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“Don’t Eat That!”

09/15/2012 - Author: Natasha Phillips - 2 Comments

It was perfect. The kitchen was spotless, the canning jars sparkling with cleanliness in the sun. The knives were sharp and had worked their magic on the tomatoes. Everything was going according to plan. My hair was done just right with make-up applied in case that ‘surprise’ guest might show. The kids were behaving perfectly dressed in their crisp polo shirts with their colorful plaid shorts. This ‘Martha Stewart’ canning was just perfect. Ahh what sweet bliss. Then….I woke up to reality…and this.

Yeah, that is a square of baking chocolate that Elliott is eating. My response to seeing that, “Don’t eat that.” His response…a smile while repeating, “no,no,no,no.” He knew he wasn’t supposed to eat it. Well, it was a good way to get the cupboards clean. Elliott knew just the push to get me going!

I know, I am a mess. If anyone would have told me this is how my kitchen would look while I was canning a few years ago, I would have laughed and said never!! I like things organized, clean and methodic. This, however was the only way I was going to get anything done today. The boys wanted to be where I was and I had to get the tomatoes done. I am so glad I was able to spend my day like this. Not only did I get to spend time with the boys, I was able to can and clean my cupboards!!! Life is good. 

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Discussion (2 Comments)

  1. by Amy Jung
    Reply

    Ha! I have had similar experiences…with flour. It is good you can smile about it!

  2. by Annie Radcliff
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    Oh yeah! I do well remember! However I think that was every day, not just special occasions! I remember Thomas raiding my makeup while I was on the phone one day, and Luke’s first love was dirt! When we moved into our country house in ’06, Tony would come home from work to find Luke covered in brown dirt in the yard, with only the whites of his eyes showing. I think I have a picture somewhere! This too shall pass!

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