Thursday, January 29, 2009

Boxed in

So, in a previous post I shared one of my most prized mothering tools, that of the use of the laundry basket a.k.a. "Mother's 'Lil Helper". I have not abandoned this useful item but the laundry basket's thirty pound capacity just wasn't cutting it for me. I needed something that could comfortably contain at least ninety pounds of crazy kids. Found it.


This box kept Ella and Foster happy for, literally, two hours. I threw in a baggie of snacks, some crayons, the aforementioned children, and a phone with the numbers 1 and 9 removed from the keypad, and they had a great time. It makes me feel really happy inside that I can provide this nurturing service for my kids. In my mind it is almost like being back in the womb for them. They were in a tight little space and they heard their loving mother's snores as she slept peacefully. The only difference is that they got to wear clothes this time around. Sadly, this was a one time babysitter. When Foster was ready to get out, rather than calling out that he had had enough he decided to go all Dwight on the box and this was the result:

(Or as this was a womb-like experience, maybe I should say that he was more vampire-baby-like in his attempt to escape.)


I have yet to find a more durable substitute, but this was fun while it lasted. I am on the prowl for something that can hold upto 250 pounds so that I can start an in-home daycare. I will be sure to keep you updated on my new business plan.

17 comments:

Jenni said...

I like it!!

Alana said...

Oh, my gosh, you are so funny! You have me in stitches and make my day! I never thought of removing the numbers 9 and 1 before. :oP Who needs recycling when kids get so much fun out of a box?

Alana said...
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Alana said...

K that was me that deleted. It posted twice for some strange reason. Just so you know some crazo isn't stalking your blog.

Courtney said...

I def. think you're ready to look for old crates at a local sih market... after that, maybe a zoo surplus sale? They may have some old cages... then you're in BIZ baby!

vicki said...

This is hysterical. I am definitely trying this one. I also appreciate that you were able to squeeze in a Twilight reference in your post. Well done.

Keli said...

That is so funny! Great idea! and i loved the foot kicking through the box! :) I love reading your blogs.

Lydia said...

Too funny. I love Foster's idea of getting out! very Twilight :)

Alicia said...

Another bonus--no wrinkly skin from being surrounded by fluid! :)

Jill said...

Okay, you are sooooo funny! I have to say that I enjoyed the Dwight Schrute reference even more than the Twilight :) Anyone who watches The Office goes to the top of my cool list. Just don't start putting your kids toys in Jello.

Jill said...

Oh. . . Hunter used to sleep in boxes. (By choice, I didn't make him)

milleraa said...

That was a great "exit strategty" of foster's The only way it would have been better is if he chewed through the box with his poison coated little teeth. Maybe you need to reread book #4 to him tonight?

Tanya said...

Oh this is too good! I have to admit that at first glance I thought that you had shoved them into your spacious shower. (You are welcome for that new idea.) Can you imagine how much time your little Dwight and Renesme could waste searching after a random red wire?? Think about it. Maybe it could end up in your attic, with no air. All great ideas for your new biz.

Kay said...

That was hilarious! Loved it!

Jenete said...

Good times in a box! I am remembering Angela and I spending countless hours in a large box when we purchased a new fridge. Now I understand why mom didn't want to part with such a wonderful item.

rosycheeks said...

Hey there! Celeste here - thanks Jon for sending me your blog! I love cardboard boxes as babysitters too :) You're a great writer - I loved reading your post and laughing!

jenny said...

Hmm, I need to get me one of those!