Thursday, December 11, 2008

Graffiti Artist

little kid got to my Advent calendar.

After much deliberation and shopping around, I decided to go ahead and get a nice one this year, although it was definitely a luxury purchase. But I'll have it for years, I thought, the beginning of a new Christmas tradition.

I knew little kid and candy didn't mix, so I bought two little Christmas trees and every night I put two little ornaments in the little drawer of the day. Of course, this plan went awry days ago when little kid's dinosaur started pulling down the trees, chomping ornaments and redistributing stuff back into the little drawers.

Whatever. I quit with the ornaments and switched to chocolates. One per day. Fine.

I just went to replace some missing drawers and noticed that someone (ahem) has drawn all over the advent calendar with a Sharpie. Turns out that 32 pack of Sharpies I was so thrilled to receive a couple of years ago turned out to be the gift that just keeps on freaking giving. THERE IS NO HIDING THEM. He has Sharpie radar, he always knows where one is.

I scrubbed it with a Magic Eraser, but you can still see the scribbles. little kid knew that he was in trouble as soon as I started walking over to the advent calendar, his face left no room for doubt as to who the guilty party was.

(and who else would do it?? Come on.)

So every year from here on out, I'll get to look at those faded scribbles and remember my misguided attempt at creating a tradition.

16 comments:

Tara said...

Here's a dumb but obvious question...unless you're keeping the sharpies around for something incredibly necessary...why don't you throw them away? Just curious.

Misty said...

There was a time where it seemed everything we owned had marker all over it. lol

Ashley said...

I use them for all kinds of stuff! There's no way I could live without Sharpies, that's why I got a gift of 32 of them in the first place.

mrs said...

lk makes me nervous for when I have kids...I wonder what kind of radar they'll have (markers, cleaning products, mommie's special chocolate).

jennyandcompany said...

yep, my chocolate needs a new hiding spot. daddy found it and shared it with the kids one day while I was gone :(

Mel said...

Ashley, I miss your letters to celebrities. They were always so hilarious.

Theresa said...

I love sharpies too. Our formal dining room table has a couple marks on it that I had gently removed, but you can still see a difference in the finish. These incidents are what add flavor to our lives. My life has lots and lots of flavor . . .

Renee said...

I love Sharpies - I have them in all sorts of shapes and colors. :) I carry a few in my purse - they come in SO handy. I could never get rid of mine either.

-The Renee

Kara said...

This sounds crazy but try rubbing it with hair spray. I've had good luck getting Sharpie out with that trick.

Allison said...

I am also thinking that we have ti be a marker free house. I think that I will keep one and keep it in the highest cabinet. I have(had) a beautiful Bernhardt chair that had been a gift from parents. My two year old found a sharpie (I don't know where) and colored the entire thing. This is while I was in the bathroom. I am wondering you this kid will see three and that's with her birthday in a week!

P. Madden said...

When I was a kid I used to draw outlines of my hands all over the house. Pissed my dad off. When he would tell me to stop drawing damn hands on the walls... I said those aren't hands! Those are turkeys!

Some people just don't appreciate art.

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Lyndsay said...

Rubbing alcohol works on everything, LOL.

Dunno, worth a shot.

Since I live with LK's female counterpart, I didn't bother with the calendar ...

Jennifer said...

One day those little scribbles will be the sweetest thing you've ever seen.

Kimberly said...

Those magic eraser things really work. I've been amazed a few times.

Tara said...

A cabinet with a padlock & key...that's the best solution to lk's devious ways. Wear the key.