Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Woof Woof

My kids have been home from school for over a week now. I've personally loved the chance to sleep in and be lazy in the morning. It's nice not having to get up and get the kids ready for school. And the kids have been great so far. Almost every morning, they've left little surprises for me to find! Once they left a gallon of milk out on the table. Another day, they left all the couch cushions scattered throughout the house. They've left a roll of toilet paper unwound across the bathroom floor and a dozen plates with melted cheese on them sitting on the counter. They left me a snow boot sitting on the kitchen table and every single toy they got for Christmas on the family room floor. They even left a dozen half-eaten cookies crushed on the kitchen floor once. (Yeah, yeah, I know. But it's a toss-up as to which is worse - cleaning up the messes or getting up early.)

Today was no different. Today, when I got up, I stumbled into the kitchen to make some coffee and stepped in a bowl of water that had been placed on the floor. Some moms might wonder why such an object was on the floor, but not me, oh no. The only thing that went through my head was a small prayer of thanks that it wasn't a bowl of sour milk, or sticky pop, or chili con carne.

As I waited for my liquid energy to drip into my coffee mug, I rubbed my eyes which slowly focused on the kitchen floor. Hmmm, that's interesting, I thought. There were 3 bowls of water and 3 bowls of Cheerios on the floor. Before I could ponder the meaning of this, Jackson, Clayton, and Brooklyn bounded into the kitchen on all fours while yelping and barking. They paused at the dishes to lap up the water with their tongues. I guess they're a little more disturbed than I'd originally thought that Santa didn't bring them a dog. I patted their heads, grabbed my cup of coffee, and wondered to myself why I bought them toys and video games for Christmas when all they needed was a bowl of water and some Cheerio kibble.


Shellie said...

Ah, yes, the great presents we get from our kids when we sleep in! Some moms get breakfast in bed, but the rest of us get much more exciting things! I fell into a pit of despair though when you reminded me we're on vacation. Next week I have to get everyone up and ready for school again. Summer can just not come soon enough! Great pictures. My kids do dog stuff like that too. One decided to strip down to her "fur" and put on the dog's collar and go outside....

noexcuses said...

What a riot!!! That is so much more fun than listening to hours of whining! Enjoy the break!

Vicki said...

that's a good one!!! it's nice to read a funny this early in the morning.
happy new year!

Tara Clarkson said...

A ha ha ha ha ha....

How can I convince my husband to have more kids?

MaBunny said...

Very cute pictures! I think a dog would add too much chaos in your household!
Have a safe and happy new year Dawn!

Blended said...

so the beginning of your poast reminded me of a song I used to sing in high school 'the 12 days AFTER christmas'.

The first day after Christmas, my true love and I had a fight.
And so I chopped the pear tree down and burned it just for spite.
Then, with a single cartridge, I shot that blasted partridge,
That my true love, my true love gave to me.

The second day after Christmas, I pulled on the old rubber gloves
And very gently wrung the necks of both the turtle doves,
My true love, my true love, my true love gave to me.

The third day after Christmas, my mother caught the croup;
I had to use the three French hens to make some chicken soup.
The four calling birds were a big mistake,
For their language was obsence .
The five gold rings were completely fake
And they turned my fingers gree.

The sixth day after Christmas, the six laying geese wouldn't lay:
I gave the whole darn gaggle to the ASPCA.

On the seventh day what a mess I found:
All seven of the swimming swans had drowned,
My true love, my true love, my true love gave to me.

The eighth day after Christmas, before they could suspect,
I bundled up the . . .
Eight maids a-milking,
Nine pipers piping,
Ten ladies dancing,
'Leven lords a-leaping,
Twelve drummers drumming
(spoken) Well, actually I kept one of the drummers(girls)
Well, actually I kept one of the maids a-milking(boys)

And sent them back collect.
I wrote my true love, "We are through, love"
And I said in so many words,
"Furthermore your Christmas gifts were for the birds!"
(echo of "four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves
and a partridge in a pear tree."

But yours goes more like this

The first day after Christmas, my kids and I were still at home.
And so Then, I woke up with a gallon of milk left out. Then, with a single slice of cheese, melted on to six different plates, I remembered I love sleeping in.

or something like that....lol enjoy....

Purple Quilter Queen said...

You gotta give it to them - they do use their imaginations alot! Too funny. Have a great New Year! Jenn

Barb said...

I'm always happy when summer is here so I don't have to get up. I still get up before the kids though. I taught them how to sleep really late. But by the time summer is over I'm ready to deal with getting them up and out just so I can have more of the day to myself.
Geez ~ I guess it IS all about me. LOL

Anonymous said...

I find it just to funny that Jax got in on this one too.
Hey at the very least lol they were playing nicely together for that moment.

Michelle said...

I am SO loving this. Little Miss keeps insisting she's a cat (our two cats are her brothers), but thankfully she hasn't gotten out her own food and water bowls. I think I need to keep her away from yours if only to avoid the fights between dogs and cats? ;) Love it.

I was going to send the wee ones your way to teach them to sleep in, but it sounds like you're doing what I am -- trying to ignore the noise and get a little extra sleep. Luckily I haven't found any food out. Of course I've not managed to spend more than 10 minutes in bed after they wake up, since they're so happy to see me at home that they come in and snuggle in bed with me. Ohhh the horrors ;)

btw - any word on the new publisher? I was thinking about you and that the other night and have completely forgotten to ask you.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, my kids like to be dogs too! They have even taken it a step further and set up doggie school in the living room. They practice jumping through hula hoops and crawling under the coffee table. They've even gotten me into the game by scratching my legs until I give them a cookie.

B said...

OMG! LOL!!!! My kids do the same exact thing!! That is funny. Thanks for the smile!

Martha said...

My sister was a dog for years. She is now over 40 with 3 little ones of her own. Thanks for bringing back memories.

Lyuda said...

Well, at least you know that their imagination is well developed. :-)

stephanie said...

I am impressed by the cleanliness of your kitchen floor and LOOK at the ribs on that kiddo...he needs more kibble!! :)

Marjorie said...

My four older kids LOVE to play like they are dogs. This post made me laugh 'till my sides were splitting. My kids thought I was going off my rocker. The cheerio kibble was the funniest thing I have read in a long while.

Robin said...

That's is too funny! Your kids are very creative and imaginative!!

Unknown said...

Hey Dawn! I'm starting up a mom blog too! Will you check it out and tell me what you think? You're like my idol!

Brenda said...

My kids do this all the time. One is a cat, the other a dog.

Unknown said...

LOL! I think you just described a typical morning in the Spaz household!

I agree, though, better to sleep in and clean up mess later. We mom's need as much sleep as we can get.

Brian said...

I had bowls like that once!! Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Ew, who lapped up the water that you stepped in?

I don't allow barking in my house. It's enough having to hear it from the neighbors' dogs. I don't want to hear it from my children! My daughter is WAY too good at sounding like a high-pitched, yappy little dog.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Dawn and family!


Anonymous said...

My lot are usually Guinea Pigs... AND they make that horrible Guinea Pig noise all day!

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

At least they don't shed like real dogs!! Hahah. So, if you were to do a Sunday SHout Out and someone asked you where they could donate a pint of blood, where would you suggest they go to? I'm just curious if that were to come up and who you might recommend? hee hee, I am so not very subtle here am I?

(easy link right here: http://tinyurl.com/yzfvnu4 )

Happy New Year and I hope 2010 begins good for you. You deserve it, and I'd love to meet for lunch if you're up for it after school starts up! xoxo

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

what cute pictures....love your blog..can it really be 2010....So glad I found your blog and look forward to many reads in 2010..Happy New Year..

Rick said...

Next time, turn off the lights and replace the Cheerios with Kibble and Bits.

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Nicole said...

Love it :)

Tesa said...

The messes aren't funny, but the pictures of them pretending to be dogs are! Hope you were able to find a way to get some rest while they were on break.

Starr said...

Hmm, I am beginning to wonder if two was enough...

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