Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: Cannot send session cookie - headers already sent by (output started at /home/chris/public_html/wp-includes/version.php:10) in /home/chris/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade/wordpress-automatic-upgrade.php on line 119

Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: Cannot send session cache limiter - headers already sent (output started at /home/chris/public_html/wp-includes/version.php:10) in /home/chris/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade/wordpress-automatic-upgrade.php on line 119
thank goodness we have an 11 year old to take care of us

thank goodness we have an 11 year old to take care of us

May 9, 2007

Rob and I were sitting in the family room tonight. Eating jellybeans (me), “working” on the computer (me), ironing (him), watching basketball (him), and complaining about allergies while rubbing my eyes until they oozed out of their sockets in a slimy pool (uh, me).

Basically we were acting like the responsible grow-ups that we are.

Suddenly my 11 yr old son comes storming into the room.

“Do you smell that?!?” he yelled at us. His hands on his skinny little hips.

“Uh, no. I don’t think so.” I answered.

“You put your dinner in the oven and left it in there! It is all burnt up!” he yelled some more.

“Oh, wow. We totally forgot.” I explained to him.

“That’s dangerous. That’s why timers were invented.” he scolded some more.

“I’m sorry.”

“I already took it out of the oven. You might want to wash it before it sticks on that pan forever,” he scolded one last time. And then with a shake of his head he departed back up to bed.

I looked over at Rob. “Man, I half expected him to ground us.”

Posted by Chris @ 11:23 pm  

RSS feed for comments on this post.

The URI to TrackBack this entry is:


  1. Susan says:

    That is pretty funny.

  2. Ms. McFearsome says:

    oh, this is one for posterity’s sake :)

  3. Kara says:

    LOL That is too funny!

  4. katieo says:

    my favorite part of that post was this phrase: “It is all burnt up!”
    just reminded my of my oldest :)

  5. Merry says:


    I’ve got tonsils that are attempting to strangle me; yesterday my 9 year old just sort of took over and did everything. It was weird. Coming down to find lunch made and the dishwasher loaded, however, made me reconsider my position on that fake illness that i used to do to get out of school. I may be ill more often ;)

  6. Bronnie says:

    hahahah!! Gorgeous!

  7. Brigitte says:

    Too TOO funny!

  8. Sara says:

    HAHAHA! *snort*

  9. jody2ms says:

    LOL!! What would we do without them!

  10. Holli Smith says:

    OMG! That’s the funniest thing I’ve read in awhile! I could totally visualize it.
    I think I love him.

  11. Jennifer says:

    That is so funny! Did you wash the pan right away?

  12. Jennifer says:


  13. Nicki says:

    I could so see him standing there. My favorite was the ” You might want to wash it before it sticks to the pan”. How many eleven year olds boys think that way!!!

    Thanks for the fabulous start to my morning.

  14. Alissa says:

    he’s gonna be the best dad!

  15. Katie says:


  16. Tara says:

    love it!

  17. Lynette says:

    Last night I went to read my Good Housekeeping & to my surprise there you were. I took one look & thought I read this blog, this is way cool. Someone I read is in my favorite magazine. Congratulations!

  18. Lynette says:

    I was so tickled by your G.H. article I just now read your post.

    He he! Kid’s ya gotta love em!

  19. Courtney says:

    Oh that is TOO funny!

  20. meritt says:

    My oldest child is JUST LIKE THAT! LOL. We often warn the younger kids that we will let HER discipline them if they don’t behave. No one wants that. She is MUCH more strict than we.

    Actually, last night at dinner our 16 year old stood up and glanced around the table at everyones plates. Thinking she ‘needed’ something I asked her, “What do you need hon?” She replies…

    “Nothing,” she replied sternly, “I’m just making sure that everyone took some vegetables.”

  21. Kim says:

    Wait a minute, HE irons and YOU play on the computer? I think I need to make some major changes around my house…

    Cute story, what a responsible little man he is.

  22. jen says:

    Utterly classic. I can just imagine the look on his face, too!

    [Reason for a blog No.3324 - recording classic comments by your kids for posterity, and sharing the best with the interweb.]

  23. maggie says:

    LOL - what would you do without him?

  24. Chris says:


    Yes, it was in the prenup. I do NOT iron.

  25. Colleen says:

    “That’s why timers were invented.” That’s just awesome.

  26. Mary W says:

    I do not iron either - EVER. If I touched an iron my mother would die. I can’t risk it.

    But I am so LOLing about the “timer” thing.

    My eight year old is that way.

  27. Jodi says:


    My 13yo likes to correct adults. Constantly. The fact that he is still alive is testament to my patience. And my ability to sit on my hands.

  28. Sarah says:

    The reference to timers reminded me of my husband. He is soooo like that, too. I hope he wasn’t too disappointed in your bad behavior, in the end. :)

  29. Victoria says:

    lol…called on the carpet by an 11 yr. old. Gotta love it!

  30. Rebekah says:

    your 11 year old isn’t by chance the missing half to my 11 year old? What would we do without them? I lvoe your blog!

  31. Fold My Laundry Please says:

    Not even a time-out? Man, you guys got off easy! You should at least have been sent to your room! Then you could’ve, you know, thought about what you had done!

  32. Polly says:

    Now I am getting an idea of what my husband was like at 11. Sounds just like him now. Timer comment and all!

    RE: Ironing. My mother in law loves to tell the story about how she got out of ironing 60 years ago. When she was a new bride in the height of WWII, my FIL asked her to iron his new Army uniform. She dutifully did what she was asked, but didn’t notice that she had scorched the back of his jacket. Needless to say, the Colonel did see it. My FIL said she couldn’t be trusted to do his ironing. She was fine with that. And has been for 60 years! He still does his own ironing.

  33. dorothy says:

    The little angel already scolds my beloved and I when we are hard on each other and forces us to make up. Gotta love the kids.

  34. liz says:

    Fell out of my chair.

  35. B says:

    hahahaha. i almost peed my pants reading this! I only recently started reading your posts, but I’m already HOOKED!

  36. CathyC says:

    Wow. He’s tough, but I’m siding with him. Did you remember to wash that pan out? I have no doubt that he will check;)
    Have a great Mother’s Day!

  37. Classic Kid’s Games and Party Games » The Gardener says:

    [...] I know that everyone needs help occasionally, but it can come from the oddest people sometimes. [...]