Monday, January 18, 2010


I live in the land of endless rain and clouds. Well, it seems like that right now. It rains a lot in the winter and in January/February it feels like it will never be sunny again. This morning I woke up to sunshine and blue skies! I thought I was dreaming! I was excited to get out of bed this morning and enjoy the sunshine. My kids were also excited. I put them in play clothes, handed them a shovel and a bucket and put them outside. I told them that I haven't planted my flowers yet so they were free to dig as much as they want. They had so much fun! It was wonderful. I thought I would take advantage of the quiet time to get some work done. Tyler yelled to me from the other room, "Mom! You have to see this!" He had already shown me several things that I "had to see" outside so I took my time getting to him. When I turned to leave my room he was standing in the hall. "Mom! You should see the cool footprints I made all over the house with my dirty shoes!" My response: "Ahhhhhh!!! Don't move! Stay exactly where you are!" His response to my response: Keep walking and getting dirt everywhere. Finally I scooped him up and carried him back outside. Apparently he had no idea that this was a bad idea. I calmly explained to him that this was why we take our shoes off before we come in the house. Dirt on carpet makes mommy upset. He looked so sad to have made me upset. I quickly forgave him and he promised to never do that again. He even offered to help me vacuum it up. I told him that I appreciated the offer, but please just stay in the kitchen and don't get dirt on anything else. Did I mention that he was wearing cleats? A whole lot of mud and dirt can collect on the bottom of those spiky shoes!

This picture doesn't show the dirt very well but I had to get the other stuff up right away before it got ground into the carpet!


Annie said...

OH ! Little boys are so adorable! Too bad his wonderment of the world made lots of work for you..

tara said...

oh sad to have to ruin little kids' hopes and dreams with the drudginess of reality. somday you'll look back and laugh...someday :)

Amber said...

Aaargh. It takes SO long to clean foot prints up. Hope you have some resolve.