Monday, March 1, 2010

i should win best mom award for this

so last week at aprox 8:22 pm the night before the 2nd grade play (which my son was to be honey bee #2) i'm not kidding the kid comes up to me and says

second noise maker: "uh mom, i need a honey bee costume...for tomorrow's play."
okay keep in mind we live in a town of 500 people with NOTHING around us. i'm not joking when i say "middle of nowhere". the only thing that might remotely have something that could help me in this predicament would be our "grocery store" that closes every night at 7. yup aprox 1 hour and 22 minutes ago.
me: panic setting in "W-what? what do you mean you need a honey bee costume?"
second noise maker who's about to lose his life:" i'm a honey bee...and i need a costume. for the play. tomorrow."
me: laughing uncontrollably "no, you're kidding. did your dad make you say this?" not laughing anymore.
all eyes are now looking at the man i married who is silently laughing and trying really hard not to say anything. but can't hold back anymore says:
"come on honey you're crafty i'm sure you can whip something up.
by.tomorrow.morning. BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!"
me: glaring "i don't need your help."
me back to the child who i gave birth to who is about to have it taken away by me as well: "uh, why didn't you tell me before now?"
the child:"i don't know? i didn't really know till now."
me: "likely story. go to bed. i'll be over here trying to figure something out."

and so i did. two wire hangers, hot glue, and some tights (which i kind of liked but had to sacrifice) created the wings.

and yeah okay so they look like i made them while smoking crack and drinking...but i wasn't i swear.
a t-shirt turned inside out and some black masking tape was made into his "body".
and you know what's even better? a lot of the teachers at the school read my blog. so they know i sew and am capable of "crafty" things. so this post is for you teachers who were looking at my kid that day and thinking "what in the...i thought she was crafty."

during the whole play all i could think was as i looked at the other honey bees "yup. that kid's parent had more notice than me...so did that one. aaaaaand that one too."


when i saw him afterwards (which he did a smashing good job at being honey bee #2 in-spite of my costume) i also saw his teacher and told her sorry about the costume we only had so and so many resources and blah de blah. you know what she said?
"well, we had extras we told him he could use but he wanted to wear yours."

*tears*
okay you can live a little longer honeybee.


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77 comments:

Jandi said...

ROFLMAO I don't know why teachers stopped pinning this information to students' shirts. This simple act alone could keep us all from having child services knocking on our doors. My daughter risks her life every time she tells me about a bake sale the morning of. Apparently I have 'Hostess' stamped on my backside.

The Kings said...

i can't believe they didn't send something home in folders or something! i would've died! you did a great job coming up with something on the fly.

Erin said...

It wasn't on the fly, it was on the Bee. Sorry... couldn't resist. I love that he wanted to wear yours though!

rachel griffith said...

so when you were telling me about these bad boys on the phone, i just couldn't picture them.
but omg!!!
BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

i love your kids.

pocalinde said...

HAHAHA!!! good story :) why didnt he know that earlier!?!?

Becky said...

Can't stop laughing. But only because I have been there myself! I think you did good for last minute but that boy owes you a pair of tights!

Felicia said...

Okay the end of the story is priceless. I had no idea they had extra costumes :o)

Oh, and that's a flattering picture of my kid in the background flipping the bird and scratching himself...

eamylove said...

I just came home from my son's 7th grade Medieval Fair. He DID give me notice, but costumes are HARD!!! I was glad I was only a "legendary crafter" in my own mind! Truthfully, though, all of the kids looked great, whether their outfits were simple or elaborate. You son and his friends were ALL so cute!

Tammy and Shelby said...

I too am laughing and to answer pocalinde? He's a boy. I have 2 sons (now 22, 19) and they still don't remember that they need something and they are in college. My 15 yo daughter...man, she tells me everything and with notice.....

You did a great job!

Amy said...

V! Your costume actually sucks! I'm so happy!!!!

she wears flowers said...

Yep, falling off my chair laughing! I am glad it turned out so well, because, really, it is so funny when you tell it!

Angela said...

LOL!!! CUTE! Oh.. the days when my kids start school... can't wait! BTW... I think your costume was BY FAR the most creative use of materials! LOL!!!

jaybird said...

i'm glad i waited till the end... oh the things kids will do... remind me to tell you about the horrors i put my mom through the year that my 6th grade class had a "western" theme for the halloween parade... i'm lucky i'm alive!

Marie said...

That was the funniest thing I've read in a long time! It all worked out though, right! Thanks for the laugh! I love the fact that our kids think we're superheroes and can whip up anything they need!

Tasha said...

I think you did much better then I would have and I live where I could have run to at least Walmart. Oh, what kids will do sometimes. I love that he wanted to wear yours though. Kids can dedeem themselves right.

Camille said...

LOVE THIS. Love it.

andrea creates said...

Oh-this made me laugh and I really needed it, thanks!!
Too funny- I'm sure you are a winner in the last minute creative moms awards :)

Barbara said...

Little boys ( and big , for that matter) have the innate ability to melt their mothers' hearts at the oddest times.

The costume rules, by the way. That's the way they are supposed to look for a school play - not from a Hollywood sewing factory !

~mom to a 28 yr old son and

Funky Kim said...

I'm so totally impressed with what you came up with! And as one who spends time in Milford, Utah, I do understand the complete lack of resources at your disposal. And I'm certain that I couldn't have done better even tho I live in Salt Lake!

Erin said...

that is hilarious and really sweet!

Tracey J said...

:-D

What a sweetie!

debbiekl said...

Ha! That's pretty funny. I think you did pretty well!

resmith said...

Oh, you came up with something on practically no notice at all that your son was proud to wear because you made it. That just goes to heart for me.
Great job! I don't know if I would have been able to do it.

Wic said...

my boys are 3 1/2 and already I am afraid of the night I will hear something similar.
I think you did amazing and I love that you are able to share the pain. And give us a smile.

Purple Quilter Queen said...

That's greatness! You're like Michelle Pfiffer in that movie with George Clooney - One Fine Day. You have that "magical" ability to pull costumes out of your.....(I'll let you fill in the blank!) Great job! He looked adorable. Jenn

Deanna said...

I'll give you a gold star, and a gold medal!!! You're the BEST mom in the WORLD. Seriously.

Love your blog...just started reading it and yup. I think you're fabulous!

(And I totally know about the middle of no.where thing. my parents moved us to a teeny tiny town of 300 when i was 15. *sobbing* and we survived. I'm sure my mom had many moments like the one you just described! LOL! Bless you!!! )

Marci said...

that's awesome! mady did that one time with a bandanna for the field day dance. told me she had to have one color...searched high and low and almost missed the dance...and the color she actually NEEDED was the one she had she just didn't want to wear that color. ugghh.

he's such a cute little bee though!

Brandy @ The Moody Fashionista said...

I LOVE your stories :o) He looked adorable & you did fantastic under the circumstances. LOL.

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

SO FUNNY!! A little girl I nannied told me the night before that she had to memorize a poem for the next day...could I please help her? WHAT?? Kinda like yesterday morning when 10 minutes before church I decided to make play dough to go w/ my lesson...and the flour jumped all over my shirt!!! Sighh...life is just so daily!! :)

Alisa said...

I was totally belly laughing soooo hard and then I got to the end and a little tear welled up because my noisemaker #2 would want to wear mine too. Kids....gotta love em!

Sarah said...

A wire hanger and black tights...you should win mom of the year for that one...so creative! I think he makes a wonderful honeybee. At you will have great story to tell your grandkids. :)

Alyson said...

Best story I've read in a long time! What a cutie! You get a gold star and a sticker! Thanks for sharing it!

michele said...

that's awesome. i love that "i told my mom late last night i needed a costume today" quality it has to it ;) especially the drunk, crack-smokin' wings. you ROCK.

Kari @ Ucreate said...

HOLY CRAP THAT IS SOOOO FUNNY!!! I needed a good laugh today!!

K said...

That is both hilariously funny and tear-jerkingly sweet.

Skip and Faun said...

OK... that is super cute! He wanted to wear yours! Seriously, you have darling kids. AND I am laughing at the costume but I couldn't have done that well with that short of notice! You really are the bomb.com....

Crissy said...

oh so funny! and so precious that he wanted to wear yours. :o)

Joyce said...

Reminds me of the movie "One Fine Day". If you haven't seen it, you must. Moms learn to carry such a "big" bag containing everything that might be needed on any day. Her kid got to daycare and realized it was Super Hero Day, so she reached in her bag and pulled out duct tape, ponchos, etc. etc. and instantly came up with winning costumes for her son and his friend. So, in this case, you are the super hero, and, even though he could have given you more notice, aren't you bursting your buttons that he would rather wear something you made than something someone else made? Good job, super hero, have a great day, and give that little one an extra hug for having such confidence in his mom.

Jemm said...

Oh my gosh! That is SOOO funny. And precious to boot. I found myself wondering the whole time I was reading...."why didn't they send notes home?" We have had similar instances with projects etc. and I always wonder why they don't send home notes like they used to.

Meshellyn said...

I am laughing hysterically right now!!! If you'd have only had that extra 1 hour and 22 minutes... gotta love a boy who loves his Momma though! Very sweet :)

Terri said...

Hehehe - that brings back memories. Nice job on the "fly" (or on the "bee")!

Liz said...

-K- Vanessa, I just choked on my Diet Coke. You make me laugh. I saw the play and thought he looked great.... and did a great job too. I didn't get a whole lot of info out of my little story teller either.

SLO Rober said...

That's the stuff my nightmares are made of! I'd have been so mad, when I handed the kid his wings, I'd have said, "There's your fairy wings!"
(But then I would remember that he was just a child and I should probably not scar him for life just because he forgot some key info given at the appropriate time).
Way to go Mom! I love it!

Mindy said...

Oh, this post made me laugh, and Felicia's comment about her son in the background made me laugh even harder. That is one craptastic costume, and you definitely deserve mother of the year for it.

Petit Debutant said...

awww, I loved the very last part

Sarah said...

those are the complements worth staying up all night for:)

Whimsical Creations said...

LMAO!! You totally just made my day with that story.

BTW....that last part melted my heart.

stewbert said...

oh wow ... what a cutie for wanting to wear yours, even though the other kids' parents had way more time with the info. :)

Tiff said...

Vanessa . . . .I am sure that you get a million comments a day . . . but I want you to know you inspire me. Second . . . how do you do it. we recently moved from a good size town to one in the middle of nowhere in eastern montana. Population 400. The closest Walmart is two hours away . . . so a couple of questions if you. How do you do it. How do you stay sane, being isolated? How do you survive on a school paying budget & make it. How do you have time to be crafty. We recently moved to the middle of nowhere . . . changed from industry to now my husband is teaching school . .and i have three boys 5 and under. Any helps, advice you want to give would be greatly appreciated. ANd if you don't have time . . . I understand. Thanks so much. - TIffany
binghamfamily@gmail.com
or www.tiffanybingham.blogspot.com

ps I just started a this blog. . . it gets greatly ingnored. so there isn't much too it. . . sorry.

dana said...

AWESOME. good job!

Tonya's Sewing Room said...

priceless..it was all worth it in the end. I love your blog and your noisemakers.

This and That Creations said...

Awwwww...i love that kid and he's not even mine! Don't you love last minute challenges?? My kids the narrator this week in the Charlotte's Web play (thank goodness!) Wait! She's reading over my shoulder as I'm typing this and just told me she needs overalls! Aaaaggghhhh! At least we have a walmart down the road that is open 24 hours! Hey, check out my new blog! http://www.thisandthatcreations.blogspot.com

Dandelion Quilts said...

This is hilarious. We recently had I have a dream...dress up in the career you want to be when you grow up day. My son changed his mind 2 hours before bed. I feel your pain.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

They always know a way to yank your heart back where it belongs, huh?

Tracy said...

You had me laughing, grimacing and melting all at the same time with this post. You will always come to rescue and any smart boy would choose mama's costume over the teacher's extras. And now you have another sweet, though stressful for a moment there, memory of your little honey bee #2.

Sophie said...

Very funny - love your hubby's reaction! You SHOULD get that Best Mommy Ever award!

Bonnie said...

Hilarious and crazy making~you get the award, V!

Fran said...

Sorry to laugh at your expense but that was way funny! My first born just started school this year so I know I've got it all ahead of me.....

Aimee said...

Ppwhahahaha. (Okay so that is best way I can write that I broke out in laughter.)

Wes and Dani said...

Bahahahaha! Too great. :)

zarina said...

awww - that is sooooo good. but hope he won't do that again, or the other noise makers.

Cheryl said...

In typical V fashion you are keeping it real and making us laugh. Luckily for me i wasn't eating while reading your post. How very sweet of your little noisemaker to want to wear one that his mommy made for him. Great job under pressure.

margot said...

I sometimes think the teachers select the plays based on how absurd the costumes are going to be to come up with. I had to make my son a Sequoia tree one year. Really. These days with the schools having ALL of our access information you would think teachers would email that type of information home!

Jeni said...

PLEASE!!!! Will you do a tutorial on a dresden plate. PLEASE!!!

I seem to understand most of your tutorials.

onlymehere said...

I think most mom's can relate to this! Kids...good thing they're so cute or we might not keep them, lol! You did a great job in such a short amount of time.

Kara said...

I am wiping away tears! That is just so funny!! I love kids :)

quiltcetera said...

That is one funny story, and so sweet too. You did a fab-u-lous job for being last minute. :)

Victoria said...

I'm impressed with what you came up with from stuff at home! How sweet that he wanted to wear the costume you made. Sounds like you have a keeper!

Liz said...

LOL! That is hilarious! But, probably won't be as funny when it starts happening to me....not that my babies will do that or anything. :) Riiiight.

Liz
Loving This Mom Stuff

amylouwho said...

very sweet. Moral of the story? You may not be kept in the loop, but you are most certainly admired and loved!

Melissa said...

So funny and so very sweet. Wow. Those kids can throw us for a loop sometimes, huh?!?

Little Treasures said...

Oh dear! I had so much laugh reading this I thought my gall bladder was going to explode!Yes, you really should be given the award!
I couldn't just leave and not post a comment! I bless the sewmama blog for letting me find your wonderful blog! I have been having precious time reading it!
My best,
Maya

SummersDesigns said...

Thanks for sharing that story, it really put a smile on my face. You did a great job with the time and resources you had, and that is so sweet he wanted to wear yours instead of the extras.

Jen said...

That was the sweetest story! What a loving little boy you have :) The group photo was great! Super Mom!

Jessica Munk said...

So funny! That story kept getting better and better. You're awesome!

Laura said...

We are home from church today since I'm sick and I soooo needed this laugh. I realize I'm over 2 years late to this party, but oh.my.goodness. this is hilarious!! Thank you, thank you for sharing it!

robyn said...

bahaha :) real life. i love this! and the bee looks great :) well done momma.

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