Why Crayons and Summer Don’t Mix

I knew there had to be a bump in the road. I knew that things were just going too well.

We moved. We’re finally just about finished with the first stage of unpacking.

This is the stage where many boxes have been unpacked, pictures have been hung, and it’s starting to feel like a real house now. But pay no mind to that entire room in the basement full of stuff that doesn’t yet have a home and I’m not quite sure if any of it ever will. Stage one: complete.

And the blogging life is good. I’ve met some DC and Baltimore bloggers, attended a few events, and even done some conference meetups. I’m also in the process of a blog redesign by my own hands. (Because I’m too cheap to pay anyone else).

Things are going good, right?

Don’t forget I also got a new car. A 2012 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid, to be exact. And have I mentioned I love this car? It might have something to do with the Cypress Pearl exterior (okay, fine, call it green) and the plush tan interior. And it has a LOT to do with the 40 mpg I’ve been averaging. And it’s really fun to drive.

So fun, in fact, it’s become our family outing car. It’s what we consider to be the “nicer” car. So we take it out for day trips (of which we had two last week). As part of our Staycation, we becoming tourists in our own town. We drove to downtown Baltimore and spent time admiring all the sights at the National Aquarium.

Then we braved DC the day after the 4th of July. We drove to the Metro station and went down to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. We loved it. It was a long day. We were hot. We were hungry.

After returning to the respite of our vehicle, we found a little Mexican joint in the town of Clarksville.

Side note: I cannot say the name of that town without hearing “Last Train to Clarksville” in my head. And if you are under the age of 40, just google that so you’ll get the reference.

We were all a little cranky. As I had mentioned, we were hot, hungry, and a bit tired. That’s the trifecta of crankiness for me. And apparently for Evan too. But he still gets a thrill at restaurants that have kids menus and crayons. But as usual, he had me remove his menu/placement before his food arrived so we wouldn’t mess it up. He planned to take it home with him.

Why did I let him do that? I know that the cheap crayons will quickly end up in the trash. The menu will also end up in the trash a few days later when I realize he’s forgotten all about it. SO WHY DID I LET HIM TAKE THAT IN MY PRECIOUS NEW CAR?

I think you already know where I’m going with this.

It was hot. He left the crayons in the car. And because it was so hot, we didn’t venture out until the next evening. And that’s when I saw it…



Crayons will melt and I don’t just mean melt. I mean, LIQUEFY.

My cupholder in the back seat has now been permanently stained with crayon wax. I’m trying, though. I’m trying the Magic Eraser and Barkeeper’s Friend and maybe even the dishwasher.

But my new car has been tainted.

I’ve come up with a few explanations that make me feel better about it:

1. It’s simply a hands-on lesson in science for my son.

2. I had a run of good luck and all good things must come to an end.

or the most logical explanation

3. God is punishing me for eating one too many Mexican meals when I know it’s loaded in fat, carbs, and sodium.

In the end, I have to look on the bright side. Yes, there’s always a bright side. 

The crayons were completely contained in this plastic cupholder. COMPLETELY. And when all else fails, I know I’ll be able to call the Toyota Parts department and get a new one.

Disclosure: I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of the Toyota.

  • http://twitter.com/GrnEydCntryGirl Anna Hettick

    Oh man! That really stinks!! Hope you can get it out without tooo much trouble. =)

    • FadraN

      Hopefully, I can just order a part if it doesn’t come out. Thank GOD it’s a replaceable part!

  • http://mama-of-all-trades.blogspot.com Ashley @ Mama of All Trades

    The first stain in a new car is always the worst! Here’s hoping that’s the last disaster you’ll have in there for a very long time! 

    • FadraN

      And at least it was on the plastic. I would have cried if it was the seats!

  • Maddie6

    Hell girl.. buck up.. my kid threw up the first day in my new Mercedes!… 

    • FadraN

      WHA??!?? I still say we should coat our children in plastic before putting them near anything valuable.

  • http://twitter.com/juliedutch Julie

    Oh my goodness NO!  I’ve always liked the excuse “It gives it some character”. Good luck getting it out. 

    • FadraN

      The only character it has now is stained blue cupholder character. Which, at least temporarily, can be stowed away in the armrest!

  • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

    Oh no! Can you Shop Vac the liquid parts? 

    • FadraN

      I actually removed the plastic part and got the liquid crayons out of the cupholder. Now I just need to figure out how to un-crayon the plastic. Or just buy a replacement part.

  • Maria Guido

    Wow!  I had no idea crayons would do that.  I knew they might melt a little, but liquefy?  No way.

    • FadraN

      To be fair, these were NOT Crayola crayons. I’m not sure if the higher quality ones would have done the same thing. I suspect not but I don’t recommend leaving ANY crayons in the car in the summer.

  • http://twitter.com/MommaBeThyName Stephanie Bernaba

    My husband fell backwards putting my daughter in her carseat in the back row of our van, and ripped the leather pocket right off the seat to break his fall. Not crayons, but I know how you feel.

    • FadraN

      Ooh. That’s might be worse. Can’t easily reupholster a car seat pocket!

  • http://misadventuresofmrsb.com/ Mrs. Jen B

    Oh no! What a heartbreaker! But like you said, it could have been MUCH worse.  I was cringing just imagining what could have happened…I hope you manage to clear it all up!

    • FadraN

      Oh me too! The what ifs… My seats are beautiful. And not yet scotchguarded. It’s on my To Do list today!!

  • http://confessionsofavi3tbabe.com Vivian

    Poor cup holders didn’t even stand a chance!

    • FadraN

      If it wasn’t my brand new car, I might have even been fascinated by it!

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  • http://www.hugskissesandsnot.com/ Stephanie

    What about this to get it out…place cup hold upside down on a rimmed baking sheet lined w/ parchment paper. Place in 150 degree oven.  Maybe the wax will melt again and run out. Then you can wipe up the wet wax? 

    • FadraN

      I have 2 options I’m going to try and if they don’t work, I’ll try your idea too!

  • Elena

    I adore the logical explanation….and yikes! (also, you are my hero for braving the dc heat and crowds for the 4th!)

    • FadraN

      To be fair, it was the 5th but it was still jam packed!!

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