The Playdate

Since the commencement of second grade, my daughter, Dani, has made a new bff.   After much pleading and promises of good behavior, we had a playdate with the bff on Friday.

Playdates with my daughter are always…eventful.  She morphs into ENTERTAINMENT mode.  Dani is constantly offering her guests treats, coming up with silly games, messy crafts, and looking for the craziest things to do!

Halfway through the three-hour visit, the bff was giddy when she noticed our trampoline.  My three kids and the bff raced outside to jump.  Perfect!  Trampolines are easy entertainment.

My toddler was sleeping, so I stayed inside and started mopping.  I left the kitchen door open to our gated backyard and listened to their happy jumping squeals.  We have an additional door going to the backyard from a bedroom, and I could also hear kids going in and out of that door several times, maybe to use the bathroom.

The giggles and even screams of laughter just kept increasing.  They were definitely having a fun time.  Maybe too much fun? 

It had been about ten minutes.  I checked on them.  The hose was turned on full blast and white foam had transformed our trampoline into a giant sudsy slip n’ slide.  “It’s soap Mom!  Isn’t this great!” my daughter enthusiastically hollered.

 I was feeling overly generous with the new friend visiting.  I let them play and prayed there would be no sliding injuries.

I then surveyed the damage.  My daughter didn’t just use soap.  She had also confiscated every shampoo, conditioner, and body wash bottle in our two upstairs bathrooms.  The empty bottles were strewn all over the yard.  Here is just one of the casualties.
After I sent the soapy bff home, more damages were discovered.  In addition to the sudsy trampoline, somehow our play clothes bin had exploded in the downstairs living room, and an entire full bottle of freezing hair mousse had ended up in Dani’s hair.   It was rock solid.
Dani and I had a loving, but serious chat.

There had also been numerous selective listening incidents during the playdate that I was especially not happy about.  I informed her she would be cleaning up and missing her much anticipated dance party that night.  She didn’t even argue, “OK Mommy.”  She knew.

That night, after taking a soapless shower, my husband questioned Dani about the reasoning behind her great soap caper. 

Her wheels started churning for a response, “Nobody was using the soap.  It was just sitting there.”
“I use that soap everyday, Dani.”

The kids had also confiscated some food coloring at some point during the day.   My young artist got his mitts on it.  He attempted to clean up his mess before I noticed, but wasn’t fast enough.
The purple color on his hands faded to stunning bright pink.  We will be acting out the book Pinkalicious tonight with Dax as the star. 
Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  I will be appreciative of my especially clean trampoline.


  1. I'm Jennifer. says:

    Oh NOOO! Look at your little purple babe and your poor kitchen floor!

    I bet you're heading to the store for more soap and shampoo today, huh?

    All I can say about the great soap caper is that I bet the BFF had the best playdate ever.

  2. Oh my goodness!! This last pic is hilarious and had me laughing!!
    Your house rocks, I want to come over for a playdate!!
    Dani sure is a character ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Optimistic Mom says:

    Sounds like an awesome time for the kids….. you, not so much. Well you got some good pictures. lol
    Hopefully it all cleans up well. Good luck!
    But I do believe you earned some cool mom points from the BFF.;)

  4. 1HecticMommy says:

    OH MY! You really never have a dull moment in your house do you??? Food coloring is the worst to get out!

    I bet Dani is going to host some pretty amazing parties when she gets older!

  5. Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy says:

    oh wow… that was some play date. could you clean the purple off the kitchen floor? too bad you didn't have all that soap to clean up the purple mess.

  6. Laura@livingabigstory says:

    WOW! I will definitely not be showing this post to the kidlets … or actually to the hubs who would probably be more excited about doing this. Their newest adventure with the trampoline is to put the sprinklers on under them and go crazy with the spraying water — it's actually quite hilarious (although all the secondary water does gross me out sometimes).

  7. Laura@livingabigstory says:

    p.s. Are you sure you don't give your kidlets the ideas just so you can write FABULOUSLY funny posts?! LOL

  8. Gotta love how creative kids are, but it's just so annoying!

  9. As an older Mom, it has been awhile since I've encounter days like this, but oh I remember them well! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Amanda @ Gratefully Growing in Grace says:

    I bet Dani will tell this story as a happy, fun memory some day… and I bet the bff will do the same… and someday, maybe you, too! Pink babe and all!

  11. oh noooooo
    I'm sitting here laughing at your pain.
    All in the life of a momma, right?

  12. Love the last pic! I wonder how it was to clean that off of the floor….
    Pinkalicious is one of my daughter's favorite books-I hope she doesn't get into our food coloring!

  13. You could have always put the baby on the trampoline. That would have cleaned him up lickety-split. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Sandy -- As Told By Mommy says:

    Hahaha, wow…not looking forward to play dates lol

  15. You always have me rolling on the floor laughing…..not at you but with you! That sounds like something I might encounter! I bet you slept good that night however! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Oiy, well, that went well! I love that Dax was cleaning it up. My 2 year old wouldn't have done that. lol!

    And what a good girl for knowing how much trouble she was in and not fighting it. You are lucky to have such a well behaved (when not entertaining new BFF's) little girl! ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. Lexie Loo & Dylan Too says:

    Wow! They left you some nice messes to clean up. At least the trampoline got cleaned…that girl knows how to multitask!

  18. Lisa @ Two Bears Farm says:

    I swear you and I lead parallel lives.

    Also. We just got a trampoline. I'll make sure to add to our list of rules: no shampoo on trampoline

  19. blueviolet says:

    Was it the influence of the friend that turned the soapy tide that day? Wow!

  20. Oh, I'm glad you found something to be grateful about. My lid definitely would have flipped – so.much.soap! And the purple – wow! His hands match my sweater today. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Heather H says:

    I'm glad you were able to keep your cool and not flip out because I might have done that if I had been in your shoes!

    I love purple, but wow, that's too much even for me!

  22. An Irish Italian Blessing says:

    I guess it's helpful they cleaned the trampoline, you can now check that off your to do list (I'm sure it was pretty high up there right?)

    As for the purple food coloring, pretty sure I would have died. We did green beer for St. Patricks day and my counter and fingers were green for a week!

  23. AhahahaHA! I am so glad I'm not the only one who has such talented kiddos! The pic of your messy house cleaner is priceless! Goodstuff.

  24. Oh my word!! No wonder your blog is called the Grumpy Grateful Mom… that would make me grumpy. ;D I hope your kitchen floor cleans up okay. Well, at least the BFF had the best time ever had at a play time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Blessings in Christ,

  25. yummychunklet says:

    Oh my. All the soap? I'm just glad no one was hurt. Amazing! And cute photos!

  26. Dana Dawn Calverette says:

    Oh My! Looks like you've had one of those days where your kids made WONDERFUL memories!
    Dana@ Calverette Chronicles

  27. You have so much patience! I would have freaked out and been so mad! But you're right, at least now your trampoline should be super squeaky-clean!

  28. OMG, that is hilarious!!!!

  29. Oh My Goodness! what a crazy day. I love your little one trying to "clean" the mess! too cute.

  30. Mercy D'souza says:

    Kids and food coloring = disaster. He looks so cute, though. The activities kids come up with and their reasoning for doing so are simply amazing.

  31. Isn't it sad when you read someone else's blog and you want to cry and hyperventilate for them? ha ha. I guess some of that is the pregnancy hormones, but most of it is that I could see that exact thing happening at our house!

    I am so glad that the food coloring was on tile and not carpet! Silver lining right? Hope everything cleans up okay! (If she gets an allowance maybe you should make her pay for the shampoo/soap?)

  32. Oh, my – what a day!! Sounds like your house is a fun place for a play date! ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. OMG! What huge messes such little people can make…all in the name of fun. It sounds like you handled it very well. You may have found me in a closet with a bottle of wine. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. Oh wow! Dani sure sounds like the life of the party! I'm sure it will take a while for the food coloring to fade, but what a picture. That's one for the album!

  35. Bless. Your. Heart!
    My goodness that was some playdate!

    My daughter is the same way (going into Entertainment mode) when friends come over…I kind of -hate/dislike it…but I guess I get it…

  36. Hysterical! My favorite part is her reasoning for using the soap. It was… THERE. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Alexis AKA MOM says:

    The great soap caper that is too funny, ok I know being the mom that has to usually clean this up it's not much fun but oh girl how I needed a laugh and you provided! I hope the soap didn't kill the grass or anything. The boys took a slip and slide on the front lawn with dish soap let's just say mom was not too please when he came home.

    Oh boy purple people eater :). I hope your floor didn't stain.

  38. oh, the memories this brings back. This actually is a precious moments that needed to be recorded. LOL and I just loved it.
    Blessings to you!

  39. Playdates with kids never seem to work out as easy as we expect them to be.

    I think you could write your own childrens books with Dax as the star.

  40. From Tracie says:

    Oh my gosh. This is scary and funny and terrifying…all at the same time!! eek!

    I love your goal of being thankful for a clean trampoline. That is awesome.

  41. Hahahaha! Oh my goodness…Thank you SO much for sharing these!! I don't feel so alone knowing my kids aren't the only ones that come up with these crazy ideas! And the food coloring one is priceless. That made me laugh out loud ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    Wow! He really used a lot of purple! Did the shampoo and wash come out of the trampoline easily?

  43. I'd be totally hopping mad if it was my kids!! but you know…giant bouncy slippy slide – brillant! I can admire her brillance….from afar ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Oh no! Were you able to get the food coloring out? I think I'd much rather have accidents with soap than accidents with purple food coloring.

    On the bright side, I bet the trampoline smells AMAZING.

  45. That cracks me up! I can totally see Marlee doing something like that when she's a little bigger! ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Christina says:

    OH MY GOODNESS, look at the baby!!!! He is absolutely the cutest little purple guy I've ever seen!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. OMG! I don't know how you do it! Your patience is impressive!

  48. Johanson Family says:

    I can't imagine what life is like for you each day–you must have the patience of a super woman b/c I'd be losing my mind. I absolutely adore your stories! have I already asked you to guest blog for me while I'm in the hospital having Baby Rayne? If not, PLEASE say you will. xoxo

  49. Kiddothings says:

    Hahaha….I don't know whether to be sorry or happy for you for having a super clean trampoline and a pink baby. I loved Dani's reaction when asked to clean up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Ughhhh, what a day!!! Could you laugh or did you just cancel playdates for the next two years? Which reminds me, I grounded my kids from gum for 2 years and actually stuck to it for like 5 years.

  51. just me... says:

    Hahaha! I could have written this post…This sounds so much like my daughter! She doesn't need the BFF to instigate her capers though, but I do say to every new parent, "I'm just warning you, she's a bad influence!"
    Honestly though, I think my favorite part of the story is that she was so shocked that your husband used the soap. LOL!

  52. GrumpyJaxMomOf3 says:

    My kids normally read your blog with me…. You have no idea how grateful I am that they missed this one. I just know they would try the whole soap thing!! Can we have a playdate, but make it a soap free one ๐Ÿ˜‰

  53. Kim @ Mamas Monologues says:

    Did you tell them to do this so you could write an awesome post? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    That last picture is hysterical!

  54. Mom of 12 says:

    So sorry about the food coloring. We usually have that issue with markers. I pulled one out of the baby's mouth a couple of days ago. Blue! Thank goodness that one happened to be washable. And my kids love water on the tramp but they have never tried it with soap. I'm NOT letting them read your post.

  55. just me... says:

    Is it appropriate that while I was reading your post and laughing, two of my kids were dumping an entire bottle of bubble bath into the bathtub and jumping into it off the toilet? I swear I did not let them read your post.

  56. Becky Jane says:

    Thanks for a good chuckle! With kids, there's no thinking 'Should I or shouldn't I?' It's all about…'This looks like fun! Let's do it!'

  57. OH. My! That sounds like quite the playdate! ๐Ÿ˜‰ My daughter is the same way, she morphs into someone else, very much like your superstar entertainer when she has company over. I warn her beforehand to, "chill, remain calm, cool and relaxed." In one ear, out the other.

    So, did the purple come up off the baby, the tile and the grout?

    Smile and Mama With Me

  58. I feel your pain.:) Love the picture of your little one's mess.

  59. Purple is such a great color isn't it? Adorable pictures!

  60. Texas Type A Mom says:

    You poor thing – at least Dax is a man that can wear purple!

  61. Oh my. I remember days like that so well! Love that picture of your little guy. He's cute in purple.

  62. This post has made my day! It made me laugh so hard that I had to read it again to be sure I didn't miss anything ๐Ÿ™‚ Your kids are the cutest ever and I love reading about the adventures! Just sorry about the mess…

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