22 Pounds of Flour

So this morning I made the boys some fresh new playdough. They’d been asking for some, so I whipped up a batch of no-cook playdough and set them to play. They were having a blast – making a volcano and various other creative items.

I popped upstairs for 5 mins to shower.  When I came down to check on the kids and I turned the corner into the kitchen and I froze. This is what I saw….

I didn’t know how to react. This might have been the most overwhelming moment of my life to-date. This is even worse than the latex paint can shake-a-thon (with the lid off!) that we had this summer! (And I thought that was the worst ever….)

The kids were CAKED in flour. After the bath that followed shortly after these pictures, their hair hardened into very interesting flour pasted designs. What a mess.

Here’s about 80% of it swept up:

Submitted by: Anonymous



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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Candi-Lynn-Walkowski/1269835097 Candi Lynn Walkowski


    I’d have FREAKED OUT.

  • Anonymous

    That one takes the cake!!

  • Anonymous

    its only flour…not like it was cement or anything…kids will be kids!!

  • Anonymous

    its only flour…not like it was cement or anything…kids will be kids!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1283979488 Christine Iwanski

      Flour can turn into its own kind of cement very quickly!!

      • Anonymous

        Only if you add water!! LOL
        Hopefully, the liquids were kept out of the ‘mix’…and there’s always a power washer..

        I hope Mom or Dad was able to bring this one under control. One thing I learned was to never leave them alone-it was tough, being a single mom. Learned some survival techniques/tactics, I must say! And I was NEVER bored!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513791729 Christina Konze

      If “kids will be kids” were the answer to everything they ever did, no kid would become a well-adjusted adult. They would do whatever the hell they wanted. This site is a good portion of why I don’t want children. 

      • Anonymous

        OMG!! lighten up…it was a JOKE…if parents DIDN’T have a sense of humor while raising kids, there would be a LOT more cases of child abuse and more parents in jail…

        And how many ‘well adjusted’ adults do you know?? The only TRUE ‘well adjusted’ adults were on “Leave it to Beaver”, ”The Brady Bunch”. “Father Knows Best” etc…geez…Life isn’t scripted; you gotta roll with the punches and fly by the seat of your pants. Clean up the damn flour, post the photo on a website and laugh about it later..If this is the WORST they do, you’re lucky..

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1104916100 Shannon Toney Bowers

        Oh to be a know-it-all, “well adjusted” hipster… By all means, PLEASE don’t reproduce!

    • Anonymous

      Yes, but flour (and baby powder) are a freakin pain to clean up!! UGH! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christine-Lineberger-Henne/1289723412 Christine Lineberger Henne

    OH MY GOD!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care how early it is, sit down and have a glass of wine.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1535618457 Kasi Klimstra

      Or two.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1718831801 Sharon Thomas

    I think I might have cried but I do like Graham’s option of a glass of wine! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1518851710 Vanessa S Brown

    Well, at least they look old enough to help with the clean up in some way! Forget the wine, I believe a shot or 2 of Jack Daniels might be in order!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Katie-Walker-Armstrong/1001547876 Katie Walker Armstrong

    My kids have done that! Ugh i’ve learned never to keep that much flour at one time in the house, it lingers forever. they “antiqued” your house =) 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=522918449 Christine Anderson Horn

    I would have survived, but my husband would have blown an aneurysm.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1684120693 Christopher Steininger

    How does one have enough flour to make an impromptu indoor beach to begin with?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000048858767 Bryan Pinkey

    WE HAVE A WINNER !!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/LindaSneddon Linda Sneddon

    might as well make playdoh out of the rest! would that be considered rewarding bad behavior?

  • http://www.facebook.com/oopooz Jenilee Blonigen

    oh.   my…   GOD…. I’d give up on the day and go back to bed…lol, they can eat flour the rest of the day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1535618457 Kasi Klimstra

    Just move.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1215186769 MaryBeth Anderson Herrera

      I’m laughing so hard right now, I have tears…. but my kids are 18 and 21, I already went through this kind of stuff

  • http://www.facebook.com/devon.m.stewart Devon M Stewart

    That’s got to be one of the most horrific things I’ve ever seen… I would have been the one with the aneurysm…

  • Anonymous

    Oh.My.Gosh.  I’m so glad you showered first.  Seeing this terrifies me as I am currently baking boy number 2 in my belly.  I cant imagine what it will be like when two boys are in the house.

  • Anonymous

    Oh.My.Gosh.  Seeing this terrifies me as I am currently baking boy number 2 in my belly.  I cant even imagine what horrors await me with two little boys in the house.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diane-Hadfield/1829293106 Diane Hadfield

    my jaw has dropped and seems unable to re-close!

  • Anonymous

    You win. My parents would have killed us if we had done anything like this. I’d have the scars on my body.

  • Anonymous

    OMG. You win.  My parents would have killed us if we had done anything like that. I would have scars on my body.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Taliesyn-Jax-Wycoff-Flaherty/100002006929722 Taliesyn Jax-Wycoff Flaherty

    WOW!  I’m glad you captured this w/ your camera. Bless your heart.  Kudos for making your own Playdough.  It’s like buying atoy & then the kid playing with the bag or box.  Could have just saved some time & got them one of those turtle shaped “flour boxes” lol. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1661596836 Jamie Wright

    I feel your pain! I have yet to be able to take a shower without paying for it. Three boys is just about three too many sometimes! Bless your heart! I admire your patience. I would have packed up and started over. LOL.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542661316 Kimberly McArthur

    Oh my F*ck!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1287603289 Marissa Sladek

    You win!  My 5 year old got into a small can of flour when he was a toddler.  His twin brother used to play in his shit like it was playdough.  That was fun to clean up with morning sickness and again when I had a newborn.  We also had our twins get into the fridge and painted my couch in ketchup and finger painted the fridge, dishwasher, and stove.  My mother-in-law and I were doing laundry while they were supposed to be napping.  My 3 year old ripped the door off of our fridge in a temper tantrum.  That was the worst for us.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1599172517 Ellen Jane Botelho

    Nevermind the wine.  Go get a bottle of Tanqueray, and a 2 liter bottle of tonic water, and about 6 limes.  Never ever leave them to take a shower.  Get a neighbor over, a guard dog…anything.  They cannot be trusted.  Dear Lord, what kind of shit are they going to pull on you when they’re teenagers with cars? They are way too intelligent for their own good!  Yeah, God has a twisted sense of humor…that’s why He invented boys.  I have one, too…been there, done that!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1587499399 Erin Ruggeri

    I did this once as a kid…..once. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tania-lee-Tomlinson-Goodheart/890820075 Tania-lee Tomlinson Goodheart

    Sadly This is not the worst thing I have ever seen! Replace the flour in the equation with poop and it is closer to the horror 🙂

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=604508739 Traci Sherrill

    AAAACK!  A Celiac’s worst nightmare!

  • http://www.catalinacalderon.com/ Catalina Calderon

    oh my goodies … i would call 911!

  • http://feministchristian.blogspot.com/ Luna

    Yup, this is why I sometimes don’t shower for 6 days in a row. My sympathy!

  • Amy Stitle Frink

    Holy moly why would you have 22 pounds of flour in your house at one time and AFTER making home made play dough.  That has to be an even bigger supply than costco sells! LOL  I would have frozen in a shock.  Where to even start.  How to tackle?  I wouldn’t want to suck it up.  That would be the end of any vacuum.  Just wow

  • Em

    I laughed so hard you almost made me wet myself.  lol. I’m soooo sorry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BirthRoutes Amber Morrisey

    That is simply amazing. And, you took photos before cleaning it up. 

    I’m so sorry. You’ll be slipping on bits of flour for years. 

  • http://twitter.com/isalwayssick Jen is Always Sick

    OMG -my mouth is hanging open and my eyes are bugging out of my head.  That is a serious friggin mess!!

  • meg

    I would bury their little asses in that flour. No excuses. Oh. My. God.

  • Kelli J

    I think we all need to know why you have THAT much flour in the house! Haha.

  • Cynthia L Caillagh-Allen

    Yup, the exceptional experience that is boys.  You did very well with it, all things considered.  I had 4 boys decide to bring in that sort of pile of…mud….on mother’s day some 24 years ago.  My first instinct was murder, my reaction was to take a book upstairs and remind them to shovel the crap out the back door when they were done.  My husband came upstairs several times that day to ask me to come supervise the cleanup…I didn’t come down until I got called away to a birth.  Yup, I think you did great.

  • Karry MacDonald

    A tremendous amount of flour, but they look like they are having so much fun!  You know you are already laughing about this, and the time and energy to clean it up is just a memory.  Those boys are creative, and yes, you will never have a dull childhood moment with them.  My beginner child, also a boy, at the age of 8, decided to see how the fire extinguisher in the kitchen worked while I was working in the yard.  Now, an 8-year old should not be continually monitored right?  I had that powder grit in every drawer, cabinet, and my bed!  He couldn’t figure out how to turn it off and shoved it under my sheets until it stopped.  I didn’t find this out until I went to bed, very tired from helping him clean up the mess, and after our “little talk”.  I’m still grinning about that when I think back to those years.

  • Anonymous

    That is a tremendous amount of flour, but look at how much fun they are having!  Yes, a glass of wine is necessary, along with several deep breathing exercises.  These boys are creative and will never complain about being bored.  My beginner child, also a boy, decided to see how the kitchen fire distinguisher worked.  I was working in the yard, and he, being 8 years old, didn’t need supervision in the house (or at least I didn’t think so).  When I came in to wash up, there was grit on the floor and in every drawer and cabinet that wasn’t completely closed.  It’s when I finally went to bed that night after we cleaned it up, and had a “little talk” that I discovered my bed was full of grit too!  He told me he didn’t know how to turn it off so he shoved it under my covers until “it was over”.  This child was never bored!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=696927664 Jennifer Lutz

      If there had been pictures of this, definitely would have been a good candidate for this site. I am just picturing your son freaking out with the fire extinguisher that won’t stop. Makes me have a little laugh at his expense – it’s like the punishment was already given.

  • Anonymous

    Save that mountain of flour for playdoh. Have the kids scrape it up, put it in a container, and mix it when they want some. And play with it only outside.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrea-Michaud/100000904944308 Andrea Michaud

    Damn o_o The only thing that may be worse is when I was a toddler and dumped an entire bottle of vegetable oil on the kitchen floor. My mom said it took about two bottles of dish detergent to clean up.

  • Ann Hooker

    I cannot help myself. I have to occasionally drop by and visit to see what silly parents are up to. Because in all reality, the parents are (generally speaking) to blame for the utter disasters their offspring bring on them. If these brats knew that they would be in for it by doing something as ridiculous as spreading pounds and pounds of flour around, they would probably not do it. You can all come on and bring your objections to my statements, but from one who brought up two boys myself, this type of destructive behavior just never happened in my household. I know kids will be kids, but the nonsense presented on this website is probably preventable, (in many cases). Lipstick smeared on little girl’s faces, pasta thrown on walls, etc…, sure this happens, but 22 pounds of flour, broken laptops, cell phones, etc,,, ugggggggggg, There are no words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheLisaRosa Lisa Hambleton Hillard

    I would have used a vacuum. That said…those boys are having so much fun! They will remember this forever; and mom will too. This is one of those things that you’ll laugh about some day. Messes can be cleaned up but this is something you and those boys will look back on and treasure as a memory for the rest of their lives and yours.

  • Jen

    Is no one going to ask where the hell (or why) you have that much flour stored in the house?? lmao. 😛

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jared-Salmond/747120359 Jared Salmond

    Maybe it’s inappropriate of me to ask, but where the hell was this mother for as long as it took 22 POUNDS OF FLOUR to be dumped ALL THE F**K OVER THE KITCHEN HOUSE?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/christischiesshill Christi Schiess Hill

     Maybe it’s inappropriate of me to ask but WHY THE HELL would someone leave 3 BOYS unattended (for what appears to be MORE than 5 minutes) so that 22 POUNDS OF FLOUR could be dumped all over the house/kitchen?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dearly-Intentions/100000459082644 Dearly Intentions

    holy flour