Can anybody…

…tell me what this is?

 

 

How about now?

 

 

 

Or now?

 

Need to see the whole picture?

Today, oh how can I even begin to describe what kind of day we had.  It was Lucas’ 6th birthday and we had planned to have a little family celebration.  I was looking forward to swimming and hanging with the kids. But, I should have known from the moment I woke up that this day was not going to go as planned.

First we all decided to have a special trip to Starbucks, as we were loading in the car our neighbor approached us to find out if we were aware that The Hubby’s domain name (see URL or WEBSITE) had expired. I, of course had NO CLUE and since I am “in charge of it” I panicked.  I spent the better part of an hour on the phone with tech support, while The Hubby tried to wrangle the kids inside of SBUX.  What a joke that was. I finally got everything fixed and headed into rescue him, but everyone’s nerves were already frazzled (including mine).  We ordered and headed out to the patio where there were no seats in the shade, and with the kids complaining, I dragged a couple of tables together and pulled an umbrella over to try and enjoy the morning.  The kids sorta sat and drank their milk and we had a somewhat enjoyable morning.

After we came home, I went to the doctor because I suspected that I had another kidney infection (should have known that was why I was so sick for so long).  The Hubby was working in his office, the boys were playing Wii and I had put Ruby down for an nap.  I was gone for 1.5 hours exactly when I walked through the door and found Ruby awake on the sofa (she normally sleeps for 3 hours) and The Hubby vacuuming the family room rug and the boys were NO WHERE in sight.  I knew something was wrong.

The Hubby: “We had a little accident”
Me: (total silence)
The Hubby: “I mean all the kids are ok, but…(he leans over and turns on the TV)

 

We’ve known for quite sometime that kids (especially boys) are uber destructive, but until today I personally had NO idea really, just how destructive they can be. I mean I heard the stories of The Hubby and his little brother having a water fight on the roof when they were kids and one of them fell through the roof because it flooded, or the NUMEROUS windows they broke playing ball, or the time they ran over their Dad’s table saw in the garage, or the time The Hubby put the station wagon in reverse, with his baby brother and grandma inside, rolled it down the embankment and into the neighbors yard…but I guess I figured that MY kids would NEVER do anything like that.  I mean THEY must have been brats.  NOT MY KIDS.  YA, RIGHT!

Tommy and Lucas (mainly) were fighting over who was and wasn’t playing fair at Wii and it got physical.  Tommy jumped on Lucas, held his legs behind his ears and Lucas said that he tried to throw the Wii remote at the floor and it bounced up.  Tommy says, he threw it straight at the TV.  I think I believe Tommy.

It was only 3 years old.  It was unrepairable and we won’t be replacing it for quite some time. The Wii is gone until at least the end of the Summer (not like they have a TV to play it on anyway). We’re not sure just yet how long we’ll keep TV totally from them, maybe after a couple months we’ll let them watch a special movie in our room or something, we’re really not sure how we feel yet.  This is an expensive lesson for the entire family.

Here’s how that wall looks now.  I pulled over an old armoire from the living room, I am filling it with books and games and the TV room is now the reading/game room.

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Mom - July 11, 2011 - 2:58 am

I’m soo sorry Baby!!! After living with my brother for years I can picture this happening, but not from my grandkids!!! Think on this hard. Not that it’s for me to say, but shouldn’t they work this off, make them pay for a new TV, doing lots of chores. Let them go without it for a year!

You need to get better, hope your doctor visit helped. I worry about you.

melissa - July 14, 2011 - 12:07 am

oh no..i’m waiting for something like that to happen around here. i think ella is just as destructive as julian…most of the time. i grew up with three bros and there were quite a few broken windows…games are fun :)

Billy - July 14, 2011 - 11:52 pm

I remember when Anna pulled my parents old tv down off the entertainment system when we were kids… the tv still worked after that though i think we had to unplug it to turn it off. Things aren’t quite so durable these days!

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