Tuesday, February 22

19 And Counting...

Things the children have broken. This is not a complete list by any means. These are just a couple of things that I can recite off the top of my frustrated head!
  1. The remote control to the new, highly-coveted TV.
  2. The lamp in the living room. Twice.
  3. The pantry door...by swinging on it.
  4. Almost every toy they own.
  5. The box that holds the toys that we allow in the living room.
  6. Almost every crayon they own.
  7. The new crayons that I made from all the broken crayons.
  8. The lock on the door of the shed.
  9. The things that holds the streamers on their bicycles.
  10. The child-proof lock that was intended to keep them out of my drawer.
  11. The shower nozzle.
  12. The hot air vent.
  13. 25 laundry baskets (or "boats for the parade" as they like to call them).
  14. The piggy bank.
  15. The snow globe. Actually, it was a 2 for 1 because they smashed two at the same time.
  16. My garden gnomes.
  17. 952 night lights.
  18. The blinds in their bedroom.
  19. Every toilet paper holder in the house.
To add insult to injury, those little devils stuck a "Hello Kitty" sticker on to the license plate of my much-adored Little Red Car! Oh wait. That was my husband, the "grown up"! Do you see why I feel like I am losing my mind?


Domestic Diva said...

Oh I feel your pain...and I love the ironic breaks like baby gates (at least 4-7), toilet lid locks (to keep out Matchbox Cars & other toys), and stove knob covers (thankfully no resulting fires or burns)...I'm not even going to mention how many other things my 3 angels broke (like my spirit). lol

Great list!

Beth said...

I love your kids. They remind me so much of mine. (And also, they have great names).

Alicia said...

OH NO! What about breaking things in other peoples houses? The first time I brought little E to my friends new home he knocked over a glass vase in the corner of the room. How embarrassing!
P.S. When I saw your post name I almost didn't read it thinking it may be about the TLC show and your disgust with the amount of children haha.

Gwen said...

Domesticc Diva: Your kids do things with flare. MY children simply bash something until it breaks, and then stand around looking confused!

Beth: Nova would fit it BEAUTIFULLY here! Were you ever called "Bethie Bear"...or is it just my Beth that is sadled with that nickname???

Gwen said...

Alicia: Don't even get me started on the stuff they break in other people's homes! My poor, long-suffering mother thought the coast was clear after the three of us grew up, but then we brought over the GRANDCHILDREN! Ha!

I have LOTS of thoughts about the 19 Kids And Counting... but probably not what you would expect. :)

Double the Giggles said...

Only 952 night lights? C'mon...don't sugar coat it ;)

Gwen said...

Double the Giggles: You're laughing now...how old are YOUR TWINS???? :)

Leanne (Ironic Mom) said...

Yes to remote controls, lamps, crayons, every box that a puzzle/game comes in, child-proof locks, vents, piggy banks, night lights, and blinds.

Also, none of our cupboard doors shuts properly anymore because they've been swung on or hung on.

Some days my spirit's even broken, but reading posts like yours buoys me up!

3LittleMonkeys said...

It is very frustrating....especially that TV remote!! Must be why my hubby keeps "his" remote hidden ;) When we put the house up for sale, we had to repaint as there were dents everywhere!!

Bibliomama said...

Mine never broke any TV remotes -- we think they just hid them in the garbage and then we threw them out, because they would just mysteriously go missing...

I thought maybe you were pregnant again. With sixteen-uplets.

Another Sarah said...

Remind me to tell you about the time when I was two and "fed the fish" for my dad. You'll be grateful I wasn't yours ha ha.

christinabaglivitinglof.com said...

Ouch. When my boys were two they pulled an antique stain-glass lamp off a table. One of the glass panels broke. (My husband and I bought it on our honeymoon.) I was dumbstruck. Fortunately I had it restored....for $250!!!!

Gwen said...

Who's worse: the husband or the children? The children can be far more destructive...but my husband should know better. Sigh.

Bibliomama: I was CONTEMPLATING having 16 more children, but decided that I would be better off banging my head 5 billion times into a brick wall.

Wow. I can't believe that you fixed the lamp, Christina. Turns out that my children simply broke the light bulb and I sat in the dark until last night when Mum came over and INSISTED on changing the bulb. I tried to explain to her that it was pointless because the children will simply break it again. She told me that I needed to "set limits". I laughed until I cried.

Helene said...

OMG! This totally reminds me of a post I did awhile back about all the things my kids have destroyed in our home. I named the post "They seek and they shall destroy".

My motto around here is "They're just not happy unless they have met their quota of destroying or breaking at least 4 things". And it's usually MY stuff that gets destroyed, not theirs!