Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A peek into my life

Do your kids just help themselves to the fridge? Harper has been driving me NUTSO with this. He is like Houdini. I turn my back and there will be 3 empty yogurts in his room. Or I will be finishing up Davy's feed and find this in my kitchen.
Isn't it beautiful? So artistic, I couldn't even get mad. He had took a bite of every.single.strawberry.
He also had another pack in the fridge waiting for me. There goes my freezer jam.
What a stinker.
So, should I get locks for my cupboards and fridge?
Or should I just try better parenting.


* excuse the picture quality

34 comments:

Rebecca said...

this looks way too familiar to me! Better parenting is hard to come by...go with the locks. My pantry has thanked me:)

Sharla Watene said...

Why does this remind me of the Hungry Caterpiller? Love you and your boys :)...

Beth said...

I see another artist in the family!

At least his art was strawberries and not something like peanut butter.

Thanks for taking pictures so we can all appreciate his talent.

Brammer Family said...

Locks ARE better parenting, is what I say! Those doorknob cover things are my favorite invention ever. I'd like to meet the lovely woman who invented those and give her a great big kiss.

Melany said...

haha that is so cute/frustrating!

JCasa *handmade said...

oh wow, that's gorgeous! i'm with sharla above, in that it reminds me of the very hungry caterpillar.
on the plus side, it sounds like he's making healthy snack choices - big props to you on that one. one of my kids would graze all day long if i let her, something that comes + goes with growth spurts, i'm sure. she hasn't taken to sneaking, yet - but i did it as a kid, so i'm sure it's coming. maybe have a talk about respecting boundaries + asking first. in the meantime, stay cool and continue taking pictures of his amazing creations, for sure.

Lynne said...

hahahaha! I found your blog a while back - I think through Courtney Kendrick, but I can't even remember. I've got 3 kids (14, 11, 6) so I've got all levels of food snatchers...thanks for making me laugh outloud!

Georgia said...

LOL....how can you be upset, when it looks so "art-sy". Just goes to show.....artistry runs in your family.

cJb said...

That is beautiful. Please frame that photo and sell it when Harper is a famous artist one day. He's your best bet for art school too... Bravo Harper, bravo.

Duh Despains said...

If he's anything like my dynamic duo... the locks won't help for long. And if you are anything like me - that will just make you more frustrated lol. The only locks that still work for our 2 is the magnetic ones - they have figured out every other kind. I'm tempted to go buy some real locks for the pantry and put them up higher than even a toddler standing on a chair can reach... but then I would have to stand on a chair to reach them... sigh

His "art" is awesome and I'm glad a part of you can sit back and appreciate it - I guess that's what motherhood is really about. Learning to enjoy them explore our world.

BensonFam said...

My kids sneak into the pantry while I'm teaching piano lessons and will go through entire bags of pretzels and goldfish crackers in one sitting. (I find the empties all over the play room when I'm finished.) The strawberries? Are hysterical! (Granted if it were my own strawberries I would probably be a little miffed...)

Amber said...

Awesome! Our refrigerator works great for toddlers, but make sure to teach any older children to use it properly. Cuz ours broke.

Reenie said...

OMG!!! That pic cracked me up!!

Stephanie said...

super hilarious. My daughter did this once with a bowl of peaches only her ending was not nearly as artistic. I say just wait a while...he'll grow out of it. (but maybe also hide the berries meant for jam?) :)

Tyra @ SilverLily Sews said...

At least he's artistic about it. My little guy is constantly leaving me a tub of strawberry tops in the fridge. I totally hear you on the houdini thing. I got a fridge lock but then the husband kept opening the fridge with the lock still on and it broke in about three days. Gah!

sarah said...

At least he's not a starving artist!

Melinda said...

Ha! It reminded me of The Hungry Caterpillar too! I don't know, I would probably make my kid sit at the table until the strawberries were all eaten, that way they might be so sick of strawberries they won't try it again? Kids are ridiculously relentless aren't they?!

Becki D said...

Soo cute that he laid the strawberries out like that! What a creative little monster you have!

I'd say go for the locks. You've got your hands full!!

jbr said...

Why is it that kids know how to make you smile even though you should be mad at them? Get the locks--it will give you peace of mind and a chip off your shoulder. You won't be wondering what he is up to in the kitchen.

Amanda Joy said...

Do the locks. They cost $5 at Wal Mart. My husband gave me the parent for the year award;) since I got this and hooked it up. The locks hold up for about a year, which isn't too bad, because sanity is saved:)

Rudyricks said...

a mother after my own heart!!! pictures first then take care of the problem....love it!

Jules said...

Why worry, at least it wasn't chips and waffles ;)

Jules said...

Why worry? at least it was fruit and not waffles and chips;)

kym said...

I don't know if the way he laid them out or that they all had a bite out of them was funnier.
My little one is too small to have to consider locking up the kitchen, but if she did that little creation it would be hard to do!
That was funny.

Heather said...

LOL! Oh my heavens! That was seriously too cute! I have the same age range of boy in my house (Joey turns 3 in April) but he only gets out the grape jelly and shredded cheese... lucky for me, I guess. I'm just glad he doesn't get out the milk or juice from the top shelf. I even started using packing tape to keep our old 'fridge locked. But then the kids started figuring it out and I had to buy the refrigerator locks. They really do help out on the standard refrigerator. Just not to sure how they are going to work on the side by side ones (we have a new one). Also, one word of advice, make sure you DON'T show the boy how to work the lock... those little boys are sneaky smart! :)

heather said...

am i gross? or just cheap? you could still rinse them off and make some freezer jam...

EatPlayLove said...

oh my goodness, LOVE it. really beautiful food art. There is so much complex thought into it, I can't stop looking at it!

Kristianna said...

My three year old does the exact same thing with strawberries, but the carnage left behind is much less artistic. :) I have to core them and slice them, or he'll even take that one 'cherry picked' bite and move on to the next. In the warm months (being NorCal, let's say April - Oct), we have strawberry lady, who walks around with a cart selling flats of berries, and I'll buy a half flat and let them go to TOWN on them. :)

corryfever said...

Ruth.....it was so good to see you the other day! Davy is so sweet. I can't believe how big your kids are!!!
ps this post is hilarious.

Elyssium Earth said...

A strawberry caterpillar? You're doin' fine!! xx

Lisa said...

I would have totally picked those up, washed them off and made me some jam! For all we know, thats exactly what those Smuckers folks do anyway - "one bite for me, the rest for the jam!" Ha!

But on a truly helpful note... I used to put out grazing snacks for hungry little peeps in my house. Nobody ever sneaked anything- they just ate what was there when they got the hungries. Maybe that might help stop the madness? Or maybe he just loves the danger!

Angie said...

Locks- you can only parent so much

Howard 6 said...

I got the locks for my pantry as well. The fridge is where the good stuff is, though. Who doesn't want to make a grated mozzarella cheese hill in the middle of the carpet and SMOOSH it in? or what about the regular cheese slices you can take a bite from and then lay strategically around the house; only to be found days later. I think by far, my favorite is the sauce packets she finds, somehow opens and then squirts about the play room...or "I was just hungry mommy".
I would love to parent better and I KNOW that's the correct thing to do. But 1, that's hard sometimes when you're just trying to get the house clean and 2. sometimes, it's just too funny to see what they come up with.

Heather said...

im just barely catching up on your blog and this post made me laugh so hard. I even woke james up!