And We’re Not Allowed Back In That Play Area

I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for a decade now. While I really treasure that I’ve been able to stay home with my kids, I am unashamedly a social person.

I love my play dates! My other homeschool mom friends and I would often meet at fast food restaurants that had indoor play areas. During public school hours, they are a veritable wonderland for little homeschool kids (and their moms).

We’d observe our kids at play (socialization—check!) while we chatted.

One of my kids is super focused and hated to interrupt her play time to take care of insignificant things like, oh, pooping.

No problem when she was in diapers. A social nightmare when she was preschool aged.

It only happened ever once in a while, so I’d sometimes be caught short, diaper-less and wiper-less. Thank goodness for extra fast food napkins in the car.

The worst time was when she went in the play tubes at McDonald’s. We’ve never been back to that restaurant, and it’s right by our house.

You can’t go back to McDonald’s when your kid poops in the tubes.

That outfit was a loss, but everything else had a Clorox moment. I can only hope the tubes in the play area got the same treatment.

I’ve enjoyed the new Clorox “Bleach It Away” commercials highlighting memorable messy moments and so I laughed out loud when I saw this one:

Yeah, it’s like that.

I received information about Clorox’s Bleach It Away campaign and am sharing my messy moment for the chance to win prizes from The SITS Girls.

To learn more about the messy moment program, check out Sharing your story on the Clorox fan page gets you entered for the chance to win $25,000 and daily prizes, and you can grab a coupon for Clorox® Regular Bleach.

I would love to hear your “bleach it away” moment. Let me know in the comments!

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  1. I HAVE BEEEEEN THERE! But is was a Carl’s Jr…and luck for me, it is in another state. Unfortunately, I drive past it every time I go to visit my parents, then I hang my head in shame…;)

    • We have to pass this place every time we go to Girl Scouts.

      (I’m so glad it’s not just me.)

      Does your kid remember it?

  2. So funny! I drove by that MickeyDee’s with you, didn’t I?
    Oh, the shame. LOL!!!

    • Luckily, we have a dozen McDonald’s by our house, so you didn’t see the site of my shame.

      I think they have our pictures up, like a wanted board at the post office.

  3. LOL. What a funny story. Yes, poop in the ball area at the Mickey Dees playground is making me rethink having my 7 year old play in it. :)

    • Ball pits are cess pools. I’ve seen a kid come out without a diaper (not my kid in this case).

  4. OH, my mom is the winner of this one. It was something about having us 3 kids on a vacation in FL, and my brother had “traveller’s sickness”…. started at the table and went all the way back to the bathroom.

    Except then there was that one time when my youngest re-created the scene at a CiCi’s pizza in Missouri City, TX.

    • Oh, this made me remember the kindergarten soccer banquet that I had totally blocked.

      The walls, the walls!

      Thank goodness we moved, because that Sizzler was dead to us.

  5. LOL. Your Bleach Away moment makes me so glad that my kiddos are well out of that stage. I must admit though, I’ve had my fair share of messy moments that I’m not sure even bleach could take care of. :mrgreen:

    • I say half of parenting is touching gross stuff.

      • Oh man, I so agree with you there. I have to say my biggest messy moment that sticks with me is my oldest, vomiting (projectile like)while sitting at the doctor’s office waiting for his check up. He was maybe 6 weeks old at the time. I thought moms could handle that kind of stuff but man the room cleared out QUICK. LOL.

        • Vomit is my kryptonite! I’d have cleared out of there too.
          If I catch a whiff…

  6. Oh my gosh! How embarrassing that would be…not to mention messy. I enjoy reading parenting stories…I just hope my son doesn’t get any ideas! 😀

  7. Instead of a teachable moment, this was a wipeable moment.

    This never happened to me when my 8 yr old was diapering. She saved her wipeable moments for home, thank goodness.

    I’d go back to that Mickey D’s. If someone stares or points say, “this place serves the McRib, for crying out loud!”

    • My life is sadly full of wipeable moments.
      And I hang my head in shame over my unholy love of the McRib.

  8. 😛
    Anne, enjoyed you blog post! hope that you will win the Clorox prize!
    As far as a Clorox moment here, when we were in the process of trying to move from Virginia to Florida, we had an open house scheduled. We decided to go to an indoor play area…well, turns out that our sons both ended up getting the Rotavirus! They had the runs all over our house! There were little poop tracks all over our home the night before the open house. We ended up having to cancel and to reschedule the open house, as even though everything had been disinfected, the boys ended up in the hospital. Then, while we were taking care of them, both Dear Hubby and I got the rotavirus.
    We luckily had some Clorox on hand, as I had to use it to disinfect just about everything.
    Well, hope that you win the prize as your story is funny! Hope that you you will pop by to see our family’s entry for the DIY Crash Me Please contest. We have the second highest number of page views for the entire South and the seventh highest for all states.
    We are hoping to win so that they will make our yard from snake pit to sanctuary!
    Have a happy weekend!
    Also, was trying to get it to have all of your tweets to show on our tribe thing-y. Ended up just manually re-tweeting all of your tweets. Am still a little uncertain how this all works.
    Colleen :) (@F5th on Twitter)

    • Hey, Colleen! Thanks for the comment. I don’t think we’ve ever had the rotavirus. I would buy stock in Clorox if that ever happens.

      I’ll totally jump over and vote for your family in the yard makeover.

      On Triberr, they’ve changed it to where we will have to manually tweet each other’s posts. It’s a bother, but they are trying to stop the negative attitude about Triberr being spammy.

  9. Anne,

    Hilarious post! I hope this gets you that new camera SITS girls is offering.

    PS – Thanks for the advice on Twitter. I fear it might become an addiction. Since BBC-Atlanta I have not written anything new….went to San Diego to visit friends from CA, and then laundry, and life and now the flu is throwing off my groove. I swear, blogging is like exercise. If you stop for even a moment, it is hard to get back into the habit.

    And finally, thank you so much for introducing me to so many great people in Atlanta. I felt like the new girl on her first day at school. If not for you I would have eaten lunch in the corner by myself. Waaahh!

    Will you be attending the Type A conference in Charlotte, NC? I bought my ticket last night. I dare say the experience will be totally different by the time June rolls around.

    • You had a lot of life going on. The good news is that it’s all fodder for your blog.

      It was my pleasure to squire you around in Atlanta. It was only my second conference, but I had three of my “in real life” friends with me, which is always a help.

      Yes, I am going to Type A! See you then–it will be nice to know I have a buddy going!

      • Are Chloe & Susan going as well? As we get closer to the event perhaps we can discuss rooming. As I will be living in South Carolina at the time I will most likely drive there so will have wheels available. No pressure!

        I should add that I do not snore and have no freaky grooming habits.

        • I would bet Chloe would not go since Blissdom and BlogHer should take all her travel money.

          IDK about Susan. It’s not too bad a trip for her. I hope she goes!

          Let’s revisit rooming when it gets closer to the time. I may stay with friends. I’ll definitely be driving since it’s an easy 5 hour drive for me.

          It will be great to see you again!

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