonna clean the sofa..:) haha=D

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

First, they are so DANG cute! I don't know how you weren't just CRACKING up!! That was adorable!

Tami said...

ROFL. How do you keep from laughing? How do you keep it all together and not let them know it's HILARIOUS when he pointed to his brother. I'm dyinnnnnnnnnnnnnng! LOL.

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Your sons are so cute.
I'm still laughing.
xx

eight helping hands said...

He TOTALLY threw his brother under the bus! That was to funny! I know for a fact that none of my children would ever cover for each other ever! They enjoy getting someone in trouble. Probably a little to much!

bluecottonmemory said...

Well, there's your proof that they are healthy, autonomous individuals! Sadly, my two youngest would wrestle ANYWHERE. I used to say that if President Bush invited us to the Oval Office, my guys would wrestle right there. Of course, we don't have to worry about that invite right now.

BTW, your couch will not make it to your childrens' adulthood unscathed. Go ahead, pick you very favorite item and just chuck it either in the garbage or the in the very back of a closet in a box where nobody will see it for about 15 years.

Be Blessed today!

Kelly said...

Your sofa matches my walls. No matter how many times my 4yr old is busted and made to clean up, he does it again. I fully expect that my house will not even be standing when the last one leaves the nest!

Booklover1212 said...

Seriously - how could you keep a straight face?! LOVE it!! Maybe they could come help Nani clean our couch? LOL!

~ Jennifer
http://thetoyboxyears.blogspot.com

The Lane Family said...

I loved the video!! It was funny how Garrett just pointed to himself and accepted he had done it. But I love how he acts like he did not know that was a rule!!

As for the joys of going for flu shots....when people stare or make a comment anymore I just pretend I did not hear them (okay most days.)

Wendi :)

Bev @ The 3 Clutters said...

God bless you girl. I only have one child (now 6) and my furniture has stains, marker, crayon, food...the list just goes on and on. I don't know how any of the stain got there...he was like a magician when he was a baby!

FRANNIE said...

Crayola had the bright idea to make glitter crayons one year (obviously they've never had a 3 year old).

In case you're wondering, if your toddler colors on each rung of the cast iron radiator and it gets hot afterward, the sparkly crap NEVER comes off.

beccad said...

That's great! I love how he says, "on paper?". LOL so cute. Great material for them to watch when they are older.

Nezzy said...

Your havin' waaaaayyyy too much fun, girl. You can honestly say," never a dull moment!" I admire you and your mothering skills. I'm not sure how you go about choosing your battles. Heeheeehe!!!

Have a super day void of artwork in inappropriate areas. God bless!!!

Valerie said...

Helene,

That was freaking hilarious!!! Loved the little video...all I could think was, "who needs enemies when you have siblings like these?" Of course, my own two are totally the same way...love to finger point out the culprit! Ha!!!

And BTW...who needs paper when you have this beautiful, textured canvas literally at your fingertips?!!!!

Mother of Multiples said...

Helene- that was hilarious. I just loved it. I also love the video since I feel like I know your kids ..it is good to put a voice with a little one. thanks

Heather

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

So funny! My girls do the same thing! No one ever gets away with anything in this house!
Did it come off? Any cleaning secrets you can share?

Nichay said...

My husband and I have recently made the decision that we will not be getting nice things again until the children are out of the house. Every time we bring something new in the house our three...oh, now four year old thinks he should give it a proper welcome by coloring, breaking, or hanging his things on it. So no more new things. Goodwill here we come! Haha:)

MamaOtwins+1 said...

I love it! Our twins learned not to color on anything, except the inside of the closet wall - which I found when we were moving and I got the pleasure of painting the closest so we could have our deposit back.

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Cute video! At least he admitted he did it and didn't lie about it. I give him credit for that! I liked how you let him know he would be doing the cleaning--I'd love to see how he cleans up that mess! Your boys are so cute, I'm sure the waiting room for the flu shot will enjoy whatever entertainment they provide!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

HAHAHAHA! 'On paper?' Isn't that hysterical when they act like these rules are foreign? My seven year old is the worst!!! Sorry sweetie, but you know the rules! :)

newlyweds said...

Oh my, that was too cute. On paper??? Love it!

Brooke said...

the video gave me an error - but if i were in that position i would totally roll!! :)

Megan said...

LOL, that was too funny! :-) Looks like my couch...except mine is covered in sidewalk chalk. Good times!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

At my house, the culprit is always NOT ME!

Heather said...

They are absolutely adorable! Why is it that the places TO color are never the desirable ones for them?

Mrs Montoya said...

Oh noooooo, not the sofa?!?!? Knock on wood, but we've never had a piece of furniture defiled. I do love that he was so willing to point a finger right away! Who got his shot first? :)

Twincerely,Olga said...

what a hysterical post! I love the Tasmanian dvils on crack!!! They are just so darn cute!!!!

AngieB said...

"On paper?" and he sounds so sincere! I'm seeing a drama scholarship in his future.

Stephanie Stearns Dulli said...

How did you not giggle? I am loosing it! He is too cute "on the paper?"

Jen said...

So cute. I am surprised they admitted to it. My kids blame each other.

Angela said...

Did you give him 2 shots for that one???!!! I so wish we still had our leather sofas! Maybe micro-fiber is the way to go...

The Mother said...

Excuse-writing is a natural skill for toddlers to teens.

I hear it's still being used by adults. In politics.

Alicia said...

"I am not my brothers keeper!!"

Stephanie Faris said...

Oh my gosh, I would be a HORRIBLE mother. All I could think as I was watching that was, "Awwww, he's so cute. Maybe it's not so bad that he's coloring on the couch..." :-)

Jennifer said...

That's what my son did to my couch this weekend: except with mommy's cup of coffee. UUUUGGGGHH!

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Corrie Howe said...

Ah,yes. The joys of motherhood times two (or four in your case).

Just a thought if you haven't seen or heard of this, but it might work for your kids...it worked for mine when we are out in public...(I know you children aren't autistic, but my daughter is "normal" and loves this solution too.)

http://justbecausemypickletalks.blogspot.com/2009/09/survival-backpack.html

kyslp said...

Ha! Mine did something similar - to the interior of a rented van.

shortmama said...

Bet ya didnt feel so bad about the flu shot after seeing that

Amy said...

This was funny to read. At least you knew who did it. Oh I bet they knew it was not right to color there but hey why follow the rules?

Nicolasa said...

hahah, at least he took credit for it... that is so funny when you asked who was going to clean it up!

I hope it all came out!

Mighty M said...

Oh man, you need an addendum to that memo, stat! ;-)

Momlissa said...

That was awesome!

Last night, someone threw macaroni on the floor. When I asked W. who did it, he immediately said "BROTHER!" (never mind that brother was practically in a different room at the time). I bent over to clean it and he actually flung more macaroni *at* me! Talk about not getting the memo!

GAMZu said...

Adorable! You will enjoy seeing it when they are all grown up. Love it- "on feebur." :)

Karen said...

On the paper?

Too funny!

I hope you've got microfiber!

Creative Junkie said...

I can tell you that when my twin brother and I were younger, we did not cover for each other. Probably because our fear of our mother was stronger than any "twin" bond. You've got to know my mother to understand this.

Shannon said...

Been there.

Sofa, walls, CEILING (DON'T ask), BACK of the sofa, back seat of SOMEONE ELSE'S car.....

Hit 40 said...

Adorable!!! Your twins are cuties. I would let him color on anything in my house!!!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Adorable, adorable! Okay, maybe not at the time, but to us? Priceless!!!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

My kids are SO the same way! They do not want to face my wrath, so they give a sibling up in a heartbeat.
Pretty smart, really.

Mom of Three said...

I love the wide eyed innocence! :-)
What handsome young fellas!

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LazyCrazyMama said...

Hilarious!! But, Oh your poor sofa! :(

blueviolet said...

What a little stinker! You were so nice about it though with your little inquisition and lesson.

Frugal Vicki said...

Okay, that is too freaking funny! The innocent twin cracks me up, acting like nothing is going on. I really like the look of "who me, you can't POSSIBLY expect little innocent old ME to clean the sofa." And oh my didn't he look proud to be coloring on that sofa! I did good mom!

Sabrina said...

Did it come clean? what did you use to get it off? My daughter drew on the inside of the armrest on our WHITE (we got it before having kids) couch and I'm freaking out! Thanks!

Kim said...

Your kids are so darn cute!!

I feel your pain, as all my walls look like your sofa. I just hope that marker wasn't a Sharpie.

Whenever I ask "Who did this?!" one of my twins always points to her sister, who agrees that she did it EVEN IF SHE DIDN'T. It's hilarious. And frustrating.

2 Toddlers and Me said...

Great video. That's too funny and cute. My son does the "spitting" or "blowing rasberries" thing all the time now too. His poor sister is always wiping off her face after an argument.

Hopefully you can get the furniture cleaned. We just had an awful diaper incident on ours and I was able to get it all clean with some baking soda. Not sure it will work on marker or crayong, but it's an idea anyway.

twinmama said...

I think it is cute how the guilty part looks rather proud of his accomplishment. That is usually how it goes around here, too!

We haven't had graffiti on couches yet, but plenty of walls, doors and toy box.

KK said...

So cute!

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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