Once you become a parent, there is no allowance for turning off your brain. Even on the weekend. . .
A while back, I had a couple of sponge brushes laying out on the dining room table. I had just finished stencilling the dining area wall. I had packed away the paint and other stencilling equipment immediately, because I knew that leaving them out was just asking for trouble. I figured the brushes alone would be fine though. Besides, they needed to dry after being washed anyway.
Can't make a mess with these if there is no paint right?
*Parfait probably not to scale
Confused, I went back over to the dining area to figure it out, and upon second glance, it was very obvious what had happened:
The yogurt had become paint!
We also had never had a discussion with Little Dude about what was OK or not OK to draw/paint on. So, we took the opportunity to specify to him that he could only draw or paint on paper, and never on walls or anything else around the house. He repeated back to us, "Only dwaw on papew, nothing else. Oh, OK mommy daddy!" He seemed to understand so we left it at that and cleaned the wall.
A few hours later we were all hanging out in the living room. Little Dude was sitting at his table, drawing on a bunch of junk mail that I let him have. He is usually very neat and follows the rules so he is allowed to draw with pen - which, he was using this time around. He would draw and play on and off; We weren't paying particularly close attention. At one point I saw him scribbling furiously on a small piece of paper so I went to check out what he was doing. To my horror I found something like this:
The smiley face must have been for good measure.
Little Dude smiled at me and repeated, "Only dwaw on papew, nothing else."
*PS - The banker lady very kindly accepted the check from me despite the scribbles because she could kind of make out the name, and the # on the bottom could be read electronically. Pretty sure she wasn't supposed to do that, but I was very grateful she did. Phew!
*PPS - Yes hubby and I both learned valuable lessons that day about just how much a 2 year old can get into.