We are having a lazy day.  Xavi has a stomach bug and I want him to rest…and not spread his germs to any other little kids…or worry about cleaning ‘lakes’ from his diapers in public.  Never fun.  It is the kind of lazy day where you glance at the clock on the stove and want to stick a thumbtack in your eye when you see it’s only 9:30 am.  I’m not sure why it makes you want to blind yourself – it’s just that frustrating.

Seriously?! We have only been awake for 3 hours?!? (My childless readers are, at this very moment, saying, “Seriously?! You were already awake for 3 hours?!? Annnnddd, I’m never having kids. Kthanks.”)

When 11 am finally crept around (Whaddya got bricks tied to your ankles or somethin’, 11 o’ clock?!) I got online to make Lazy Day Lunch:  GrubHub.  As I finished placing the online lunch order for the three of us, I realized that Xavi hadn’t been in the living room for a few minutes.  Then I noticed a slight perfumey odor.  Visions of my girly body lotion filling the bathroom sink or the Febreze bottle, uncapped, lying on our bed flashed through my mind.  I hit send on the order and ran out into the hallway.  As I got to the front entryway, here is what I saw:

This face is soooo Xavi. Guilty, flirty, hopeful little smirk.  We are in SUCH trouble.

Oh no.

I turned the corner…

In large quantities Odor Eater foot powder smells really good. Who knew?  That doesn’t mean I was excited to see all of our shoes, hats, umbrellas and even clothing donations COVERED in the stuff.  On the bright side, the carpeted stairs are a hip ‘dusty Nantucket red’ now and will probably be smelling fresh long after we move out.

I took off Xavi’s powdered clothes and wiped down his feet and then started on the floor…

Great ad, right?  Feel free to send a check, Swiffer.

By the time I got it all cleaned up Xavi had accomplished several new tasks…this time, helpful ones.  Thank God.

He dressed himself! A St. Patrick’s Day shirt, bathing suit and his brother’s shoes.  And put back together his easel!

Kidding.  I put it back together.  6 times.  He is actually on the verge of taking at apart again in this photo.

And this is Xavi with a nasty stomach bug…you should see him on a healthy day.


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12 Responses to Trouble

  1. Days like that seem to last On the bright side, you have a fresh smelling house and a child who can dress himself. ON the other side, it’s only 2:48.

    Hang in there!!

  2. 2:50 now. Absolutely counting minutes. 🙁

    Plus, Carlitos has his final karate class in an hour and I don’t think I can bring Xavi…oh, AND I am pretty sure I managed to catch the bug. Boooo.

    But yes, the house smells lovely in a unique way and Xavi technically has clothing on. 😉

  3. Nina says:

    and you have managed to make me laugh out loud while my student takes her test…”what’s so funny,” she just asked in a sassy way…as if i was laughing at her!

  4. Ha! You just made ME laugh out loud! …and now Xavi is glaring at me. 😉

  5. Your Mother says:

    Somehow I think of Molly …. Only w little boy testosterone!
    It’s gonna be a wild ride!

  6. Julia says:

    OH my gosh – I gasped out loud when I saw the first photo with all the powder everywhere. It’s a good thing, for Xavi’s sake, that he’s so cute! 😉
    Also, I love his self-selected outfit!

  7. I gasped too, let me tell ya! He really is lucky he’s so cute and lovable.

    And yes, his outfits are always…interesting. 😉 in fact, he chose the first outfit too – where he’s covered in powder – can’t you see that the pants are on backwards? 😉

  8. Xavi often makes me think of Molly. (Molly, if you ever read this, we will take any and all inside pointers on the best way to raise ‘you.’ thanks.)
    Did you see that last picture?!? Hello MOLLYMOBILE!!

  9. Wait-wrong post. I meant the last picture in ‘Two Years.’
    I’m not so smart.

  10. John says:

    Not a bad job on dressing himself. Looks like Brooklyn-style is rubbing off on him.

  11. Oh yeah. Even though Carlitos still complains sometimes about no longer living in ManHATtan, they both ooze Brooklyn-style pretty naturally.
    Plus, they BOTH have a skateboard.

  12. […] strikes again! At least hand sanitizer is easier to clean up than foot powder.  This serves as proof that I feel […]

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