Thursday, May 29, 2008

Quiz Time

A crocodile pillow was found...
A. on Clayton's bed
B. shoved behind the couch and the wall
C. in the backyard
D. in the refrigerator

A toy rocket ship was found...
A. in the mailbox
B. in the box of cars and trucks
C. in the backyard
D. in the beef stew we had for dinner

A ball of Play-dough was found...
A. in the toilet
B. in the Play-dough box
C. in the backyard
D. in Lexi's bed

An empty Pringles container was found...
A. in the garbage can
B. in the bathtub
C. in the backyard
D. on the bookshelf

A pair of shoes were found...
A. in the closet
B. on Austin's head
C. in the backyard
D. in the dishwasher

Some doll clothes were found...
A. in the box of doll things
B. In my shoe
C. in the backyard
D. in Joe's car

Half a plastic Easter egg was found...
A. in Brooklyn's diaper
B. in the box of Easter decorations
C. in the backyard
D. in some pasta salad

Three baseball mitts were found...
A. under the couch
B. in the microwave
C. in the backyard
D. in the kids' baseball bags

If you answered C to all of the above, you are correct. Although, I have to admit if you guessed any of the other choices, you're probably right about those too. I also found a plastic turtle, a toy hairbrush, a toy spatula, a dozen plastic spoons, a bat, a piece from an Oreo cookie games, 2 cups, 1 flip flop, a squirt gun, a Hippity Hop, 2 empty containers of Play-Dough, a model airplane, a sweater, a couple dozen whiffle balls, an empty Coke bottle, a dried piece of cheese, a Tupperware container, and half a moldy apple. This is what happens at my house if we fail to remind the kids to pick up their stuff 5 or 6 times before calling them inside for dinner.

All we need now are some car parts, a broken toilet, and a couple old appliances.



















































Yes, we now live in the Everglades.

55 comments:

Threeundertwo said...

LOL. Your yard sounds like one of those "Look and Find" books.

I answered D to all of them.

Brenda said...

My kids would love all those helicopters on the ground. I think they are kind of fun too.

Kalynne Pudner said...

Bah, you got off lucky. In the past week, I've found in our backyard:

(1) 6 forks and 9 spoons;
(2) my watch;
(3) 3 1/2 pairs of shoes;
(4) an electric alarm clock;
(5) two twin bedsheets;
(6) two throw pillows from the family room;
(7) one of our cordless phones;
(8) the wooden step stool without which I cannot reach my top kitchen cabinets;
(9) my 5-year old's car seat; and
(10) a $400 digital camera!

There may be more, too, that I can't see beneath the grass (our lawnmower has not been operational since last August).

A Whole Lot of Nothing said...

I can understand 95% of what you found, but the alligator?

Weird kids.

Anonymous said...

Wow it looks just like my backyard, literally! My 3 year old also dragged a big cardboard box that was supposed to be recycled out into the yard. That was not so bad except it still had the styrofoam in it; which he proceded to break into a thousand little pieces all over the yard!

Shari said...

Seriously LOL--our yard was like that, too. The boys and I picked it up. We live on the coast so our yard is sand under the bark. No one has grass here because it doesnt' grow and if you do have grass you have to nurse it ten times a day to keep it alive. We dug so much crap out of the sand. Ugh! I even forgot about some of it! LOL

englandgirl62 said...

I was laughing at the pictures thinking that if I had taken them, that years from now they would be in my photo collection and I would wonder why I was taking pictures of trash in the yard.

michelle in mo said...

Yeah, sometimes I feel like a hoosier! We have 5 children and I hate looking in my backyard (that backs up to four other backyards and wonder what my neighbors must think some times! :-p

My Semblance of Sanity said...

I was going to say that those photos are very "arty" - then I saw it...

WHAT THE HECK IS THAT THING IN THE LAST PICTURE?

LOL! Only in YOUR yard!!

Jill said...

Hilarious!

Please tell me that you threw out the play dough... although as I say this I know darn well that my girls would want me to blow off the dirt so they could re-shape it.

Anonymous said...

I like how you included the place the item was supposed to be as a "wrong" answer in each of the multiple choice questions. Of course, they were dead giveaways as not possibly being correct!

Sandy in Tucson

AZTutti said...

This should make it easy to answer..."MOM, where is my ______????" and your answer is: "In the backyard!"

Kim said...

I thought that's what all backyards looked like. Just add a batting cage and your at my house!

Julie B. said...

When my brother bought the 105 year old farmhouse he lives in, the grass was 4 to 5 feet tall, all the way around it, and the only way to really get it down was to burn it, so they did. They found, once they were done with the controlled burn, 54 baseballs, 13 bats, 3 lawnmowers, and the burned remains of a vehicle. When they pulled the carpeting up, to replace it, there was a half eaten, petrified PB&J sandwich, UNDER the carpeting on the stairs. The carpet was tacked down! There was a sandwich UNDER there... So you've got nothing on them! LOL

Jen said...

Our backyard looks like that too, and the front yard, and the side yard, and now that I think of it, the inside of the van, the living room, the bathroom, wait a minute, pretty much every space my family occupies at one time or another looks like that after we've been there...hmm...maybe we live the same life. Does your yard scare the neighbors? Ours is the only one on the block that looks like that. Too bad it doesn't bug us as much as it does them! Love the blog, keep it up.

Rick said...

Tough quiz. Tougher than some I took in Graduate School. You need a bigger house so that you can loose more stuff in your bigger backyard.

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Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn, You are so funny taking pictures of all that stuff! My husband is a carpenter and he brings home extra stuff. We have a yard full. Broken snow blowers. Broken lawn mowers. A pool ladder with no pool. Three broken cars. I could make a huge list of junk I wish would vanish. Kristine in Michigan.

Mabunny said...

LOL Dawn.
Have a great day!

Jen said...

Ok, but why only one flip-flop? Where's the other one? This is hilarious! I have one 18-month old and another on the way. I'm sure our yard will look like this in another few years.

Anonymous said...

ROFL!

LOVE the pictures! I failed the quiz. I picked "D" for every question except the last one.

Donna in PA :)

Anonymous said...

I love it! Wow, that's a lot of stuff. The quiz was great--another evidence of what a good writer you are!

Chels said...

Yep i was going to say the backyard. LOL!

TheHMC said...

Ohh! If you need an appliance or two to throw back there, just stop by MY house.

I HATE(no, really, I hate it) that my backyard is always a mess. I rarely even go out there anymore because I can't get it all cleaned by myself and hubby and the kids only fuel the fire.

I may have to challenge you on what I find in my own yard...
You are a much braver woman than I for even venturing into such uncharted territory.

Now. Come over and help me with mine. Lordy knows no one else will help, and you seem to be motivated.

plainprecious said...

Mowing your yard must be like mowing a field full of landmines!!!!!

Heather said...

lol Dawn- I think that's the piece missing from our cookie match game! But are your kids as much fun as mine? They take all that stuff and more into the backyard but most of it ends up over the fence in our neighbors' yards!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

we have the rusty applinances , broken swing set, two cars and a truck all that run but one we dont have a key for and I dont have the two hundred dollars to get the key replaced. a broken big wheel, old grill and assorted other items that were brought here from different jobs just incase we might need them one day....
UGGGGGG

Shelle said...

That is amazing...that is usually what it was like growing up...I come from a family of six kids...3 boys and 3 girls...I was JAN from the brady bunch...meaning I was the middle girl~

This is usually how it was!

Brooke said...

OMG when did you come down south and look in my backyard

Stephanie said...

That is so funny! I just blogged about all of the interesting things found in unlikely places the other day. I only have two and one of them doesn't even walk yet. I assume the mess will just get bigger from here.

Cheryl said...

That is so funny. I kept wondering -- where is the answer that says "on the roof"? :-)

PORTER FAMILY said...

what my mom would say if she were to read this...

"you could have picked everything up and put it away in the time it took you to take pictures of it all!"

SAHM: Surviving Assorted Home Mayhem said...

Okay, the alligator was just scary!

insane mama said...

I used to find all that stuff when the kids were younger, now it is getting a little scary at what I find... teenagers do weird stuff

Ari said...

"some car parts, a broken toilet, and a couple old appliances." Is this a reference to Ernest Goes to Camp?

Sunny said...

My yard is a cross between getto and hillbilly.Our yard guy quit.The mower is broken, and so is the weed eater.

Rebekah D. said...

I am so glad to know I'm not the only one whose yard looks like that! Only it's my FRONT yard, and it's the work of just two little munchkins. Yep, we're rednecks. And a few minutes ago I walked into the front door thinking, "I really need to pick up all this crap," but then I didn't because I'm nine months pregnant (due tomorrow!) and it hurts too much to bend over or squat down. What are the odds I can get my boys to do all the work?

C said...

Of course I can't find a locker full of money in my backyard....only Dunkin Donut cups and anything else that my neighbors eat because they apparantly hate using trash can covers.

Great, great pictures!! Thanks for the smile.


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Michelle said...

Wow! Your kids are impressive. It's a good thing it doesn't rain around here so none of that stuff would ever get ruined (man, has it been nasty today!)....

And to think this is what it's like before school is out and the kids are home full time all summer. You'll have to provide another version in a couple months!

Letty said...

I've been meaning to ask you for a SSO question: at what age do you start potty-training? Have you found any proven methods that work? (seriously...?) My 3rd child will be 2 in August and potty-training the older two was pretty Hades-ish (they weren't really fully trained until 3 1/2). Diapers keep getting more and more expensive, and I would just like a veteran mom's opinion! Thanks!

BoufMom9 said...

You know what I love about you, that you not only are just like me, but that you are clever enough to turn it into a fabulously funny post.
I swear that is my back, side & front yard every darn day! I just wouldn't be smart enough to turn it into a funny quiz!
:) Debi

Natalie said...

I walked into my bathroom to take care of things yesteday and discovered a 2-foot-long alligator in my bathtub. It wasn't real and I knew that but DH would have blown a gasket if he had seen it first. The kids fake spiders and snakes laying about freak him out on a regular basis.
Baby!

Jill said...

Hey, do you think some of my missing spoons might be in your backyard?
And my stapler.
Would you mind checking?

I love that you took pictures of everything!

RefreshMom said...

I'm just glad that I'm not the only one whose yard looks like that! I think "Lawnmowerguy" (as my 2 year old calls him) is the only one who really knows what's out there.

Anonymous said...

Look at all those "whirlybird" seeds! Looks like you have a bumper crop this year. When we still lived up north, we had about 20 silver maples on our lot - when the seeds dropped our yard, roof, gutters were covered in seeds. Don't miss that at all.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn, Don't you just Hate those helicopter spinny things that fall off the trees this time of year. I see you have a ton of them too. Kristine in Michigan.

Rosemary Bogdan said...

I am laughing out loud! This so looks like my backyard. The "stuff of life" tends to spread out. Looks like you've been blesses as I have.

Anonymous said...

How sad. All that stuff and you still haven't found your "mind". LOL Give your kids a sugar free lollipop for all that. ;~)

Casually Eclectic said...

Loved this! I live in a row home so my yard is entirely too small to put anything but our two pug in. However, I've found similar items shoved into my bathroom vanity. Such creative children! Needless to say I dread cleaning days...

Gomomyourock said...

Makes me feel right at home!

JCK said...

But...you can tell how much fun your kids are having. Freedom to play in the backyard. Creative space. Creative destruction. Treasures to be found. Apparently by mom.

Darla said...

****Dawn! I love the quiz!!! I'm glad to know that I am not the only mother finding things in odd places!

***Just wanted to let you know that you have inspired me to start a blog of my own about the things that happen to me. If you have time (Yeah Right!!! I know!!!) check it out... I just started it so there isn't much there but I did link your blog and gave you some credit as my inspiration!

http://disorderandchoas.blogspot.com/

I am Heather...creator of all things crafty! said...

Have you been sneaking around my back yard while I wasn't looking. That McQueen cup in the sand, looks suspiciously familiar.

Heather

..::Angel::.. said...

I didn't guess C for any of them...
Honestly, I thought you might have found them in the microwave, dishwasher, your shoe....

Sheila said...

What I love is all the clothes you find in the backyard after the snow melts.

Every year I find underwear and socks. What are pairs of underwear doing in my backyard? I worry about my children.

Visit To Love, Honor and Vacuum today!

help4newmoms said...

Hey, What do I get if I guess what the Play Doh is molded after?

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