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Sunday, July 27, 2008


So Chris and Trey were downstairs this evening,
watching Spongebob Squarepants
after taking their showers.

I asked my husband, Rob, to ask them if they brushed their teeth.

He went over to the loft, asked them,
then came back and reported that yes, they had brushed their teeth.

After a minute or so, I looked up and asked him to ask them again.
 I did not remember any tooth brushing going on!

He went to the loft, asked them again and came back, reporting that yes, they were sure they had brushed their teeth.

I went back to what I was doing but I couldn't escape the nagging feeling..

"Hey Rob, could you do me a favor?" I asked my husband.
"Could you get the toothbrushes from the kids' bathroom?"

"Sure," he replied, got them, and brought them over.

I felt each of the four toothbrushes.

You guessed it. 
All four BONE DRY.

I went to the loft.

"BOYS!" I thundered.
"Turn that TV off and come upstairs RIGHT NOW!"

In mere seconds, they were up the stairs and in my bedroom.

When they were standing in front of me,
I held up the four toothbrushes,
fixed them with the Stink Eye
and said,
"Show me the toothbrush you used to brush your teeth!"

Mouths agape,
their eyes darted from toothbrush to toothbrush.
The whites of their eyes were showing as they realized they'd been caught and there was no way out.

They each chose a toothbrush, 
praying to God, I'm sure, that somehow they would 
be lucky and choose a damp one.

"Tell me, how did you brush your teeth
but the toothbrush is completely dry and clean?"

No answer, just guilty gazes and shifting feet.

Twenty minutes later,
two little boys are tucked into bed,
slightly weepy.

They have no electronic privileges 
or dessert for the next two days
and they had to go to bed early.

But, damn it,
their teeth are squeaky clean!!

This week we are eating out of the freezer and pantry.
First, we are out of budgeted money for the month
second, we are going out of town soon so I want to use what's here.

Sunday: crabcakes, corn 
Monday: baked potatoes with cheddar and bacon, broccoli
Tuesday: meatloaf, carrots, fruit
Wednesday: grilled chicken kebabs with veggies, cheesy rice
Thursday: crockpot chicken, rice, gravy, green beans 
Friday: Rob and Leeann: leftovers, kids: circus show/pizza
Saturday: chicken enchiladas and quesadillas, jello with fruit.


Dawn said...

That is too funny about the toothbrushes. Kids!

As for your menu, I will be over every night. LOL! The crabcakes really sound good, but alas, I missed those. Darn it!

Sandra said...

LOL kids can be such little stinkers at time :)

Great menu, I love crab cakes.

Menu Plan is Up

Ginaagain said...

That's a pretty good menu for eating out of the freezer!

Marcia said...

i love your toothbrush story! Can't beat women's intuition :)

your menu sounds great and I also love eating out of the freezer - that's exactly what we're doing this week too!

Marcia from Organising Queen

happyathome said...

Mmmmmm crab good! Stop by my menu and also enter a chance to win some Hansen's Natural Sparkling Water to go with all of the meals we are planning!

The Woman said...

lol i hope your kids don't read this but I used to wet my toothbrush lol. My kids aren't onto that trick though so they always get busted.

Cindi said...

Oh that story is too funny! You verify things with boys like I do. Why is it with boys, you always want more proof than just their word? Hahaha

Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom said...

I love the stinkeye comment! :) Your menu looks great, I need some pointers on how to stock my freezer and pantry, I think!

Brooke said...

So, I can't stop laughing about the toothbrushes. As to your menu, I agree with Steph...I need some pointers on how to stock my pantry.

Lori - The Simple Life at Home said...

I love, love, LOVE your new look!!!!!! Way cute!

You are so funny when you describe incidents with your kids. You should write a book about mothering - it would be hysterical!

dkuroiwa said...

Sometimes playing "bad cop" doesn't really take much effort, does it?!?! :-D
There is a bit of comfort knowing that my kids are not the only ones trying to get away with stuff like that!!