Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Goodnight, Stewie.

Yesterday, Ashley had a really good day.  She was quite well-behaved, while her two siblings were....well, not.  So, in an effort to reward such good behavior, we decided to let Ashley stay up late and watch a DVD on the tv in our bedroom. (In an effort to preserve our sanity, the boys got shipped off to bed early.  I'm not gonna say how early, but let's just say Wheel of Fortune may have been on at the time.)  

Anyway, Ashley was extremely excited about her good fortune.  And in keeping with the day's theme of good behavior, she selected a DVD to watch that any mother would be proud of:

A Scholastic DVD based on the classic children's book "Goodnight Gorilla."

People, you can't get much better than letting your kids watch a DVD based on a book.  It's practically like reading to them.  And you don't need to actually do anything!  (Especially if your kid also knows how to use the remote).

So there Ashley was, all snuggled up in our bed, getting read to by the good people at Scholastic.  Scott and I gave her a kiss goodnight and escaped back downstairs.

A little while later, she called down to tell us that the movie was over.  Since we encourage self-sufficiency in our children, we called back up and told her to turn it off and that she could just go to sleep in our bed. 

All was well.

Until a little bit later, when Scott went upstairs to get something and realized that Ashley had turned off the DVD player.  But not the TV.  And there she sat, wide-eyed in our bed, watching an episode of The Family Guy.

"Daddy, did you know I've already watched TWO of these?"

Yes.  Parents of the Year, right here.  Hopefully "Goodnight Gorilla" counteracted some of the effects and we'll wind up with a moderately normal child..



Jeanette said...

oh. my. crazy what a kid can figure out with the remote these days! haha sorry but the fact that it was Family Guy is cracking me up. I am sure she will turn out completely normal.
oh, and more than once my boys have gone to bed at an insanely early hour just to preserve sanity. :)

wonderchris said...

Let's hope it wasn't this episode.


Jen said...

LOL! That is totally something that would happen in our house.

Amanda said...

Thats great! Reminds me of the time we noticed on our cable bill that my son had been ordering movies onDemand up a storm with out us ever knowing! Glad to be your newest follower. You can follow me back at http://thelittlelilypad.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

HAHAHA I don't even let myself watch that show :)

You should find episodes of Reading Rainbow! We always watched that in elementary school. Great show.

Kiley E Photography said...

Ha! That happened to me this morning...I can downstairs about 30 min after the boys were up and found them watching King of the Hill....ack!

Barbara Manatee said...


I think I just woke up my own kids from laughing so loud! My husband had to read over my shoulder and he totally cracked up, too!!

My husband has our tv hooked up to a computer so there's no way the kids can figure out how to use it (heck, half the time I can't either!) Sometimes I hate it...wishing they could turn it on themselves...but maybe its a good thing they can't!

April is Autism Awareness Month. I'm dedicating my blog all month to Autism.

Anonymous said...

Bahahahahaha! While I love Stewie Griffin, I'd die if my kids watched that show!

Helene said...

Well, I'm parent of the year right along with you then because last year when we were on vacation, the only way the kids would go to bed was to watch tv. I never bothered to check what they were watching since they were upstairs...on the last night of our vacation, I heard them laughing really hard so I went to check and they had been watching Family Guy.

I guess I should've been more proactive about what they were watching but I was truly enjoying the peace and quiet downstairs.

So far, none of them have tried to snuff me out like Stewie's always trying to do to his mother. Not yet, anyway.

Emily said...

I'm finally catching up with my blog reading and boy did this post make my night! I read it out loud to my husband my mother and we were all laughing out loud (not AT you, mind you...just because we can see that happening with our girls in the not-so-distant future!).