Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Our longest running stroke of genius

On my other blog, I recently wrote a post including a ton of pictures of what our house looks like on the inside. One thing I did not mention is something special about this doorway, one of two that separate the living room from the playroom:

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There is a pocket door hidden in the wall. The other doorway leading to the playroom has french doors, which we took down as soon as the boys could walk to prevent pinched fingers and slammed doors. When the boys were crawling, we could shut off the entire living room and keep them safely contained.

We have never ever showed the boys the pocket door. To this day, they have no idea it exists. Jon and I believe this to be one of our greatest parenting triumphs. There's essentially no way to kidproof a pocket door so our only defense is ignorance. Once it is discovered, we are sure it will be an endless game of open and close and open and close. I know this because we had pocket doors growing up and even in high school, it was fun to open and close them for no reason.

I am fully expecting this December will be when it is discovered because our tree is in that corner. The boys spend a lot of time playing with ornaments and presents under the tree. It is inevitable one of them will notice there is something inside the wall. But making it over 3.5 years without them noticing is a pretty awesome streak. What about you guys? Anything "secret" from your kids?

13 comments:

Joanna said...

Were is all of your crap? These pictures look like staged shots for a pottery barn catalog (Which is sweet!). Where are your book piles and magazine piles and random junk that has no home?

Oh wait, you reduce, reuse and recycle. My bad.

We have tried to "hide" things that we don't want Michael to discover, but I can't think of even one that has worked. Which would explain why all of my bathroom cleaning supplies are in a sealed tub on the very top shelf of the linen closet.

Lesley Barr Photography said...

That is so funny that they don't know it is there!! I want my house to be as clean as yours!

Mommy, Esq. said...

Ned would have found it in a second, tried to get it open, given up after 2 mins and moved on. Penny would still be there, trying to pull it out. I agree with Joanna, where is all your stuff?! I'm embarassed to show my house on my blog! Remember those home office photos?!

Lindsay said...

LOVE pocket doors! JTC is pretty much on a need to know basis for everything. It kills me when Bryan will tell him about plans several days out. First, he's just now grasping the concepts of days, and second, I never know when our plans will change. Argh.

Stacey said...

Very smart! We have one pocket door between our kitchen and mudroom and we NEVER use it. Mental note not to in Cameron's presence or we could be in for it!

Beth said...

I have a closet in the basement where I rotate toys. It was my little secret until last month, when William saw me open the closet. Doh! My other "hiding" place is William's closet in his bedroom. I've been putting the Amazon.com boxes in the top of his closet for a few weeks, and he has no idea. And most of it is toys for him! LOL.

Goddess in Progress said...

I'm very proud that my kids still do not know that there is a DVD player in our van, right above their little heads. Every now and then, someone suggests I keep a kids' DVD in the car. NOT A CHANCE. That thing is for long road trips, only, and we have yet to take a drive with the kids longer than an hour in our own car. So, thankfully, there are no demands for TV on the way to the grocery store.

Karen said...

I can't think of anything that we have successfully been able to "hide" here. If I don't want Michael to see it, I don't bring it in the house. He studies everything!

Steph said...

That is a good one! I can't think of anything secret from Cooper, he's pretty inquisitive and Ben being an engineer thinks he needs to show Cooper how every last detail of everything works. We lost the french doors when we moved from MA, miss the old house, but not the danger they posed. The most dangerous things are also the most attractive to him!

Cathy said...

That is awesome Laura! I am going to think on this, and hopefully blog something about this topic!

Love it!

nonlineargirl said...

I can't believe you'd tempt fate by writing about this! Now they are SURE to find the door.

I realize our days of hiding things by putting them up high are coming to an end. Ada is already 44 inches at 4yo, and she knows how to pull a chair over to get at high shelves. I guess we'll have to share our chocolate stash soon.

mames said...

you totally rock my world. 3.5 years???? it has to be a record somewhere. we have a pocket door on our hall bathroom and the boys slam it so hard it makes me cringe.

in other notes :: the pictures are looking awesome. really love the leaves and the one of them watching the christmas pup. happy holidays, lady. :)

Shawn said...

laundry shoot ... : )