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Why We Are Now A Marker-Free House

2010 December 7
by Pamela

This afternoon I was exhausted and in desperate need of a nap.

Unfortunately, Elizabeth was not.

By 3:30 I had given up and decided to put a show on for the girls and laid down on Elizabeth’s bed for a brief rest.  I napped for 20 minutes, but it was one of those naps where I could still hear everything going on.  Does anyone else have those?

When I woke up, I was greeted to this:

Why yes, that is magenta marker all over Elizabeth.  With just a smidgen of turquoise for her lips.  Mary Claire helped herself to markers while I napped and broke the rules by taking them into the family room.  And then Elizabeth broke ALL the rules by taking off her sweater and coloring all over herself.

I did a quick search around the family room and didn’t see marker on anything else, thankfully.  Just a few weeks ago she had colored on the couch which (thankfully, again) came off with Woolite stain remover.

So I put the girls into the bathtub and they were utterly delighted by the pink water, a result of the magenta marker aftermath.

It was only 6 p.m. but I decided it was jammy time.  Mary Claire went into the family room and said “oh boy, Elizabeth you are going to get the wooden spoon for sure this time!”  When I went in, there was magenta marker ALL OVER our LaZboy recliner.  Our more-expensive-than-our-sofa-chenile-recliner. 

I didn’t freak out right away because the Woolite surely wouldn’t fail me. 

It failed me.

I ended up on the phone with our carpet cleaner begging him to make a housecall at 6:30 and offering to pay him whatever he wanted, just please save my recliner.

And yes, because I have a blog I had to take a picture.  You know, so I can cherish these precious memories:


Good old Ken from Riteway Steam Cleaning did the best job he could and the stain is significantly faded.  But it’s still there.  Turns out that the Woolite actually set the stain.   And as a Public Service Announcement I’ll share his tips with you:

If it’s a bright red stain, use hydrogen peroxide.

If it’s a bright blue or green stain, use 70% alcohol.

After either of those are on the stain, put a white towel over it and then use a steam iron on it for 3 seconds exactly.  Blot and repeat, repeat, repeat. 

But his best advice of all?  “You really shouldn’t have markers in the house with young kids”.  As part of their punishment the girls had to throw them all away.  I wish I could write how they cried and lamented, but they seemed almost gleeful to dump the basket of markers in the trash. 

Here’s Elizabeth’s one attempt at looking sorrowful:

Yeah, I’m not convinced either.

9 Responses leave one →
  1. Ellen permalink
    December 7, 2010

    Lordy, lordy!!

  2. Stacie permalink
    December 7, 2010

    Ahhh… the wonderful memories they make!! ;-)

  3. kim permalink
    December 7, 2010

    And yet she’s so sweet while making so much trouble. :)

  4. Tammie permalink
    December 8, 2010

    Um, it’s called WASHABLE MARKERS by Crayola. How do you not know this? And, Pamela, whatever happened to once bitten, twice shy?? E has proven that she is not to be trusted with markers. You know, this means she is gonna be the one who comes home with tats and nose rings, right????
    TOTALLY trumps my niece who drew a pic of herself, and her mom, on our chocolate brown suede sofa with a blue gel ink pen. She of course claimed she did not do it. Even though she had written her own name on it. It came out with Fels Naptha, cold water, and blotting.

    • Pamela permalink*
      December 8, 2010

      I know, I know. They were the crayola washables in my defense though. And I put them up in the china cabinet, away from Elizabeth. Unfortunately I didn’t bank on MC getting them out while I was napping. They are all gone forever though. Thanks for telling me about Fels Naptha!

  5. Stacey Harper permalink
    December 8, 2010

    Well, I suppose the lining is that she took off her sweater first…right? I must say, excellent consequence, though!

  6. Chris permalink
    December 11, 2010

    OMG, was Mary Claire witness to ‘graffeti girl’ while the crime was in progress?

    • Pamela permalink*
      December 11, 2010

      I don’t think so. She never misses an opportunity to tattle on Elizabeth.

  7. Jenny permalink
    December 13, 2010

    Oh the joys of motherhood. :)

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