Silence isn’t Golden

Silence is Golden Trouble.  Watching a movie and watching kids are two totally different beasts.  Silence really is desirable in a movie theater. I don’t want my house to be a screaming chaotic train wreck for 18 hours a day but when the whole house is pin-drop quiet I get uneasy. Allow me to back track just a moment…that 2 to 3 hours of quiet that I get during nap time is like a mini luxury vacation. However, if I know the kids are awake and the house has gone into stealth mode it usually means bad things.

For one, if the kids are making noise I can know where they are and generally what they are doing without having to follow them all over the house. For two, if the kids are making noise I know they are alive.  And for three, if they are making noise they aren’t intentionally trying to be sneaky.  My daughter Ela is notorious for sneaking off into closets and digging into bags or purses.  Just the other day she had disappeared for a moment. When my wife and I realized we both looked at each other with a look of panic and said “she’s in a bag.” Sure enough, there I found her in the hall bent over digging through one of my wife’s purses, applying makeup. She was so proud of herself

Ela Lipstick

Quite possibly her worst “quiet moments” were the couple times she tried to change her own diapers 🙁


Those were not fun times.  Every once in a while I catch a break and she isn’t off being mischievous.  Sometimes she’s is just simply playing with her dolls.  I got a good laugh the other day when I walked into the kitchen to find she had pulled out my wife’s old breast pump attachment and was pretending to pump.


My wife hasn’t pumped in months, I was surprised she even remembered what those were.  I’ve got to keep an eye on this one. I’m thinking about getting her a cowbell for Christmas to wear around her neck. 🙂

How about you? What crazy/funny/memorable things have you found your kids doing?

9 thoughts on “Silence isn’t Golden”

  1. Hilarious. My oldest wasn’t that sneaky, that I remember. Now that I stay home, I think my youngest is going to be. She already sneaks in my closet where I keep my tools. I guess she wants to help me fix things.

    1. Don’t you love when your kids want to “help.” You can pretty much count on taking twice as long to complete your task. But as long as you’ve got the time it can make for some great moments. 🙂

  2. I thought she did a good job with her own diaper;). My little guy once wanted a fruit roll up on the top of the pantry , I said wait till after dinner. All of a sudden I walk into the kitchen to find him eating the fruit roll up. On the way to get the roll up he managed to knock over a Costco size bottle of olive oil and a Costco size bag of rice! It was awesome! We are still slipping all over the kitchen floor!

  3. Oh man, sounds like an impressive climb (and the set-up to some sitcom where everyone keeps slipping and sliding across the kitchen floor). Those are “this will be much funnier later” moments.

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