I have been off from work for 15 days.

That is it.  Just over two weeks.

Two weeks. At home. With Eddie.

Somewhere around Day 3, I remembered how horrible I am at being a stay at home mom.

It’s not that I don’t like spending time with Eddie or staying in my jammies all day, it’s that I am not good at “playing.”

On my days off, I still have the goals and mentality of being at work:  that I am going to do a million things and accomplish organization and all these other great projects.

And then Eddie is all into whatever I am doing and begging me to “pay, mommy…pay wif meeeeeee.  wif eddieeeee.”

And like a horrible great mom I try to bribe him with TV or other “on your own” activities.

But no.

He wants to play.

Duh.  He’s a kid.

Most of what he wants to do involve me bending or chasing or rough housing.  None of which work anymore in my state of round.

So not only do I really have to figure out something we can do together, but something we can do together that is fun yet lazy for me.

Ok.  So let’s look at what we have to work with here, shall we?

This is the state of my living room on a super great, clean day:

ignore husband playing Words with Friends. He is not usually there during the week day.

The most comfortable thing for me is to plant my pregnant booty on the couch for comfort and leverage for standing.

We also have these that Eddie found at the bottom of his toy box:

they look innocent and sweet, don't they?

Ok.  Let’s review.

I have a couch.

A pair of sheep:

And a toddler who has been begging to play ALL MORNING:

also looks pretty not be fooled.

The clear choice here is to set up a war zone, right?

man, this photo makes me look slim.

In all his innocence..aka good listening for once…Eddie had no idea what I had in mind since “we don’t throw toys in the house.”

So he was quite astounded when I did this:

those sheep? hit him right in the face. oh yes I did.

After getting over the fact that his mom just beaned him in the kisser with two stuffed sheep, he fell over in a giggle fit and yelled, “AGAIN!”

So we did it again.

And out of his excitement, he started tossing them back trying to yell SHEEP BOMB each time too…but in his frenzy of joy in the new game, it came out PEEP POMB!

And so, Peep Pomb was born in Sluiter Nation. And it was good.


To be honest, I am still not sure Cort is entirely pleased with this new game we have created.

In fact, I kind of get the hairy eyeball every time Eddie giggles and asks me, “Peep Pomb, mommy?”


This ish if fun, yo.


And you know you want to try it.

Or not since your house probably has rules and you follow them because you don’t go all crazy lady when left alone with your child for a few days.

But if you DO wanna try?

it's a powerful weapon, the peep pomb


Eddie is willing to share his peep.

As long as you don’t mind the delivery being to YOUR FACE!


About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. TheNextMartha says

    Oh, we peep bomb too. Except it comes out of our butts. Probably different.


    Felix would be ALL OVER this game.

  3. Totally fabulous!

    And as for the two weeks of staying home? I so hear you on that. I’m losing my marbles a little bit. So we might be doing a “peep bomb” game tomorrow for our last day of staying home…

  4. Eddieeeee! Pay peep bomb with meee!

  5. Awww yeah!

    We ‘peep bomb’ too.

    Fun isn’t it?

  6. We’ve always thrown things in the house – in fact, got the neighbor kid in trouble last night because he wanted to throw a nerf football like my kids were; oops. The only bad thing is that now that my kids are older, they throw harder. On the other hand, they are more apt to do things on their own… 🙂

  7. Oh you so need to get Eddie a stuffed Angry Bird and a Pig. Hours of fun I tell you. We set up a “scene” and Chase has to smash down the pig. It’s hilarious.
    Love the scetches.

  8. Sheep bombs would make a great app game.

  9. I want to be Peep Bombed!! We pillow fight at our house – all out wars.

    And your pictures? SO CUTE!!

  10. Cute pics. Us SAHMs have to be creative.

  11. i feel your pain, louise was home from daycare for a week and even though i went to work for a few hours every day i was reminded of how sucky i am at being a stay at home mom, i am so NOT creative with the play and we also watch tv (i believe louise and eddie share a love for bob bob?). that living room looks about what it would look like after louise was in it for about 30 seconds, after an hour every toy she owns would be open and flung somewhere on the couch, floor or hearth (probably even over the baby gate and into the kitchen).

  12. i kinda lost my mind trying to entertain Solo this break, too. but, it is fun trying to be a kid again. it’s quite simple the things that get them excited!

  13. Okay, I have to admit, that looks like serious fun.
    When I was pregnant with Matthew and oh-so-sick, I used to lay on the couch and “play” ball with Katie.
    Okay, fine, some people might call it playing fetch.
    She loved it and if I didn’t move too much, I didn’t throw up. Win/win.

  14. Peep Bomb = Awesome

    Plus, bound to be safer than my kids “Let’s get Mommy” game that I love/hate at the same time. At some point the 10 yr old needs to understand he’s out grown this game.

    That is all.