Chrubol with a Capitol CH

Magoo has developed a great love affair with markers. He likes to write all over his body with them but only if they are of the non-washable variety. We’ve been upping the consequences each time and at this point anyone under the age of 30 is forbidden from using non-washable markers at all.

It’s not like he draws a cute little flower on his toe, or writes his name on his bicep. No. Recently he drew multicolored tiger stripes all the way up both arms, starting at the wrists. Laylee knows the rules and she loves nothing more than to be the enforcer. For a while there, every time I would punish Magoo, she would lean in conspiratorially and loudly whisper, “MOM! I AGREE WITH YOU!”

So it didn’t surprise me the other morning when we were sitting in our living room, having a serious meeting with someone we’re hiring to do some work for our family, and Laylee came in and quietly but frantically waved this note in my face. The kids had been warned not to disturb us during this meeting but she knew something had to be done. Apparently there wasn’t time to find a piece of paper.

Translation: Magoo drawed on himself again now. Stop him right now. He is in TROUBLE!

Chrubol indeed. He had given himself a nose which he was quite proud of.
It was this deed that moved me to outlaw all un-washable markers. Hopefully when he does this in the future it will not take 4 days to wear off and on the 3rd day, his nose will not look painfully bruised. I think a man should have to earn that look with a good honest rumble.

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14 Responses to Chrubol with a Capitol CH

  1. Dan says:

    I think maybe she picked the pink napkin on purpose, because it looks more like a red warning flag or something.

  2. LisAway says:

    Laylee is an AMAZING sounder-outer.

    You’re obviously a great mother. I would have said, “You want a bruised looking nose? I’ll GIVE YOU a bruised looking nose!!”

    No, I’m kidding. I wouldn’t really. No need to call child services.

  3. grammyelin says:

    Well….he was in a rumble, of sorts. Didn’t he get into big chrubol with you? So he kind of earned the bruised look. After all what could be more damaging than the loss of permanent marker priviledges? I ask you.

  4. Oh boy. This is why I have banned all markers from my home no less than 4 or 5 times. ( I have a short-term memory problem and buy them again thinking maybe it will be better now. It never is.) Crayola color-wonder was the best invention ever since electricity and the Internet.

  5. Okay, the title of this post may be my favorite yet…hilarious! 😀 And Laylee’s whisper, “MOM! I AGREE WITH YOU!”…that’s just classic. I’m gonna be laughing about that all day.

  6. Allison says:

    Markers are chrubol, no doubt about it. I have a precious picture of my Magoo and her best friend stark naked and covered in pink highlighter. They were beautiful, and very, very pink.

  7. Pops says:

    Opps. Maybe he’s been watching the commercials for the markers you can “draw anywhere” with, that are only supposed to show up on “special” paper. I think maybe the person who came up with the idea of teaching kids it’s OK to write on anything BUT paper with these “special” markers (and that it would be OK) needs to be in chrubol. Big time.

  8. Pops says:

    Opps, this is not pops, it’s Pop’s wife. Not sure how that happened.

  9. Pam in Utah says:

    Pops’ wife.

  10. ZaCarrie says:

    I love love love his nose. And I wish you had pictures of the stripes he drew on his arms. But I can only imagine… 🙂
    And I love that she spelled “trouble” with a “chr”! But maybe that’s the nerdy teacher in me saying “She starting to sound out blends!”

  11. Debra says:

    How do you keep a straight face when presented with that? (Either L’s note or M’s nose? )

    Really? Stripes all the way up his arms? OMHeck.


  12. Faith says:

    Yes, well, the problem in this house has been that dear old Dad has taught the small fry to draw smiley faces on their fingers with pens, crayons, whatever they are able to find. I firmly believe that behavior to have precipitated the use of permanent markers. What is a Mommy to do? 😉

  13. aimee says:

    I’m late to the party here, but this cracked me up! As the oldest child and a girl, I have to admit that I was totally Laylee as a kid. I loved when my younger siblings got in trouble for doing something wrong. Too funny!!!

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