Monday, January 3, 2011

The Mystery of the Blue Footprints

January 2011 Update: It is the one year anniversary of my blog so I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past year. 2010 was a year of change for me in many ways. My blog documented most of those changes and it fun for me to be able to look back at my writing from the past year. I wanted to honor my one year mark by re-posting one of my favorite first posts below. 

The Mystery of the Blue Footprints

As I was making lunch yesterday, unbeknownst to me, a mystery was brewing in my house. All was quiet around the house. That should have been my first clue that something was amiss.
As I was finishing up with lunch I called to the kids to get ready to eat. At that point I looked down into our family room and saw the evidence of some kind of foul play.
This is what I saw in the hallway.

The crime scene in the family room was even more terrible. Blue ink was everywhere! I used my expert mommy investigative skills to figure out the culprit was Mason. He had the blue feet to prove my suspicions. Not to mention his blue hands too.
Apparently while I thought Mason was playing with legos he was being "artistic" but his creativity went a bit too far. He found a blue stamp pad with some art supplies and decided that his hands and feet made the best stamps of all - unfortunately he didn't stamp on paper. He stamped all over the family room carpet and even the couch. Thank God that the geniuses who make art supplies for kids have come up with washable ink. It took quite a lot of scrubbing and a run with the carpet cleaner, but we eventually got all of the blue ink out of the carpet and off of the couch.
Two important mommy life lessons were learned in the solving of this mystery.
#1 Don't trust a quiet three year-old.
#2 Don't leave art supplies within said three year-old's reach.
All in a days work as Detective Mommy!

This post is part of Alphabe-thursday


a moderate life said...

Hi Mama! Following you from alphabet thursday! I am laughing so hard at your mystery because My kids and their friend did the same thing but with a huge tub of A and D ointment and they ruined my best friend's off white wall to wall! Napping>? I think not! Happy Anniversary to your blog! All the best, Alex@amoderatelife

Theresa said...

An arteest! You're right...never trust a quiet 3 yr old;)

magsmcc said...

You know you're lost in a black (blue) hole of children's culture when this post vividly reminds you of the Blue Galloo episode of The Fimbles!

juanamac said...

Sigh. Caught red handed.... I mean blue handed. One of my dogs was given a bright blue anti-bacterial ointment once, so coloured evidently because it tasted bad and neither dog would lick it. Sadly, my white kitchen floor took on a blue speckled look while she had to wear it.

gabe said...

ohhh that is a good one!! You sound so calm about it, I am afraid that when my kids have done similar things I haven't been very calm.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

oh! haha...kudos to your mystery solving skills :o) Now that is history and everything cleaned up...what a memory that will last forever :o)

Blessings & Aloha!
(Also want to say what cuties your three are! A very beautiful family.)

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Aha! Caught (almost) in the act!
Happy belated M Day!

mub said...

This is going to be one of those stories to whip out and tell future love interests about, I think *L*


Oh....I remember the days! Great sleuth work!

Jenny said...

I love this! It totally brought back memories...If you have a few stains that won't come off at least you will have a wonderful story to share for years to come!

Your family picture in your blog header is just lovely. What a beautiful group...even the ones that are caught 'blue footed'!

Thanks for the smile and thanks for linking.


Splendid Little Stars said...

Yep! Those were some good lessons to learn! What a relief that it all came out.

Sue said...

Ahhhh, you are an excellent sleuth!


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