When Mama’s Away…

My wife has been away this weekend with a friend that was speaking at a retreat. I’m glad she got the time away. Usually I am the one that jet sets all over the USA. I am not aware of any permanent damage to the kids, our van, or the house (yet). I am a bit unsure if ketchup comes out of clothes, so if you have any tips for washing, I would love to hear them. Below are some other lessons I have learned the past few days.

1. When the bell at school rings at 3:45, it’s a good idea to be on time.

2. Girls shoes and socks magically disappear around the same time you are supposed to be picking up your child from school (roughly 3:45)

3. Cold pizza and Dannon yogurt complete the food pyramid perfectly.

4. A babies cry comes roughly half way through a blog post.

5. It’s best to not leave those little white ketchup cups in front of an 18 month old child.

6. When a 3 year old drops said ketchup cup, and it lands on the floor, it will explode.

7. When going to see the Santa Maria in downtown Columbus, it’s best to follow the signs to get there. We walked roughly the entire route of the upcoming Columbus Marathon.

8. When parking in a garage, it’s best to have change for a 20 dollar bill. Oh, the self feeding machine will give change….Now I have 14 one dollar coins.

9. No one wants $1 coins.

10. When you have no hair yourself, doing the hair of your 2 little girls is next to impossible. (click picture to see what I mean)

11. Is it white shoes after Columbus day or Memorial day? Either way, they are wearing white shoes today!

12. You can tell if mama’s not home by the look and dress of the 3 children that daddy is taking care of while she’s gone.

13. “The Little Mermaid” on DVD will buy you roughly one hour to pick up and clean all evidence of your weekend events and menu choices.

Hurry home honey……..

(Originally Posted October 2006)


9 Replies to “When Mama’s Away…”

  1. houkhouse

    Oh your gang would fit in so perfectly here with ours! We are both full-time parents and employees, sharing duties, stories, and the good and the bad together. My hubby will love your site – he’s big music fan as well and you seem to like some of our favorites – Chris Tomlin and MercyMe for starters. We have Youth Ministry backgrounds and could probably share some great stories.

    You have a great blog! I have to tell you that pizza and Dannon yogurt make a nice meal here – cold cereal really works well sometimes. And shoes, socks – that’s a continually disappearing thing – for all 6 of us!

    We just had another parent moment – so check out our post on it later. Take care!

  2. superman1224

    Funny stuff man. You some of my most memorable moments with my dad were while my mom was away. It’s like having a substitute teacher in school. You get away with everything. Dads also plan fun stuff for you too do. Great post. That picture made me laugh out loud!

  3. fordiym

    I was in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend. However, it was way to cold to go see the old sailing ship. Talk about artic air. I was there for the Dare2Share Conference.

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