Apr 23, 2010

Craigslist and Consequences

I love craigslist, especially now that we live 5 minutes from the NH border. Let me tell ya, those 'live free or die' people really seem to utilize the online yardsale forum WAY more than us, 'the way life should be' people.

I've met a handful of very nice folks and one old lady that was a little touched, couldn't do math, and tried to take all my money. (Don't worry, she didn't get all of my money, but I high tailed it right outta there and I now drive the long way around that town in order to avoid the possibility of seeing her.)

You see, I've been frequenting this online gem because we set aside some moolah to get Ella some outside play things. We've gotten a play kitchen (well that was free from freecylce) a climber, a slide, a swing, and a table and chairs all for $50 bucks. Seriously. Fabulous! (I'm still hunting down a wagon and some other sort of fun ride on toy if anyone wants to help a lady out.)

Yesterday I unloaded my latest bargain find (a little tykes table and chairs) and happily placed it in the kitchen. It looked great in the spot I had picked out. Ella loved it too. But she had some other ideas for it. She quickly moved the entire table across the kitchen (she's ruggged), pulled her new little chair over to the table, climbed onto the chair and onto the table.

(While supervising her safety) I said, "Tables are not for standing on. Get down please." She smiled a devilish smile and stayed put. I then started the count, "1.....2..." and she climbed on down.

After thanking and praising her I saw the twinkle in her eye that said, "I'm totally gonna do that again as soon as mommy turns her back!"

So I looked her in the eye and said, "If you climb on the table, the table will go bye-bye. Do you understand momma?" She grinned from ear to ear and shook her head no. (btw, if you think a 17 month old can't understand these simple phrases...you're wrong.)

I turned my back. She climbed on the table. I turned around. She scrambled down as fast as she could. The table went bye-bye.

Oh, well. Still a good buy. It will resurface when she's a little older and can use it for it's intended purpose instead of a jungle gym :)


Cheryl said...

Yay! I'm so glad to see that you found a table and chairs. I have been keeping my eyes peeled for one up here with no luck. That is so funny about her naughtiness. :-) I mean, really, it's dangerous, but such typical kid behavior. I never would have pegged her for a climber! Better watch out. One of these days she'll figure out how to climb out of her crib, too! :-)

Krissy said...

I have never used Craigslist. I suppose that it is more anonymous than Uncle Henry's.

Diane said...

She is certainly a very smart cookie!! You are such a good Mommie, and intuitive to catch her before bodily damage!! We would love to help with the wagon. What are you looking for?