Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Overthinking It

Last night we told The Mayor and The Rooster that they could have ice cream after dinner.


"I want to have an ice cream picnic," Rooster told us.

K and I had no idea what she was talking about.

Ice cream picnic?

We scratched our heads.

It was a dreary, grey rainy evening. Surely she didn't want to go outside.

We wondered what she could mean.

Neither of us could recall ever taking her on a picnic or even reading a story about a picnic.

Two year olds... who knows what goes on in their heads?!!

Finally, K said,

"Roo, Mommy and Daddy don't know what you mean. What is an ice cream picnic?"


She rolled her eyes and said,

"I want. to eat ice cream. on the floor. and sit. on. a. blanket."


Oh.

Duh.

And, despite the mental slowness of the parents, The House of Joy Ice Cream Picnic tradition was born.

Good idea, Roo.

70 comments:

tulipmom said...

It doesn't take much to thrill them, does it? I have a feeling SB would be all over this, too.

Karen Forest said...

We have traditions like that ourselves. Aren't they nice?

cronznet said...

Making the mundane magickal is what I think the kids bring to us parents as their greatest gift. And they do it every single day!

jen said...

i knew what she meant righ away...sheeesh...what's wrong withh you guys? ;)

Heidi Hyde said...

Oh to be easily amused. (Oh, wait... I am.)

"Hey Husband...I want to have a Pinot Noir picnic? Okay?"

-HH

Maddy said...

Well I'm soooo glad I'm not the only one that has difficulties with translations.
Cheers

JayJenny said...

Such a great idea - a girl after my own heart!!

JoeinVegas said...

Come on, everybody knows it's a picnic if you sit on a blanket on the floor.

Shelly said...

Too cute! I love traditions like that!

Anonymous said...

aha and so a new tredition begins..
we always made a tent in the playroom..old blankets and sheets over the chairs and just enough room to sit under...so much fun then a picinic of sorts..with reading and games..those were the days..I do miss them.Good for you

mauniejames

kgirl said...

I want an ice cream picnic!

Lisa Milton said...

She was demonstrating such patience for the joy parents - I can hear all the pauses...

So cute.

{I am still fretting over your water situation. Are they overhyping it in the news? It sounds dire. I'm doing the rain dance, right now.}

pinks & Blues Girls said...

Ah, simplicity. The mind of a child!

Jane, Pinks & Blues

Redneck Mommy said...

Well, you may not be the brightest mom out there, but you are the cutest.

(Pinches cheeks and blows kisses.)

Smooches.

Jennifer said...

We have pizza picnics often around here. Next time, I'm adding ice cream to the menu. I like the way you think, Roo!

BOSSY said...

Everything tastes better on a picnic. Unfortunately in Bossy's house that may mean Dog Hair Sandwiches.

SouthernBell said...

I don't know where they come up with things. I had NEVER talked about princesses to my daughter. (I had issues with the whole needing a man to come rescue her.)But when we would walk through the store she would yell and get very excited about princess stuff before she was even 2. Today she is totally obsessed with them at 2 1/2!

nutmeg said...

We have those very same picnics! But we eat McDonald's. In front of the tv. And what the hell is site feeder?

Guilty Secret said...

Of course!

Sometimes kids are so much cleverer than adults, huh?

Circus Kelli said...

Hee! I knew what she meant! And I LOVE the way she thinks! :)

We occasionally have McDonald's picnics. :)

Bon said...

parents, duh...they just don't understand.

:)

dawn224 said...

haha, the simplest ideas...

Jenifer said...

Of course! We have ice cream picnics here too on big beach towels.

PunditMom said...

We parents can be so dense sometimes, can't we? I'd love to know what our kids think in their heads to themselves at these moments!

b*babbler said...

Smart kid! I think I have some ice cream in the house... Hmm...

SciFi Dad said...

You know, when I read the first part, I figured she meant eat "picnic style" (i.e. what she really meant). But then as I continued through your analysis I started second guessing myself.

We do that (picnic) too sometimes... even whole meals (within reason, of course).

Family Adventure said...

Very cute. I'm still curious as to where she got the idea from?

- Heidi

painted maypole said...

sounds like a good tradition!

liv said...

That kid is a bona fide genius. I swear that I thought of you all as I cruised the swanky market at Seaside and saw big hunks of cured meats. See, I take the casa de Joy with me everywhere!

Catizhere said...

We have "ice-cream picnics" all the time! I won't let her sit on the sofa to eat ice-cream (I'm not THAT crazy)

TX Poppet said...

Adorable.

Not the Queen said...

Great idea, Rooster! Keeps the floors clean, too.

Damselfly said...

Well, duh. How sweet!

KC said...

I love indoor picnics...and outdoor ones! Bonus of the indoor ones: NO BUGS. TOILETS NEARBY.

flutter said...

um, DUHHHH.

She's a smarty, that Roo. I'd like to have one of those too. A Roo and an ice cream picnic

Colleen said...

It's funny... the things they come up with.

Craze said...

Those are what constitute wonderful childhood memories.

furiousBall said...

If I was Yogi Bear, I would totally abscond your ice cream laiden pic-a-nic baskets.

motherbumper said...

I like that idea - I think I might try it out. Ours will include a huge amount of cat hair tumbleweeds and dust bunnies, I mean dinosaurs but... actually maybe I should vacuum first.

Patience said...

I would love to have an ice cream picnic. But if I got down on the floor I'm not sure if I could ever get back up. Perhaps a picnic table??

Cakabaker said...

An ice cream picnic sounds just fabulous to me!
It's getting colder up here,so let me turn my fireplace on first :)

Jo Beaufoix said...

We do this with E and M sometimes.
Saves the carpet, and the kids think you're a supermum.
Winners all round.

Hooray.

CamiKaos said...

the house of Kaos is big on the Movie Time Picnics on rainy days.

A blanket. On the Bed. With a movie. And some lunch.

There is much rejoicing.

Hol&J said...

We had ice cream picnics too when I was growing up!

Actually, it was so my sister, our friends, and I wouldn't drip ice cream all over the place. ;)

We still had fun, all lined up in a row eating soupy ice cream.

meno said...

That's great! When i was too tired to make a decent dinner, and we were having peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or some other delicacy, i would call it a picnic dinner, spread out the blanket and my child was thrilled.

Queen of the Mayhem said...

If only an ice cream picnic would fill me with such joy!

Now...an appletini picnic....that's gets me a little excited! :)

Assertagirl said...

We used to have chips & pop picnics to watch movies like The Parent Trap when we were kids. Fun!

Shawn said...

That's one dang good idea! I think we'll try it. As soon as we get ice cream. I love any event that involves food.

You could have tried to take credit for it, though. : )

Paige said...

Yes, the indoor picnic is popular in the House of Avery Lane too. Perhaps we should combine the houses soon for a picnic extraordinaire...

karrie said...

M calls eating olives and popcorn with J while watching tv a picnic.

I think J must have referred to it as such once, but it is a bit weird to have a 3 year-old approach you with a can of olives at 5 am and hopefully ask if he can wake up Daddy and have a picnic.

Lotus Siva Carroll said...

Duh. I mean DUH. Why didn't YOU think of that??

It makes me think of the constant, "You are so not with it," looks Braden (1 Year Old) is already giving me.

carrie said...

She must have been on the same wavelength as my daughter, who asked for ice cream for breakfast!

Sounds like fun to me.

Kerry said...

I love new traditions!!

Misty Dawn said...

How fabulous - see... she's brilliant, she's already creating traditions... and bringing ice cream into it... she truly IS brilliant!

acumamakiki said...

such a good idea, we'll have to copy.

Deb said...

What a beautiful way to take the every day and make it special. I can't wait until my kid can talk. No, wait... I take that back. I sometimes miss silence.

cate said...

oh, that's fantastic! what a great tradition...way to go, Rooster!

Mommahbear. said...

ROFLMAO!!

I don't know why this struck me as especially funny, but I knew exactly what roo was talking about and I knew exactly that confounded feeling you were having when you're trying to figure out which train your child's thoughts are on. lol! If we ate ice-cream, that would be a fantastic idea! Rain or Shine!!

Major Bedhead said...

Well, duh. Don't you just love it when they look at you like you are th stupidest person on the planet?


Get used to it. It only gets worse....

Queen Karana said...

Awwww... kids. But I'm with Jen (comment number 4) - I knew what she was saying right away too. My kids love nothing better than having a "picnic" of ANY kind! Sounds like you had a fun evening!

canarygirl said...

Awwwww! That is the sweetest thing ever. I love Roo. *And* her good idea.

Ruth Dynamite said...

I want an ice-cream picnic too! Please? Can I? Huh? Please?

WILLIAM said...

That kinda fits right in with horizontal parenting

SUEB0B said...

That is the best idea I have heard in a long time.

Steph said...

We have 'carpet picnics' all the time! They are fun on movie night friday's!
~Steph
P.S. I stole that term from Pretty Woman. :)

~JJ! said...

Oh! We have inside picnics all the time...I hate outside picnics...too many bugs.


Have fun with them...they are great.

Dory said...

The House of HunkyDory has popcorn & ice cream for supper every Sunday night. I think Hunky's grandparents started it, then his parents, and now us. Cool tradition!

Nancy said...

As an ice creamaholic, I totally got it before you explained.

Now there's ice cream show (in front of the TV) ice cream sleep over (in bed) ice cream bath, (yep, best place to hand out chocolate cones) ... the possibilities are endless =)

JCK said...

Too funny. My kids LOVE picnics. It can really make (break up) the day.

Cherann said...

My little girl keep asking me if we can go on a picnic too. I didn't really think about how we could just do it on the floor of my house. What a great idea!