Thursday, February 18, 2010

For all you mothers out there....

By Shannon Popkin
This little story is sooooo funny!!!!

"My little guy, Cade, is quite a talker. He loves to communicate and does
it quite well. He talks to people constantly, whether we are in the
library, the grocery store or at a drive-thru window. People often
comment on how clearly he speaks for a just-turned-3-year-old. And you
never have to ask him to turn up the volume. It's always fully cranked.
There have been several embarrassing times that I've wished the meaning
of his words
would have been masked by a not-so-audible voice, but never have I
wished this more than last week at

Halfway, through our shopping trip, nature called, so I took Cade with
me into the restroom. If you'd been one of the ladies in the restroom
that evening, this is what you would have heard coming from the second
to the last stall:

''Mommy, are you gonna go potty?

Oh! Why are you putting toiwet paper on the potty, Mommy?

Oh! You gonna sit down on da toiwet paper now?

Mommy, what are you doing?

Mommy, are you gonna go stinkies on the potty?''

At this point I started mentally counting how many women had been in the
bathroom when I walked in. Several stalls were full ... 4? 5? Maybe we
could wait until they all left before I had to make my debut out of this
stall and reveal my identity.

Cade continued: ''Mommy, you ARE going stinkies aren't you?

Oh, dats a good girl, Mommy!

Are you gonna get some candy for going stinkies on the potty?

Let me see doze stinkies, Mommy! Oh ... Mommy!

I'm trying to see In dere.

Oh! I see dem.

Dat is a very good girl, Mommy.

You are gonna get some candy!''

I heard a few faint chuckles coming from the stalls on either side of

Where is a screaming new born when you need her? Good grief. This was
really getting embarrassing. I was definitely waiting a long time before
exiting. Trying to divert him, I said, ''Why don't you look in Mommy's
purse and see if you can find some candy. We'll both have some!''

''No, I'm trying to see doze stinkies"

"Oh! Mommy!'' He started to gag at this point.

''Uh - oh, Mommy. I fink I'm gonna frow up.

Mommy, doze stinkies are making me frow up!!

Dat is so gross!!''

As the gags became louder, so did the chuckles outside my stall.. I
quickly flushed the toilet in hopes of changing the subject. I began to
reason with myself: OK. There are four other toilets. If I count four
flushes, I can be reasonably assured that those who overheard this
embarrassing monologue will be long gone.

''Mommy! Would you get off the potty, now? I want you to be done going
stinkies! Get up! Get up!''

He grunted as he tried to pull me off Now I could hear full-blown
laughter. I bent down to count the feet outside my door. !

''Oh, are you wooking under dere, Mommy?

You wooking under da door? What were you wooking at? Mommy?

You wooking at the wady's feet?''

More laughter. I stood inside the locked door and tried to assess the

''Mommy, it's time to wash our hands, now. We have to go out now,

He started pounding on the door. ''Mommy, don't you want to wash your
hands? I want to go out!!''

I saw that my wait 'em out' plan was unraveling.. I sheepishly opened
the door, and found standing outside my stall, twenty to thirty ladies
crowded around the stall, all smiling and starting to applaud. My first
thought was complete embarrassment, then I thought, where's the fine
print on the 'motherhood contract' where I signed away every bit of my
dignity and privacy? But as my little boy gave me a big, cheeky grin
while he rubbed bubbly soap between his chubby little hands, I thought,
I'd sign it all away again, just to be known as Mommy to this little

(Shannon Popkin is a freelance writer and mother of three She lives with
her family in Grand Rapids , Michigan , where she no longer uses public

I would sign it all away again too!!!

Great story!

Friday, February 5, 2010


It has been awhile since my last post, but I really don't have anything to write about. We are still alive, and doing well. Here are some things going on:

Devin is getting ready to take the GMAT this Saturday, so he can get into Grad school at the University of Utah. He also has gotten a new office, and is no longer in a cubicle. We are so excited for him. He is moving up in the world. He has also been working his tail off to finish our ward picture roster. That is about 700 people that we need to get information from. But he is doing a very good job.

~We are excited for the super bowl this Sunday, I don't know why, just something to look forward too!

Carter is growing up faster and faster. It's amazing how fast they learn and grow.
We were going to do ear tubes about 2 weeks ago, but after talking to a few more people, we decided to wait. So far so good. (knock on wood) But he hasn't had an ear infection for the past 2 months. yay!!!! He is also eating better and learning to sleep better. ( still not all the way through, but only waking up twice its amazing!) He has learned to run and is pretty fast.

~We had to speak in Sunday a couple weeks ago, and I almost passed out. Devin gave a wonderful talk, and man I am glad it is over with.
~Our church has now changed to 1 o'clock, and that is a good thing and a bad thing. That is around Carters nap time, so He will fall asleep in the car, and I will hold him the rest of church and he will sleep till about 3:45. So really only 15 min he has to be in church. That is the good part. The bad part, well it starts at 1:00 so the whole day is used in getting ready...etc.

Other then that, nothing else has been going on. But if anything else happens, I will let you know.