Orange Markers and Mystery Globs

filed under: I Am Mommy on March 21, 2008

So I decided to purchase Colton a new book at the store today.  I had lovely visions in my head.  Colton and I sitting together at the table, learning about letters and sounds…it was going to be wonderful.


When we finally did get a chance to sit together and look at this wonderful book… Colton didn’t like it.  "What if mommy gets you an orange marker to do the drawing with?"  That seemed to work.  Except now, he was only interested in writing with the marker.  Not anything on the actual pages.

So I grabbed his hand and traced the dotted lines and exclaimed, "Look Colton, you made an ‘A’!  Isn’t that great?" as he squirms and says "Let go mommy!"


Fine.  It wasn’t all that I had imagined.  Maybe tomorrow he will be interested!  Or maybe I will just put this book on a shelf and wait until the good Lord blesses me with a supernatural amount of patience.

So Colton ran off and I decided to console myself with some chocolate.  And then with some vacuuming.  Yes, now that its all out in the open, I vacuum to make myself feel better. And then I happened upon this scene.  Img_3913

What is that you may wonder?  Is it puke? Makeup? Chocolate milk?  And where is Colton?


There’s more.  Everywhere I look there is more.  Here comes Colton.  He seems intrigued by my close inspection of the mystery glob.  He even gets down on the floor with me to check things out.  How sweet.


But then, my eyes wonder up a bit.


And I sit back and take it all in.  All of that wonderful orange marker decorating my white ottoman.


Well.  I now officially have two crime scenes.  One, an innocent white ottoman, subject to random graffiti and most likely some cryptic gang symbols for ‘Dora the Explorer’ or ‘The cookies are in the bottom cupboard’, I’m not sure.  But you can bet I won’t rest until I figure it out. (ok, so maybe I will be going to sleep as soon possible, but I promise to think about it tomorrow.)

Two-the mysterious glob.  You’d think I wouldn’t want it to be puke, makeup, or chocolate milk, but in truth, any of those would have been better to what it really was.  This crime wasn’t quite as difficult to solve, as I soon discovered the discarded evidence just a few short feet away.


Thats right.  Wood glue.  Colton must have seen the change of expression on my face because he took one look at me and high tailed it upstairs, away from them impending wrath.  My child… the glorious fruit of my loins, having fun with orange markers and wood glue.  On my carpet.  On my ottoman. In my own home! The insanity.

I have since dealt with the problem.  Surprisingly, freshly spilled wood glue was pretty easy to clean up.  The ottoman however, well, that is another story.  I have sprayed it with Shout! and am hoping it will wash right out.  We shall see.

Tomorrow is a new day.

God bless-


Please be advised that no children were harmed in the making of this memory.

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  • Tracie says:

    Yikes. I hope the ottaman comes clean!
    My kids painted their room once when I was busy…as in the carpet and bunk beds..with real paint. Not funny then…but funny as a memory.
    Have a great holiday weekend!

  • Missie says:

    OMG!! The poor ottamon! LOL

  • Barb says:

    Couldn’t help but smile while reading this entry. It reminded me of the time my two sons,
    ages four and six, at the time, decorated my brand new Percale sheets with crayolas and my lipstick. And on top of that, wanting to make
    Mommy’s bedroom smell good, they sprayed my room with my “My Sin” perfume. What a mess! Aren’t kids adorable? LOL They certainly keep us on our toes, don’t they?

  • betty says:

    Amanda; Happy Easter!! this was cute to read about Colton; been there done that, LOL (as have all moms of young ones)
    he might not be ready to learn his letters yet; how old is he? don’t force it; give him plenty of opportunities to color, paper to draw (or scribble on); talk about letters (A is for apple and make the sound of a short A), read to him, simple things like that. When he is ready, he’ll do fine 🙂
    have a great day!

  • Bev says:

    WOW! He was busy lol. I have that same Hooked On Phonics book and my daughter loves it, it is what I have been using for her pre-school. I hope you get the marker out! My daughter had wrote on our couch with an ink pen when she was around 3 and I used Woolite’s Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner “POD” scrubber and it got it out from what I remember.

  • Janie says:

    Oh My Amanda. lol Will be keeping you in my prayers for sure. lol Sorry I have not had time to comment because of being busy. Hope you had a wonderful Easter. Hugs, Janie

  • ElizaBeth says:

    OHH SWEEETIE! What a day for you?!
    Might I suggest a couple pre writing activites?
    Take a cheep can of shaving cream and spray the shower wall or door, smooth it out and let him draw random shapes with the first two fingers(index AND middle). Smooth and draw again. It rinses clean away and removes soap scum… Also a cookie tray with salt lets them draw and smooth out mistakes and try, try again. If you want you can color the salt by pouring the salt into a gallon size ziplock, adding a few drops of food coloring, sealing the bag and giving it a good shake. Open the bag to let it dry and reuse it to store the salt. In a mustard style squirt bottle at water and a few drops of food coloring and let him draw in the snow. (Little boys seem to be drawn to this like a fly to honey. LOL)
    PS My dear sweet #2 cut along the stripes of her sheets when she was 3. It was WHY she picked the stripy ones she said!

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