Ode to Macaroni & Laundry Lint

One of Declan’s homework assignments this week was to create a self-portrait of himself with various household items. The point was to discuss different textures… soft, hard, smooth, rough, sticky and so on. It was a fun exercise, until of course, Bryan started running all over the house bringing back things that made my skin crawl.

See, I may have some mild Sensory Intergration Dysfunction going on, because certain things really gross me out. Growing up, it was just called “weird” – but little pieces of paper made my throat constrict. Especially wet ones. Friends thought it was funny to rip off little bits of their beer labels and see how many they could place in front of me before I would notice. So. not. funny.

Last night, I was forced to not only glue teensy piece of toilet paper into Declan’s “neck,” I also had to add laundry lint to his cheeks. I am gagging as I type this.

The things we do for our children! Note to Declan’s future self, I deserve major brownie points for this, dude!

One more question though.

Since when does my son resemble Bert?


P.S. 30 Days of Thanks
I am thankful that my son still LOVES to do his homework.


I swear I didn’t plan this, but more of my freaky behavior is up at Mile High Mamas today! Who’s the Koo Koo Bird now?

This article has 24 comments

  1. wordgirl

    Love that picture! For me the gagging sensation comes from eating anything from a wooden spoon. I can’t stand the way it feels on my lips and tongue. *shudder*

  2. monstergirlee

    I love that picture!

    I think deep down inside, all of us resemble Bert. Declan just brought out his Inner Bert.

  3. Anonymous

    The beer thing is crazy funny.

  4. Alida

    I love the lint cheeks!

  5. ali

    you’re such a good mom. touching stuff that grosses you our for your son.

    i would never. especially since it’s vomit for me…

  6. Gretchen

    Everytime I unwrap a straw, I think of you 😉

  7. Mayberry

    I am LOVING the Q-tips, especially.

  8. Friglet

    That is hysterical!!! You have to frame that one, it’s a classic. 🙂


    Your son has too much gel in his hair

  10. Tree

    What a creative boy is Declan!

  11. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Thanks everyone! Even with the gagging, it really *was* fun! 🙂

  12. Melissa

    LOVE the Qtip ears. This needs to go into the box of way cute things to bring out to show his first *serious* girlfriend!

  13. L Sass

    That portrait is one for the scrapbook (and the embarrassing high school graduation party display!)

  14. merrymishaps

    You have clearly passed along your artistic talent to your son.

    I love the sparkle in his eyes 🙂

  15. painted maypole

    you’re an awesome mom to an awesome, if oddly bert-like, kid

  16. Lisa

    So cute even though the dryer lint gives me the creepy crawlies.

  17. Phil

    After this morning, I feel like if you spread all that food and stuff out onto a paper covered with glue, the random mess would look like me. Darn doctors.

  18. Alex Elliot

    Cute picture! I have a hard time with corduroy.

  19. Keely

    My Boston Terrier licks EVERYTHING obsessively. It drives me nuts, but thankfuly it does not cause me to gag. It just grates me. She is doing it now… GAH!!!! 🙂

  20. samantha jo campen

    He/you did a really good job!!!

    And Bert? Totally!

  21. Alpha DogMa

    He’s so cute. He has your smile.

  22. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    ha ha, told you about the gagging thing. 😉

  23. Lisa

    Had to laugh at the image of you gagging while typing this, sorry. Rice paste makes me throw up. Just looking at it will make me gag and projectile vomit. I’m gagging now.

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