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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)

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Comments · 9

  • houkhouse · February 2, 2007

    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!

  • Joni · February 2, 2007

    I believe every Dad who experiences over 24 hours alone with the children should be allowed to learn the mom secret handshake. Good job.

  • rindy · February 2, 2007

    Great laugh this morning!!! Love it!!!

  • Tom · February 2, 2007

    Thank God for mamas!

  • Michael · February 2, 2007

    You sound like Michael Keaton in Mr. Mom.

    Maybe you should break that movie out to do a little comparison?

  • superman1224 · February 2, 2007

    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!

  • faithwalk · February 3, 2007

    Thanks for a good laugh Aaron! I love all the pictures you post.. how do you do that?
    I’m still smiling :-)
    Great picture of the kids!

  • Celeste · February 4, 2007

    Haha! Funny…I’ve been looking after my little sisters a lot the last few weeks while Mum has been away…I know the feeling!!! :D

  • fordiym · February 7, 2007

    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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