Popcorn {and other random nightly events}

Once we finally get the kids to bed Kelly and I will often head our opposite directions with Kelly building bikes and me in my studio.

Other nights we will go to bed early and read.

And when we don’t feel like we are going to collapse from exhaustion we pop up some popcorn and watch a movie.

As sure as the sun will rise… as the popcorn is popping (you would think we could make a quieter snack) we hear three little children scampering to the top of the stairs begging for popcorn.

When they are REALLY supposed to be in bed and have been threatened if they get out of bed we will get notes or paper airplanes thrown down to us with random pleas.

This was from our last popcorn night…….

This paper airplane note was written by Maddy…

Dear Mom and Dad,

Please please please

Send up three bowls of popcorn for all of your wonderful children.

Will you?


Your beloved kids


And yes….they got popcorn. How could we say no to that?

{We have tons of these notes. Β  I will keep them forever…they are so funny to us}

Do your kids stay in bed???

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  1. kimberly

    omg I love this! What a group of dolls! How do you say no to that?
    I have the popcorn thing going myself…

  2. Jen Osborn

    With Jacob not even a smidge, but with Jules … aye yi yi … you couldn’t keep that girl in bed to save your life! As soon as she was in a big girl bed the nighttime olympics started. Always thirty or having to pee or afraid of the dark. You name it, that girl used it to avoid bedtime. Maybe we read too much cause she had endless plots to avoid bedtime. Until almost 9 it was a HUGE issue in our house, and then finally when she got over it the sleepwalking began!

    I have all the silly notes, drawings, and birthday cards they have made me, and now that they are teens they are more precious than gold to me πŸ™‚


  3. Alicia @ La Famille

    that note is hilarious!…beloved? really? that’s pretty good!
    my kids are pretty good about staying in bed, but there’s been many nights where
    we’re tucking them in 20 time a night! πŸ™‚

  4. Elaine Power

    hee too cute I couldnt resist that either :)) My eldest goes to bed ok she can have the tendency if we have settled to watch a movie to just happen to be thirst & needs to walk by the Tv to get a glass of water (slowly looking to see what we are watching)
    My youngest is always calling mum got to tell you something mum come here a minute hee. He is getting better though so not complaining I like my hugs anyway so I will make the most of them as I am sure when the teenage years start I won’t get a look in.

  5. Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top

    That has to be one of the cutest kid stories EVER! I love it! And I totally would have given in and let my kids have some popcorn. hehe My son (7) always wants something to eat when he’s supposed to be going to bed. It’s usually an apple he’s asking for. There have been nights where I think he’s sleeping and he comes down and asks for an apple. haha!

  6. deborah@applesinwonderland

    heck, i’ll pop them popcorn:) my youngest is all about origami–which after 20 minutes or so ends in paper airplanes. he also is the one that needs to come down for one more hug and kiss about 9 times each night. how can i refuse that, right? from a 10 year old boy?

  7. Leah C

    Love that note! I wouldn’t be able to resist those sweet words, either:) My girls are pretty good at staying in bed…but Brynn is 15 now…we’re often falling asleep before she does!! πŸ˜‰

  8. Lolo

    How sweet….I used to write notes to my mom and dad all the time when I was growing up. My mom saved a bunch and recently gave them to me. It was too funny to read what I wrote to them! My mom’s favorite was one that I wrote when she was pregnant with one of my younger brothers (i was 10). I told her how beautiful she was pregnant….how sweet was that??!
    Anyways, we still let the kids hop into bed with us (on weekend nites!) to snuggle and watch movies. I will let them do it as long as they like….cuz pretty soon they will be all grown up and wont want to anymore πŸ™ It will be a sad,sad day…..

  9. Nora Anne

    That is the cutest thing EVER!!!! Priceless memories πŸ™‚ and of course, how could you say no to a plea like that?!?! My son is 4 1/2, we used to hear his pitter patter little feet on the steps at least 3-4 times before he finally fell asleep, but now he is getting much better with staying in bed! I’m sure he will grow out of that again though!
    I just love your little paper airplane notes, such clever little children πŸ™‚

  10. Molly Pearce

    Oh that is so sweet! I helped my mom raise my baby brother and sister and I have a ton of notes like that. My baby brother would write me notes and put them in my purse so when I got to work I would find them. Mostly he would write of how much he loved me and if we could go get a coca cola in a glass bottle after school and eat biscuits. I love them to death! They are like my own children! Have a great weekend!
    ~Molly P

  11. Mikal

    So charming, I’d melt too!

    We all go to bed at 8:30 at my house. That’s late for hubby, and when Jake needs to get to sleep for his best day. Jake It works at our house because I get up at 4:00… I NEED to go to bed that early!

  12. Veronica M.

    Hi Jeanne-
    I just found your blog tonight cruisin’ thru blogs from a linky party. I love your sight. There is alot here to explore. I love your old blog, also. Will have to explore your old posts some more.Have a great weekend.

  13. Wendy Brightbill

    this post just makes me smile. i think children just have a sixth sense when it comes to popcorn. my children also hear the popcorn popping. i always have to be careful to wait until they are asleep to make it. those paper airplanes are just precious! what beautiful memories!

  14. emily ruth

    oh, yes, we have the same thing… & some nights we are endlessly patient & some nights we just think ‘every night? how can this happen every. single. night?’ don’t they get tired of it?…but i think it’s just in the dna of under 10’s: must get out of bed at least 3 times at night πŸ™‚

  15. Theresa

    That is so cute, it reminds me of mine. They have never stayed in bed at that age, now the only one left getting out of bed is Max, he is 8 the others have all grown out of it… When he has, I will probably miss it. We have a bunch of paper airplanes around the house too, Max and I found a website that showed how to make different kinds and now he makes them all of the time, so cute πŸ™‚ xoxo

  16. Izzy Herriette & Co/Ginger Renken

    Can appreciate this. I have letters written by our children from twenty some years ago. Now, I have my grandchildren’s notes posted on my fridge – to carry me over the long, empty months of not seeing them. Notes worth holding onto – for certain! Beautiful site, BTW. I just learned of it over this past weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the entire content. Thank you!

  17. imperfect prose

    i just found your blog through lulu and family, and i am adding it to my roll. i loved this post. i read it outloud to my husband and we both chuckled. and i LOVE the art in your latest post… how i wish i could attend. but i live in canada. anyway, nice to ‘meet’ you! e.

  18. Lori

    We too are a popcorn family…My children have never written me any notes about popcorn.. but I have a few from the older two about how they love me and they really didn’t mean to say they would run away. Or did I really mean that I would help them pack…(of course not really wanting that!) LOL

    Good memories.. and wonderful inventive spelling!!

  19. sandy b.

    When we lived in our old house they would sit on the landing of the stairway and spy on us! With popcorn that is not so hard cause you can smell it from a mile away.
    Now that we are staying in our travel trailer they don’t have to spy on us, they see and smell all! I kind of miss those naughty times of them spying on us.
    I used to get notes when I was on the phone saying: “Mommy can we watch t.v.? or have chips? circle yes or no!”

    Thank you for reminding me of those wonderful memories!

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