Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Just a quick interruption of my self-inflicted computer break.

M was in a TERRIBLE mood this afternoon. Arguing, crying, whining. If twelve year old girls do it, I was living it this afternoon.

At dinner time, I offered her all of her favorites only to be screamed at. I lost my temper then and told her to GO AWAY. She went to the red chair and cried a while. Finally she ate some yogurt. Then she asked for crackers. I asked if she wanted peanut butter with them. Yes. No. Yes. NO! She responded. Finally, she agreed to some peanut butter.

I was on the phone and washing dishes. I heard that delightful laughter that I love. That should have been my very first clue that something was up. Instead, I smiled to myself, kept chatting, and washed a few more dishes. After a few moments (not TOO long), I noticed the dog running back and forth and M's laughter became more infectious.

Imagine my SHOCK when I looked up and saw our 90 lb chocolate lab COVERED in peanut butter.

Yes, fellow toddler moms, I've entered the world of toddler pranks.

Every time Mocha would run by M, she would dip her hands in her peanut butter and run her hands along Mocha's back. Mocha's back was COMPLETELY covered in peanut butter and my daughter was having the time of her life.

My evening went from this schedule: sewing, finishing some cards (sorry Mandaroo and Arizaphale!), and knitting.

To this schedule: washing a 90 lb chocolate lab, WHO HATES WATER, outside in the winter. Fun times, fun times.

But my kid laughed. How I love that laugh...oh, how I love that laugh.


Andi said...

I laughed just as hard reading this as I did when you first told me! She is turning into such a prankster! I love that she has a great sense of humor...some days you just HAVE to laugh.
Kisses to M.

Maggie said...

Oh no! That's not fun for you, but I have to admit it made me laugh out loud!

Golightly said...

You took a picture, right?

You have those moments and then you have these moments.

Yup. Toddlers.

Christina said...

Ahhh, toddlers! They fill us with frustration and deloght at the very same time!!! We have't had an incident with PB yet - but that's only because she doesn't like the stuff. We've had plenty of other similar moments!

Kyla said...

That made me laugh! I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time, but you got a hilarious post of it. That has to ease the frustration.

And anyway, EVERYONE knows that peanut butter goes great with chocolate!

HipMomma said...

It's a good thing we have them to remind us that life's gets way too serious sometimes.

Arizaphale said...

I have just realised....I am way too old to deal with that stuff now!!! :-D

Glad you could laugh.

BTW: I often found that 'go away' and 'I've had enough of you crying' could work wonders. Pampering them and attending to their every whine only validates the whining. :-)