Tessa’s new skill

The other day I was home with the girls and suddenly I heard something we all know is ominous: silence. I could hear Anna and Viva playing downstairs, but it was Tessa I worried about. She is taking after her older sister these days, doing highly destructive things and then disarming us with a smile.

Anyway, I suddenly realized she was missing. I called her name several times, and nothing.

Then I started getting nervous. I searched every room in the house. She was nowhere. I went out to the garage, hoping I’d find her there, but to no avail. Finally I went outside, praying I would hear her voice, my mind filled with images of brutal traffic accidents and kidnappings.

And then I remembered: the day before, she and I had been playing hide and seek together. And I had explained to her how the game really works. She wanted to tell me her hiding spots–she wasn’t getting what the game was about. But I told her that the secret to a good game of hide and seek was to hide where nobody knows where you are.

Suddenly, I knew what she was doing…

A little relieved, I searched the house, and not very long thereafter, I saw something strange in her bedroom. A pile of blankets that looked a little abnormal:

Hmmm. Something’s fishy here. 

Turns out, she is getting really good at hide and seek. 
Surprise!!! Tessa wins at hide and seek! Especially when nobody realizes she’s playing hide and seek, thus freaking me out to the core.  
A few days later something even better happened that I’m I’m so incredibly sad we didn’t get a picture of.  Lolly was doing something in one of the bedrooms when she suddenly got the creepiest feeling that someone was watching her. She looked around the room and didn’t see anything, but then startled when she realized that among all the stuffed animals in the corner of the room, Tessa’s head was peering out at her, eyes wide. She wasn’t smiling, just sitting there creepily, calmly waiting to be found.
Perhaps T-bone is getting a little too good at hide and seek.


  1. Nothing scarier than loosing a kid. Every minute feels like an hour.
    Speaking of being freaked to the core, is it just me or do those Lalaloopsies spook you with their beady button eyes?

    1. Ever since I saw the movie, "Coraline," and then those Lalaloopsy dolls came out, all I could think of was how the evil mother in the movie changed kids into dolls with button eyes. Creepy. So you're not alone there, BQ.

  2. that is so cute. the stuffed animals crack me up. one day the whole neighborhood was looking for my neighbors 5 year old boy. everywhere. finally after all of us going through the house and the neighborhood/ and everywhere close she called the police (after like an hour)
    the police came about 30 min later (no rush for a missing kid right?!) and they insisted on starting in the house. they found him asleep wedged between the wall and the mattress with blankets piled on him. it made me think of that story- at least you were calm about it right ?! 🙂 i think tessa and maddie need to be BFFs

  3. Oh my gosh this cracked me up! But yeah those few seconds of horrible images when you can't find your child is the worst ever! I love the stuffed animals one. My kiddo has to have ALL of her stuffed animals on her bed and we can never find her when we check up on her in the night. 🙂

  4. My youngest once disappeared after getting put of the bathtub with her older sister. I sent them to their room to get dressed. frantically searched everywhere for her. The child locks on all the outside doors were still locked, and all the windows closed. I continued searching as I talked to the 911 dispatcher, and finally found her, under a pile of blankets, asleep on her bed. It took hours to calm back down.

  5. Not that it matters, but on my web page I have an extremely long, boring-to-some-but-fascinating-to-others, scientific explanation for why you can feel people staring at you. Unfortunately, I don't have a scientific explanation for why the sensation gives you the creepy crawlies. But boy, does it ever. (If you want to read it, google for "zyzmog staring at me.")

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