Where Are You?

It is close to dinnertime.  I am in the kitchen cooking.  The pots and pans are being rattled, the water turns on and off, a timer beeps alerting me that something is done or needs to be checked.  I am not a quiet cook.

cody:  Momma, where are you?!!

me:  I am in here.

The voice gets further away.

cody:  Momma!  Where are you?!!

me:  In here Cody.  I’m making dinner.  Good Lord, what does he think I am doing, making dinner in the bedroom closet?

cody:  Momma, where are you?

me:  Cody.  I am making dinner.  I am in the kitchen.  I really should have answered his question the first time he asked where I was.  In my defense I was making a new recipe and was trying to get it all to the table at the same time.  I do not like cooking new things and am a nervous cook so I was not paying him much attention.

cody:  He wanders into the kitchen.  He hugs me and asks Did you not know where you were?

me:  Of course I know where I am sweetie.  I am just busy right now.  I am in the…crap where is the milk and why do we have a million spoons but no clean forks?

I am busy washing some forks when Cody asks me how to spell “kitchen”.  I tell him and then call everyone to the table.  After dinner I see this:

Labels Kitchen

me:  Cody what is this?  I point to the sign.

cody:  It is so you know that this is the kitchen.  So we all know where the kitchen is. 

He runs with the idea and starts labeling various rooms in the house.

Labels Collage

I am thrilled that the rooms in our house are slowly getting their very own labels.  Not only will I easily be able to know where I am but Cody is writing, something that he finds hard and that he rather dislikes doing.

Label away, Cody, label away!

Labels Bedroom

About Shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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37 Responses to Where Are You?

  1. mimijk says:

    Just about the most adorable guide book for a house I’ ve ever seen!

  2. I could use a sign that tells me why I went into the room to begin with. Half of the time I walk into a room, then can’t for the life of me remember why.

  3. The Waiting says:

    If he’s feeling especially gracious, he can make some labels for our place too because half the time I have no idea where I am. 😉

  4. dbdazeay says:

    I love it! Hey, a cute idea to get kids excited about writing is to have them create two “mailboxes” by covering and decorating small empty food boxes or small oatmeal boxes to put on both your bedroom doors. These mailboxes are for “secret” letters to be shared between you both. Letters are “delivered” secretively so it will be a surprise. We did this when the kids were first learning to write and again when they were learning cursive and resistant.

    • shoes says:

      This is a great idea! I don’t think Cody is quite there yet but I bet by the end of the school year when he has more confidence in his handwriting, he would be. I think he would get a kick out of writing and delivering secret letters and I know I would like it too!

  5. littlemisswordy says:


  6. Nancy says:

    Love this! That’s great that he’s writing and seemingly enjoying it. So cute that he’s labeling everything!

    • shoes says:

      I am so happy that he took this project on and is self motivated. Handwriting has been such a struggle for him because of his fine motor issues, it is nice to see him want to write.

  7. muddledmom says:

    One day you may find a label stuck to you!

  8. Too cute! My youngest labeled our bathrooms one day. I wonder if he was concerned that we couldn’t find them! 😉

    • shoes says:

      Too funny! Our bathroom has yet to be labeled so we are all waking around a little cross legged waiting for a label to tell us where to go. 🙂

  9. Jodi says:

    That got the “hand across the mouth, OMG that’s so adorable” response. 🙂

  10. Hetterbell says:

    I love how children think, always surprising us. 🙂

  11. I like his question – do you know where you are? Funny.

  12. Milestones worth writing down. My home is full of labels too just because every label is an accomplishment worth pasting up 😀 Hugs to your boys. Sharon

    • shoes says:

      Indeed. I can’t wait until the day they can start writing their own little stories and poems, such fun! I would say that I try to keep the kids’ artwork confined to their bedroom walls but looking around the living room, that is not true at all! 🙂

  13. Mess 2 Masterpiece says:

    Makes an OT proud!

    • shoes says:

      And it makes this momma pretty proud too! Cody’s OT, who does free for families at home therapy through the Elks, was quite impressed with his labels when she was over this week.

  14. :)lol mama, this is so dang awesome :)love it !
    xxx, great autumn 4 md 🙂

  15. this post makes my heart happy!

  16. katrinamarieimages says:

    that is so cool! he is so thoughtful to make sure everyone knows where they are. 🙂

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