6.05.2008

FSBO, 2br, hi ceilings, chefs kitchen, 1 ba + outhouse in LR


There was indeed some discussion when we first spotted the cardboard house. The discussion being that Nate, in typical fashion, wanted it for Thalia (along with everything else in the store) insisting that she would love it like nothing else. I resisted.

He won. And he was right.

It started with a lot of potential - a pristine white 3-dimensional canvas ready for water colors and imagination. But instead of turning it into a rainy day art project (because that would take planning) we decided to let Thalia go at it with any art supply, any time she likes. Basically the Running with Scissors approach to creativity. She had her way with stickers and shards of Crayolas retrieved from under the sofa. She painted. She let her sitter sketch suns and trees and stars. She wrote the letters in her name.

Even if it yielded a big multicolored mess it was her mess and she loved it. Her beloved mess in the middle of our living room.

Over time we saw the house evolve, as we had hoped. It was a castle, a kitchen filled with play food, a playroom, a dress up space. It was a place Thalia accepted junk mail through the little pass through slot or sat on a single pink toddler chair and ate an apple. She hung her art work on the walls. She invited her sister in for tea.


And then in the last week, it became something we hadn't expected - a bathroom. Thalia moved her potty in there for privacy. Once a day she announces her intentions, then races in shutting the little cardboard door behind her.

I always wanted a second bathroom in our apartment. I never expected it would be an outhouse.

The best part:
Reading material.


45 Comments:

Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

Love the commode!

Our neighbor just gave us a box that held a hot-water heater (we are known in the neighborhood for liking that sort of gift), and I plan to turn it into a rocket. I'll have to be sure to leave room in it for a potty.

6/5/08, 8:28 AM  
Blogger VerWaynia said...

Ha! That's so great!

I've become the one in this parenting union that thinks he has to have everything in sight...I didn't use to be that way!

6/5/08, 8:59 AM  
Blogger slouching mom said...

What a RIOT!

6/5/08, 9:05 AM  
Blogger Don Mills Diva said...

That sucker would fetch about $350,000 on the market here in Toronto.

Seriously.

6/5/08, 9:23 AM  
Blogger RuthWells said...

Don't you hate it when the husband is right? ; )

What a perfect toy. Boxes rock.

6/5/08, 9:34 AM  
Anonymous MetroDad said...

Love the house. Love her artwork. Love the fact that she keeps reading material next to her potty.

And everyone knows that in NYC, you can get $50,000 more for that extra bathroom!

6/5/08, 10:20 AM  
Blogger Smiling Mama said...

Oh I've been wanting to get this for my son, too. Maybe now I will. So cute!!

6/5/08, 10:44 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

This is hilarious!!

6/5/08, 11:57 AM  
Anonymous mothergoosemouse said...

I am DYING here. Seriously, I'm laughing so hard that CJ just shushed me.

6/5/08, 12:07 PM  
Blogger The Frog said...

That's fantastic!!!

Complete with DIY graffiti.

;o)

6/5/08, 12:27 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Hilarious, Frog!

6/5/08, 12:37 PM  
Blogger Karen Sugarpants said...

We did the same thing a couple of weeks ago with moving boxes - the house hadn't sold yet and I thought if I use the boxes for something else, it might about a dose of Murphy's Law (it worked). Yeah I was wishing on every dandelion at that point. Anyway, Thomas looked at me with a great deal of apprehension when I handed him a bunch of markers and said, "Go to it kid!" :)

6/5/08, 12:42 PM  
Anonymous FearandParentinginLasVegas said...

Great - now my husband (Homer) wants to redecorate our bathroom with crayons and stickers. I'm drawing the line (excuse the pun). No fingerpainting.

6/5/08, 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Grandmere said...

I haven't laughed so hard in a long time!!She is wonderful.

6/5/08, 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Grandmere said...

I haven't laughed so hard in a long time!!She is wonderful.

6/5/08, 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Alexis said...

I love the cardboard house. We had one just like yours and the girls decorated it and played with it until it was entirely in tatters. Cardboard, in whatever form you find it, is one of the best materials for kids.

6/5/08, 2:28 PM  
Blogger Overwhelmed! said...

Oh how cute! I love how she made herself comfortable by dragging her potty chair in there (with the very important reading material).

I wonder, if I buy my son one of these houses and put his potty chair in there, will he finally poop in the potty? If so, then it'd be well worth the $48.00 price tag! :)

6/5/08, 3:26 PM  
Blogger Lady M said...

That rocks! Like Overwhelmed said above, I'd be willing to buy a cardboard house if it made Q happy to sit on the potty!

6/5/08, 6:58 PM  
Blogger Elisa said...

what a smart girl! Clearly, she realized the potential for developing ideas when one has time to think on the loo. Go Thalia!

6/5/08, 8:05 PM  
Blogger Assertagirl said...

haha! It's like a port-a-potty in your living room.

6/5/08, 8:43 PM  
Anonymous dana said...

Cardboard is Dawson's favorite toy. Anytime I get a box in the mail he takes it into his room and makes many houses, tents, and other interesting creations.

6/5/08, 9:11 PM  
Blogger SUEB0B said...

What a gorgeous little house! And what a smart girl!

6/5/08, 11:48 PM  
Blogger wmw said...

My daughter likes to read while having her diaper changed. Soon she'll demand the crossword.

6/6/08, 12:09 AM  
Blogger carrie said...

I love it.

6/6/08, 2:56 AM  
Blogger ~Kat~ said...

Iris reads "The Nation" upon her red Bjorn throne
Ahh... the choice reading material.

6/6/08, 9:38 AM  
Blogger Juicebox Mom said...

Those photos are precious...i'm picturing a scrapbook page. Enjoy your new addition.

6/6/08, 10:33 AM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Ok Kat, that's just fabulous! Mine is just reading the PBK Kids catalog.

6/6/08, 10:36 AM  
Blogger Suburban Turmoil said...

Hmm. I need to get one of these (and maybe a bedpan for the inside?) for my husband.

6/6/08, 2:15 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Oh, I love the cardboard house. Now I will have to go out and get one, maybe then my daughter will actually use the potty!

6/6/08, 10:50 PM  
Blogger VDog said...

oh mah freakin gawd. THAT is TOO much! LOVES it!!

6/6/08, 11:00 PM  
Anonymous 1 modern mommy said...

Too freakin cute! Looks like you have a little piccaso on your hands!

6/7/08, 12:21 PM  
Blogger the mama bird diaries said...

awesome. I laugh my arse off when my 3 year-old asks for privacy and then sits on the toilet "reading" New York Magazine.

6/7/08, 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Jerseygirl89 said...

We've done the same thing, arts-wise, with all of Ironflower's cardboard houses (it never even occurred to me to make it a fancy project, so you're ahead of me there) but she's never suggested moving her potty in there. What a brilliant idea!

6/7/08, 8:35 PM  
Blogger New England Quilter said...

OMG that is too funny! I will have to keep this in mind when my little guy gets to potty training age.

6/7/08, 9:00 PM  
Anonymous Motherhood Uncensored said...

I think you might have just solved every parent's potty training problems.

Seriously, who needs to pee on cheerios when you can shit in your OWN OUTHOUSE WITH MAGAZINES.

6/7/08, 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Asianmommy said...

Oh, I love it! So cute!

6/8/08, 1:51 AM  
Anonymous Redneck Mommy said...

My fingers started to itch when I saw those pristine white walls...such a canvass to let my inner art freak loose on.

However, I'd never have thought to use it for another bathroom.

That's pure genius.

6/8/08, 1:55 PM  
Blogger Jennifer H said...

Okay, that is awesome!

6/8/08, 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Manager Mom said...

Well, at least you didn't have to get your building code modified or apply for any permits with a cardboard structure, right?

6/8/08, 11:52 PM  
Blogger AKA Alice said...

Reading material...priceless!

6/9/08, 10:50 AM  
Anonymous Jyll said...

My autistic son had a large TV box that he did this to years ago. It is still one of his fondest memories! If he weren't so distructive and then angry at me for destroying his own things, I might purchase this too. For now, we are just avoiding them. But she did a great job on hers!

6/9/08, 12:39 PM  
Blogger GRAY MATTER MATTERS said...

Sure, cute at 3, but what if that's her permanent port-o-potty?
Kidding, so cute.

6/9/08, 12:53 PM  
Blogger Melani said...

Hey Mom 101~ remember when you said you did the Montel show? Well it aired today at 1:00 this afternoon! I totally recognized you the minute I saw you! I feel like I know a celebrity! I am in California. Love your blog, when I get the chance to read it.

6/9/08, 4:09 PM  
Anonymous Caroline said...

I'm not sure anyone could dream up such brilliance! For real. A space such as this HAS to inspire a poop in the potty. Thalia gets a standing ovation down here in FL.!

6/9/08, 6:40 PM  
Blogger Ruth Dynamite said...

So would this be an "in-house"?

Love it. Brilliant kid!

6/9/08, 9:08 PM  

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