There’s this section of our backyard where the previous owners once had a large vegetable garden. JB would like to build a shop there someday, but for now it’s pretty much just a barren stretch of dirt and unwatered grass. For the last few days, Riley’s been talking about digging a “well” out there, and I’ve waved my hand in the universal Mom-language of Sure, okay, dig whatever you want, just don’t pester me right now. I’ve seen him working away with a narrow shovel, and I figured there would eventually be a small hole or two to deal with at some point. How much digging can an almost-eight-year-old really do, after all?

As it turns out:

Wait for it ....


72 Responses to “What could possibly go wrong?”

  1. Niki on August 27th, 2013 7:46 pm

    That is fucking awesome.

  2. Mary on August 27th, 2013 7:51 pm

    I’m dying! That is awesome.

  3. Erin Baebler on August 27th, 2013 7:51 pm

    That kind of persistence cannot be taught!

  4. melanie on August 27th, 2013 7:59 pm

    lol sounds about right… I let my kids “dig for dinosaur bones” and they uncovered an underground cable line, scared me to death so no more digging but kids sure do love to dig!

  5. H on August 27th, 2013 8:00 pm

    That is HILARIOUS!

  6. Liz on August 27th, 2013 8:06 pm

    Oh no, Baby Jessica!

  7. Brenna on August 27th, 2013 8:27 pm

    He planted a Dylan tree!

  8. wendy wisniewski on August 27th, 2013 8:48 pm


  9. Sarah on August 27th, 2013 9:20 pm

    That is the most awesome picture EVER. For a variety of reasons. The crossed legs, the hand on the hip, the solid grip in the shovel, the SMILES on both of the boys, the “head only” view. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My only hope is that he slept well afterwards??

  10. nonsoccermom on August 27th, 2013 9:23 pm

    Hee! Dude wasn’t kidding around.

  11. JB on August 27th, 2013 11:39 pm

    Oh holy cow! I am seriously claustrophobic and that photo gave me the sweats.

    Get him out! Get him out! Get him out! He’s being BURIED ALIIIIIIIVE!!

  12. Claire on August 28th, 2013 4:27 am

    That was the best scroll-down photo I’ve seen in ages. I laughed big time!

  13. Emma on August 28th, 2013 4:47 am

    They both look so proud!!

  14. Cristi on August 28th, 2013 5:06 am

    So. Stinking. Funny! My son surprises me every single time I turn around.

    We found a minor hole had been dug near our home’s foundation last week, most likely by the neighbor’s lab, and we had our 7 year old out there with us filling it with dirt. When we had finished and were congratulating him on a job well done he followed it up with, “Man, those GD moles sure can make a mess.” Just out of the blue. Not based upon anything we had said. It was probably the most hilarious thing I’ve ever heard.

  15. Michelle on August 28th, 2013 5:29 am

    That is straight up hilarious! Thanks for the early morning giggle!

  16. Lori on August 28th, 2013 5:41 am

    I love this so much.

  17. holley on August 28th, 2013 6:26 am

    I have two boys 17 months a part so I love your blog and I GET IT! I laughed so hard!!! This was one of the best things of I have read in a long time.

  18. Corey on August 28th, 2013 6:31 am

    Holy shit. :-) This picture is gold. How proud is he?!?

  19. Laurelie on August 28th, 2013 6:41 am

    HAHA! That is fantastic. Also, he totally has the perfect accomplishment smile on his face!

  20. Susan on August 28th, 2013 7:04 am

    Creepiest scrolldown pic, ever. Ha!

  21. Christine on August 28th, 2013 7:13 am

    Hahahaha. Well, I guess if JB doesn’t set up a shop there by next spring, you can always send out Riley with some seeds and a tiller.

    Best picture!

  22. Amanda Brown on August 28th, 2013 7:28 am

    Best scroll-down yet! Hahaha!

  23. Courtney on August 28th, 2013 7:49 am

    This is great!

  24. Laura on August 28th, 2013 7:58 am

    That picture made my morning (says mom of two boys)! I’m still laughing.

  25. Judy on August 28th, 2013 8:45 am

    I laughed and laughed. Couldn’t see Dylan until I scrolled down. Riley’s a great well digger!

  26. K on August 28th, 2013 8:48 am

    I totally laughed like Muttley when seeing that.

  27. ememby on August 28th, 2013 9:13 am

    Pure awesome – the best was in my feed reader I was just reading along and thinking how nice, Riley looks so proud to have a shovel and then I scrolled down to the hole. Cue: snorty laugh.

  28. dorrie on August 28th, 2013 9:55 am

    This is PRICELESS

  29. Jane K. on August 28th, 2013 9:56 am

    He looks so proud of himself – - that is really awesome!! How cute are your babies!!!?!?!?

  30. Christine S. on August 28th, 2013 10:11 am

    That.was.awesome!! Totally not expecting that large of a hole!

  31. Allison on August 28th, 2013 10:12 am

    ok that is HILARIOUS. Hands down the best thing I’ve seen all summer. I love it!

  32. Christine on August 28th, 2013 10:27 am

    Scrolldown genius.

  33. mona on August 28th, 2013 10:38 am

    Walt should hire them to dig in the desert and bury those money barrels. I bet they would love it!

  34. Mel on August 28th, 2013 11:10 am

    LOOK how proud Riley is of himself! ;)

  35. Jennifer on August 28th, 2013 11:40 am

    Haa! Love their expressions.

  36. Em on August 28th, 2013 11:45 am

    That made my day. So awesome!

  37. Donna on August 28th, 2013 11:46 am

    I need a tree dug up lol is Riley available? Also let him keep going he can make it into a storm shelter!

  38. Donna and Al on August 28th, 2013 11:54 am

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

  39. Melissa on August 28th, 2013 12:32 pm

    A former employer built a snow fort as child. It was so large the city came over and said they if they didnt demo it they would need a permit/inspection.

  40. Amy N on August 28th, 2013 2:15 pm


  41. Cindy on August 28th, 2013 3:12 pm

    Reminds me of that cave/lair discussion regarding cat. Very awesome.

  42. Angella on August 28th, 2013 3:19 pm


  43. KateB on August 28th, 2013 3:36 pm

    on my feedly page, I only saw Dylan at first. Then, I scrolled down and about lost my Fresca all over the screen. I loved this picture!!!

  44. NancyB on August 28th, 2013 4:50 pm

    Hysterical! Digging straight down to China!

  45. Becky on August 28th, 2013 6:24 pm


  46. laziza on August 29th, 2013 9:07 am

    God, the PRIDE. Love it.

  47. Lisa S. on August 29th, 2013 10:37 am

    I think what I enjoy the most is that Riley now wears a watch, so I like to imagine he’s all, “DYLAN! Ten more minutes in the hole!”

  48. Ashley on August 29th, 2013 11:02 am

    Knowing you have two boys… I half expected the scroll down… but once it actually sat there in front of me on the screen… that was awesome… LOVE IT!

  49. Jen on August 29th, 2013 3:19 pm

    I can’t stop giggling…..

  50. Rachel on August 29th, 2013 4:03 pm


    Please tell me this photo is being mounted and framed. That’s mantle worthy right there.

    (hysterical laughter aside, you gave them the cave-in-of-death talk, yeah?)

  51. Lesley T. on August 29th, 2013 6:47 pm

    Riley, you rule!

  52. Frema on August 29th, 2013 7:38 pm

    I’m having flashbacks to the Shawshank Redemption and Andy Dufresne digging his way out of prison via rock hammer. Not exactly parallel, but close enough. :)

  53. Melissa A on August 30th, 2013 5:43 am

    Somehow they can’t put their dishes in the dishwasher but can dig a 3 foot hole… It boggles the mind.

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    Best. Scrolldown. Evahhhhhhhh.

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    Truly awesome post! The words are great, but the photo -especially with the scroll down – is priceless!!

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    So awesome!

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    Oh man. HI-larious!

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    OMG I had this saved in my inbox and was just catching up on blogs and FUCKING GREAT this is the only reason I have ever seen to really, really, really make me want to have a second child. The best picture of the year hands down.

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    Oh man, that gave me a Calvin & Hobbs comic flashback!

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