A Spectacular Slippery Spectacle

I had a fantastic incident at my house yesterday!  I was in the bathroom, racing to put my daughter’s hair up before her ride for dance class arrived.  Now, usually I throw on Sesame Street or some other kid video when I’m helping my older girls, (to keep my younger boys out of trouble) but this time was different.  I was going to be a good mom.  I was going to keep the TV off and let them play.

“I should really keep the TV off more often.” I was thinking, when it happened.  A large clang reached my ears, followed by a thud and crying.  I ran out to my main room and saw quite the site.

The kitchen pantry door had been left open and my 1 and 2-year-old boys (Dax and Mase) had taken advantage of the situation.  Unfortunate for them, their stealth plan had gone awry.  Somehow, they had knocked down a full container of oatmeal and an almost full bottle of canola oil! 

I just couldn’t get to them fast enough.  They both started slipping and sliding back and forth, like a couple of stooges, and then:  Thud!  Thwump!  As if on cue, their feet slide out from under them and they both fell backwards like dominoes.

I raced over to my two crying jesters.  The baby was now a large slick red potato.  I grabbed him first and gave him all of the love and comfort I could muster, at arms length.  Then I ran to the bathroom, stripped him down, then unloaded my slippery little man in the waterless tub.  I went back and grabbed my second stooge, though not before he had tracked oil through my kitchen and living room!

With both boys plopped in the tub, I filled it with a 1/2 inch of water and called my 7-year-old daughter to watch them for two minutes while I helped get Evie out the door. I then got the boys out of the tub, and guess what I did?  That’s right, I threw on Sesame Street while I cleaned up the mess. (sigh)

Grumpy Mom Goal of the Day:  Move all oil to a higher shelf. 
The outfit of my slippery potato
This seemingly small mess took me 45 minutes clean up!
My wild bunch


  1. Ya Know. . . . they use Dawn dish detergent to degrease oil soaked birds. Just sayin'. Thank you for the laugh.

  2. Completely adorable basket of kiddos! Now I have the song “Slip Sliding Away” stuck in my head.. just thought I'd share that – why should I be here in Paul Simon land alone?!

  3. What cute kids!!

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  4. Funny story…but I'm sure you were far from laughing at the mess and additional work to be done… but looks like you got your kids all laundered up *_^

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  6. oh my gosh that's so crazy!!! i only have two boys but i swear the messes little ones make are beyond anything i could come up with!

  7. HaHa I know how you feel! I have 4, the girls are the older one's here as well! It's so crazy here to sometimes! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Allison

  8. You sister understand my life! I'm so sorry for the mess, but laughed out loud imagining them slipping and sliding in it. Kind of like being tarred and feathered? I'm sharing your post on my facebook page today. 🙂

  9. This post made me giggle and remember back when

  10. I Am Not Superwoman says:

    Ahh man, I can only imagine. Actually had a similar story when my now 18 yr old daughter had a sleep over when she was 10. They thought it would be fun to pour oil on the kitchen floor to slip and slide around. Needless to say I didn't know about it until I had already slid across the floor the next morning. Good times.

  11. Oh man, what a mess! I would have been so mad, you're much more relaxed than me! I try not to turn on TV too much either but it makes things so much easier sometimes.
    Your kids are adorable!

  12. Awww, I just want to say that your little turkeys are some of the cutest ones I've seen! I want to blow raspberries on your littlest one's chubby cheeks. (Is that weird?)

  13. No fair you have a gorgeous red headed little girl! Ok, so all your kiddos are equally cute. Do you or your hubby have red hair?

  14. LOL-So funny!! We have had incidents like that as well! When my daughter was two, she mixed 1/2 a pitcher of iced tea and a pot of cooked rice on the floor. Apparently she was making soup….My floor was sticky for days!!

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