The Three “P’s” – Pets, Peppers, and Poo

It's All Gone!

It’s All Gone!

The garbage men came this morning and, bless their hearts, they picked up everything.  They actually had two trucks in front of our house and they must have worked on the pile a good 6 or 7 minutes before they were able to move on.

Waiting for Craig's List

Waiting for Craig’s List

Now we have things in the garage waiting for Jason to list them on Craig’s List.  Several more things got knocked off the “to-do” list today. The Commander (and son) took a big pile of electronic equipment to a missions group that takes used electronics.  Then they took a big pile of papers to be shredded over to the local Staples.  They also put new chicken wire along the lattice work under the stairs of our sunroom so that I don’t have to worry about Toto going on walk-about.  And finally, the Commander hung our bicycles from the attic floor of our garage so they are out of the way now.

Toto was in the doghouse!

Toto was in the doghouse!

Toto was feeling a little “put-out” with going from being an only child to having rambunctious toddlers in the house.  She kept trying to worm her way onto my lap no matter where I was sitting or with whom.  At one point today, little Sweet Pea had me put a “leash” of string around her stuffed kitten’s neck so she could take her on a walk inside the house.  She was dragging the cat down the hall and Toto scooped up the cat and was trotting behind Sweet Pea with the cat in her mouth.  I spent a LOT of time taking baby dolls and kittens out of Toto’s mouth today.  Don’t feel too bad for her, though.  She is getting lots of goodies that the kids drop at mealtimes.  Oy!

Choo Choo time at the library

Choo Choo time at the library

By mid-afternoon, the kids were getting cranky, I was having trouble staying awake and the men needed to run off and do more errands so I took the kidlets off to play on a nearby playground and then to the library.  We have a great children’s section in our library and Spud and Sweet Pea enjoyed the books for awhile but were more captivated by this train set.  Spud spent a good 20 minutes playing trains and saying “choo choo” over and over again.

Playing with the dollhouse

Playing with the dollhouse

Sweet Pea found a dollhouse to rearrange while Spud moved on to a table full of Legos and farm animals.  He is learning so many new words and is like a little parrot.  I’ve noticed that he says a word over and over until you acknowledge what he’s pointing out to you and then he is quite happy until the next thing he wants you to see.

While Sweet Pea was playing at the dollhouse, she suddenly stopped and grabbed her pants and looked at me.  I asked her what was wrong.

“I’m wondering why I have something in my pants, Nana,” she said.

(Oh, oh…..)

I gave things a discrete feel and realized that she’d done a job in her undies.  Oh, boy…..now I had to pack up the kids and get her to a bathroom quickly.  Thank goodness that the self-checkout was working and the bathrooms were just around the corner of the children’s room.

Once inside it was quick work to strip off pants and undies and try to clean things as best as I could.  In the meantime, little Spud was helpfully trying to point out what was going on by repeating “poop” to me over and over again.  Yes, Spud…I’ve got it.

Requisite smelly picture!

Requisite smelly picture!

Then, of course, I was faced with the problem of what to do with the dirty undies.  I wasn’t going to put them back on Sweet Pea and I didn’t want to throw them away when I could easily wash them.  But I sure didn’t want to be carrying children’s underwear in plain sight out the door of the children’s section.  So I wrapped it in paper towels and stuck it in my purse.  When I got home, I told my son, “I have a present for you,” and handed it to him.  I’m SUCH a good mom.

Reading library books

Reading library books

Once I got home, I sprang into action and prepared one of Jason’s (and ours) favorite meals – Stuffed Green Peppers.  Yummy!  My mom used to make these for us and I make them just like she did, without any tomato sauce.  Just rice, hamburger and onion and topped with lots of buttered cracker crumbs.

Evening Cuddle Time

Evening Cuddle Time

A final cuddle or two and then it was time for bed.  We’re all beat!  As I was typing up this blog post, I was listening to Sweet Pea talking to her brother in the bedroom next to my computer room.  He was repeating another word and she was asking him, “Why do you keep saying ‘More’?”  I’d love to be a little fly on the wall to hear some more of their conversations.  I’ll bet they’re doozies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Oh dear! This is hillarious, but I’m sorry for the little library incident! Thanks for taking such good care of my little ones – it sounds like they are having the time of their lives!

    • Dee

      Not a problem. The funniest part was really Sweet Pea’s amazement that something like this should happen. I had to reassure her that she was just having SO much fun at the library that she completely forgot that she had to use the bathroom.

  • Rebecca

    Hahaha. The best part of this is Spud demonstrating his word-learning skills while in the bathroom with you two.

    • Dee

      I know. It’s amazing that the words you WISH they wouldn’t pick up are the very words that they immediately learn to say. Oy!

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