Friday, April 25, 2008

A Houston Girl Comes For a Visit, and I Get a Rude Welcoming.

From Left to Right: Ronda (All the Best), Courtney (Inside the Loop), Joni (Cote de Texas), Paloma (La Dolce Vita)

Last night I got together with some of my Houston blog friends to welcome Ronda of "All the Best". Many of you may be familiar with her amazing blog, but may not know that she is originally from Houston. Ronda currently lives in Scotland, but makes an occasional visit home for some Texas sunshine and heat. We had a lot of fun swapping stories and sharing about our future plans. (Everyone had very interesting plans for the future). Ronda is very intelligent and charming, and I was so excited to meet her. The first question on my mind was, "Does she have a Texas accent or a Scottish one?" I was hoping for some new hybrid accent, but her accent is still quite Texas. I think we all felt right at home together. If you are wondering, I'm the the one on the left in the picture below....yeah, yeah, the "Four Eyes".

So, about the rude welcoming. It was not from the lovely ladies at dinner, but at my own house. I got home and as soon as I opened the door, I see my husband in the entry way with crossed arms and an angry look. I look around and there is no Liam to be found. "What happened?", I said. "We went on a tirade", Mark says. I take a couple of steps forward and see my sofa with black markings on the arm. "Oh no!", and then I see my little side table that had an alabaster top ,with no more top. There was only a sad little metal base sitting there. "How did this happen?", I asked. Mark said, "I dozed off for a bit while watching t.v." I couldn't believe what I was seeing, I mean I was gone for 3hrs, tops! "Oh, he wrote on the wood floor too," Mark said. While Mark was napping, Liam found a nice little Sharpie (black, of course) and proceeded to write on whatever he came across. Along the way tipping over my table and breaking the top into several pieces. I'm not even certain how that happened. Needless to say, Mark was pretty steamed and had already put Liam to bed. Of course as I walk down the hall, there is Liam peeking out of his door and comes running out when he sees me. I asked him if he wrote all over the furniture, and he said "I'm sorry Mama, it was an atsident" (his version of accident), " I love you Mama". I know he was trying to charm me, but I also know he felt bad. I gave him a speech about taking care of our things and so on and then sent him to bed. The funny thing is that bed time is usually a struggle, but last night he went right to bed without hesitation.
So, as far as I know there is no way to remove black marker from chenille fabric, right? I guess I will be coming up with some kind of arm covers. TODDLERS!

15 comments:

ALL THE BEST said...

Oh noooo!!!! Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm gushing! It was so great to meet all of you!!

Neutral Dwelling said...

One day you will look back on this and laugh! Until then....What's the saying? "I'm the baby- You gotta love me!"

Cote de Texas said...

omg - that is SO funny and NO - sharpies do NOT come out ever ever ever - it's a goner!!! Be careful and never leave a sharpie around a 3 year old boy. Actually this is really hysterical from this perspective. haha!!! so funny! 2 hours and bedlam. Poor Liam. Give him a big kiss and hug today from me. He sounds adorable.

This reminds me of a story - when I was little, but not near as little as Liam, my mother bought me a new silky nightgown. I was so excited because it was a big girl nightgown with a matching robe. The first night I wore it, I sat down with scissors and cut a hole in it. I still have no idea why i did it, In fact I remember I was shocked to discover I had actually done it. But it was there - a small hole in my new silky nightgown. I don't remember getting in trouble for doing it, but I'm sure I did. weird, huh? And i turned out kind of ok.

Urban Flea said...

Thank you so much for the add and kind words! I'm thrilled to join the design blogger community, everyone is so kind and supportive! Keep reading and commenting, and spread the Urban Flea gospel!
xo Katherine aka. Urban Flea :-)

My Notting Hill said...

ND and CDT are right - you will look back at this and smile. He kept his art pretty containted - it reminds me of a heart EKG.

House & Life said...

You took it well! On a much less painful scale, my 2 year old took a purple crayon (not the washable kind) on our living room wall. About 5 feet by 3 feet. I must really take my time washing my face, because that is the amount of time it took to do it. Hang in there.

In(side) the Loop said...

OH CAROLINA!!!! What a way to end your night. Ugh.

I know you don't really want to hear "you'll laugh at this later" as your calculating the costs of repair, but at least the Modern Market is this weekend! An even better excuse to SHOP! Hope you find some lovely items that make you as happy as your old ones did.

Give Liam a big kiss. He's still learning. Heck, so am I! xx

erika said...

Oh MY! What a sad way to end a wonderful evening! I think his scribbles look like a heart monitor line (you know what I am talking about?) maybe you could just add one to the other arm and start a new trend! (ha, not funny, sorry). Dinner looked wonderful! Sorry about your little artist in training!!!

pve design said...

So much for Daddy day care! We have survived so many of these incidents! I wonder how my Mom did it with 7 of us! Looks like this little Liam needs an easel and some art supplies, perhaps a budding designer!

Things That Inspire said...

It looks like you had a great dinner!

But, I felt SO much sympathy for you and your husband when you told the Sharpie story! Believe it or not, regular crest toothpaste gets sharpie off solid objects (my daughter scribbled all over our coffee table with a sharpie when she was 2). I don't know of anything that will get it out of fabric, though! Some day you will look back at this and laugh....as they say, the days are long but the years are short!

Carolina Eclectic said...

Hi everyone, I've been enjoying your comments so much. I can honestly say, that I am proud of myself because I did not gripe at Liam. I gave him a little talking to, but then I hugged on him. Although it is frustrating, it is just "stuff".
Joni, I was laughing at your story, because I remember doing dumb things as a kid and only later thinking "Why did I do that?"
I like the idea of getting him an easel and art supplies. I would try drawing matching scribbles on the other arm, but my husband wouldn't like that :)
TTI: I am going to keep the toothpaste tip on file. Even if it doesn't work right now, I'm sure I will need it in the future.
Thanks again, I will give Liam a hug from all of you!

Pink Wallpaper said...

OMG...i think i would die!

Sarah's Fab Day said...

I feel your pain, so sorry! Those toddlers are such little turkeys sometimes, it's a good thing they are cute. I have ballpoint on the side of my leather sofa a reminder of my little Jack. My parents once got Sharpie out of carpet with Spot Shot, they just keep on spritzing and blotting (I don't know how many times, it could have been 50 for all I know). So test it in a hidey spot to see if it will bleach and maybe give it a whirl.

About Emily... said...

Oh no! Your poor sofa! Your little Liam sounds like he's got a lot of personality! One way to look at it is that maybe he will grow up to be a famous artist one day with all those sharpie skills! :) You could say your couch was his first masterpiece!

Emily @ Material Girls

Carolina Eclectic said...

PW: Just you wait! You'll see :)

Sarah: "Little turkeys" is right. I will definitely try Spot Shot. Thanks!

Emily:Liam is normally pretty well behaved, that's why Mark let his guard down. (He is still a toddler, though). I will expect him to buy me a sofa some day!