Spies Like Us

by Stefani on 1-October-2007

Our children do a pretty bang up job at keeping us on our toes. Sometimes though, the old folks pull a few aces out of their sleeves too.

The Daddy decided that he needed to have some “man time” with our oldest. He wanted to surprise him, wake him up while it was still dark out, and take him out on the boat for some fishing, sunrise gazing, honey bun eating and man-to-man talking.

Very cool.

Daddy’s done this a few times with each of the older two. They always talk about it for weeks afterward. I know, beyond doubt, that these predawn adventures will stick with them for years to come.

So, I was all for it, but it left me with two other little men who would need some special treatment of their own.

I woke them up early too, and told them we needed to find some disguises, as we’d been called to a dangerous and difficult mission.

I sort of thought they’d get into the dress up box and emerge as Batman or Hong Kong Fooey. Instead, they surprised me by heading for my sock drawer.


Alright then.

We embarked, thus arrayed, on our journey to mission control (aka IHOP). My men were quite impressed to be surrounded by the flags of so many different nations. Who knew that breakfast could become a geography lesson?

I was impressed too, mainly over the fact that we were also surrounded by two very distinct age brackets – seniors and teenagers playing hooky. I think we were the only patrons present who were in posession of their natural hair color – not grey, not purple either. Not that I’m opposed to grey or purple, I’m just saying, is all.

We took up our post and set to work, right away, deciphering secret messages.


Being thrill seeking adventurors, we threw caution to the wind and ordered up some stiff drinks – chocolate milk and Diet Coke (there, I said it, the monkey is on my back once more.)

Evasive Maneuvers

I also got to demonstrate some evasive maneuvers. This one above is called “The Wrench, Indulge and Slide”. It’s designed to disarm small utensil-weilding fiends by offering them yet more chocolate milk while moving the weaponry out of reach.

We had some alarming intel that there could possibly be a mole in our midst, so we had to do a little spying (under guise of bathroom visits, of course).


Hmmm…everything seems to be ship shape. We did a few more subtle walk-bys though, just to be sure.

At last, we were given our assignments.

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it, young men, is to wipe this smug mug off the face of the earth.”

Breakfast of Spies

Evil, red-eyed, Dr. Chocolate FlapJack didn’t stand a chance.

Sarah Jackson October 1, 2007 at 9:51 pm

Oh yummy! I’m very impressed by their costume selection and by the contents of your sock drawer.

Diet Coke? tsk tsk. (say I of the coffee habit!)

How was the fishing?

Anne October 1, 2007 at 10:33 pm

I’m glad to read Operation FlapJack was a success. As far as the Diet Coke – you were on a secret mission…and it looks quite refreshing.

Molly October 2, 2007 at 4:29 am

Looks like a lot of fun–so nice of you to balance it out for the two on “Mom time”! 🙂

(And, as always, your pictures are WONDERFUL!)

erin October 2, 2007 at 5:02 am

sounds like a perfect date!

Tracy October 2, 2007 at 5:03 am

Cute socks, cute adventure!

Lisa Clarke October 2, 2007 at 5:42 am

Who knew a trip to ihop could be so much fun? And I love the socks!

leslie October 2, 2007 at 6:06 am

hilarious! lucky boys! divide and conquer, good parenting for sure.

randi October 2, 2007 at 6:09 am

The funny thing about blogging? It gives opportunity to take pics of ihop’s kitchen. I love it!

Diane October 2, 2007 at 6:19 am

Oooh, that looks like excellent fun! You deserved the Diet Coke! You were on a mission…

Angela October 2, 2007 at 6:19 am

Great post, and it looks like your guys had a great time, too. Love the spy theme!

dana October 2, 2007 at 8:29 am

Soo great! Can I come next time?

Lori October 2, 2007 at 11:39 am

This is my kind of mission.

sarah October 2, 2007 at 12:53 pm

what a fun mom you are! your kids are so lucky.

Sarah October 2, 2007 at 2:46 pm

We ate at IHOP yesterday too! My dd didn’t fare so well against her Dr. Chocolate Flapjack, though – she only ate the chocolate chips and whipped cream.

Lina October 2, 2007 at 4:35 pm

What a cool mum those boys have.

Heather October 2, 2007 at 5:27 pm

Geez!!! Every time I step away from the computer for a few days you go and do something big… sinful yummy scrummy should be eaten but has to be food, a new blog EVERY MONDAY, and OWL POO!!! For gosh sakes… I can’t take my eye off of you for a day.

Heather October 2, 2007 at 5:28 pm

oh… that was supposed to be “shouldn’t be eaten, but has to be… so, I guess that’s a Freudian slip.

shula October 2, 2007 at 6:07 pm

Oh, man.

I want you to be my mum in my next life.

leslie October 2, 2007 at 7:08 pm

love, love, love this post!!!

Steph October 2, 2007 at 7:57 pm

MMMM Dr Chocolate Flapjack looks goooood. Sounds like a great adventure!

kristin October 2, 2007 at 8:16 pm

i drink diet coke every day…and coffee…

loved this post…thanks. : )

mountain mama October 2, 2007 at 8:25 pm

Sounds like you and the spies had lots of daring adventures!! That was so much fun reading this!! I’m looking forward to more adventures with my girls as soon as my stint with the consignment shop is done.

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