This morning Carter got up on the wrong side of the bed (for the life of me I can’t figure out how he continues to do this for when we combined the boys’ beds into bunk beds we made sure to push the “wrong side” of their beds up against the wall).  Anyway there was a grump in the house.

me:  (After listening to the boys whine about having nothing to play with for what seemed like hours but what was in all likelihood a couple minutes.)  Why don’t you go play in your playroom?  I just recently unearthed some toys you guys haven’t seen in a while.  They are in the basket just inside the playroom door.

Cody heads down the hallway and returns with a toy that is a cross between a dragon and a wagon and starts playing with it.  Carter disappears down the hall but returns empty-handed a couple seconds later.  He has a big pout on his face.

carter:  Where momma, where?  I don’t see even a single toy under the ground.  Where are the toys you dug out from under the earth?

Poor kid, he was disappointed but he rather made my morning.  Now I am thinking of a garden where all the root vegetables are really toys, waiting to be dug up and enjoyed.  What a lovely thought!

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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14 Responses to Unearthed


  2. This post made me smile – sweet.

  3. jan says:

    That’s an idea…convince our kids that carrots from the garden are the latest hot toy.

    • shoes says:

      Ha! And think of all the money it would save – I would never have to buy toys again. Although then there would be the problem of them playing with their food… 🙂

      Glad you dropped in and felt compelled to leave a comment. It is always fun to see new faces around here.

  4. I had to send the Granddaughter back to bed this morning…Told her when she got up again, to leave Crabby Angel in the bed…
    I love that Carter took the word Unearthed apart, and got its meaning – that’s some good language skills on that boy 😀

  5. Jodi says:

    That’s a lovely idea. What I adore is the way you encourage them to use their imaginations and integrate learning with playing.

    • shoes says:

      Thanks. I hope the boys appreciate me integrating learning with play. They don’t know I do it now but in time they will see through it. 🙂

  6. Nancy says:

    Beautiful! I just love how Carter sees things.

  7. ksbeth says:

    i love that you have a herd of 2. ps – i have a pod of 3 girls, now all grown. i also now have a gaggle of 6 grandchildren. great blog and i look forward to reading more. thanks for reading mine too ) beth

    • shoes says:

      Some may not understand how only 2 can constitute a herd, but I really think that is the best word for them. And I love your use of “pod” and “gaggle” – very expressive. I am glad I came across your blog yesterday and I am happy to see you have found your way to mine.

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