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Friday, June 29, 2012

You Know You're A Parent When... (#9)


Haven't you always wondered how the Seven Dwarfs met and why Cinderella didn't run away with the local baker?

If so, you need to check out our “What If?” Blogfest, and thanks to the many dozens who've already signed up.

This is going to be a Beauty... yikes....does than mean I'm the beast :) 

My co-hosts, Cassie Mae, Leigh and Morgan and I appreciate everyone signing up – and if you want to, add your name to the Linky List here J
The Dream Team... and me, the Nightmare :)

In other news, (I've always wanted to say that:) here's my ninth and latest installment of “You Know You’re A Parent When…” an ongoing series that makes single people cringe and roll their eyes J

If you’re new to my blog (thanks), I've included some recent YKYA posts here and here.

You Know You’re A Parent When…

·         You go for dinner at an outdoor restaurant with another couple (with multiple kids), and when they act as frazzled as you live, a bonding moment occurs.

The adults each help manage the controlled chaos to where you enjoy some downtime talking to your spouse – using “big” words – and sentences that don’t end in “STOP IT! or SIT DOWN!!

Inventory Check... How Many Kids Should We Have?

As you leave, you realize in a weird sort of way that you’ve had a (not-so-quiet) date night. Wow… imagine that...

·         No. 1 Son covers his lower face and chin with a grey, washable marker... and when you ask why, he says, ‘cos I want my face to look like Papa’s scratchy bumpy face.”

·         You treasure the small collection of “sleep-maker” DVDs and love the moments when you catch No. 1 Son losing the battle to keep his eyes open. (Thank you, Baby Einstein – Lullaby Time J)

Look Papa... it's the Six :)

·         You turn the corner and remember why you don’t want an e-reader – try recreating this memory with a Kindle.
Then, you start hoping James Patterson or John Grisham won’t be upset with this new-look “book display.”

·         Cleaning the table after dinner includes removing the following:

o   Large Salad Spoons

o   Placemats

o   Various Matchbox Cars

o   Salt and Pepper Shakers

o   Plate Warmers

o   Large Foam Letter “U”

o   A Steel Cowbell

o   Removal of 4-foot-long grey dolphin from underneath table

 ·         Trying for just one nice picture of your independent two-year-old, you find yourself sweating, leaning over, falling backward, all the while hooting and hollering a bunch of complete and utter gibberish as you strive to earn No. 2 Son’s attention.
And then, just like that, he looks up and you snap the “money shot” you never saw coming.
Of course, you scuttle back to the other parents and show off the image, all the while saying that *this* was the so easy-to-get shot you intended all along.
Look, Papa... it's the Sun :)

...It's only now that you remember that these same parents follow your blog and the secret is out....

...oops :)


Melanie said...

I don't know what I would have done without Baby Einstein!!

Mark Koopmans said...

@ Melanie... Seriously... Lullaby Time is still my "Big Dog" DVD...

If nothing else works and the boys are still up.... on it goes and within ten minutes... zzz, zzz, zz-zz-zuh zz :)

Dani said...

I wouldn't know what I would do without my Kindle. Well... it was my kindle. The 2 yr old stole and she knows how to work that thing more than i do. At bedtime I hand her the kindle and she scrolls to find Netflix and the rest history.

I know I'm a parent when I quote all the evil sayings my parents used on me. Ugh!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Very cute! Love the pictures! Looks like you another reader. :)

A Daft Scots Lass said...

and you know ALL the words to ALL the Barney songs.

S.P. Bowers said...

I love your You Know You're a Parent posts.

You know your a parent when phrases like "stop shaving with your banana and eat it" or "I'm sorry, you lost your waffle privileges" or, "if it went in the toilet it's gone and you don't get it back" (this last one uttered by my hubby while at work and on the phone with our sobbing son. All his co-workers cracked up) make sense and sound logical.

Martin Willoughby said...

My kids never did the grey marker, they just pulled at my beard and asked if it hurt.

M.J. Fifield said...

When my nieces have been in the house, they never seem to draw on themselves. Just my furniture. And I'm always left saying, "where did you find a marker?!?!?!?"

Love the book picture. That's awesome.

Johanna Garth said...

LOL! We had some incidents with Sharpies that made me start thinking of them as contraband goods to be kept under lock and key.

nutschell said...

that is a money shot. Your son looks so happy and the sun is just right:)

Happy Weekend!

Green Monkey said...

that "look papa it's the sun" shot is fabulous!

Lara Schiffbauer said...

My dining table has Lego Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean guys on top and stuffed animals below. I can't keep up... They have become almost permanent features and dining companions. :)

Leigh Covington said...

Oh Mark! These "parent" posts always make me feel more normal! Whoot-whoot! I'm not the only one who goes through this. Your kids are ADORABLE!!!

And you're most definitely NOT the "beast" of our group! lol. You're awesome! I feel so blessed to know you!

Unknown said...

Your son is so cute Mark!

Elise Fallson said...

I love these parent posts. I can sometimes predict how the rest of my day is going to pan out by looking at my breakfast table. (=

Maurice Mitchell said...

Terrific post Mark. Is there such a thing as date night with kids? ;)
- Maurice Mitchell
The Geek Twins | Film Sketchr
@thegeektwins | @mauricem1972

Nicole said...

Another delightful post. Your boys will never leave you without stories to tell. :)

Morgan said...

"Inventory check" <----LOL!

Oh man... these posts are THE BEST. Because they're sooooo true. I'm laaaaughing at the cleaning up the table bit... so spot on. All verrrry funny... *so my life*

Elizabeth Seckman said...

The pictures never get any easier. Getting my son's senior pics made me want to start drinking!

Mina Burrows said...

I used to slip on cars all the time. Now it's Legos. Great post.

Bonnee Crawford said...

LOL! Awwh the joys of parenthood!

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