Friday, October 20, 2017

7 Quick Takes about Funny Fruit, Making Tutus on a Tight Time Schedule, and Toddler Mispronunciations that Make You Agree to Whatever They Want

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?


Sometimes I forget how crazy my life is until I see it through someone else's eyes.

In a burst of optimism I asked a friend to go on a walk while my 4 oldest were in school. I thought it would be easy: we'd only have my two littlest, and each of us could push one in a stroller and have some adult conversation as we walked, right?


What actually happened is that it took us forever to get the kids in the car, and then when we got to the rail trail the toddler wanted to push the stroller in a drunken zig-zag pattern instead of sit in it. By the time we finally lured him in with Cheerios and started walking, 30 minutes had gone by and we hadn't hardly talked to each other yet!

Finally we started to catch up about how life is going and I kid you not, we were interrupted less than a minute later by the school nurse calling to say my daughter got stung by a bee.

This is why it takes a very patient, special person to be friends with me.


When my 9-year-old decided he wanted to be a banana for Halloween, I had a few reservations about it. Sure, it sounds funny, but would he wish he'd been something different if they have a costume party at school or something?

"Are you sure you don't want to be something cool, like a ninja or a... whatever 9-year-old boys think is cool now?" I asked.

No, he wanted to be a banana.

His costume arrived this week and it was even more hilarious than I anticipated. If you need a pick-me-up, I highly recommend asking one of your loved ones to just wear a banana costume around the house while going about their ordinary business.

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}

Somehow, your troubles fade away when there's a giant banana making himself a plate of nachos in your kitchen.


While the banana was finishing his homework, I laid out supplies to make this no-sew tutu with my 5-year-old for her fairy costume before I had to take the 11-year-old to orchestra practice.

It took a little longer than I expected, but the good news is that we ended up with a finished tutu and a thrilled 5-year-old, and I'd managed to keep one eye on the analog clock on the wall the whole time so I knew when to leave for orchestra.

The bad news is that I apparently don't know how to read an analog clock and my 11-year-old missed practice, because it was actually an hour later that I thought it was.

So disappointing to have all the good mom points I earned from the tutu canceled out pretty much immediately.


The video "When People Ask 'Why Do You Have So Many Kids?'" was a crazy success this week with over 3 million views on Facebook.

Probably a million of those were my kids though, who saw the video so many times as I was managing the page and the comments that they were walking around the house quoting lines they'd memorized.

After a while I got pretty tired of hearing my 5-year-old talk about mesh underwear and so I decided to try distracting them with this:

And it worked! My 3-year-old now goes around saying with this exact same inflection, "It could be fun, though! It could be!" which is really stinking cute.


Right now I have a massive head cold, and you know how the house falls apart when mom doesn't feel good.

There is mess everywhere.

The kids pulled all the blankets off my bed and all the couch cushions to make a fort in the living room.

For some reason, there's a 5-gallon bucket filled with building blocks and plastic food on the coffee table.

The toddler is under the impression that the pantry is his own personal sensory bin.

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}
Days later, and I'm still finding these all over the house.

Phillip and the older kids clean up when they come home, but the little kids destroy the house during the day and I'm powerless to stop it.

I tried, but if I bend down to pick anything up my head explodes.


Normally I like reading books about parenting, time management, housekeeping, and organization, but I don't recommend it when you're sick. When you can barely summon the strength for basic hygiene, it just kind of makes you feel worse.

Nevertheless, I was almost finished with The House That Cleans Itself and everyone seemed happily occupied for a few moments, so I flipped it open and read the last chapter.

While I was busy reading, my toddler was busy leaving me a kind reminder that we do not have a house that cleans itself, and also that I've really got to get around to putting locks on the kitchen cabinets:

It's 7 Quick Takes Friday! How was your week?  {posted @ Unremarkable Files}


It's that time of year again, when the pine trees dump bushels and bushels of needles in our yard.

But the kids actually love it. They rake it up in gigantic piles and jump in it like leaves.

I personally don't like it because the needles get tracked into the house way too easily afterward, but you just can't say no to a 3-year-old who looks up at you and begs to "go play in the pine noodles." It's impossible.

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Kryssy said...

Thank you for bringing brightness to my morning! You're awesome, and I hope you soon feel better from whatever is making you sick.

PurpleSlob said...

Aww! Toddler talk is the best!!

Jenny Evans said...

Today I felt better so I thought it would be a good idea to put my two littlest ones in a bike trailer and go on a bike ride and almost killed myself. Guess I'm still a little sick. If I'm smarter, I think I'll make a full recovery soon.