Playing Re-Shuffle with my 3 year old

If there is one thing that never fails to surprise me, it’s the creativity and imagination that kids show. I’m very guilty for not always giving my kids (and kids in general) enough credit for how smart they are. I’m constantly being reminded that innocence and age do not equate to being less clever than dear old Mama.

My only hope is that I have a few years before my kids discover this.

Over the last couple of weeks, my hubby and I were noticing little things being moved around in our bedroom at night when we’d go to bed. Being the incredibly smart and observant people that we are, we quickly pointed the finger at each other. I actually think it was a few days before we even brought it up with each other. I just figured hubby was moving my magazines out of the way and decluttering my nightstand for reasons that weren’t worth bringing up when all I wanted to do is fall facedown in bed and wake-up some 12-15 hours later.

When we finally figured out that it had to be our 3 year old doing this (the toddler is still crib-bound and hasn’t figured out how to jump ship…yet), he gleefully owned up to his brilliance and shared how he waits until we go downstairs after putting him to bed, then he sneaks into our room to reshuffle something around and sneaks back to his room.

And so the Sneakster was created.

Now, it’s quite possibly one of the funnest games we play every night. He eagerly awaits our trip down the stairs so he can run into our room and find something to change. Some days he’s still awake and waiting for us to find his latest creation, other days he’s already asleep and fesses up to what he did first thing the next morning. Either way, I think it’s one of the greatest games we’ve ever played. I’ll freely admit that I’m more excited to find what he’s moved than he likely is in moving our stuff around.

Here are some highlights from the Sneakster. For those that follow me on Instagram, you’ll see these images posted daily. Except when he’s moving around my underwear…

I really hope this phase lasts awhile :)

Gym Clothes (clean) removed from back and stacked on my night stand. Further investigating found my runners under the pile.
Gym Clothes (clean) removed from back and stacked on my night stand. Further investigating found my runners under the pile.
Empty laundry basket moved into the closet. How he didn't see his birthday and Christmas presents above him is a miracle.
Empty laundry basket moved into the closet. How he didn’t see his birthday and Christmas presents above him is a miracle.
Same basket removed from the closet and put beside our bed with hubby's slippers placed inside.
Same basket removed from the closet and put beside our bed with hubby’s slippers placed inside.
Gym bag relegated to the bathroom. Possibly from the stench emanating from within.
Gym bag relegated to the bathroom. Possibly from the stench emanating from within.
Pillow reshuffle (this after a massive temper tantrum got him sent to bed early. Clearly, the Sneakster doesn't stop for punishment).
Pillow reshuffle (this after a massive temper tantrum got him sent to bed early. Clearly, the Sneakster doesn’t stop for punishment).
Creating a nest in his room before going on a sleep over at Oma's house.
Creating a nest in his room before going on a sleep over at Oma’s house.
Dumping the clean laundry basket over. He must hold a strong opinion of my folding.
Dumping the clean laundry basket over. He must hold a strong opinion of my folding.
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Stephanie

Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

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