February 1, 2011

As I previously mentioned, I was out of town for four days last week at a blogger conference. I left explicit instructions with Nick including a schedule of their daily routine and lists of games and activities they like. I even pulled the food out of the pantry and lined it up on the counter in chronological eating order.

I guess I wasn’t specific enough.

Me: Why are there safety pins on the girls’ dresser?

Nick: Well, Lila was rolling over in her crib a lot and I was afraid she was going to suffocate so I…

Me (thinking): Please dear Lord in heaven, merciful Jesus, with your flowing hair and righteous beard, please father son holy ghost almighty Galilee virgin unto you thy servants testament Israel glory don’t let him say what I think he’s going to say

Nick: …pinned her pajamas to the mattress.

Me: what.

Nick: And it worked like a charm. See how happy and alivey she is?

Me: what.

Nick: Don’t go getting all judgey because I didn’t stick EXACTLY to your schedule, Miss Rigid. You parent your way, I parent mine. (takes bite of apple)

Me: You mean the legal way?

Nick: Let’s not split hairs here.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

The Sims Family February 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm

hahaha!!! i just read this out loud to my husband and he said “THAT is an awesome idea!!!”


Kari February 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm



Lisa February 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm

OMG. Funny.


Jane @ The Borrowed Abode February 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Ok, really? That is freakin’ hilarious. You know, now that it’s all over and everyone is ok.


singedwingangel February 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm

That is such a man idea completely.. cracking up over here.. How black is his eye??


Amanda February 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I’m pretty sure One Step Ahead has a device that sounds quite similar to Nick’s idea. Of course, they also have an infant helmet for beginning walkers to avoid head injuries… 😉


Elizabeth February 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm

OMG I love this. So nice to know I am not alone….I mean I know I am not but little reminders like this are v helpful.


Mom2Miles February 1, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Hilarious, frightening & brilliant all at the same time! It was nice meeting you in the GE hospitality suite. I miss those free massages…


Sunny February 1, 2011 at 7:03 pm



Jamie February 1, 2011 at 7:52 pm

In fairness he did call to see what I thought of the idea. Selfishly I told him to go ahead and I may have said something about how he could probably find a way to make money off this idea it was so good. But mostly I was curious to see what picture might accompany the post you’d write about it. Will it be a picture of Nick in his pajamas pinned to the bed? Will it be Nick with two black eyes? In handcuffs? A red handprint on his face? Oh the possibilities.


beth February 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Um this is one of the funniest things i have ever heard-not just the fact that he did it and didn’t cover the whole thing up but the fact he was so proud of his invention! My husband may be jealous-


The Klinge's February 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm

That’s exactly something my husband would try, only with duct tape :( BTW, I have to openly admit that I was a little more than starstruck when I saw that you commented on my blog! Holy crap that’s exciting! Thank you!


Hannah February 1, 2011 at 11:03 pm

YOU were starstruck? Try having someone write a whole post about you! Thanks girl! *high fives screen*


Stuff Parents Need February 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Oh my god. Oh. My. God.

I seriously needed to read this today. Laughing so hard! Thank you!


mrssmartypants.com February 3, 2011 at 1:54 am

oh.my.god. I am cracking up! That’s amazing


Jules February 6, 2011 at 3:02 pm

THAT is funny!


angie February 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm

my 2 fave lines of this story:

“lined it up on the counter in chronological eating order.”

“with your flowing hair and righteous beard”

this needs to go into a stand up set. and by this i mean all your stories.


Kris March 16, 2013 at 12:19 am

LOL, so I know this post is 2 years old but I just found your blog recently and I’m catching up.

Laughing so hard at “…with your flowing hair and righteous beard” that my kids can’t figure out if I was laughing or crying because tears are rolling down my face and I’m doing that silent shoulder shrugging thing.

Thanks for the laugh and I’ll be borrowing that phrase right away.


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