You wake up in the morning and something is not right. There’s a mess in your pantry with the flour tipped over. The refrigerator is hanging wide open with half its contents spilling out. Maybe your bookshelves have been destroyed. The potted plant is shattered on the floor. The tv is on and there’s popcorn everywhere. There’s mud on the walls.
You know that’s not how you left things last night when you went to bed, yet each morning there’s a giant mess somewhere. It wasn’t the dog. She was in your room all night. Your husband’s snoring assured you that he never got out of bed. So who keeps making these messes?
It was the dinosaurs. Every night during the month of November the dinosaurs come to life for mischief-making. Don’t believe me? Check out What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night and What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night: a Very Messy Adventure by Refe and Susan Tuma. The first book was published in 2014, and it was such a huge hit that they just released the follow-up children’s story.
The story behind Dinovember’s inception is perfect. It all started innocently enough with a few dinosaurs left next to the sink by exhausted parents. The next thing you know the dinosaurs are trashing the house on a nightly basis.
I love these books so much. The photography is stunning. Their creativity is on a level I’ve never seen before. And their commitment! How many people do you know that will spray paint dinosaur graffiti on their walls or cover their living room in mud?
I have the first book stashed away in a cabinet just for me. One of these days when my son is a little gentler with books, I’ll probably share it. But for right now, this one is MINE. Don’t worry, he already has the second one, and he loves it.
This year we are participating. The dinosaurs are wreaking plenty of havoc in our home. So far they have gotten into the Halloween candy, built a lego barn (and trapped the lego animals inside), terrorized Fishy, had a puzzle party, and destroyed the silverware drawer. That’s only five days worth of mess.
There’s much more to come. I’m sure the dinosaurs will probably get into the play-doh, have a movie marathon with popcorn, and enjoy a bubble bath (while simultaneously drowning the entire bathroom). I’m sure they might even tape an Elmo toy to the wall (Momma’s passive revenge for all those songs stuck in my head?), attempt to bake cookies (disaster coming!), and scatter diapers from one end of the house to the other (clean diapers, I hope).
It takes a lot of effort to get up early every morning and get the creative juices flowing before the coffee does. Sometimes I can remember to set things up the night before, but not always. And by set things up, I mean make sure the dinosaurs are tucked in tight inside their crate, obviously.
Every morning my son gets up and finds the new dinosaur mess. It’s priceless to watch his reaction. He stops in his tracks, takes in the scene, and says, “Whaaaaaat? What am I gonna do with you dinosaurs?” He was so excited about trick-or-treating for the first time this year. It made me a little nervous to let the dinosaurs get into his candy, but he took it like a champ and helped clean up the mess. He was so enthralled by what happened that he didn’t even mourn the loss of some of the candy.
We’re only five days in. I’ve got a list going of possible dinosaur activities, but I’m going to need some more. Any ideas? Let me know in the comments below! And are the dinosaurs wreaking havoc in your home, too?
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