Tuesday, June 30, 2009

i'm either the best or worst mom...

i've decided to add this pretty picture of a flowering bush in my back yard just in case some of you are of faint heart and would much rather not continue to read and see some pretty disgusting and dirty things. as this post is full of these things...
consider yourselves warned...
mom that means you.
katie has been regressing in the whole potty training thing because she's had a raw bum, and having a raw bum and pooping don't go well together.
well, pushing out four parasites and having hemorrhoids due to the wonderful experience of birthing them doesn't make pooping pleasant either but this post isn't about me it's about my kids.
so mind you we're in the bathroom and she's screaming like she is giving birth and i'm coaching her as i'm her midwife...i suddenly hear something that make my ears perk.
i hear splashing and laughing...we don't have a pool, or a lake in our back yard (or at least we didn't before yesterday) so i look out the window, and behold this is what my eyes did see:
i mutter "oh holy mother of all that is good"... (catholic background coming out again)
i run outside...leaving poor katie behind in mid breathing exercises...
and i stand there dumb founded. should i of yelled at them? could i stop them? should i of stopped them?
well what i did do is get the camera.

and well some things are for sure...
katie passed something that was the size of a small child and i missed it. (she later came outside and joined by watching from the sidelines)...
the boys are going to have some super awesome memories of growing up together and a lot to tell their therapists.
and my future daughter-in-laws are going to hate me...
because my boys are totally going to think that mom's are suppose to let this kind of behavior fly and laugh like a cackling crazy fool as she runs after them and hoses them down for her own personal "therapy".
(mom if you made it this far...i just want to add that no children were harmed in the making of this blog post and i'm totally kidding about cackling like a crazy fool, i was just chuckling and it really wasn't that great of therapy because they actually enjoyed their mother playing along with them. oh and katie's poop wasn't actually the size of a small child...more of a small rat so that makes it okay for missing it. and she's totally okay now.)
did i mention that i got absolutely nothing done yesterday?
well i didn't.

76 comments:

Di said...

I think I would have had the same reaction to the mud bathing. At least these days, as a grandmother who has a "reformed" perspective on such things. What delicious summer fun!

Bella Mama said...

seriously, waaaaay too funny!

PaisleyJade said...

hahaha!!!

Andi said...

I'd have to say "best' rather than 'worst'.
When your kids are adults, they won't remember the times they were told off for getting messy. They'll remember the fun they had with their brothers and their mum and the garden hose!!! A story for the ages.
Andi :-)
PS Glad all is OK on the pooping front. (Her, not you. Don't know about you)

Kim said...

You did the right thing by grabbing the camera. You will love this picture even more in years to come and the boys will remember this moment when you smiled instead of getting mad. I love these kinds of moments. It's messy being a mom but it's also worth the mess. If you know what I mean.

Karen said...

Thanks for the laugh and three cheers that you had enough presence of mind to grab your camera;)...Crisis + time = humor;)

Dawn said...

giggle giggle, chuckle, that looks so much fun....pity I am not a kid anymore......and don't we all wish our mums let us get dirty more often.

Katy said...

That looks like the best fun. A childhood isn't a good one without plenty of mud!!!

Rebecca said...

Awesome! Love the pictures! My kids would have loved that too!

Kelly Ann said...

in the last picture there's a cow watching on the whole going ons...think....those damn kids...

Carol R. said...

The boys look like they are having a blast! Sometimes it's more fun to go along with the mischief than try to stop it. (I have a picture of when I was younger playing in a mud puddle in the rain.)

Kelly O. said...

making memories that will last.

Sarah said...

playing in the mud is the best kind of fun:)

Teryn said...

My hubby says he and his brothers did this on a regular basis. I guess it's just a guy thing... it can't be stopped. Might as well embrace it. :)

MegJill said...

Your writing style and openness about your life is hilarious! You just made my day.
Although it's a big huge mess, I think you'll be happy you let them play in the mud. After all, they were already dirty and having fun when you found them!

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Ohhh I love this post! So fun! I think it's awesome you grabbed the camera, shows how fun you are and your kids are so lucky to have a Great mom like you! Your posts are so wonderfuly written and fun, I just love reading them everyday!

Rose Red Cottage said...

What a funny day. It reminded me of my own kids who one day started sliding down our grassy hill when they were tired of splashing in the kiddy pool. Many photos and muddy bottoms later, we had memories of a fun afternoon together. Your children have a great mom!

Thimbleanna said...

Hahaha -- those are some great pictures!!! You know you're a blogger when....

Bonnie said...

Vanessa..you are so killing me...this is hilarious!

rachel griffith said...

oh good gravy.
i heart you. seriously.

the bottom pic of the boys covered in mud...
that's the best pic EVER & they are gonna show it off to your future daughter in laws. you'll see.

Tammy & Shelby said...

OMG! Totally best mother! I have pictures like that of my brothers and me only not mud but just playing in the rain....but still. Gotta have some fun!!!!!!

Super cool and you are quite funny in your writing.

Glad the little girl is better now.

Now, sit down and have a drink.

Angela said...

LOLOLOL!!! This made my morning! This is too funny! So great that you grabbed your camera... those pictures are priceless!

sara said...

sometimes it is easier to just laugh and enjoy the moment. congrats on being a great mom!

kwiltmakr said...

The boys were just being boys and they had a lot of fun and didn't hurt a thing and poor Katie, I hope she doesn't have that problem again.

Robin said...

your boys will remember that forever and make them better parents someday! You get my vote for the BEST mom ever....my boys are seriously jealous and want to go make a mudhole to jump into :p

what great memories!!

Annette said...

That was too funny *wipes tears from eyes* You are a great mom. =) and a fabulous writer to boot!

Betty aka Fudgie said...

Hey grandma, V's mama! Your daughter is a hoot! Great story to pass on at family gatherings!

Peanut Blossom said...

That last photo is going to be a family classic for sure. You may find yourself making copies so each of the boys can take one with them to their own homes someday. So sweet.

Amy R said...

I vote that you are the best Mom! Keep having fun. . . they grow up way too fast!

Amy Hamberlin said...

I can't even tell you. How precious! Must have hit something...I just had a great cry. Your children are beautiful!

Kinsey Pistorius said...

good for you that you could take that all in and enjoy it at least a little! :)

Heather said...

Love your take on things and in all seriousness mudpuddle mayhem really is the most fun isn't???

connie said...

I love your story and photos!!! My 19 year old did the same thing and still talks about occasionally and It is one of my favorite stories to hear him tell. He is going to be a Sophomore in College next year and a wonderful young man! So good job mom!

Sara Richins said...

I think I would have done the same thing. What else are you going to do when it's hot outside? Looks like a lot of fun!!

Stacey said...

wow!! that is amazing! i cannot believe you were so cool about it, i am not sure if i could have been, great job!!

Marie said...

I vote Best Mom! Love the pic. Zack and Jaz would love this.

Kristi said...

okay, my daughter has the same problem as yours- the rats and all. what can we do? I am at a loss. and that mud looks like tons of fun. good for you for not yelling. that would have probably been my first response. crazy boys!

Sinta Renee said...

I love these kids! They are so ingenious! You did exactly what a good mom would do I think... or at least what I would do. My kids had one rule: as long as nobody is going to get hurt, it's fine. The picture is only in my mind but there was the time when the boys rode their bikes off the dock into the lake...

lambie-pie said...

That is hilarious and I have 4 boys myself so I relate all too well! And I think you're an awesome mom for letting them do that and not yelling, I have great memories of playing in the mud with my cousins and being hosed off in the yard!
Oh, and btw, I was flipping through a new quilting magazine yesterday, and there you were- you and all the other moda bakeshop ladies! I just thought I'd let you know because if my pic were published in a magazine, I'd want someone to tell me they saw it!!
Congrats!

Are You Serious! said...

♥ My kids did that this spring also... I was picking dried up nasty grass out their hair for days... I even got a splinter from washing the girls hair! They did have a blast though! :)

Amelia said...

I vote best! One of my fondest childhood memories is when my mom gleefully let us have a mud fight. Live it up I say!

Ayelet said...

I say best! Too often, we don't allow our kids to just get down and dirty and have fun...I bet your kids will remember the good times, and you'll always have those pictures!

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh golly, please tell me that isn't your septic tank backing up! lol

DairyQueen said...

that's about the best thing i've read all day!

dotti white said...

Wow, V, I think you totally did the right thing taking time to grab the camera. That is definitely the best way to remember this unforgettable experience! Great Mom, you are!

Tanya said...

man i can relate to this...i have four of these mud jumping creatures! i love them...good for you to grab your camera and laughing. getting mad would spoil the fun ;)

Danna said...

HAHAHHAHA! That was fuuuunnnaaaaay!

We are the Zitzmans said...

boys should get to be boys...at least the mud wasn't in the house, right!

I really should chase my boys with a hose someday for therapy!

girlsmama said...

Now these are what summer days are supposed to be like. Looks like great mothering to me. :)

KimberlyGanir said...

It makes me want to hose down my dirt backyard and let the kids have fun!! not really, so I'll just look at your pictures and laugh!! (and be glad that I don't have to clean it up!)

Courtney said...

they look like they are having the time of their life. I'd say you are the best. oh and I can only imagine how my little guy will be one day making mud puddles just to roll in it.

ellsworth family said...

We love love LOVE mud here at our house!

giddygoat said...

I have no words. Wait, maybe one.
Priceless.

Deeanna said...

The country life looks good on your boys! Funny Post!! :)

Aubrey said...

you're an awesome mom--they'll love that memory. just tell them they have to always wear those clothes for mud jumping so they don't ruin any more. ;)

Andrea said...

My vote is best mom! :)

clare's craftroom said...

Yay ! Exactly what little boys are meant to do .Well done Mum !

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Awesome!

Danielle said...

you are a better woman than i ;-0

Marci said...

first of all, poor miss katie! hope her poopers ok.;D
second of all, i have two small girls who i'm willing to set up arranged marriages with two of yours, whichever ones you choose, and they would think that was awesome! see, all done.:D
really, you rock, and your kids are lucky little buggers for havin ya!

Lisa said...

LOVE the picture and way to go for letting them have fun ... "best mom!"

Lisa Brown - Vintage Sweet Peas said...

O for sure, the best mom ever!!!!What fun those cute little monsters had....:)

Michelle said...

I can so relate to this post, I have photos of my three eldest when they were 2, 3 and 4 years old sitting in this big mud puddle(in the middle of winter no less)filling up their gumboots and throwing water at each other they had a ball! Things like this are what memories are made of!

TheBackPorchQuilters said...

WOW

IT bring back memories of me as a child

Russ

Camille said...

NICE. Gotta love boys huh? Your kids are so adorable, I just have a hard time believing you have kids that old. Oh, and Awesome pictures! Do I spy a 50mm 1.8 in there? How are you liking it so far???

michellejohnnie said...

great post!

jaybird said...

i vote for best mom... because they look like they had a blast... and sometimes that is all that matters!

Melody said...

Girl I nominate you for Mother of the Year!

pocalinde said...

last year i saw some boys doing exactly the same... the only difference is that it was winter and they slipped down a small hill.. but they looked the same like your boys! ;)

I also smiled about your strawberry eating daughter ;) I nearly took the same pictures two days ago.. :)

(please dont mind my awful english..i'm german ;)

Lisa Readman said...

Some of my favorite memories are of playing in the mud. Sounds like great fun.

happy zombie said...

Snort! Beautiful. Snort! Happiness. Snort! Piggiewiggies. Snort! Joy. Snort! Smile! Snort! Laugh!

Best mom in the world. Snort.

Becky said...

You are the best Mom in the World!!! Seriously, sometimes ya just gotta let kids be kids.

Glad Katie is feeling better too.

PamperingBeki said...

Haha!!

I've had that exact moment with a screaming toddler and me as the birthing coach. I remember it vividly.

titus2woman said...

Now see? THAT'S what life is all about!!!! LOVE IT! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

Dandelion Quilts said...

As a mother of a mud-lover, this post made me laugh...particularly the part 'oh holy mother of all that is good'....I could particularly relate to that part. LOL You did get something done...I am sure you had much laundry and shower supervisions that day!

happy zombie said...

Your kids don't scare me. And when you come back after your 5 shopping sojourn and pick them up... they'll be washed, fed, homework done, they'll even have made you a Mother's day gift. Why even their teeth will sparkle. Of course you'll have dropped them off at my neighbor's house.

On my honor... I will stick to my word.
I promise.
No appendages crossed.

Now I know what it's like to be standing in front of the Big Balls with The Motivator just about to swing into my backside.

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