Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Won't You Be My Neighbor

We have a new neighbor.

Nope, I'm not talking about next door or across the street.

Nor am I talking about the boys having a new found obsession with Mister Rogers.

I'm talking about the cabinet next to the sink in our kitchen.

Big Brother has apparently decided that this is his new "home".

It's quite cozy, about 18 x 24 x 24 inches. Even has room for a (rather small) guest. Completely unfurnished without lighting.

We've always designated this cabinet, which is filled with Rubbermaid containers of assorted shapes and sizes, as the one cabinet that the boys can play in. It's the only one without a child lock.

The boys have always enjoyed rummaging around in there, but this weekend Big Brother took it to a new level.

This time, he took out literally EVERYTHING in the cabinet, including the shelf.

It's a great hiding place.

When it was bathtime, he huddled in there naked, save his blanket.

When it was bedtime, he annouced that he wanted to sleep, not in his bed, but in his house. He was pretty insistent, and would've made a bee-line for the house cabinet if we hadn't blocked him. For a while, I wondered if we were going to have to invest in some soft restraints to keep him in bed.

Fortunately, we convinced him to have a sleep-over at OUR (Mom-E and Dad-E's) house, in the "guest" bed.

The next morning, however, the first words out of his mouth were, "I want to go to my house."

No trip to the bathroom, no breakfast, just his house.

This is going to be fun. I'm sure Mom-E and I won't grow tired of taking out all of the Rubbermaid out of there several times a day (otherwise, he'd probably just fling it out all over the floor). After all, Big Brother is not the least bit strong-willed.

I can remember doing something similar as a child with all of the pots and pans in the cabinet next to our stove.

All of this reminds me of the scene in "A Christmas Story" when Randy is crying in the cupboard, waiting for his father to come home after Ralphie's fight.

We'll keep you updated on our new neighbor. Below is a picture of him (and his first house guest), probably plotting how to best take-over his new neighbors (aka Mom-E and I).

See you on Fatherhood Friday,


  1. I love it! The boys will have great fun for the summer in the new home. What cracks me up is that this is a perfectly fun and wonderful place for him to be and play, but if I banished one of my kids to a closet that is bigger than the bedroom I grew up in (and shared) CFS would be all up in my grill.

  2. Big Brother is very creative! And at such a young age he found his own home! How clever! I had a cabinet like this when the girls were young, but they never moved in, just tossed tupperware. Great photo and funny post!

  3. LOL! Anything can become a home. As a child all I needed was a backyard, blanket and a few sticks to make myself a home. Now, I bought the girls an actual house to put outside to play and it never seems to be as fun as the box that makes a casual appearance at our door.

  4. That is GREAT! I'm afraid that my kid will eventually find a place that I actually CAN'T find her. Glad to see you know exactly where Big Brother will be for now!

  5. Super cute and I love the picture! Aunt-E