Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Murphy's Extended Law

If you ever want your kids to be quiet, don't for the love of all that is good and holy, tell them they have to be quiet cuz Daddy is sleeping after a night working 3rd shift.

Because they WILL find any and every way possible to make noise.

drummer boys

If you take away the drum and drumsticks? They will beat on the basketball hoop with their plastic tools.

You take away those?

They'll resort to smashing their monster trucks into each other, each trying to "one up" the other to see who can make the loudest engine noise.

smash cars
I think some of those trucks had a rod knockin'.

If you say its time to put the trucks away (because they came across the gawd-awful one that plays You Can't Touch This), they'll find some way to fight and squabble over every piece of crap toy that plays music that they've ever owned.

Or just a single Matchbox car they both must have.

matchbox in a row

And they will both pitch a fit when you take it away for fighting over it, ignoring the 8,362 other cars they have that are justthismuch different.

rows of cars

When your patience has worn thin, you'll probably decide that getting out of the house is a good idea.




But somehow, you may just figure that its a good idea to combine that thought with the beck and call of your to do list and brave the grocery store.

With two kids.

Who are already playing "Do You Want to Bet We Can Fight Over A Single Fruit Snack?" (By the way - don't play. You'll lose.)

Um, the only pictures from the grocery store are those on the surveillance cameras where they belong.

Cuz if you, in a bout of near insanity, let both kids out of the cart just so they'll stop crying already?

They might just box with each other at the end of the check-out line.

And? This might all cause Mommy to weigh the prospect of going through the liquor department and waiting in line with fighting children ALL OVER AGAIN.


itsahumanzoo said...

I'm glad that my little one is still a baby! When we go to the store I just have to worry about my 3 year old. But I know it won't be long before they're both getting along nicely in the grocery cart. Haha!

Kelly said...

Ah, yes those moments. I thought about braving the store today with just my youngest - until he started being a brat. So, we waited til Dad got home. Coincidentally, he was at work since Sunday morning at 7:15am - so he's super tired. When we got the older 2 from school, they actually played with toys instead of watching tv quietly. All the loud toys, and made shooting noises. Where's the bottle??

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

I'm finally past that stage (after 15 years. :)Fun commentary.

BarbaraLee said...

Thats to bad. I guess I was pretty lucky in that dept. The kids seemed to always be good. Don't ask me what I did b/c I don't know. I didn't resort to beatings either. I might have walked out the store once.
We did play games w/the product. Comparing prices and what looks good.

It is to bad that Dad doesn't sleep through the noise. I know a few people would were experts at it.

NicEmMOM said...

All I can say is I wish we were closer so you could "drop" the kids somewhere, where noise does not matter! I do though understand completely about the "don't touch me" aspect of the day and grocery shopping! The girls are always fighting about who is on top or who will be able to "pack" the bags. Oh joy!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I swear they sense weakness and pounce on it--my kids are super-irritating and owly on the days I'm in NO mood.

Anonymous said...

How true is that, lol! Great post and I love the pictures.

mrs007 said...

girl you crack me up! I feel your pain....and I have girls. Squeaky screaming, squealing girls. It's amazing how they are just born with it. Liquor departments are made for moms with small loud children

Zoeyjane said...

I've often wished for a liquor section in the grocery store. OFTEN.

Roger said...

Just so you know, my 18 and 14 year olds, STILL do that!

As well as the rest. Plus, when you take one shopping the others start crying until you let them go, and... $300 later, you realize that you forgot what you went to the store for, to begin with.

I love being a dad!

Mama Smurf said...

It's a boy thing. Boys must be loud. Period. They were all born with the loud gene programmed into their DNA. I, of course, didn't realize this until after my daughter was born. She made me realize that testosterone is the enemy.

Mama Smurf said...

PS...I have the perfect cure...EAR PLUGS!

Kim H. said...

You got the liquor, right?....

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know I mentioned this post on my blog today!

Helene said...

I feel bad for saying this but I felt relieved reading this post because this happens at my house on a daily basis and I thought my kids were the only ones in the universe who do stuff like this!!

Found your blog through The Newlyweds...my son saw the picture of your boys' cars all lined up and he wanted to see more!!