Thursday, August 7, 2008

He's A Smart One - That Boy!

My son ... is most like his father.


He is kind.


He is patient.


He is easy-going.


He is not like me - all that much.


Every so often, I do run across something in the boy that he inherited from me.


No ...


He's not much into shoes.


And ...


No ...


He's not much of a clean freak.


He doesn't keep his toys orderly, nor does he care if there is a mess on the floor of his room.


He doesn't care much if his hair is combed - just right.


He doesn't care much about clean teeth.


One thing I have found that we do have in common is ...


HIDING FOOD!


Yes ...


I hide food.


I hide cookies and candy and ice cream bars ... in the very back corners of the freezer.


I hide CHOCOLATE!


I have to!


I have 4 kids in this house that WANT this food!


It's a survival tactic I learned many years ago.


It is not a tactic that I taught my children.


NOPE!


I don't want ANY of them to know how to do this.


It is a secret.


Only I ... know the GOOD hiding places.


Only I ... know just when and how and why and what ... to hide.


Only I ...


Well ...


And ...


Little Billy!


I find food he has hidden - all the time.


I find tiny bottles of Gatorades in secret drawers.


I find candy bars shoved in the back of cabinets.


I find beef jerky sticks in his room - under his pillow.


Sometimes ... when he is unable to actually hide the food he wants for himself - he will LAY CLAIM to it:



(RESERVED FOR BILLY DON'T DRINK)


On the upside ... I don't even use this tactic. I don't know where he learned it - but ... it is BRILLIANT! I hate to think that the boy is sneaky - conniving - smarter EVEN than his mother - but, HE IS! Why didn't I ever think about the LAYING CLAIM tactic?

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79 comments:

Joanna said...

I've been told the best place to hide things is in a tampon box as most people won't go looking there - but with the amount of girls you have I don't think that will work. :)

tricki_nicki said...

HA! I loved Joanna's comment too! What a great idea! My boys are all under five but I'm definitely going to use that one when they get big. MINE!

MamáChanga said...

Hahahahaha!!! I had to pick myself off the floor after reading that post! I suppose it's better than licking it or sticking it under your armpit to lay claim to it (no I've never done that but DrillSgt. came from a family of 10!--if you really wanted it you had to do something drastic like that!). Shhhhh, you might not want to tell Billy! LOL!!

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

Clever boy!

JCK said...

He's got a great idea. I've got to use that when the kids are old enough to read! Meanwhile, I've got my stashes, but my husband is frequently on to me.

Amanda said...

I have been known to hide the odd chocolate bar too! But i have never thought of Billy's tatic ~ it's great! I think my boys are too young to realise how to hide goodies!!

Steph said...

I love it, they always say it is survival of the fittest in this case it is survival of the smartest!

Cheeky said...

Laying claim doesn't work in this house - the kids take it anyway so I have decided I will only buy things that I like when I want a treat - they don't like it - then it will be there when I want it.

dani said...

ha!!! how cute and clever your little billy is:b i say, "whatever works!!!"
love,
dani

Rebecca said...

That is FUNNY! My kids always find my hidden food. They climb to the top of the pantry to see what's there, nowhere is safe. I LOVE that Billy staked his claim. LOVE IT! Smart boy!

Laura said...

Brilliant!

My mom use to hide cookies in the freezer - when my brother found out my mom used empty fish boxes to hide them...My brother would hunt through the freezer looking for the sweets and never find them and then we would get some in our school lunches and he would hunt again for the stash - never realizing the box labeled COD or Salmon Steaks were actually BAGS of COOKIES!!!!!

Tara said...

This is really funny! Once, when my cousins and I were all together as kids, one of them spit all over his opened bag of Twizzlers so no one else would be tempted to eat any. My other cousin and I thought this was just horrible, so we sprinkled dirt inside the bag and smooshed it around to teach him not to be so greedy. I'm not sure which of us was worse!

The Fritz Facts said...

That is to funny. I used to hide candy when I was younger, and Hunter hides fruit snacks. We don't buy them often, so when we have them he hides so he will have some later. Kids...so funny

Kel said...

I think hiding food is part of being a mother...at least in my house MOM means "sharer of ALL things." It seems your son has picked up your trick and is perfecting it...perhaps you two should team up!
~K

Outnumbered2to1 said...

Looks like he is ready to enter the competitve work force. First lesson is labeling your food that stays in the community fridge!

THopgood said...

I hide my stash in the laundry room cuz there's no chance in hell anyone in my family would ever find themselves wandering around THAT room!

Kaci said...

Hilarious!!!!!!!!! Did he write that with nail polish? HAHAHAHA!!

Jacki said...

He is indeed very smart! And those skills will serve him well in college dorms.

Brenda said...

Hahaha, Joanne's got my vote too! No hiding stuff here. They'll dig to China to find stuff you don't want them to, but will look over the mustard on the first shelf, right in front of them.

Crystal D said...

Oh I am totally like you and little Billy. My husband doesn't understand it at all. LOL, I tell the girls that things like dark chocolate covered frozen bananas are only for adults. Bad mommma.

Kelly said...

I have what I call my "secret stash". The boys discovered it once and decided they should each have their own too. I keep having to find new places to hide mine or my treats get eaten!! Maybe I need a sign like Billy!!

Dawn said...

That milk carton sign is the cutest thing. ;) I don't hide food but I do tell my kids that I don't think they'd like certain things that I know they'd love (like those new smoothies at Starbucks)...I just don't want to share.

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

I guess laying claim on the good stuff is key when you have lots of siblings!

Queen of My Domain said...

That is to funny. Way to go Little Billy. I have to hide some things also. But for the time being the top shelf out of reach seems to still work. I'll have to remember this idea once they are all tall enough to reach the top shelf.

common mom said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

My Dude has a secret drawer in his room . . . it's sooooooo not an actual secret . . . but there are things in there . . . things I never thought we'd see again . . . I've also found wrappers in there . . . trying to be sneaky he is!

No laying claim to anything yet, though . . . I think Princess will come up with that idea first ;-)

Cheffie-Mom said...

LOL! That is too cute! Maybe my family is trying to hide food when I find expired stuff in the refrigerator! Except they forget about it and it starts growing green stuff. Maybe they should try Billy's idea!

Marmarbug said...

I used to do that!!! I had two older brothers!!!!

Monogram Queen said...

That is TOO funny! Laying claim and what happens when someone doesn't listen??? Hmmmmm just curious!

Kathy and Carl said...

It's smart to hide the good stuff because you never know when it'll be gone. And Billy has some great idea; better than my brothers that would take something, hold it up for everyone to see and then lick it as a way to make their claim. Talk about gross!

girlytwins said...

I feel like doing this all the time. He is very smart.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

This happens at our house--actually the one that uses it the most is my youngest daughter--she's not a big eater, so if she gets a candy bar, she'll break off a couple of squares and stick it in the freezer for next month. It kills her brothers to watch it sit there!

bren j. said...

this sounds like the bahaviour at my husband's office. :)

Kelsey said...

Oh my gosh that is too funny!

One Scrappy Chicklet said...

Oh no there is nothing sneaky about that, he is just assertive. He knows what he wants and he claims it and considering the fact that he is the only man child in a house full of sister's he needs all the assertiveness possible.

Have a great day my friend.

Janet said...

I'm not clever enough to hide the food. I'll have to try the labeling thing.

tammy said...

I do this too! Only my 12 year old is starting to catch on to my hiding places. We should share our favorite hiding places.

Leah said...

LOL!!! That is funny! My husband tends to ignore names on food items (goody bags the kids got from birthday parties and whatnot). I'm not sure the laying claim tactic would work out all that well around here... LOL!!

Smoochiefrog said...

In our house, that laying claim stuff is more of a taunt. That makes everyone else WANT to get it and consume it. HA!

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Smartie boy! I usually have part of a chocolate bar hidden away, for those desperate moments in the day when I really need something. But my second son is really good at finding. He once ate a pound and a half of Godiva chocolates I had gotten for valentine's day. All the yummiest ones that I was saving! couple hundred dollars gone in a blink of an eye.

Sandra Carvalho said...

ROFL!Brilliant!
xoxo

Denise Wheeler said...

That is hilarious! I hide food too. I also have a draw in my refrigerator that is marked "MOM". Not a single soul is allowed in that drawer but me. It is my food! It doesn't always work with the hubby but thus far it has kept the kids out of it. Of course, there is nothing good in(as far as kids are concerned), it is just food that I pack in my lunch box for work. I hide the good stuff.

Nancy said...

I used to hide "Dove Bars" in vegi boxes in the freezer.

Christy said...

I have to hide food too! My husband is the biggest chocoholic ever! If I want anything to last longer than a nanosecond I don't have any other option.

I can't imagine fighting that many people for food though. You are one brave lady.

Belle said...

I hide food because my philosophy is that if nobody sees me eat it then the calories don't count.

duchess said...

My youngest does that too. I'll find things in the strangest places. She came up with this all on her own - no one else in our house does it.
Those kids.

Jaina said...

You've got a clever one there. ;)

Are You Serious! said...

♥ Too funny! :)

Tabitha said...

That is brilliant Kellan ~ your Billy is one very smart lad!!
love and hugs to you XXXXXX

Helen E.M. Wright said...

My son uses his closet as his secret place. We find wrappers AND anything of ours that he is not supposed to have there.

Funny, I was just about to write about it!

My Wonderful Men said...

That is just too funny.

Melissa said...

Looks like the kid has his mama's brains!!

I love the "reserved" part...

Tracy said...

You never thought of it because you knew it wouldn't work. Kids don't care what you think is yours. You thought bathroom time was yours at one point, didn't ya? Haha, you jest! :)

tinabean1988 said...

We have to hide them or when we go to enjoy them they'll be gone.
I'm a hider also.
My kids are just to lazy to fix something that takes longer than 2 mins to make so they always go for the snack stuff.
So I hide it.
Plus there is always the stuff that I don't want to share.

Nicki said...

Dang, he claimed the entire carton of chocolate milk? Gutsy, man, gutsy!
People in my house are pretty territorial over food too, but we haven't started hiding it yet. At least not as far as I know. The kids haven't even tried putting signs on food yet, although they often argue that they "called" the last juice box, the last hot dog, or whatever.
Big families are HARD to survive in!

Amanda said...

Hey, we do that around here to hide food from my SIL!

That is too cute that he figured out a way to claim his own food/drink by marking it. Those kids are too smart!

Kathryn said...

Hehehe. I do that too. :)

Julie said...

That is so funny! *rofl* ... Once the kids were old enough to make their own sandwiches, they started leaving crumbs and such in the peanut butter and jam... Well, I can't tolerate other people's leavings in my sandwich to I buy extra jars and write "Mommy" on them, so they won't touch it. *lol*

Amy said...

That's what you call thinking!

Rosemary Bogdan said...

It's a great idea. I love that the item is completely covered. (unlike attaching a post-it note) That way the person knows they can't have it even before they it's something good. Very ingenious, that boy. Good for him:-)

kimmy said...

He is a smart one! I am going to steal his idea for my ice cream!

Kimmy

Elizabeth said...

Very funny...I don't think it will work very well with the twins, though! I use my own to drawer of my dresser...it is so high, none of them can see in yet, and DH doesn't eat chocolate! Pax.

utmomof5 said...

Well did it work? Did anyone drink it? If it did I may have to use that tactic!!

E said...

Go Little Billy. I have a kid who does it too. She hides healthy things though. It is truly bizarre. She hates it when we eat the only healthy things in the house. She looks smugly down her nose at us with her hummus and her yogurt. And the crunchy granola bars are behind the books are on her shelves. She so so silly. Doesn't she know we would only eat those as an absolute last resort....???

MamaGeek said...

I'm so relieved I'm not the only one who does THIS. :)

You, he, me - CLEVER!

Bren said...

He is too cute! I used to do the same thing growing up.

Have a great weekend!

bichonpawz said...

But....did it work???? I'm wondering if the sign really worked?? He's smart...that Billy! Just like his mom. I, too, am guilty of hiding things...

Brittany said...

HA HA HA! Way to go Billy !!!!

Amy said...

He's a genius!:)

Denise said...

He is a smart boy and very clever.

Kami said...

HA! Great post, made me giggle.

I don't about your house but in mine, that note would have been shredded and the milk would have disappeared before the one who laid claim returned.

;-)

I think the hiding tactic is better. In fact, my mom used to hide the chocolate too but not so she could eat. Instead it was so I wouldn't find it and eat before she could use it for baking! Mean!

Becky said...

That's hilarious!

I've resorted to hiding things in "icky" whole grain cereal boxes (the kind my boys turn their noses up at) where nobody dared to venture...

Rebecca a.k.a. Mum said...

Because kids don't care if mum lays claim to it...if they find it it is fair game to them! lol

I am like you, I am always hiding my chocolate and goodies...sad huh! hehe

The Boyds Family said...

Kayla doesn't hide food, she sneaks food and it DRIVES.ME.CRAZY!! Then she HIDES the wrappers. I find them in drawers, stuffed in pillow cases, under the bed, in the jewelry box, in the battery compartment of a clock. You name the place, I've found the wrapper.

I would MUCH rather she use Billy's brilliant tactic than sneak it and hide the evidence.

Michelle said...

Too funny! I have a friend whose husband has to label the tops of his water bottles in the fridge. And I do mean *has* to as the two daughters don't replace what they drink. Apparently it works well... Little Billy may be onto something. I want to know how it works when you try it!

Pregnantly Plump said...

That's so funny about the note! I love it.

Ann(ie) said...

That is toooo cute. GO Billy. Show em who's boss!

Elaine A. said...

I just adore that Billy! I love how he used the word "reserved!" That's too good. He coulda just said "This is Billy's" Love his vocabulary! : )

p.s. I am starting to have to hide chocolate too!

frogpondsrock said...

Oh Kellan you never fail to cheer me up...Thankyou very much my Texan Friend

xxx kim

Wendi said...

Love it!
Way to hoard your stuff Billy!

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