Sunday, June 5, 2011

Good Cop/Bad Cop

"Modern Family" is one of the funniest shows on television right now. The show depicts our own family to perfection . . . teenage moments, sibling rivalry, marriage relationships . . . It helps me to laugh about our own struggles.

There is one episode called "Good Cop, Bad Dog" that is especially telling. The main theme running throughout this 25 minutes of hysterical laughter is about the different roles Claire and Phil have in leading their family. Claire, the mom, is always the disciplinarian or the "Bad Cop" while Phil, the dad, is always jumping in to save the kids from their tyrant mother.

After watching the show myself and deciding the episode was "kid friendly" I watched it again with Aaron and our 4 children, hoping Aaron would realize maybe he needs to be the "Bad Cop" more often! Everyone loved the show. After it was over, Ian looked at me and said, "Mom, you are the "Bad Cop" in our family and Dad is the "Good Cop". Just like the show!" Ding, ding, ding, ding!! All the kids and Aaron had a good laugh. Then, much to the children's chagrin, I said it was time for bed.

"Can't we watch another episode?" they asked.

"No!" I (the Bad Cop) replied.

Aaron looked hesitant. "Listen to your mother, Kids. Time for bed."

A couple of days after watching this show together, the kids got done with school for the year, and Aaron took off on a work trip to California. Grandma Joannie gave the kids summer passes to Seven Peaks, Trafalga in Orem, and Trafalga in Lehi for their b-days. Free fun everyday!

So, the Good Cop left town leaving the Bad Cop alone with the children. Hmmmm . . . Could the roles be reversed? Could this Bad Cop become a Good Cop? I think she can!!

Friday was our first full day of fun. Off to lunch and Trafalga in Orem:
Free coupons got us lunch at Jason's Deli.
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Here's the Good Cop with a 1/2 of a giant Baked Potato!

Next came the Go Karts! Everyone earned a nickname according to their driving skills:
Idiotic Ian (he tried to run everyone over!)

Nice Nyah (she went about 2 MPH)

Cool Cali (just kickin' back, taking the curves, no probem . . .)

CarSick Mom and Carson (we both felt like we were going to throw up. The GoKart worker got preoccupied and left us on the track for 10 minutes. Much too long!)

Next up . . . Glow in the Dark Mini Golf! I fell off a bench on the course and the kids got quite a chuckle!

Last event of the day . . . shopping at WalMart where Ian lost the smallest tooth in the history of mankind. When I told Ian the Tooth Fairy would only be bringing a nickel for a tooth that size, he promptly threw it in the trash!
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2nd Full Day of Fun
Off to Trafalga in Lehi for more excitement!
Rock Climbing (I took pictures of them with my cell phone and texted them to Aaron with this message: "Who's the Good Cop now?!"

Aaron promptly texted back: "I'm just going to let the kids play computer games and watch movies for 24 hours when I get home, and the Good Cop title will be mine again!"
It's just not right.


Reuben said...

Whichever one of you is "fashion cop" should talk to oldest daughter about the ironic hipster glasses. Next thing you know, she'll be dating a guy with skinny jeans, flannel, and an ironic mustache.

Inspiration Station said...

what's the link for that show?
I'd love to see it. It is my life too. I'm looking forward to summer break where hopefully I can earn some points for not being the mean mommy. Looks fun, you're on your way!

Peanut M&Ms said...

I love Modern Family too! Claire & Phil remind me a lot of myself & Matthew! (especially the time they both drive off & leave their son alone in the parking lot!) Of course, when I had him watch an episode, he was not impressed, and didn't see the similarities...oh well :)

Jen said...

If your house is as funny as Modern Family is then I totally want to come live with you! Even if you are the bad cop at least you are funny...that's more than I can say.