Thursday, 26 May 2011

Bucket Boy

Ah, Little E. That blonde rapscallion of a nephew of mine. He's been pretty quiet round here lately, don't you think?

I don't know if his Mum would agree. His second birthday has come and gone. The icecream van turned up at his party and he, and assorted other 2, 3, 5, 6 and 40 somethings, enjoyed a vanilla flavoured feast. Then, very soon after, Little E welcomed The Terrible Two's with open arms. Embraced them, in fact, celebrated them by lying down outstretched on the tarmac in the supermarket carpark. And as his Mum sagely observed:

"They tell you to walk away and ignore bad behaviour. But if I walked away and left him lying in the carpark, I'd probably get arrested."

I think she's right. Her boy has spirit, though, I'll give him that. Last I heard, he had taken off his socks and was colouring his feet purple. Now that's creative.

44 comments:

Amy said...

Yes, I know the drill oh so very well indeed .. a certain soon to be Five Year Old can throw a mighty tantrum ... my problem is trying to stop from giggling, it is extremely funny sometimes ... hair pulling at other times!

Sandie said...

I love your page Sian. Your nephew does sound a character. My youngest grand daughter once laid on the floor at home and had a screaming tantram. My daughter laid down next to her and copied. Ivy stopped immediately and stared at her, wondering what she was doing! I can just picture her puzzlement! Ivy has never done it since but I guess if your nephew's Mum tried this in a car park she might get some very strange reactions from the public! The way people video these days she might even find herself on 'You've been framed'. Now that would be a story to tell!

WendyB said...

Great story, I remember those days well. I love the red you've used in this layout and the cute photo - I remember you saying he turns away from the camera :-)

Jo said...

Gorgeous page Sian and Little E sounds delightful, I love children with a bit of spirit......not sure my sisters would agree after I've spent a day winding their kids up!

angelfish said...

Gorgeous LO Sian, I love that paper, it works perfectly:)
Thank goodness those tantrum days are long gone in our house!

Lynn said...

Oh yes the youngest indulged in those and still does from time to time - they always choose the most public of places don't they. Purple feet sound interesting!?!

Louise said...

i remember these days well......and i did walk off and leave him (although we weren't in a car park)lol! Stan's now 7 and he still has his moments, very strong willed boys.

Great layout Sian, those pages are perfect for boys xx

Cheri said...

Oh the joys of toddlerhood. None of mine ever did the full blown tantrum in public thing. Thank heavens.

Craftyangel said...

haha purple feet he could have picked a better colour, although its suppose to be the colour of creativity.

fab layout, my son was a bit of a handful, not naughty but into everything, now hes turned into a fine boy....but dont tell him i said that :)

JO SOWERBY said...

ah the terrible twos. quite an event in many children's lives. my friend's son lil m is 2 on sunday and is already having some lil moments,
jo xxx
ps they do love their tantrums.

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Oh yes, the terrific twos. Gotta' love 'em. And I really do love your page - perfect papers and design (of course!). xo

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

lol! Bless him! I have vivid memories of the terrible two's!

scrappyjacky said...

I remember those days as well...though only one of mine did the full blown tantrum thingy....luckily usually at home.
A lovely LO,Sian....a perfect piece of toddlerhood.

Photographing Mom said...

Absolutely adorable layout!! And oh what memories you brought back.

laurie said...

cute lo - i really like the scholastic alphabet. litte e sounds a lot like my nephews - full of spunk and so lovable!

Jennifer said...

Hee Hee I remember the days of the terrible twos. Remembering photos of this little one's face, I can hardly believe that he would ever act out! ;) I LOVE everything about your LO. The paper selections, design and all the white space! So very striking!! :)

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Rapscallion, now there's I word I haven't come across in quite some time. Glad the terrible two's are a thing of the past in my life, I don't have the energy to deal with that anymore! Love your layout, especially the red fence background.

Karen said...

I love your story today Sian. We have several little Rapscallions at school at the moment. One got me into trouble today because I laughed at him when I discovered he was the one who has set the fire alarm off, in the middle of a staff meeting, making the head think there was a real fire as he hadn't set off the drill alarm!

Gem's Crafts said...

Oh your story about Little E made me giggle! The twins have just turned 18months, and so far there have been no tantrums (not proper ones anyway!) poor things are just getting upset by their teeth coming through :(

Kirsty.a said...

Hee, hee. Sorry, but other people's toddler tantrums are so funny. It's the universality of them!

Kirsty.a said...

Lovey oage BTW. Gorgeous background

Beverly said...

There were many little ones having swim lessons at the pool this morning when I swam and it made me miss my boys being little...thanks for the post, it made that feeling go away lol

Micayla said...

The terrible twos.....I know them well although Emily is almost an angel really!
Love the layout, it is so good to catch up again but I have vowed to spend less time on the internet as I have been so productive of late...yay!!
xx

furrypig said...

I wish I had been into scrapbooking when my children were toddlers, the things they do and the words they say are so funny, though not always at the time!! Lovely page, I love the red wood affect paper

Alison said...

it's been so long since the 'Terrible Twos' for me, but I don't remember them being too bad....that might be my memory though, rather than anything else! :)
Alison xx

catrin said...

Thanks for this, your page is lovely. x x

alexa said...

Gosh, I haven't heard the word 'rapscallion' in a while! Is that a kind of red wood/plank paper? Lovely page!

Jimjams said...

Oh those were the days - thank goodness they're gone :P Lovely page and lucky you to have (other people's) toddlers to scrap about - a bit like grandchildren I expect - all the cuteness but none of the hassle!

Ladkyis said...

I once joined my youngest on the floor in Woolworths when he began a tantrum. He stood up, screamed "Not you! ME,ME MUMMY!" and began to walk away from me - and this is when I realised how desperate he was for attention - with the back of his hand against his forehead and sobbing dramatically.
We're all a bit dramatic in this family, it's in the genes

Karen said...

Is there any mother who cannot relate to that story? I loved my children at every age, but I do not miss the tantrum stage. Though I must admit, the teenage dramas held a close second, and I don't miss those either. Great layout!

Ginger said...

Little E will be very happy his auntie Sian is diligently recording all his rapscallion behavour :) Another lovely layout!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love the red and yellow together in this layout. I'm glad those two year old days are over, but there are of course other challenges when they get older . . .
Rinda

Sian said...

Alexa, yes, it's a red plank paper i got in a kit.

Miriam said...

I was thinking exactly what Rhinda said!
Love your LO with the red & yellow.

Gail said...

Great looking layout Sian. Hmmm, purple feet? Well that's definitely creative. :)

Lisa said...

what a great colour combination. the banner at the bottomis perfect along with that small cluster. But the photo wins it all! gorgeous

Becky said...

I love the idea of purple feet!

debs14 said...

My son once threw the most dramatic tantrum inside a supermarket, laying on the floor, arms and legs flying everywhere. In the end he found himself underneath the trolley and he clutched hold of the underside of it and wouldn't let go. He was immediately quiet and seemed happy so that is how we continued with the shopping. Can you imagine what people must have thought?! Love the image of the purple feet, obviously going to be a famous artist ;-)

Denise said...

That's a lovely page Sian,and I always remember my mum saying to me when one of mine had done something like paint their toes or cut their eyebrows- 'at least they have a bit of spirit' !

Lisa-Jane said...

I love so many things about this Sian - the paper, the design of the layout, the banner bunting, the story behind it. My spirited daughter was 2 in April and she is so much more demanding than her brother was and I thought he was hard work. She and I are very alike. I am DREADING her being a teenager...

jennifer said...

Love the fact he's colouring his feet purple. I feel like I should try colouring in my feet too, though I can't reach them very well over the baby belly, and I'm a bit ticklish, so maybe not. Let the young one's have all the fun eh?

That red paper is stunning, looks great with the photo. x

Clare said...

Love the wooden plank effect paper, goes perfectly with the photo/theme. Your nephew sounds a character - my niece is just approaching 2, although I think she may have started the 'terrible twos' already!

Sandra said...

Oh Sian, I just love this layout - it really does sum it all up :) You have a way of writing that really brings it all to life, and we feel part of it :) (although, I'm pleased I wasn't this time) LOL

Wanda said...

He does sound like a handful. I've often thought it's a good thing children usually come when the parents are young: 1) the parents likely have more energy than they would if they were older and 2)if they were old enough to know how difficult childrearing can be, they might choose not to have kids, and then where would we be?

As always,Sian, a great LO!

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