Thursday, July 21, 2011

Something Yellow

Hmmm ... something yellow.  Something yellow.  Write about something yellow.

As I was working around the house and contemplating Mama Kat's writing prompts, I was struck by the variety of yellow things around the house that I could write about.

~My lovely bouquet of yellow alstroemeria sitting on my kitchen table ... a gift from my sweet hubby this past weekend.

~My hardy yellow rubber gloves that protect me from having to actually touch any of the nasty, soggy, slimy food particles during dish-duty.

~My amazing  yellow bottle of Tea Tree Oil.  One little dab and those pesky mosquito bites are itch-free!

~My trusty plastic yellow cup that follows me around the house.  Filled with ice water and always within reach when I get a little "firsty", as Lydia would say.

~The soft yellow glow of the lamp in the living room.  A sweet beacon beckoning me to settle into the couch for a good read ... with my feet up.

~The economy-sized yellow tub of Clorox Wipes that leave my counters, sinks and kitchen knobs squeaky clean and smelling clean.  Even in the hands of my littlest helpers.

~My  yellow sweetie Petey canary ... still singing to me as I toodle around the kitchen.  He has great taste in music!

~ My ...

... hold on a minute.  What is that?!  Is it? ... Yes.  Eww.  A piece of TP on the bathroom floor.  And it's yellow.  Gross.

Even with all of my efforts to find something yellow and sentimental to write about, I'm left with something yellow that makes me feel mental!  Aaahhh! ... As I stooped down to retrieve that little yellow memento that someone left for me, I couldn't help but think about all the other unfortunate bathroom habits that my little people have right now that I am in the process of working on.  My hope is that at the end of all this training and teaching, I will be sending responsible, fun, enjoyable and hygienic people out into the world!

I am working hard on training my kids to ...
  • Aim for the toilet.  More challenging than it would seem.  And not just for my boy.
  • Throw away their used tissues.  All the way into the trashcan, not just near it.  And most definitely NOT back in the box.
  • Rinse the used up toothpaste down the sink.  As opposed to allowing it to dry and crust over.  Same goes for the actual toothbrush.
  • Avoid spraying toothpaste on the bathroom sink.  Essentially, keeping the toothpaste in the mouth is the main goal.
  • Forgo using their hands to wipe said toothpaste spray off the mirror.  It's not really cleaner, just smearier.
  • Keep the hairbrushes away from the toothbrushes.  Makes me gag just thinking about it.
  • Throw away the bandaid wrappers after binding their wounds.  This also goes for the used bandaids.  shudder ...
  • Pick up the teensy-weensy, itty-bitty hair-do parts.  If they fall on the floor, they don't disappear into the bathroom rug.  They still need to be picked up.
  • Flush.  Seems simple, but apparently this is a tough one.
  • Keep the hand towels off the floor.  They seem to jump off the hook a lot, those pesky little hand wiper-thingies. Help Mommy keep them from misbehaving so much.
  • Keep the water in the tub.  Of course, Liddy is the biggest culprit here, but the big kids are just as guilty of dowsing the bathroom floor on a regular basis.
  • Put your clothes in the hamper.  Emphasis on "IN".  "Near" doesn't count and neither does hanging on the towel rack.  IN.
And finally ...
  • Remember that Mommy loves the smell of a clean kid.  That goes for hands, heads, and hineys.  Take the time to actually use soap.  
Thank you.

Now ... if you'll excuse me, I need to pull on my yellow bathroom scrubbing gloves and get to work!

Prompt #2 from

Mama’s Losin’ It


  1. I really like the fun way you highlighted yellow throughout. You are a girl after my own heart needing the yellow gloves between you and the dirty dishes! And I wish you well with the kids and teaching self-care. Every once in a while I still shake my head over something my 16 does (or does not do)!

  2. Ack! That's one yellow I didn't need the visual of. Lol. Cute post!

  3. I had to start laughing when I got to the point about the yellow toilet paper!

  4. And these are just bathroom habits! I have been trying to get my son to aim for the toilet since he stopped wearing a diaper. If you get this one let me know your trick. I will do anything so I don't have to wipe pee up from around the toilet anymore.

  5. Love it! I need to talk to you about how to link to Mama Kat's, I can't figure it out. But I can totally identify with the whole bottom part about maintaining the kids' bathroom- towels, band-aids, toothpaste & all! Love you!

  6. It's amazing what all is yellow... And actually being in the midst of potty training, I just couldn't do that post! LOL. I was rolling when I read your description of bathroom habits you'd like them to learn.

    Thanks for stopping by my site!

  7. So many yellow things. It is hard to get kids to keep things clean in the bathroom and it usually doesn't get any better with age. Thanks for visiting.


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