Friday, January 11, 2008

Hey Little Girl ... Don't Get Me Started!

I am sitting on my bed.

Chloe comes into my room and stands near me in her new outfit so I can see how she looks. I compliment her on her beautiful attire.

She turns to leave, walks out into the hallway and I say, "On your way downstairs, please take that pile of laundry to the laundry room and then will you bring me a couple pieces of bacon when you come back up?" I smile sweetly.

She turns back in my direction and says, "And then after that ... would you like me to paint the hallway?" and she smiles - not nearly as sweetly as me.

I say, "Yes - if you have time," and I smile right back at her.

On the upside ... Honestly - I couldn't get that child to paint her nails, let alone an entire hallway! She has never painted anything. She doesn't even KNOW how to paint. She doesn't KNOW how to do anything, aside from carrying things and retrieving things! I need to get to work on that. That girl is going to be 16 years old soon. She needs to KNOW how to paint before she leaves my house. There are lots and lots and lots of walls around our house that she could paint - to get in some practice. She should probably have just kept her little mouth shut. (*wheels a-turning now*).

59 comments:

Angela said...

Good idea put her to work
And yes my son is going to drive me around as soon as he turns 16. Only 14 years to go.

Kami said...

Uh Oh, Momma's got a plan!

She was a little sassy so me thinks you should throw some sass right back her way.

Oh and could you teach me to paint too? I am 33 and still make some kind of mess when I paint.

Doesn't stop me from trying though!

Dad said...

Kel, you had better hurry. TIME IS RUNNING OUT ! !

Brittany said...

Good idea! Make her paint! haha. She will learn not to sass you that way!
Or remind her how you changed her diapers, cleaned up her vomit, cooked her meals...etc etc etc for so many years! Give her the guilt trip. :)

MamaGeek said...

Me thinks, this is a classic live and learn lesson!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Ooooh- we are headed right to where you are!!! Mom's wheels are a-turnin' with a plan...can't wait to see!!!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Tot's Mom said...

Oh dear! She just doesn't know what she has gotten herself into when she said that. ;)

Maria said...

Hmm. She has to paint the hall... before she can drive! I think that would do it! Actually when I was growing up there was very little I was allowed to do. Couldn't make my bed because I didn't do a good enough job. Couldn't clean because I wouldn't do a good enough job. Couldn't mow the lawn, I might get hurt. I guess I was lucky. But hey, you better not show Chloe this! She might get an idea from me!
Maria

HRH said...

my favorite was the painting the nails comment. although, i have found it easier to paint the hall then my own nails...

Bren said...

Ha! That's just what she gets!

Hazel said...

hello just drop by..

Sharon said...

Time for a little interior redecorating!
Wax on wax off? I am sitting her trying to think of the name of the little chinese guy Mr M......(sorry having a brain hiccup)
It could help strengthen her wrists for basketball.:)

Heather said...

You had me at bacon.

Karen said...

I'd have her start with her room. Plenty of motivation, and if her skills aren't all that, it's only her looking at it. But it's a marvelous plan.

Andrea said...

Ooh...Mama sounds inspired!

Dawn said...

Poor Chloe, everyone conspiring to put a paintbrush in her hands- I feel I must stick up for her. Painting is no fun! :P

I hope you can hear the sarcasm; it's a little hard to convey via computer.

Amy said...

I never learned to paint.
I am terrible at it.
I slop it all over the place, step in it and spill it on the floor,
My husband has banned me from painting. There is some benefit from being bad at painting.

forgetfulone said...

She can come paint my house! My husband won't let me paint anymore!

multipleblessings said...

Sounds like it's time to buy a paint brush or two! ;)

Julie

Are You Serious! said...

Cute story! I'm a little nervous about the teenage years... :)

Bavani said...

Hi Kellan
Yup, I'm new to your site - been reading for a couple of days now and I love it - I especially love your story on how your little boy went flying down the hill on skis. Motivates me to give it a go :)

Bavani

kim-d said...

Ummm...Chloe + paint + walls of your beautiful home = maybe you really don't want that! HAHAHAHA! I think you should start with having her paint something on Billy's side of the driveway...and then bring more bacon. This was, as usual, the laugh that gets my morning started--and I thank you so much for that!

Beth said...

Ah, sometimes they think they are being so smart!

Victoria said...

Oh, dear. *I* hate painting. But I did teach my kids (4 and 7) to remove wallpaper this week. They loved it - shocker! =)

Have a good one!

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Why the heck are you eating bacon in your bed?? I am aghast...

Hallie
http://wonderfulworldorweiners.blogspot.com/

girlymom said...

Send her over here- I have babysitting and painting, cleaning, laundry- I would definately put her to work!!! Althought she might not learn how to paint straight- all our walls are crooked!

jennwa said...

And after she is done painting your walls, she can get some more practice at my house. Just send her over.

my wonderful men... said...

You should make sure she is prepared for being on her own one day and not to mention you don't have to hire a painter now!

kimmy said...

I could use someone to paint in my house too - I can't motivate my kids to do it either!

Kimmy

Bia said...

This December I decided that I wanted my boys to have SOME kitchen skills when I realized they didn't even know what a potato masher was. So, I taught them how to make Beaufort Stew (with just four, basic ingredients it's a no-brainer!). And they really had fun! The best part? They mentioned that they wanted to start a family tradition of cooking dinner for me and my husband on our anniversary.

So, I think it's a great idea to teach your daughter to paint! Who knows what it will lead to?

God bless.

tommie said...

sounds like some "love and logic" planning time

One Scrappy Gal said...

I'd be concerned about her inability to paint at almost 16 too!! She should also become a pro at mopping, vaccuming, dusting, tackling mold and cleaning toilets, etc. Please, please do not let her go out into the world without mastering these skills. Some will say you just want a slave but I know you're just doing what's best for your little girl. :)

The Stevens Family said...

Teaching your kids things like that is always a good thing especially when they bring it up with their smart mouths. As you can see though, I don't paint. Didn't see me in any of those pictures! LOL.

LunaNik said...

you totally should have her paint the hallway now!! that would be so perfect =)
but make sure you take plenty of pics so that you can blog about it and show us the beautiful before and afters

Kathryn said...

Ya gotta love sassy teenage girls. hehehe
At least she has a sense of humor, right?
I think it would be HILARIOUS if you DID make her paint the hallway now. HAHA!

Catizhere said...

Hm. I *like* to paint. I have a very steady hand & don't even need to tape the woodwork first.

Last night, Joe asked Maggie (4.5 y.o) to get him a can of Pepsi from the fridge; Maggie very facetiously asked if she could get him a little snack too? perhaps a handful of Goldfish? We were so busy trying to supress our laughter that we couldn't answer.

Sort of like when I asked her who taught her to do a cartwheel, she shrugged and said, "It just comes naturally, I guess."

Melissa said...

Looks like you will have a room freshly painted in your home soon. WTG Mom!

Patti said...

Oh yeah she's going to wish she had kept her little mouth shut! LOL

Thanks for your kind words about Maddie Kellan!

Don Mills Diva said...

They think they're so clever at that age don't they? Little do they know mom is always more clever than they think.

ToolSmartz said...

Good story - I couldn't have done Tina that way - she actually DID paint her room, although I thought it was fine considering that one WHOLE WALL was taken up with a picture of the earth as seen from the moon... yea, way Kool... :-)

Laurie M. said...

Ha, love the teenage sarcasm! WHen you've taught her to paint will you send her my way?

lisa said...

I like your plan. I think I will adopt the same with our three teenage boys (our daughter is already painting walls in her own apt)
painting, car washing & detailing, basement organization, laundry - these are all must have skills. yes?

Christine said...

i am cracking up because you asked for some bacon! have her bring me some, too!

Running on empty

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

Don't you just love it? I get the same "how dare you ask ME to do something", eye rolling, "I'm far too busy", attitude from my kids, too! I'm seriously worried about my 17 yr. old when he goes off to college in another year and a half. That boy couldn't even start the washing machine if his life depended on it! Aack! Guess we'd better start teaching them some life skills, huh? :)

Take care Kellan, have a great weekend!

Lizzy

Stacie said...

ha! yes, good life skills painting is...

LOL...

Leah said...

I can hear the "evil" laughter from your room as the wheels turn "muh ha hahahahaa!" LOL That's so funny. I think she should come practice her painting skills at my house. I'm AWFULLY tired of having the same cream colored walls in every room of the house but the kids' rooms and the bathrooms. sigh...

Queen of My Domain said...

At least she gave you a half sweet smile along with her attitude. It could have been all attitude. I don't dare let my kids have a paintbrush, they'd go to town and back and not in good way.

Cheeky said...

Send her my way - I can give her some rooms to paint - she'll be a pro! LOL

Mo said...

She totally opened the floodgates, huh? I think a little painting (and eating crow) could be good for her :)

Sniz said...

On Trading Spaces I saw a woman who said she'd never painted in her life. Aside from wondering how you could live in America, NOT be one of the Hilton sisters, and not be a spoiled rich girl, I was extremely disdainful of her. Especially when I saw her platinum blonde hair, her LONG acrylic nails, and Her Mickey Mouse T-shirt that looked 3 sizes too small stretched over her voluptuous chest. Yeah, I thought, I know why she's never learned to paint. Yeah.

Nicki said...

Mouthy teenage girls with attitude--I don't know how my mother ever survived. Get her painting, I'll bet she is more careful about what she says:)

Ann(ie) said...

he....That'll teach her to toss out a chore idea sarcastically. But, I never learned to paint and I attempted to paint my first wall at 35 and didn't enjoy it much so I hired someone. how stinkin sad is that???

Hetha said...

I'm just getting caught up on your posts and have enjoyed them so much. I especially love the image of your cute little boy sneaking around in the hallway, then grinning when he was busted! Have a great weekend Kellan!

Jennifer said...

Hey, when she's done at your house, send her my way! ;)

Valarie said...

Ha! That is so funny. At least she agreed to do it! Mine would hav ejsut immediately started throwing fits. Oh, and my boys have alreyad managed to "paint" my walls with everything from glue to syrup to poo (I know. TMI, right??)

mrs. parker said...

My girls get one warning when they are bored "Don't make me find you something to do"- Today was one of those days...On the upside:My house got really clean today! ;)

Shellie said...

Hee hee!

Family Adventure said...

They are lovely...I can't believe beautiful Courtney has to be identified by a 'man voice' and a 'fat head'. That conjures up a whole different picture than what these photos show :)

Heidi

JCK said...

I hate painting, maybe she's on to you? :)

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