Wednesday, September 2, 2009

He Did What?!

It's taken me 3 days to be able to post this... 2 days to think it was funny and 1 day to procrastinate.

Sunday was Stake Conference in our new stake. Our ward was assigned the 9am session so Seth left an hour early to get us seats in the chapel (we hoped). Colton does so much better when we're sitting in pews; he's more contained. Unfortunately there were no more seats (even at 8:00) so we were sitting in the first overflow area - 2 rows behind the big aisle.

About 30 min or so into the conference Colton slipped between the chairs in front of us and stood in the aisle way of the chapel. I got up to get him and instead of just going out the side door he ran all the way across the back part of the chapel. At that point he could see me coming so he took off down the side aisle, headed straight for the stand. Of course I'm still in the back (feeling mortified) and I realized that if he saw me coming he would probably keep going - So I hid behind the entrance-way and peeked around the corner just in time to see him running across the front aisle (in front of the speaker). He turned the corner to come back up the aisle (towards where we were sitting) and about half-way up I came out from my hiding place to snatch him up. He took one look at me and raced back towards the stand and to my SHOCK and HORROR ran up onto the stage/stand. There was a youth choir sitting up there and he managed to get a few rows into the choir loft. He found a pretty young girl and then sat on her lap!

I had no choice but to walk up onto the stand and get him down. As I was walking up all I could think was "Don't trip!" My face was about as red as it could get. Oh and the speaker (during this whole time) was speaking about teaching our families in our homes i.e. family home evening, family scripture time etc... I had to sit on the stand, next to the speakers, in order to get close enough to him and the young woman had to carry him over a few rows to hand him to me.

Needless to say we walked straight out the side door and if I had had my keys with me we probably would have kept walking all the way to the car. I was so mad I couldn't speak and I'm sure Colton could sense it so he just looked up at me and said, "Sorry mommy." I'm sure that nothing I said sank in and if given the chance he'd do it again.

All I could think was Queen Creek North Stake, meet Colton Traeger! You'll get to know him pretty well while we're living here and yes things like this seem to happen a lot when Colton is around.

Well, the rest of conference was pretty smooth. The Stake President got up to give the final talk and much to my dismay spoke about "the little boy and his mother who had to get him down from the stage..." I can't remember much after that - I was hoping that no one knew who we were or where we were sitting. He did mention though that he was the same way as a child except for that his clothes probably had grass stains on it from wrestling in the grass after church. He thanked all the parents for bringing their children :)

In case you're wondering Colton was not harmed after church, but only because another speaker asked us to "leave conference better than we came!"

15 comments:

Bryan and Katie said...

HAhahaha!! Well the Glendale North Stake knows Colton well and loves him just as well!! (especially his former nursery leaders!)and the Queen Creek stake is lucky to have you guys : )
SOooo funny!!

jamirclark said...

I absolutly LOVE you Stake president! (He used to be part of our Stake Presidency before we were split into 5 different stakes!) I think it is hilarious though. (sorry for laughing at your expense!)He'll learn, or he'll turn into president McClure- one or the other!

Rachel Hanchett said...

Awesome! I love it!

Jen said...

oh my goodness! you are an awesome mom!! i might have been tempted to leave him up there and walk out. no really though you are fantastic, i would have sat back down and made eliott go get him! oh the joys!!

Kathleen said...

Becky, this is Kathleen. I need to email Cheryl and get your email address! President McClure is our uncle, and he truly was an adventure-loving little boy. But his sister (our mom) was probably even more daring than he and probably got into more trouble! His mother (our grandmother) had to use a variety of punishments for each child's disobedience and capricious ways. Although she passed away over 3 years ago, I still remember President McClure's mother (or maybe it was my own mother) telling me that each of her 6 children needed a different approach to parenting. But one thing that my mom and uncle Alyn still have in common is their patience and understanding. So I'm sure he truly meant it when he thanked all the parents for bringing their children. I'm glad you survived this experience and that you can see some humor in it now that some time has passed. I, too, would be mortified in the moment! Colton sure knows what he wants and is great at pursuing his interests, isn't he? That is one of his multiple strengths and talents that he will be able to hone over the years.

The Fife Family said...

Oh the gift of humiliation our kids give to us. I would have been m.o.r.t.i.f.i.e.d!!! :)

AudyCamp said...

Too funny...of course because it wasn't my child...I've had a brother & a son both do that to me before!..and it WAS humiliating..although I don't think either of them sat on some random girls lap...what a crack up.

Wendy said...

Ah Colton! He is lucky to have such a patient and loving mom!

Amy said...

All I can do is LAUGH. We have done this MANY times. HE would get along great with my boys.

Nick and Maddy Winward said...

That is tooooooo funny! Colton cracks me up!

james n mary said...

what drama!

Erin Wittwer said...

Oh my gosh. Yep, I think jackson and colton would get along great together! he runs away from me so fast and then when he sees me coming he takes off even faster. Just think, they will all grow out of it one day and when that day comes, they will be doing something else to get us peeved.
Oh kids...

Darci said...

That is hilarious! Great story telling too Cuz! I can picture it perfectly! How precious is your Colton?! And he has fantastic parents...it's wonderful that you have a sense of humor about that! I mean, really, what else are you going to do? Getting mad is a waste of time and laughing burns calories! Love you!

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