Monday, October 29, 2012

Just a Normal Trip to Chick-fil-A


“Noooooo.” Kaden screamed.

The entire family took a trip to Lowe’s to pick up a few things for the house.  Once we got there we decided it would be easier for Jeena to run into Lowe’s while I ran the kids next door to Chick-fil-A to get a drink.  I know what you’re thinking, why is Tyler sending Jeena to Lowe’s?  Let’s face it, Jeena knows exactly what she wants and she’s extremely efficient with her time.  For me to go in, pick out what I *think* she wants, then have to return it 27 times until I get it right is just an epic waste of time.   So to save everyone hours of needless returns and headaches I took the boys to Chick-fil-A. We got our snacks and drinks and parked in the Lowe’s parking lot.  Carson hopped in the front seat we waited for Jeena and enjoyed his lemonade and chicken nuggets.  As soon as he got settled he promptly asked for a sip of everyone's drink.  He does this every time so he doesn’t feel like he missed out on any flavors.  Then Kaden screamed.

He sounded so panicked that I was afraid Olivia was choking or something was majorly was wrong. I turned around and scanned Olivia,  much to my relief she was happy as a clam.  “What’s wrong?”

“My straw went through the cup!  It’s spilling everywhere!”

Tanner, being the calm, level-headed boy he is, didn’t even look up from his Nintendo DS and simply stated, “Why don’t you get out instead of spilling it all over the truck?”

Kaden heeded his brother’s advice and jumped out letting his lemonade spill onto the pavement.  At that very moment I saw a flash of Carson.  In a single motion he placed his drink in the cup holder, jumped over the front seat, leapt over Olivia’s car seat, slid past Tanner and out the door, all while holding a chicken nugget.  He crouched down and positioned himself under Kaden’s leaking cup and was drinking from it like a fountain.  Once the drink was gone, he proudly hopped back in the truck with a smile.



“You sure seemed to enjoy that bud.”

“Dad, it was awesome.  I got to have TWO drinks today. I hope Kaden does that every time!”     

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Bath Time


 How am I supposed to get anything done with my kid walking around like this?




Actually there’s more to the story than the picture shows.  A few weeks ago I told Tanner to take a shower.  Getting a nine-year-old to take a shower can be tricky.  Seriously, boys couldn’t be less interested in hygiene until they start to notice girls, even then it’s questionable.  Tanner is a good kid, just easily distracted at times.  He left the room and I assumed he left to go shower.  I was busy working on my book and noticed I hadn’t heard the water turn on.  I searched for him to see why his butt wasn’t the shower.  Much to my surprise when I walked into the toy room I actually saw his butt…standing in front of the cubbies where the toys are kept.  Instead of asking him what he was doing, I just started taking pictures to get his attention.  Without even turning around he asked, 

“Dad, are you taking pictures?”

“Yep, you better get that naked bottom in the shower.  What are you doing?”

Still not turning around and rooting around in one of the bins he replied, “I’m looking for a certain Lego.  I just remembered that I was looking for it earlier and I gotta find it.”

Does anyone else have kids that get so distracted that they streak across the house to find a Lego?  I have a feeling Tanner might not find this picture so funny when he gets older. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pizza Crossed Lovers




Ordering pizza is not usually a notable event, but last weekend I had some family in town and needed to feed the troops.  No one was in the mood to cook for such a large group, so we decided to order pizza instead.  Naturally in such a large group there were a lot of different requests.  By the time it was all said and done we settled on a few different types of pizza and ordered both Papa Johns (PJ) and Dominos (Dee).

Nothing is as exciting as hearing your doorbell when you are expecting food.  I heard the bell, sprang to my feet, opened the door and saw a young Domino’s delivery girl at my door.  You can imagine my horror as I greeted the delivery girl when out of the corner of my eye I saw the Papa John’s car pulling up the drive at that very moment.  I immediately started sweating and got nervous.  I felt like I just got caught cheating.  Out of panic I invited her into our kitchen and had Jeena take care of the Dominos order.  I raced back outside to the driveway and met the Papa John’s delivery boy on the sidewalk and tried to play it cool like I wasn’t hiding a Dominos delivery girl inside my house.

“Heeeey,” I said.

“Hey man.  I have some pizza here, it’s 27 bucks”

“Cool” I handed him a $50 and shifted my eyes back to the front door to check to see if the coast was clear, which it wasn’t.  I started to panic and had shortness of breath because at that moment Dee walked out.  I became so flustered and nervous that I forgot how to do math and said, “Just give me $5 back.”

He smiled and said, “Thanks for the tip.”

“Yeah no worries.  Hey maybe you could get a date.” I blurted out and I nodded towards Dee implying that PJ and Dee would make a great slice together.

“I feel like I’m on some sort of hidden camera show,” he said and walked away awkwardly.

I laughed, took my pizza and went back inside to eat.  A few minutes later the landline rang.  It was PJ.

“Hey, did you mean to give me and $18 tip?”

I didn’t, but of course I was going to tell him that or make him come back to give me some of the tip back.

“Yeah, hope it makes your Saturday great, and I hope you got a date out of it too.”

And guess what?  He did.  Guess I can add matchmaker to my resume!