Spotting Signs Of The Ever Elusive Teenager

If you have a teenager in your home (or you think you do) you know what I’m talking about….

After a long, hard day you clean the kitchen after dinner. The dishwasher is humming. The leftovers are safely tucked away in the refrigerator. The counters shine and the sink sparkles. Passing through the kitchen on your way to bed you smile and admire your handy work. And then, you wake up in the morning and you find this…

Or, after dropping your two youngest off at school and running errands all morning you come back to the house, hoping to enjoy a few minutes of peace before school is out and a whole new set of chores will be begging your attention. And you find this blocking your way…

And then, of course, there are the times when you find little notes like this one on your kitchen table…

Yep. That’s when you know you have a teenager in the house. And I wouldn’t want it any other way!

Meet my elusive teen! She’s my !!! for this week!

For more !!!Β visit Momalom or Bad Mommy Moments.


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22 responses to “Spotting Signs Of The Ever Elusive Teenager

  1. Or compliments out of the blue; doing things without being asked or told; making life easy for everyone else……….oh wait, I didn’t realize you were talking about teenagers. Forget what I just said.

  2. It’s like going on a wildlife safari! πŸ˜‰

    Mine is much less elusive and will probably “roar” at me today … it’s a dinosaur thing…

  3. ck

    You’re awesome, Jane. I started laughing as soon as I read the title.

    (PS: I’m late on my !!!, but will have it up tomorrow for linking.)

  4. Teenagers are such a delightful species! And they seriously do grow into people! My two are just out of their teens, and I can so relate to your tales of the elusiveness and the wonderful, effusive love!
    Sunshine xx

  5. You’ve been in my house. Clearly.

  6. Ah, the teenager is, indeed, a wily and elusive beast. We have one that invades us on weekends, and leaves similar signs.

    Yours is beautiful! πŸ™‚

  7. I wish mine were more elusive…sigh…

    At least your kid’s dishes make it to the kitchen, and dirty clothes to the laundry room…I go around collecting ours from the family room and other locales…


  8. I love the triple X’s and O’s.
    The Love, A with the smiley face and double exclamation points would have you reaching for your wallet…but the triple threat of the X and O. Well, that clinched it.

    (she’s beautiful btw. )

  9. infernalmemo

    Loved this post. That bit about the dirty dishes on the counter reminded me of a great ad we had about the house hippo a few years back:

  10. She should be a model…seriously. I love the note. Will xoxo get me $20?? πŸ˜‰

  11. Must I really take pictures of the trail that’s all over the house?

    It’s all I can do to navigate the droppings. And it’s midterms and SATs. I dare not open my mouth!

    Um, until Sunday, when both will be over…

  12. Oh the things I have to look forward to… Lovely pic of your daughter Jane.

  13. LOL. Love that note. You saving it right? πŸ™‚ She is so gorgeous!!!!

  14. What a pretty girl she is. πŸ™‚

  15. So like our home right now. Just love those big kiddos. And my irritation disappears when a big hug is given. I know they will be gone so soon. We are blessed right now for an sweet interlude with one son being home for a short season. He and his college aged brother are quite the pair. Add in preteens and we have a hopping place! Love it!!!
    Thanks for sharing some of the teen fun in your home!

  16. Oh, she’s beautiful! And, the sightings? Definitely, !!! worthy. I just tripped on some evidence of our elusive teenager myself.

  17. What a beautiful girl! I can totally relate. My 14 yo took care of his brothers last night and there are things strewn everywhere. But, they are also a joy.

  18. Your daughter is beautiful!
    I know they can be such !!! but the pay off is thoughtful conversation, making you laugh even when you don’t want to and being a long long way from the bane of my existence car seats, and strollers )

  19. I’ve learned that it’s about the same when they’re adults and come home to visit. Except they don’t ask for money, but the mysterious late-night-kitchen-invasions and dirty clothes all over the bedrooms. Or on the washer “just in case you’ve got something you want to wash, Mom”. Yep. But they hug and they smile, and they takes care of it all!

  20. I guess we’ve all been there. It wasn’t until I started to live by myself that I truly realised how much my Mum had done for me. I mean, she would remind me that she was nothing more than a slave – and sometimes even roll off a list of things she did – and all of that before going to work every morning and then evening too!

    Supermom springs to mind – for my Mum and for all mums out there!

  21. Wow! Congrats on capturing the elusive teen in a rare photo. She is adorable and should let mom take her pic more often. πŸ™‚

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