Motherly Mishaps

empty bottle of juiceI’m so grateful for the opportunity to be a mom.  Yet, some days are more successful than others.

Last week my six-year-old, Evie, got some juice out of the fridge without asking.    She insisted that she did ask, but I knew she couldn’t be trusted.  I sent her to her room for a couple of minutes.

This week Evie made sure to inquire before taking the juice.

Can I please have some juice?

Yes, you can, but just a little.

(She heads to the kitchen, then comes back about ten seconds later without juice.)

Mom, did you mean it?  Were you really listening, or was this just one of those times when you said you were listening, but not really listening, and then going to get mad at me for getting juice?

And a late-night story, courtesy of my three-year-old.

Mommy, can I tell you something?

What? That you’re being naughty and don’t want to go to bed?

No, just that I love you.

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day: Lowering my motherly mishap rate.

I’ll be linking this to “Proud” Mommy Moments on Thursday.


  1. aww… sweet of her 🙂

  2. perfection.

  3. Ha ha! This reminds me of the times when my 3 year old gives me parenting advice: “Mommy, don’t be mad at her, she just wants a hug from you is all.”

  4. Isn’t that the worst? Yesterday Pierce came out of the bedroom in pjs, when he was supposed to be getting dressed for school. I said, “Pierce! You’re supposed to be getting your clothes on!” He said, “but Mom, I just wanted to tell you Happy Valentines Day”. I felt bad!

  5. This is priceless!! Evie just cracks me up! And, Mase is just a sweetie!! Great post!

  6. oh, they are so sweet!
    This happens to me all the time – especially at the bed time, when I am already stressed out by their stalling techniques.

  7. Bear comes out with zingers like that too. I always feel horrible for having thought he was going to say one thing and then he is so affectionate instead like your sweet one. Although, in the back of my head, I sometimes wonder if they just KNOW and change their tune at the last minute 😉 Hmm, Yes, I should work on lowering my rate, too!

  8. Priceless.

  9. Aw! The “story” was darling.

  10. I have plenty of these!

  11. Both of these conversations could have easily occurred at my house! Especially Evie’s! I would definitely do something like that and Bud would say the same thing! 🙂

  12. Love it! It just goes to show that you are a real mom and not a robot one!

  13. Busted!! Don’t you miss the days when they were clueless. Then they have to grow up and get all smart. So cute.

  14. One of those our children teach us more than we teach them sometimes moments! Well… we certainly are not perfect, but that’s ok because it helps us model for our children “how” to fail, which is just as important a life lesson as ANY other and often not taught at all. Sharing this on Facebook!

    I am embarrassed to admit that I am just now getting around to paying a visit to some who shared with us on our SITS day … back in December. But… another struggle as a parent is balancing time and getting around to all of the important tasks. Some that are not “urgent” do have to wait. Just can’t get to it ALL every day with two young children! But it was important to me to stop by and say thank you so much for sharing in our day with us. I hope if you’ve been able to try the Mediterranean Shrimp & Scallop Pot Pie recipe that you and your husband enjoyed it, and that you were able to find some other recipes to try with your family!

  15. the juice has me rolling. what a funny kid!

  16. I have had that same moment with both of daughters at some point in time as you did with Evie. It is usually when I say yes to getting out their paint supplies. I can’t stand paint because I know there will always be a spill that I will be cleaning up.

  17. Love his heart! What a sweetie.

    Your daughter is hilarious, I love it!

  18. Awww, that was sweet of her.

  19. OMG, I do that too. Yes, honey, uhh huuhhhh…Whatever… 5 secs later…WHAT ARE YOU DOING? And poor Mase, such a sweet boy. They always melt our hearts when we least expect it.

  20. Oh man…I am kind of glad sometimes Linc can’t talk very much still haha

  21. I’m glad to see (read) that I’m not the only one who does things like this! I hate when I assume the worst and then they end up wanting to do something really sweet, or just snuggle, UGH!!! It makes me feel like a bad mommy, even though I know I’m not! 🙂

  22. so been there done that and continue to do it. lol to quote my daughter: “i’m only human!” 😉

  23. Kids know us so well!

  24. Your daughter needs to talk to my husband because I’m pretty sure I ask him stuff all the time and he responds without remembering….she could probably set him straight 🙂

  25. Doh! But yea, I would automatically assume they were up to something too.

    Great PMM!! Thanks for playing along- tomorrow 😉

  26. lol I enjoyed the post brought a smile to my face. I can clearly remember when situations like this happened to me many years ago.

  27. Can I just say… “AWWWWWWWW!!!!”
    That is so sweet. Love what Mase said too. How cute… <3 Definitely a proud Mommy Moment. 🙂


  28. haha how cute she just had to double check wasn’t taking any chances about the juice thing was she.

  29. So cute! My kids ask me all the time if I’m really listening. I guess have conversations with 4 different people at once leaves me forgetting sometimes too.

  30. isn’t it just wonderful when that prophetic quote about a child leading the way, turns out to be our own offspring showing us the way. my words really taste bad the 2nd time around sometimes.

  31. Both stories are cute! When there is so much going on, its hard to remember if you said yes or not. lol

  32. Way sweet memories; both so cute. I learned early to sometimes tune my children out. When my girls were teenagers I told them to come over by me and ask me to look at them in the eyes and then tell me what they needed. They would then ask me to repeat it back to make sure I heard them. This is really pathetic.
    Blessings to you for that memory today.

  33. I almost always assume Annabelle’s up to something. Then I feel bad when she’s actually being good.

  34. Oh this just made me smile! Your kids are quite insightful!

  35. I love both of those stories.

  36. IT’s not easy being a parent, and I admire you no matter what “mishap” happens 🙂 Hope you’re having a great week!

  37. Wow…I have moments like that all of the time. Maybe I should work on that too.

  38. Aww, that’s a great goal for the day…I’m going to borrow that one for tomorrow. Today was one of those days.

  39. I think the kids know when the right time to say the I love you line is. It must be a skill they are born with.

  40. So sweet!

  41. Too funny! I love Evie’s rational thinking. And the story was just adorable!

  42. aww, such an adorable story about the juice…and
    what a sweet little man, mase is. that’s one of those instant tear up moments for me. i’ve seen it with my friends and their children and it always gets me choked up…how loving and smart kids are. even if they’re being smartypants sometimes 😉
    i hope thursday treats you well, my friend!!
    tons of love xoxo
    maria <3

  43. OH NO!!!!! How incredibly sweet was that little ‘I Love You’ from your little one after you assumed (lol) something else!! Bet you felt bad hehehe but don’t worry, we’ve all done things like that 😉

  44. Haha my lil ones pull that stinkery I love you bedtime stuff all the time!!

  45. She is a hoot!! I love the stories you tell:) One of my favorite blogs to read because you put a smile on my face!

  46. Love these….The “I love you” was so so very sweet. 🙂

  47. That is adorable….both stories. Right when we think we’ve got their number…it’s them.

  48. Thedesertrocks says:

    So blessed. I am so jealous,but glad that you are my blog friend so you can share it with those of us who are perhaps blessed in other ways.

  49. You don’t have to be a Mom to do the “not listening” thing! LOL

  50. My 6-year-old, P, has done things like that. Right in front of my mother her said, “Don’t hate me and yell at me like you always do!” Ugh! Made me feel about an inch tall.
    Glad to know that other mother’s go through this. Keep up the good work!

  51. maybe she just totally figured you out!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  52. That’s so sweet! Sometimes it amazes me how smart kids are these days. At the end of the day, all they want is for us to really listen to them.

  53. I just love this! I am so glad I found you on the blog hop–it is always so nice to find others who are making it through the craziness! One minute I am screaming like a lunatic and the next I am wondering how I can’t spend entire days just squeezing them (not SQUEEZING them…)! Thanks for sharing the story!

  54. Oh, those are such great Proud Mommy Moments. I love the first one. 😉

    Thanks for linking up!

  55. As someone whose son told her this week to “take a nap if you’re tired” and later, “I think you should say you’re sorry for being mean and not listening to Theo when he wanted to stay at the table,” I love these stories. Glad it’s not just me! (Incidentally, Theo had been excused from the table for throwing food. I did not apologize.) Still, hearing advice/wise questions from our children does require some serious humility!

  56. Hehee…your kids sound quite clever…much like mine! (I fear that when they get older they’ll be able to out-argue me on most topics.) I love your blog! I need some laughs during the day…I’m glad to know I’m not the only one out there having crazy misadventures!

    Have a great week!
    Smiles, Jenn @Misadventures in Motherhood

  57. Sometimes it’s our kids who tell us our shortcomings and mistakes. But hey, I find it great and also accept the fact that I do make mistakes sometimes.

  58. Ah, the kids aren’t the only ones who are learning as they go! We are too. Love your stories. Happy new year to one of my favorite bloggers!

    Warmly, MIchelle

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