samson and his breakfast.

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sometimes samson wakes up terribly early and it’s still dark outside and everyone is asleep and i just don’t know what to do with him. it’s totally terrible, but sometimes i give him a little pre-breakfast snack and let him watch an episode of Dora on the computer while i try to close my eyes for twenty more minutes.

a few weeks ago, while the apartment was still quiet and asleep (and we thought mister samson was still sleeping, too), josh heard some noise in the kitchen and went in to see what was up.  i am SO glad he pulled out his phone to video tape this while quietly observing samson from the kitchen doorway.  sometimes i am quick to jump in and be all, “what’s going on? why are we doing this? we need to clean this up right now!” but josh let samson work this out on his own for a few minutes and i think it is just the sweetest.  i wish i could jump into this little guy’s head one of these days and see how everything works in there! it’s just facinating how much they observe and want to help and mimic everything the bigger adults do each day.  he really does love to help with everything we do, all day long, every day.  good thing too, since he makes a lot of messes! anyway, if you care to watch below, here’s samson working through the steps of cleaning up the spilled cereal on the floor to fix his mess all on his own while very carefully not wanting to step in it. ha!

  1. Alexandria Lockhart

    i just love how he figures it out and holds the dust pan and starts sweeping and actually gets some crumbs onto the pan! way to go! kids are the best :)

  2. Amanda B.

    I can’t. so so adorable.

  3. Oh gosh, this is beyond adorable! The way he delicately steps over the mess!

  4. Haha! My favorite part is how careful he is to not step on any of the cereal. Soo stinking cute.

  5. Jessica

    this made me smile. . what a cutie.

  6. Tammy

    This made me smile so wide! How adorable and precious…I could eat him up! …just so, so, so sweet.


  7. That made me tear up to think how sweet he is to have cleaned up his mess! They really do observe mom/dad and it’s so adorable.

  8. Megan Barker

    This is the most adorable thing I have ever seen! I probably would have been too quick to step in and clean up the mess…What a great reminder to take a step back and truly see the joy in every moment!

    I can’t tell you how much I love your blog, Naomi. Thank you for writing, and for being an inspirational mama, by living joyfully and encouraging your readers to celebrate the positive parts of each day :)

  9. Jessica

    That is so sweet! My little guy is a few weeks younger than Samson. His newest cleaning interest is Windexing our glass coffee table. A suiting fit since it is almost always dirty with teeny tiny toddler prints! :) He takes his own piece of paper towel and scrubs the table clean until all the Windex is off, even reaching from all different angles to get the middle. Its amazing to take a step back as a parent and watch their little minds at work! I so wish I could spend a day in my little guy’s brain as well. xo

  10. Melanie

    That was the cutest!!

  11. Mika


  12. Alanna

    oh my how adorable!! He reminds me of my little guy so much!

  13. Donna

    This is too cute! I’m glad Josh sneaked up on him to snap this video. You’ll laugh about it in a few years when you show Samson.

    Happy 4th of July!

    xo Donna

  14. Miriam Eloise

    “Uh oh…stuck”
    “I did it! Woohooooo!”

    I die.

  15. ALMA

    How is this cuteness even possible!!! YOU MADE MY DAY!!

  16. Ashley

    This is the cutest, cutest, cutest! What a sweet little cherub! <3

  17. Stacy

    Oh my gosh Naomi that is the sweetest thing! My heart hurts.

  18. vicky

    i can’t even!! he is SO cute!!! :)

  19. Jenna

    Samson is such a cutie — those little toddler toes just a tip toeing around that cereal is precious!

  20. Erin

    So funny, especially when he realized that he has blocked himself in with crumbs!

  21. Lauren Talton

    The best thing I’ve seen all year

  22. Kris

    I think my heart just melted into a puddle on the floor. What a precious little bug he is!

  23. Aina

    You’re raising a fine little man here!

  24. Émilie

    He is too cute. I just want to help him.

  25. Randi

    Oh my goodness! What a little sweetheart! This is so cute. I love when he gets the dust pan. He has such a sweet little spirit! Made me smile ear to ear! Xo, Randi

  26. raynette

    this is the cutest thing !!!! totally makes my heart smile!

  27. bri

    oh my goodness. too cute. my almost 2 year old loves to sweep but he’s not nearly as good as samson! wow!

  28. Emily

    Those little tippy toes around the crumbs… just precious!

  29. marie

    Aawww it’s good that he likes to clean up his messes.. Maybe you can buy a little miniature sweep and dustpan? I gave my son such miniature cleaning materials when he was young like Samson’s age and he loved it! He got even more excited in cleaning up stuff. just a suggestion for u.. ;)

  30. Lucy

    Oh my.

    What a darling!!!

    I love these little moments, it is so easy to step in but I love getting these moments on tape!!

    Love him trying not to step on them and then eventually getting the dustpan and being so pleased about it :)

    Samson did a brilliant job!!!! :D

    X x x

  31. shelley

    this just completely melted my heart oh my goodness. you’ve got a good kid there :)

  32. Seriously so sweet! I love that he’s trying not to step in it!! Haha so so cute!

  33. Jasmin

    “I did it! Woo hoooo!” Too cute! Such a precious video!

  34. Molly

    Oh my gosh, that is THE sweetest! “I did it!! hoooo hoooo!” I die.

  35. “I did it! Woohoo!” *heart melter*
    Toddlers are just the best!

  36. Faith

    This is too sweet! “I did it! Woohoo!” Oh that made me smile so much.


  37. Iba

    He is ever so adorable!

  38. Alacia

    This just might be the cutest thing I’ve seen in a while. And especially his precious little tiny voice filled with so much joy and pride for himself!

  39. Aisha

    This is SO cute! I’ve watched it twice and am laughing every time! Too cute!

  40. Bea

    He’s great!!!

  41. Dayna Magleby

    A pre-breakfast snack?! And Dora?! Oh the humanity! ;)

  42. Fiona

    This is the cutest EVER, I want one so much!!

  43. Lyndsay

    He is so adorable!

  44. So cute. It is a little intimidating how much they watch you. Makes you want to be the best you can, they sure helps us parents be our best selves.

  45. Taylor

    Oh my gosh! How stinkin’ adorable! You have to get him his own hand-held little broom and dustpan for him to use. haha!


  46. Elena

    So so sweet!!! this little boy made my day!

  47. that is just one of the cutest things, ever!
    xo, cheyenne

  48. Elizabeth

    Love it! His voice is the sweetest. My little guy is 6 months younger than Samson, and I bought a small handheld broom and dustpan, and he loves to follow me while I’m sweeping and mimic what I’m doing. He makes more of a mess right now, but it’s so adorable I can’t get mad!

  49. shay

    This made me smile! Such a sweet spirit Samson has! My question is, did he put it back in the container, or the trashcan?? :-)

  50. Casey

    Oh my gosh!!! Does he really say “I did it! Wahoo!” when he retreaves the dust pan….. I can’t. Too cute.

  51. Leith

    You’re definitely raising a little gentleman. Many will thank you over and over again when he finally enters the dating world. :)

  52. Such a good boy!! I’m going to have my sons watch this as an instructional video :-)

  53. Lindsay

    He’s so smart! (And absolutely adorable :) )

  54. Amy Jo

    That is absolutely precious. Kudos to you and Josh for letting him “find his own way” so quietly.

  55. It is funny yo see how little children understand that they did something wrong…and they try to fix it on their own :-)
    He is really smart your little boy!

  56. giulia

    this is so sweet naomi! not all children would think of that, it shows that you guys have been a good example and great parents!

  57. Nessie

    So very cute and admirable!!!:) You have the greatest son ever. What a very sweet heart and wonderful helper:) Good job Mrs. & Mr. Davis for raising excellent children.

  58. Ann

    This absolutely made my day. How precious this is! So adorable to see him trying to do his best. Go Samson!

  59. Kristen

    There is absolutely nothing “terrible” about letting your young son watch Dora and eat a little snack in the wee hours. That is what you are supposed to do when awake at those hours anyway, as far as I’m concerned. Especially when you’re too young to read yet. : ) Be gentle with yourself. You have two great kids there.

  60. Sara

    If you get kid-sized housekeeping tools, I bet he’d love to help with chores. It is really empowering too. I know it is often easier to just clean up a kid mess yourself, but when you let them do it, with appropriate-sized tools, it’s great kinesthetic movement, keeps them occupied, and really is empowering!

  61. Rebecca

    This is the sweetest thing… Such a big mess for such a little one, I’m overwhelmed for him, but fascinated by his will to do this!

  62. Bethany

    My youngest did this only once, and then I baby proofed all the kitchen cabinets and didn’t leave any food out. Instead, I left a small lidded plastic bowl out on the play table, just for those very early mornings. Worked like a charm! I commend his clean up efforts! What a cutie!

  63. Rachel

    That is probably one of the cutest things I have ever seen!!!

  64. Grace

    Bless his heart !! <333 what a sweetie, adorable moment!

  65. karla koehler

    so cute! I follow you guys from Brasil, and today my 3 year old boy just saw samsom cleaning up his mess and said: mom, where’s my broom? I wanna clean up my mess too <3

    gotta love those tiny hearts!

  66. Kamille

    Omg I had to comment. Samson is the most adorable kid ever! Even though the broom is more than twice his size he’s still trying to clean up his mess.

  67. Gina

    Can’t stop watching this! It’s so cute that he’s cleaning up after himself with so much care. I love the part when he said “I did it! Whoo0hooooo!”

  68. julis


  69. Jess

    Haha can hear him go “I did it! Woo hoo” after getting the dust pan out lol so cute and him breathing loudly as he’s working hard

  70. Jess

    He also makes your small kitchen look pretty big haha

  71. Rita


  72. Lusi

    Hi Naomi, I would really really love to see Samson’s video. However I can’t :( because vimeo is blocked in my country (I presumed you uploaded the video to vimeo. Could you please upload the video to youtube instead pretty please?

  73. Lusi

    Hi Naomi, I really really would like to see Samson’s video. However, I can’t :'( because vimeo is blocked in my country (I presumed you uploaded the video to vimeo). Could you please upload to youtube next time pretty pleaseee?

  74. Arika

    So adorable!

  75. Bethany

    That was so friggin’ adorable. My uterus aches a bit.

  76. Gia

    Can you be any cuter, little Samson? Wait! You can.

  77. Kat

    OMG this was too cute. Is he saying “I did it! Wahoo” in there around 45 seconds?? This is the best!

  78. Ms. C in the 303

    This warms my mama heart. I think kids really help us realize the beauty in imperfection. All of life’s good stuff is in the cracks and crumbs. Happy 4th!

  79. cassie

    that “woohooooooooooo” I can’t stand it!! Too cute!! Mister Samson I’m officially a BIG FAN!

  80. Alanna

    The strategic step over the pile is too cute. This is such a sweet video!

  81. I can’t. This is too much! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  82. This is just SO sweet!

  83. Someone

    He is the cutest little boy I have ever saw ….. so sweet ..

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    So adorable! Great Samson! They observe and imitate


    By the way, have a nice 4th of july celebration!!!

  87. zaby

    that is totaly cute

  88. Molly

    OMG this video totally made my day, so sweet and cute!

  89. Katja

    My favourite part: “I did it. Wohoooo.” What a cute little boy.

  90. oh my, this is just to adorable.
    i would have loved to see his reaction when he finally saw josh.

  91. Tina

    OMG!! Your little boy is absolutely cute!! I´ll be the perfect gentleman!!

  92. Tina

    “He will be” (I meant to say)”

  93. Reelika

    This video is adorable!!! Samson is such a lovely little boy! I think it’s the most interesting thing observing a little kid while he/she is doing something forbidden. Their little brains are working in a completely unpredictable way.

    Take care!

  94. Erin

    This is quite possibly the cutest thing I have ever seen.

  95. Katie

    It’s so sweet to observe little ones without them noticing. You can see what they’re really capable of. It’s great to see that his instinct was to clean up after himself, rather than hide! You’re raising them well!

  96. Kim

    OMG, I love this. I have twin 3 year olds and pretty much this is what my house looks like all the time. Precious. Enjoy him today on the 4th. I’ve always felt it’s a holiday for the kids with such great memories of my own on this day. Have a happy and safe holiday! ~Kim

  97. JoannaO

    oh my lans, that is CUTE! Aren’t you just thankful for dads? I jump in way to fast too with my first reaction being ‘freak out!” but Johnny is much more calm and prone to letting them figure things out.

  98. Adorable! He is so cute! Nice boy.

  99. This melted my heart. OMG, Samson! Seriously, children are so smart. They absorb everything (good and bad) and it’s so fun to see them mimic what they’ve been watching you do. While my son is only 6 months, I can’t wait for the day he sweeps up his mess. Haha. <3

  100. Glenny

    what a cute little guy. this video totally made my day. thanks for sharing!

  101. Lenia O´Hara

    Probably the sweetest thing I´ve ever seen!
    Those tiny little feet are just killing me :D

  102. Janis

    This is the cutest ever! I love how he tries not to step on the mess! :)

  103. Ursula

    Too cute for words.

  104. Lilli

    This is cuteness overload. Seriously.
    Such an awesome little guy!

  105. Isabella

    Don’t feel bad about letting him watch a bit of TV if he wakes up at the cracks of dawn. We all do that sometimes or at least I sure do ;o) if this keeps mama that more sane or patient throughout the day, everyone is happy :o)

    • TAZA

      Thanks for this. I definitely always feel guilty when I put it on and head back to bed for a bit. I’m so not a morning person! And he loves to wake before the sun these days! Anyway, trying to kick my guilt. Thanks again.

  106. Jamee

    Sweetie, you are not so terrible for giving him snacks and letting him watch Dora! Kick that guilt away!
    How smart your little man is, right? Your a good mama.

  107. dylcia

    This video is so adorable. It’s crazy how kids observe everything.

  108. He is so precious! I too would have been quick to freak out and ruin the sweet moment.
    BTW, why two trash cans? :-)

    • TAZA

      One is recycling. :)

  109. Sarah

    What an absolute darling. thanks for sharing!

  110. Jenn

    Love this post! Love your blog!

    Can’t wait for my littles to come around :)

  111. Tami

    Awwww….this is so cute. You should show this on his wedding day. LOL

  112. Iza

    He is too cute! :)

  113. alexandria

    Naomi, this has to be the most darling video! I can only imagine how proud of himself he felt (well, after making the mess) as he was cleaning it up. kids are so sweet and innocent in their thinking. I am glad, too, that Josh was able to capture this on camera! That will be a good video to show him someday :)


  114. Anna

    oh mu god, this is so so so sweet!! and so funny, too! thanks for sharing, it is lovely!!

  115. Xs

    So cute!
    I want more video! :P

  116. E

    I’m not sure why but this made me tear up. I don’t know you personally but I’m so happy for you. You are raising 2(soon to be three) beautiful human beings. What tops that??

  117. Ivy

    I have two girls and a little boy in between and I love that he is between sisters because it helps soften his all boy approach to life. He’s a fearless bruiser and the best mess maker around! He always finds the dirt to play in and jumps before looking where to land! But he loves me in a way that no other person has loved me before. It’s not more or less than my husband or daughters or anyone else in my family for that matter, it’s just different. I’m his person. And even though he makes these terrible messes and causes me a lot of grief all day when he grabs my face between his little hands and plants a good smooch right on the lips I melt everytime. It helps me forgive all the clean up and time outs I give! When I watch your posts about Samson I feel like you get what I’m talking about. They are so similar! :)

  118. Ify B

    The sweetest thing EVER

  119. Lola

    OMG THIS MELTED MY HEART! I’m a nanny for a little boy and girl and your right! sometimes you just want to clean up and forget about the whole mess but S looked so precious trying to cleanup! your kids are adorable! god bless them:)

  120. Erin

    It’s so heartbreaking when they do stuff like this on their own. My son is also an early riser, we use this clock that lights up at a certain time (which you set), and we did a star chart related to staying in his room until his clock turned green. He could play with toys until his clock turned green, but he wasn’t to come get us until then. I think it’s called Ok to Wake!

    Anyway, worked really well eventually – though we’ve had to come to terms with the fact he wakes at 645am everyday. I think your kids share a room, though, so that might not work if he wakes up his sister!

    • TAZA

      haven’t heard of a clock like that before! definitely a cool concept! thanks for letting me know!

  121. Maria

    That is so sweet, I think it would be a good idea if he gets a smaller broom that way he thinks it’s his very own and he can feel like he is capable of tackling down any mess he makes.

  122. Oh my goodness! That is the CUTEST thing!

  123. oh my goodness! Just the sweetest thing!!!

    xoxo, kerri

  124. Oh my gosh this made my heart melt! SO ADORABLE

  125. Kelly

    oh my goodness, he tried SO hard!

  126. Annie

    What a sweetie!! How lucky are we to be able to document moments like this? Samson and Eleanor will just LOVE being able to actually see and read all about these sweet and silly memories when they’re older. :)

  127. Rachael

    looks like someone needs his own little dustpan! between this and your recent post about the kids at the parade….please have more and more children! Not only are they adorable but they seem so sweet! Can’t wait to welcome this newest one at Christmastime! YAY! That baby doesn’t know how lucky he/she is to be part of such a loving family.

  128. Hilarious!! My son would do the absolute same thing if he spilled like this.. AND is an early riser.. Lately he’s been sleeping a little later 5:45! I used to think it was terrible but I’ve (had) to start thinking of it like this… I get more done by 9:00 am than most? That’s what I tell myself anyway :)

    and ps.. totally looking into that clock someone above ^^ mentioned!

  129. Alexis

    this was the cutest video!!!

  130. Ruth

    Oh my. His little voice, “I did it! Woohoo!” slays me.

  131. he reminds me of my son. That is so adorable! He must be very proud, doing this!

  132. Emily M

    So stinkin’ adorable! Now I wonder what my little one is doing while I’m sleeping!

  133. Liz

    Oh my goodness… too adorable! Thank you for sharing this clip!

  134. Nicole

    Oh my goodness, that is the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen. Brightened up my day no end.

  135. Joy

    I love the way Samson just kept going on and didn’t cry for help. You have bred such a fine, young gentle-toddlerman! :D

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  137. Katelyn

    Oh my gosh! This is the cutest ever! I laughed outloud when I heard him exclaim, “I did it!” when he finally got out the dusting pan. I love that he celebrates his own accomplishments by himself! How lucky upu have this one tape! I’m sure he will love to see it one day!

  138. Emma

    That is the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen! It was sooo cute how he didn’t want to step in the pile!

  139. Anya

    I think “I did it! Woohoooo!” Should become the universal celebration cry of small victories. Samson has taught me to rejoice in my daily victories no matter how small. And I’ll do it with an “I did it! Woohoooo!” :). Many, many blessing to you and yours.

  140. Vanessa

    Aw! This may be one of the cutest things ever!

  141. Deb Steckly

    Just popped by and was so taken with this video. My son (who is now 30) used to love to sweep when he was Samsons age. We bought him a big broom and cut the handle down to size so it looked just like mom’s and he was as happy as could be. This brought back fun memories. Deb (Ontario, Canada)

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