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Being a Child is Serious Work

Being a Child is Serious Work

May 2, 2008


There is so much blank paper to color. And so little time.


Puppers the stuffed dog looks on. He has a boo-boo on his tail, hence the Dora bandage wrapped around it.


But not so serious that you can’t color in your teeth.

Posted by Chris @ 4:06 pm  

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  1. Jen says:

    Great post, love the teeth!

  2. BethanyWD says:

    Hilarious. I did NOT see that coming.

  3. Heather says:

    Oh my gosh, LOL! I had a similar moment yesterday with a child being a color they would not normally be. My 23 month old son came downstairs after playing with his older brothers (ages 8 & 5) and he was BLUE. We’re talking Cookie Monster blue here. I of course freaked and demanded that his brothers tell me what he could have gotten into in their room. Turns out he thought it would be fun to dump out his brother’s mouthwash (that is especially blue to make plaque visible to kiddos) and splash in it. There is never a dull moment in my house but this instance takes the cake for sure.

  4. Katie in MA says:

    Phew! This doesn’t just happen to me. Ummm…well…to my child. You know what I mean. Because I don’t color my teeth.

    Anyway. I looked over at Bee the other night and her lips were blue. I thought she was cold until she laughed at me and I realized she had eaten the sidewalk chalk. Eww.

  5. Brittany says:

    i love the green teeth and the bandaid. such a great childhood moment.

  6. Becky says:

    I wish the final papers I have to do could be half as fun (or adorable).

  7. jean says:

    Oh my. Green teeth. How attractive.

  8. embee says:

    Oh my I would be crazy about worrying that he’d get marker on the table!

  9. Brandi says:

    My god, your children are just edible! Thank you for sharing what are always spectacular pictorial snippits into your life.

  10. Tina says:

    I just want to eat him up!

  11. xianfern says:

    That’s adorable! And I love how organized everything looks, my coloring bin is a disgrace in comparison!

  12. Angel says:

    At least it’s not on the pretty white wall behind him. Am I right??

  13. Adrienne says:

    That’s not Puppers! That’s Max. He lives at our house, and I have no idea how he got to your place AND injured his tail in the process….

    Miles is adorable, as usual. Even with green teeth. LOL!

  14. debbie says:

    Miles picture with the green teeth is SO funny!!!

  15. Shannon says:

    Hmmmmm, that looks like something my twins would do, lol. Hence, Crayola Color Wonder makers. :)

  16. Steph says:

    My son has that exact stuffed dog.

  17. Jennifer says:

    That reminds me of my 3 year old. She “paints” her nails in various marker colors each time she colors. ugh! I guess they are only little once though.

  18. Lilly says:

    Have I mentioned that I love seeing photos of Miles. That second one of Miles coloring, with Puppers looking on (bandaid on tail) is incredibly sweet.

  19. Monique says:

    I love the photo of him w/ that perfect lighting:)~

  20. Angie says:

    I think I have your son’s soul mate here at my house. My 2 year old daughter completely colored the palm of her hand seemingly with numerous coats of bright blue marker and then proceeded to put her palm on the carpet for fun handprints! Augh!

  21. Christine says:

    I think that might be the only place on their bodies that my kids haven’t colored yet….

    Great pictures!

  22. Stacie from MN says:

    I think my daughter might be related to your son! Because I never thought I would ever have to use the phrase “you cannot color on your teeth”!

  23. Sue says:

    Bwa ha ha ha ha… My daughter drew whiskers on herself with a magic marker three days ago and it STILL won’t come off.

  24. Lara says:

    This reminds me of the time my father-in-law and I were planting a tree and my youngest (about 18 months at the time) found some markers, stripped down to just his sandals and proceeded to color his entire body. Green was not for his teeth, however. Green was for much lower on his body. ;) Of course, being a terrible mother, I have video tape of the incident for future girlfriends to view. :)

  25. Carrie says:

    Puppers probably told him to do that, right?

  26. Kate, BunchaBlueEyedMonkeys says:

    There’s a phrase I (thankfully, knock on wood) have not used YET! I much prefer blank paper coloring to white wall coloring…Cute pics!

  27. Brigitte says:

    Ha, I love the “surprise ending!” Glad my kid hasn’t thought of coloring her teeth yet.

  28. peepnroosmom says:

    I love that!

  29. NoMasNinos says:

    My boys like to use the markers as lipstick.

  30. Jamie says:

    We have turquoise lipstick quite often at our house. I worship at the feet of whoever created washable markers.

  31. jen says:

    This post - this is why I read your blog! First that you had just the right lighting and the cute little kid coloring - just like at our house, minus the perfect lighting, of course. Second that you had the presence of mind to capture his artistic moments on film - just like at our house. And finally that your kids are so darn funny - just like at our house. Wish I would think to blog these things!

  32. poppy fields says:

    He’s so cute, green teeth and all.

  33. Diana says:

    Thank goodness for non-toxic markers! ;-)

  34. Mrs. Schmitty says:

    At first I thought that was a glare…until I read the text! Green teeth…woo hoo!

  35. Shannon says:


    And that is why they make markers non-toxic.

  36. Tracie says:

    Are you sure he’s not my child? My daughter paints or marks on herself every time she colors! What a cutie!

  37. jen says:

    But how come the tshirt is still pristine white?! How?! As soon as my son gets hold of marker pens he is all colours of the rainbow!

    Great teeth, Miles ;)

  38. KarenK says:

    HA! That is just what I needed for this Monday. :)Thanks for the laugh!

    I may just have to paint my teeth green to see the reaction from others. Mmm, it may not have the same reaction from a 34 year old…. :)

  39. gwendomama says:

    wow, he really DOES look a lot like you!!!


  40. Laura K. says:

    Always weird to me to see him with that doggy! My son got his a year ago or so and has been attached ever since. He named his Sam.

    Here’s photos of them sharing mac n cheese last year when they ‘first fell in love’

  41. Kelly -The Craziness We Call Life says:

    We had a similar experience a year or so ago with crayons. My daughter was acting like “Shrek” and decided to bite a crayon.