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Thursday, August 6, 2009

My family tree

Do you ever watch your kids and, you know, wonder?

If they're a few fries short of a Happy Meal....

Or, if that time they fell on their head while learning to walk was more serious than it looked...

Most days I think my kids are pretty stinkin' brilliant, thank-you-very-much. But every once in awhile, well, I have to wonder. I'd been noticing lately that a lot of the clothes coming through the laundry basket were covered in cherry juice. I didn't think much of it until yesterday when I saw Emily leaning over the sink. At first glance I thought she'd cut herself and was trying to wash up. I rushed over to her in concern.

Turns out, she just can't spit. Seriously.
And it has nothing to do with the missing teeth, either.

She just....

can't.....

spit...

She was tearing the cherries apart to remove the seeds and, in the process of shoving them in her mouth, leaving a sloppy trail of cherry juice all over her hands, face and clothes. I guess I know who was loading the laundry basket with cherry-stained clothes.

***
Emily and Abby may look exactly like me.

But they clearly act more like their father.

57 comments:

Cassie said...

I get teased mercilessly by my family because I can't spit either. I try and try and it always ends up on my chin. But then again all the fries didn't make it in my Happy Meal either so .......

Yaya said...

Hahahaha!

blueviolet said...

Now that's a new one to me. Too funny!

ScoMan said...

Another mystery solved at least. But now that you know the answer, were you happier not knowing?

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

hehe too funny...well unless the cherry juice doesnt come out of the clothes then maybe not so funny after all!!!! Priceless pics once again!!!!

K said...

I have similar thoughts about my son.

Yesterday he just spun in circles for about 15 minutes.

Good luck with all that laundry.

Tsquared417 said...

Head over to Williams Sonoma and get a cherry pitter!! It's awesome and I use it for Olivia. :)

The Rambler said...

Of course they must act like their father :)

Us mothers only pass on our brillance! And if anybody says different...they're silly!

Staci Z said...

My daughters take after their dad too...well, only when they are bad or do something really, really stupid. All the A's and proper manners come from my side of the family. I see your family is the same.

Beautiful children, even if they are covered in cherry juice.

Lindy said...

Clearly, yes, it's always the Dads fault.

Best to teach them that now.

confused homemaker said...

Obviously it's their father's genetic influence, unless they are doing something brilliant that it's all mother.

TheKitchenWitch said...

Guess what? Miss D. does the exact same thing! And it looks like Emily's missing almost as many teeth as she is!

I cannot convince her that spitting the seeds is FUN...what kind of kid can't get into sanctioned spitting?

I must admit, when I saw that first picture, I thought you spent yesterday in the E.R.

Juls said...

She so does look like you! :)
Spitting isn't attractive, so I'm with her on that one :)
Crazee Girl-she's a cutie!

Danielle said...

So flipping cute.

for a different kind of girl said...

Minus the cherry aftermath (which, btw, adorable!), I totally get this. All I can do some days is sigh, shake my head, and walk away.

Susie said...

They are so stinking cute!!

Gibby said...

I love the idea of the WS cherry pitter! Going to have to check that out.

And if the toothpaste stains on the counter instead of in the sink are any indication, my kids aren't good spitters, either!

Grant said...

You just need to sign her up for spitting lessons.

Cheffie-Mom said...

Too cute!! Love the photos!!

WhisperingWriter said...

Send her over here. My son will teach her how to spit in no time..

LadyFi said...

Hilarious... and it goes without saying that that kind of behaviour comes from her father's side! ;-)

Kristina P. said...

That is too funny! She is adorable.

The Hall Family said...

Love your blog! I found you on mom blog network. Great stories about your family.

ck said...

I wish my 1 year old had that problem. So do the guests who wind up accessorized in surprise loogies. We don't get much return company...

Jen said...

yeah, sometimes you just have to wonder.

M-Cat said...

EVERY DAY. EVERY DAY....I shake my head and wonder. WTC? I think I'm fairly intelligent, my husband is a smart dude, but kids? WTC? And the saddest part? I wonder the most about my 22 year old.

The real question....did ya get the cherry juice out of the clothes? : )

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

Priceless pictures!!! Good luck with those cherry stains!

Hit 40 said...

A girl that can not spit?

Clearly her daddy has failed her!!!

Ink said...

Classic last line, KB! (And she's adorable.)

Crazymamaof6 said...

She is super cute!
Few fry's short of a happy meal! hee hee!
and that is funny she was tearing them apart.

HOLY COW though , cherry juice super stains. what did you do to get it out?

thanks for hopping over from blogher and commenting!

Penelope said...

omg, that is so cute and funny!

The Good Cook said...

Buy that girl a cherry pitter! LOL...

Laoch of Chicago said...

: )

On a positive note, cherries are good for her.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Princess Nagger couldn't spit, either - she'd leave a ginormous mess (on herself or the edge of the sink) every time she brushed her teeth. Then she hung out with some boys who taught her the 'art' of spitting. Now she leaves a bigger mess because she thinks it's cool to spit on the faucet. Definitely her father's daughter... ;)

Your cherry stained angel is adorable! :)

Queenie Jeannie said...

*giggles*

Very cute post. And she's gonna kill you when she sees this!

passions and soapboxes said...

I don't know, I think maybe your a cherry spitter in denial.

Grand Pooba said...

Ha! I love the juice all over her face too. Obviously she takes after her father ;)

Kathy B! said...

Oxi-Clean will get the stains out if you pre-soak. If it doesn't come out the first time, don't put it in the drier. Just keep treating and washing... eventually it will go away. If you get it when it's fresh.

♥ Braja said...

Nah, it ain't gonna work, that "oh they may look like me but they act like their father..." Uh-uh....they look like you? Means everyone thinks they ARE like you... lol...xoxox

the ungourmet said...

Cherry stains are as bad as wine stains!

I love the toothless grin! Fun picture!

the ungourmet said...

Oh, I forgot to say that I like the clouds!

zelzee said...

Oh, mom..........

Wait until they discover hair dye!!!! (while wearing your good silk blouse)

~L said...

I am sympathizing with the laundry! Summer brings out all kinds of stains, doesn't it?!?

Missy said...

Love it! A talent it is ok to lack!

Kathy B! said...

I've gotten no less than 11 emails from people who can't comment on my blog today (and yesterday). I think it's just a blogger snafu, but I appreciate you guys letting me know.

And since you seemed really broken up about not being able to comment? You can just send me $50 instead and we'll call it even : )

Pam said...

I hope you have a lot of stain remover. Ugh!

bernthis said...

I never knew there was so much juice in a cherry b/4 I saw my kid eat one

peewee said...

Is that the face you made when you saw that snake?

peewee said...

Is that the face you made when you saw that snake?

peewee said...

Is that the face you made when you saw that snake?

peewee said...

welll..didn't I hit the "publish comment" key one too many times!

Jenny Penny said...

Any chance that it's the missing teeth that are making it hard for her to spit? That's the first thought I had at that picture!

Bee and Rose said...

My husband is completely to blame for both of my kids weirdness! lol!

Her photos are so cute!

naptimewriting said...

I'm way too late to tell you this, and who am I to talk, for I let my kid walk around stained all the time. But boiling water, yes, boiling, on berry stains before you wash totally takes them out.

Before you wash. Sorry about that week of blood-red on her clothes.

Sandy said...

Funny! And great photos!

msprimadonna67 said...

This actually reminds me of my twelve year old son (TWELVE!!) who still can't figure out how I know when he's been eating Flamin' Hot Cheetos. (It has something to do with the finger-striped orange smear down the front of his shirts-that boy can't figure out why napkins are necessary when his shirt is always so close at hand.)

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