The other morning while I was washing up the morning dishes, Little Sprout crashed around the main floor in full-tilt mode.*
All of a sudden my mommy sense tingled because it had gotten too quiet and I went to investigate. Here's what I found:
Oh, ha ha! He had gotten the brownies down from the counter without me knowing! AND he carried them just far enough out of the kitchen to be out of sight before settling in to enjoy his spoils.
The caveat is that the moments that were captured on film weren't as priceless as the one when I first entered the room.
Imagine this angelic, brownie-smeared face looking up at you as if to say, "What, mommy?"
Little Sprout had three brownies gripped together in two, barely big-enough hands. Rounding out the scene are my two half-beagles poised eagerly over the open brownie box like Snoopy vultures, just waiting for their chance to pounce. **
All of these photos were taken a few moments later, after the initial shock had worn off and I'd made a mad dash for the camera.
All it took for me to get these reenactment photos was to take the box away for a moment and hand it back asking, "What do you have there, little guy?" See how eager he is to show me his stash?
The time it took to grab the camera and start snapping was just long enough for this contented little bandit to put his fistful of chocolaty evidence back into the box and close the lid.
No evidence, no crime. Get it?
SO BEGINS THE TERRIBLE TWOS...
Can you believe he has been asking for brownies for breakfast every morning since? I really have my work cut out for me.
* Full-tilt mode is generally recognized as a talent unique to toddlers. However, I have met one or two grown men who can still pull it off.
** Yes, I do know that chocolate is bad for dogs. My opportunistic beagles (Very Bad Dogs) and I thank you for your concern.