A Little Homework Diversion

Yesterday, after a fun-filled morning:

There was still more fun to come.  I picked up Evie and Dani from school.  My girls walked into the house, dumped their backpacks, and immediately changed clothes, only because that’s what they do every day.

The kids all foraged for snacks, then I got down to business, “OK, let’s get your reading and homework done quickly so you can go play.”  And with that simple statement, Dani made a mad dash for the back door, followed by my other three bandits.

I headed out to corral the kiddos and noticed something spectacular.  Raspberries.  Lots of them!  I love raspberries and this NEVER happens.  My children are like enormous hungry bugs that inhale every last raspberry and blackberry, sometimes even the green ones.

But! The kids were happily playing a homework diversion game, completely oblivious to the latest raspberry development.

I casually strolled over to the raspberries and picked, maybe two, when I hear a loud yelp from Dani, then, “Look at Mom!  Raspberries!  It’s the mother load!!!”

All four of my bugs stormed over and this is what ensued: a mass raspberry annihilation.

I kindly let the kids eat and play for another twenty minutes outside.  I know, I should NOT have allowed my girls to play after saying it was time to do homework, but I do like to stay consistent with my parenting inconsistencies.  It was such a beautiful day!

Our yard is gated and I left the back door wide open so I could hear any catastrophe.   You may remember the last time I did this, it did not end well.  But my kids were happy, giggling, giggling, a lot of giggling.

Then Evie hollers, while giggling, “Mo-om, Dax is covered in bird poop.”

Thankfully, it was not bird poop.  It was much better!  Dax had decided to paint himself with the black gunk from our grill dripping pan.  He was quite proud to show off his hard work.
As his punishment, Dax had to take a bath, his favorite thing.

Good times.

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Week: Watching and waiting for the next batch of raspberries.


  1. How funny! I'm sorry you didn't get your raspberries though.

  2. haha it only takes a split second for them to do something so crazy haha!!!

  3. Lisa @ Two Bears Farm says:

    LOL!! I would've made them at least share the raspberries they picked ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. LOVE MELISSA:) says:

    Too funny! That picture of Dax is priceless. Happy Friday!

  5. Lol I love the pic of the baby pickin with the girls! I gotta say I like your motto, stay with your parenting inconsisties, think I'll adopt it ๐Ÿ™‚ happy weekend!

  6. At least it wasn't poop.

    I might have tried to eat all the berries w/o my kids seeing. I don't share well sometimes.

  7. What a great sight! That is so awesome to see the kids all together and having a great time.

    Especialy the youngest one!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. First: Can I come over for some strawberries ๐Ÿ™‚
    Second: Now I know what can happen with grill dripping pan (except for us is a can)…who would have thought? He cracks me up!! Have a great weekend friend!

  9. Well…grill pan drippings are way better than POOP!
    I just discovered our new place has raspberries & strawberries…and 4 fruit trees! The yard needs some TLC but I hope we can get everything produing yummy, fruity goodness next year.

  10. snipsofsnailspuppydogtails says:

    It takes about 2 seconds for a kid Dax's age to get into a mess. That is too cute! I love it!

  11. I'm with Shell…that's a great time to practice mommy silent ninja skills!

    Boy, it's a good thing my Zoo Zoo and your Dax don't have play dates. poop – in some form – would have made an entrance somehow. LOL

  12. Your kids are adorable. And I sooo love the name Dax.

    And I love the new blog layout/topper thingy – it's new, right?

    I could be behind. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Sandy -- As Told By Mommy says:

    Oh no! Kids just have a way of finding exactly what you don't want them to!!

  14. How funny!!! They are always on the lookout for mischief! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. yummychunklet says:

    Love it: staying consistent with my inconsistencies!

  16. Life is too short to not to break the rules once in awhile.

  17. The last picture is hysterical…I'm glad it wasn't really bird poop!

  18. Oh that Dax…always finding trouble! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. One of the great things about rules is enjoying the exceptions from time to time!

  20. I love raspberries! And raspberry jam…so jealous. Hope you get some next time.

  21. Babblin' Brooke says:

    That is funny! I'm so glad my kids aren't the only crazy ones. Thanks for helping me feel normal. I can't say that about most families.

  22. Would I rather the poop….or the grill gunk. It's a toss up.

    I love it….consistent with your parenting inconsistencies. Makes me laugh…hard.

  23. Regina Richards says:

    The way you tell it makes me feel like I was there and at the same time really regret that I wasn't. What an adorable crew!!

  24. Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy says:

    we had a blackberry bush in our backyard growing up, I miss that so much! And I bet it was tons of fun to get that grease off… NOT!

  25. I love your line about staying consistent with your parenting inconsistencies. I do that too. A lot! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope it wasn't too hard to get all that grease off of Dax!

  26. Isn't it funny what they get up to when you leave them alone for one second lol
    That grease pic is funny!
    And good for you for keeping up with being inconsistent, I too have mastered that ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. My Inner Chick says:

    OMG, i hear the kids giggling. honestly, that photo is the absolute best :)) WOW.

  28. Hahaha!! It's always the youngest that finds the MOST trouble!!
    P.S. I hate homework, I would have let them play outside too ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Rach (DonutsMama) says:

    Oh little Dax! He's cracking me up in the first picture, picking the raspberries in his diaper!

  30. Haha! Hey, at least it wasn't poop!

  31. Ha, ha! Being a mom tends to give lots of laugh or cry moments, doesn't it? I second what Jen said …

  32. At least it wasn't bird poop! Or any other kind of poop!

  33. This all looks so familiar? Oh Happy day??!!

  34. your kids are adorable. your little one cracks me up. he sure keeps you on your toes! LOL! i love that you have berries growing in your backyard…lucky!!

  35. I've always wanted to grow raspberries! They look delicious… and lots of fun for the kiddos too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Bees With Honey says:

    Hilarious! I love Dax. He is super cute. You're such a great Mom. Nuttin wrong with a little homework diversion if you ask me.

  37. Oh my goodness!! Dax! How funny

  38. Mommy Inconsistent says:

    What a 'lil monkey your Dax is…so cute! Love him reaching up to get the berries in just a t-shirt and a diaper…just like at our house!

  39. You were really nice to let the kids eat all the raspberries. If I spy the bluberries or raspberries first, I eat my fill before I tell the kids the berries are ready! And sometimes, I sneak down to the basement and gobble up a dark chocolate ice cream bar so I won't have to share with my kids. I'm not the world's greatest sharer.

  40. Sandra's Fiberworks says:

    Love it — and even digressed to read the trampoline soaping story; loved THAT. Like the similarities of food coloring and barbecue grease or whatever that is….and I know empty shampoo bottles; my 7 year old now wants to shower with no help and was proud that he used an entire NEW bottle in just one showering. A lot less dramatic and interesting than your story! Catching up here on grumpy grateful as I've been consumed with house stuff (carpeting the basement for a much needed playroom) and preparing for a craft show that got cancelled because of the rain anyway. have missed you!

  41. Oh thank heaven it wasn't poop. hahaha.

  42. I love your blog! So fun to keep up with what's going on with you and your family even though we never get to see you guys anymore.

  43. At least it wasn't poop.

    I'm good at staying consistent with my parenting inconsistencies as well. it really is the easiest thing to do.

  44. Jenn @ I Am Not Superwoman. Having issues posting comment for some reason. Dax is so cute! Consistent with Parenting inconsistencies. That's funny!

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