Friday, August 15, 2008

Uh-Oh SpagettiO's

This is my weekend to do the food shopping for my family. Every two weeks, I go through all of my recipes and select a plethora of tasty meals to make for them. I put much thought into this and try really hard to make several new recipes a week.

I can no longer do this. There will be some changes around here......

On Tuesday, while I was grilling chicken and vegetables, Alex escaped from his spot on the couch where he and his sister were watching the Yo Gabba Gabba episode about sharing.

I found him upstairs, slathering Vaseline all over his legs and arms. Alex has very dry skin and we put special lotion on him everyday....apparently he needed more.

I chased him around the kitchen trying to remove as much Vaseline from his limbs as I could. Calvin came home in the middle of this and said he would handle it. I went back to preparing dinner.

I called them to the table and discovered that they had all been outside, under the deck in the dirt pile. Vaseline + Dirt = Mommy drinking Wine!

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Yesterday, I am grilling dinner again. This time the kids are outside. They have lots of toys out there and generally play nicely. I am in and out of the house...grilling and cooking noodles on the stove.

I come out and don't find the kids. I find them under the deck in the dirt pile....but at least there isn't any Vaseline involved so I let them play there.

A few minutes later, I come outside to find this.

And then Mallory fell....

And this is why we will be having SpagettiO's for dinner from now on.


  1. Oh my.

    Well, look at it this way: Spaghetti O's are cheap, so your grocery bill will drop. And the kid's behavior is actually a sign of intelligence.

    See? You have to find the good in everything. :)

  2. Let me just say that I don't know how you (and countless other moms) manage to make dinner with kids running around if dad isn't home yet. I thought Bella was getting independent enough and I was getting close to being able to make dinner before dad got home, and then I went and got pregnant. So, we've been eating dinner after 9 for the past 2 years! (I make Bella dinner before she goes to bed) Spaghettios is another great option :)

  3. Think about the prepared foods section of the grocery store. I'm just saying...

  4. lol very cute pics!

  5. You're a good Mom. The vaseline, dirt pile, and water - would have put me over the edge.

    Not a thing wrong with canned food or frozen fish sticks once in a while!

  6. The Vaseline/Dirt situation did send me over the edge. I considered a big glass of grape juice but that was going to help no one.

    I am trying very hard to let the kids get dirty and not flip out. As much as I love Kate (from Jon and Kate +8) i do not want to be anti-messy play like she is.

    I went to the store last night and got some frozen things that supposedly cook in a skillet in 10 minutes. We will see how that works out!

    Thanks for all of the encouragement!

  7. I'm a bit anti-messy play, so your attempt to let them be kids is really encouraging me. I just got home from a birthday party and my kids were the only ones wearing bibs. Pizza, icecream - no bibs? My heart does palpitations. I'm working on it with you!

    I am impressed that you EVER make dinner. Most of the time, I'm a cans and nuggets kind of girl.

  8. Oh I completely understand. I get so nervous when my girls are QUIET when I am making dinner.

    I do have to admit, it sure looks like they had a blast.

  9. Hahahahaha!!! Well all that money you save from feeding them Spaghetti Os can go to buying the extra laundry soap.

  10. LOL - I have a friend I need to send over your way... her daughter just did the vaseline thing!

  11. omg is it wrong to laugh??

    oh and i loooove jon and kate plus 8. but you are right...she's too uptight. maybe i'd be like too if i had 8 kids tho...


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