"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." - Shel Silverstein

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Our Big, Dumb, Not-So-Fun Adventure

**ETA** This all happened yesterday but I couldn't post until today because our internet was down.


So... I had a great idea to entertain the kids this afternoon. They were both going a little crazy and I decided it would be fun to take them across the street to the movie theatre, which has a cool water jet fountain for them to run around in. It was about 78 degrees but very sunny and humid because of the massive rain storm we had yesterday and last night, and I thought this would be awesome fun for them. So I started to get them ready.


I stripped Rissa down to her diaper, (yes, we are still working on potty training **beating my head against the wall**, but that's a story for another time) took her out on the back patio, and got her sprayed with sunscreen. Next, I got Sully out there to do the same. Before I could squirt the first spray of sunscreen on him, Rissa reached up and shut the backdoor. A cold shock of panic immediately ran through me, as I realized the door knob was locked from the inside and I had no keys and no phone. It was about 2:15 pm at this point. Sully's mom comes to get him at 4:30 and Jeremy doesn't come home until 5:00. AAAGGGHHH!!! I sat down on the patio swing for a moment, trying to figure out what we were going to do.


Really, the only thing I could do was take the kids, Sully in a diaper and t-shirt and Rissa in only a diaper, all three of us with no shoes, and knock on neighbor's doors, hoping they were home and would let us use their phone. We went across the street and knocked on the door. No answer. We went back across the street and up one house and knocked on the door. No answer. I knew our retired neighbor to the back of us was probably home, so we walked back down the sidewalk and around the corner to his house. Luckily, Larry was home. He let us in, gave the kids cookies and drinks and let me use his phone to call Jeremy. We had a nice little chat about the state of the Union while Sully sat there calmly and Rissa ran around Larry's living room like a crazy woman.


By this time it was 2:45. Jeremy went to his boss and said "My wife locked herself and the kids out of the house". Almost before he could finish what he was saying, his boss said "GO!". His boss is the absolute best! We left Larry's house and came back to our backyard and sat on the patio swing until Jeremy let us in about 3:15. Whew!!


We were so lucky in so many ways. It wasn't too hot or too cold, it wasn't raining, both kids had fresh diapers, we had sunscreen, and we had a very nice neighbor to take us in during our time of need. Even though it was a pain in the butt at the moment, we can all laugh at the situation now, because it could have been so much worse. Now I have a very funny story to tell.


And now I am going to have a beer. Or three.




I put the kids in a bath to cool off and to wash the sweat and grime off. As you can tell from the water coming down the outside of the tub, they had a great time!

5 comments:

Nana and PaPa said...

OK ladies and gents...our contestant has tested her abilities to think quick on her feet and has answered all the questions correctly about the care & feeding of the human being up to this point. Which leads us to the last and final question worth $1 million. Here's the question:
When the kids are hot, sweaty, bored or just need a change of pace, what would the easiest and most likely solution to this problem be?
A. Take the kids to the next door neighbor's house, leave the kids on their doorstep, ring the doorbell and run away like h@#*!
B. Strip everyone down to their underwear (including yourself) and all of you run around the house yelling & screaming "it's hotter than "bleep" in hear and I'm not going to take it anymore!!"
Or
C. Run the bathtub full of cool water, add a few bathtub toys, put a few towels on the bathroom floor to soak up splashed water, put the kids in their birthday suits and stick them in the bathtub to splash and cool off.
And the answer IS............YES!! The answer is C....You are CORRECT!!! You won the Million Dollar Question...CONGRATULATIONS ALICA!!! Thanks for being such a GREAT sport in this crazy game called LIFE!
Lol...I hope you can see the humor in my comment and will...lol...still love me. Have a wonderful day!
Love,
Mom

Arrington Family News said...

Hilarious and something I would so have done! Ha ha!!!

Lacey said...

Sounds like a beer time to me! One time my youngest got out when I was pumping gas and locked the door. Jax was in the car, the windows were rolled up, and it was summer! Luckily a cop was in the parking lot and helped us out!

Janay said...

I feel your pain...When Milo was 2 (still trached) Milo, nurse & I were in the backyard and Milo wandered back into the house and then shut the door. Just as I was reaching for the doorknob he locked it! UMMM not good, trach kid locked in the house & mom and nurse locked out of the house. I eventually was able to break into an open window and crawl onto the kitchen table, Milo was very confused!

The round-the-worlders said...

I know it wasn't funny at the time, but it sure is funny now...
I locked myself out on the upper deck of my house. All I could do was yell at passerbys to please come into my house, go upstairs and let me in. That was embarassing. But funny.

You need to hide a key somewhere.
Love Arnie and Dad