Thursday, October 11, 2007

Welcome Home, Honey!

My husband came home after work without doing any side jobs this evening. He's been working nonstop for weeks now, so we were thrilled when he said he'd be home for dinner tonight. He walked in from work, tired and wanting to sit down for a few minutes and relax (read - go to the bathroom for a great quantity of time.)

Upon entering the bathroom, he saw, much to his surprise, the toilet bowl filled to the brim with water. In a change of plans, he grabbed the plunger and tried to get the water to drain. No dice.

Now we live in an areas with old trees. Old trees that have roots that run for miles and miles underground and wreak havoc with the sewers. Hubby went outside, took a peek in the access hole in our yard and lo and behold, the water was up to the top. Wishing he'd just stayed at work, my husband, defeated, grabbed his tools to rod out the sewer.



Several hours pass as he grabs out tree roots and cleans out the pipes. Still the toilet wasn't flushing properly. Frustrated, he yanked the entire toilet out of the bathroom. A perfectly reasonable response to the situation, no?



He carried it outside and started flushing it with water from the hose. Finally, after much rinsing and manuevering the toilet to get it to drain, this came out...



In case you were wondering, it's not a good idea to put wads of paper towels and pencils with giant star shaped erasers in your toilet.

157 comments:

All moments remembered said...

Every day is an event at your house!! You should give that hubby an extra big hug tonight!! Glad he got it figured out though. Hey did you give him something to do some power cleaning on the toilet while he had it out? I am about to take my shower doors outside for a power washing.

Word books and name books are going insane on my site for days now. It has been nice but tomorrow I will be in line at the post office to ship items out with kids in tow since there is no school here tomorrow. Wish me luck!!

Kila said...

Oh my, the poor guy! He might never come home again ;)

Congrats to him on solving the problem!

We got one of those toilets that can "flush 20 golf balls". Totally worth it!

Rick said...

Your poor husband. What better way to enjoy a relaxing evening than to yanking out pencil filled toilets out of your house. That's living! He really is a jack of all trades.

http://organizeddoodles.blogspot.com/

Becky said...

ROTFL!!! Oh, man...I knew, just knew the kids were responsible. ;o) Funny stuff, Dawn (though not for your poor, hardworking hubby!).

Anonymous said...

Wow I get to be the first to post! Dawn I love your blog and especially like the new look- it really gives it pizazz! I wish you the very best with your writings! I read your blog even before I read my emails (I am in the Philiipines so your night is my late morning early afternoon.) I thought you may get a kick out of this email that was sent to me. Have a great day and keep on writing! God bless... KJ mother of 2 beautiful girls!

BIRTH ORDER OF CHILDREN


1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your pregnancy.
2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.
3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.
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Preparing for the Birth:

1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously.
2nd baby: You don't bother because you remember that last time, breathing didn't do a thing.
3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your eighth month.

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The Layette:

1st baby: You pre-wash newborn's clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby's little bureau.
2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.
3rd baby:
Boys can wear pink, can't they?
______________________________________________________
Worries:

1st baby: At the first sign of distress--a whimper, a frown--you pick up the baby.
2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.
3rd baby: You teach your three-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing.
______________________________________________________
Pacifier:

1st baby: If the pacifier falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash and boil it.
2nd baby: When the pacifier falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby's bottle.
3rd baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.
______________________________________________________
Diapering:

1st baby: You change your baby's diapers every hour, whether they need it or not.
2nd baby: You change their diaper every two to three hours, if needed.
3rd baby: You try to change their diaper before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees.
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Activities:

1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour.
2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.
3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.
______________________________________________________
Going Out:

1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you
call home five times.
2nd baby : Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.
3rd baby:
You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.
______________ ________________________________________
At Home:

1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.
2nd baby: You spend a bit of everyday watching to be sure your older child isn't squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby
3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the
children.
______________________________________________________
Swallowing Coins:

1st child: When first child swallows a coin, you rush the
child to the hospital and demand x-rays.
2nd child: When second child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for the coin to pass.
3rd child: When third child swallows a coin, you deduct it from his allowance!
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Pass this on to everyone you know who has children . . . or everyone who KNOWS someone who has had children . (The older the mother, the funnier this is!)


GRANDCHILDREN:
God's reward for allowing your children to live!

Anonymous said...

Wow, your toilet is so clean! I'm impressed.

momzdaboss said...

Never a dull moment ...

Jennifer said...

ROFLOL!! How hilarious! Don't you just love kids.

nutralady2001 said...

EEEWWWWWW!!! LOL.... Reminds me of the time my downstairs toilet was blocking up got the plumber in and yup up came a giant-sized Lego piece.......never did solve that mystery as we didn't have any pieces like that and neither did our neighbour whose boys used to play with mine all the time

Think it comes with "being a parent" territory

Jill said...

Wow! That brings back memories of a few years ago when my (then) 4 year old enjoyed his favorite game "Will it flush". At one point, both of our toilets were having so many problems flushing, (and we were so sick of using the plunger) that we finally called the plumber. After numerous attempts to unclog the toilet using all of his magic tools, he finally removed the toilet from the floor, and pulled out 3 lids from the soft soap bottles. (you know, the kind with the pump attatched)
Do you have any idea how much it costs to have the plumber remove and replace two toilets?
I also remember the time I walked into the bathroom to see a banana floating in the toilet. I ask the nearest child "Why is there a banana floating in the toilet?" His reply "because it didn't flush." Oh, how silly of me, that makes perfect sense.
Also, I have 4 children that I remember giving birth to, but apparently I have two more living here that I have never seen in person. Their names are "I don't know" and "It wasn't me."
I love the new look of you blog, such a cute illustration!
Keep up the good work!
Jill

Vicky said...

So I have to ask, how did he manage to get a toilet filled to the brim out of the bathroom without making a huge mess?

Catracha at heart said...

LMAO - my husband left for Honduras this past Tuesday AM, and Monday night we had plans to just sit and talk and what not while the kids were asleep before it was time to go to the airport. Instead he spent 5 hours trying to unclog one off the toilets in our house. He too eventually took the whole toilet outback at 12 midnight with the hose and finally got what was in there out. 3 hair comb thingies - those 3-4" comb things that stay in your hair to hold it back, and also big regular comb broken into 3, and a toilet paper roll. I am sure my husband was wishing he had left the day before, LOL.

Amber said...

oh my!! (am i first??!) haha

Moi said...

In case you are wondering, soccer ball erasers are also a bad idea.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh that happened to us three times it was tooth brushes, baby toys and bath toys that were flushed. My dad came and helped the first 2 times but the last time my DH (dear husband) took a sledge hammer to it and it was a baby teething ring that acted as a flapper thing. Anyway by that time we had decided to buy a new one as we couldn't figure out (IE flush out the problem) and low and behold the toy and it never would have come out it was stuck good. We haven't had a problem since. But DD(dear daughter)hasn't gone through that phase (maybe she won't since the other 3 are boys) But after that the bath toys were not allowed in the bathroom except at bath time otherwise they are stored in the bedroom and no little ones allowed. and toothbrushes go in the drawer so you(IE kids can't see them and get ideas.
I love your blog I don't have as many kids but my boys are just like your youngest. I just hope my daughter is calmer good luck and keep writing melinda

zoloftmom said...

LOL! i have found that husbands' shavers are also items that should not go in toilets.

Anonymous said...

Dawn,

So, here I am sitting up at 11:05 p.m. (PST) reading your blog and laughing hysterically as always! My 15 month old who has been teething for the lat 18 months (or so it seems) went to bed without a hitch tonight and has been sleeping for a good 2 hours and what am I doing? Getting much needed sleep myself... No of course not! I once again have my head buried in the computer. It's a disease I tell you! Thanks for enabling me! Haha! I love your stories... the pencil in the toilet is a riot! I'm sure your husband didn't think so, poor guy... keep on sharing! Take care!

Tammy said...

Are you sure? We were just planning on flushing ours :D! Seriously, sorry your husband came home to more work!

Love your blog, it's new look and your wonderful sense of humor!

God Bless!

Mandie said...

This made me laugh out loud. Oh, the things kids do.

bigwhitehat said...

Once upon a time, we had a toilet that would not flush.

I tried and I tried to dislodge the evil object from the toilet. It would not budge.

I bought a new toilet and installed it.

I carried the old toilet out to the trash and broke it into pieces fit to be thrown away. Then the evil object was revealed.

Hairbrush.

Angie & Willy said...

ROFLMBO!!! Yeah. I can see how that would pose a problem.

Jill said...

Hoo hoo hoo! :P At least it wasn't a door to a Lincoln Log set encased in month-old poo. That's what we pulled out of our pipes recently after taking the toilet up off the floor.

tootsiegrace said...

This cracks me up! I didn't even know you could remove the whole toilet! That's hilarious! Your blog never fails to make me laugh, Dawn.

Louisa said...

This made me laugh so much - not at you but with you!!
Luckily my kids have never put a pencil with a star shaped or indeed any other shaped rubber on the top down the toilet, but when we bought this place it had been rented out & the tennant was very unhappy with having to move & put concrete down the pan, which we didn't discover until after my hubby had done a poo & it all came out & over the floor :-(

Have to say I love reading your blog, you have a fabulous way of putting your days into words which always make me smile & at times laugh right out loud!

vickie2005 said...

Guess that'll teach him to come home early?

Seriously, I wonder how the two of you stay sane and sober...not a day goes by without something crazy happening to you!

suburbancorrespondent said...

Hoo, boy - maybe he should come on over and share a beer with my husband. Last year, when Rachel was going through her toilet stuffing phase, Larry dreaded coming home in the evening. There was always something to dislodge or else a plumber's bill to pay. And the stupidest, cheapest things always generated the biggest bills. The 60-dollar cellphones slid right down, but the 25-cent tub toy was what got caught in the trap and wouldn't come out without smashing the stupid toilet. Read more (if you dare) at The More The Messier (www.suburbancorrespondent.blogspot.com). It's under the Popular Posts column on the left somewhere.

JoAnne in CT said...

Reminds me of the time our dog had dropped a tennis ball in the toilet when she went for a drink... drank all the water out, ball went waaaayyyy down and caused havoc. EEEEEWWW What a mess!

Your poor hubby! Good thing he's handy, though & now you've got clean, root-free pipes! And YIPPEE, am I first this morning?

Melissa said...

awesome! you couldn't make this stuff up if you tried! I'm not sure whether to be sad for you, or envious of the interesting stories you have to tell!

Cyn said...

Oh my - I always knew those pencils with big-top erasers were no good!

Flushing at home said...

Hi Dawn,

My neighbors just had the same problem with a couple of Muppets swimming in their toilet. Turns out they sell some sort of toilet at Home Depot which has a wider than normal system, meaning it's supposedly virtually impossible to clog. You may want to check it out...it probably won't be the last time that happens, right?

My husband's family used to clog the toilet every time they came over. I have NO idea what they were doing in there. I had special cheap TP I used to put in the bathroom whenever they came to visit.

Jennifer said...

Been there with a toy plastic credit card for a Barbie cash register. A $300 water bill later (mind you my average bill is under $40/month) the guy at Home Depot suggests, when snaking the toilet didn't work, to simply try a wire hanger. It worked. The girls were grounded, the cash register was thrown out, and no toys were allowed in the bathroom ever again.

halimah said...

OMG! Anyone fess up to the deed yet?

Jenny said...

Legos go down MUCH easier!!! Socks also don't flush well!!

We love your website and have been so inspired to keep up with our own about our 3 boys!!!

Gurl On The Sun said...

Poor hubby!! About a year ago my now 8 yr old woke me up SCREAMING that his little brother had flushed Harry Potter. Evidently they were playing hide and go seek with Harry Potter figures and Sam decided that the best place to "hide" Harry was in the toilet. ????? I mean...ok....so Jake definitely couldn't "find" Harry so I guess that made Sam the winner...but come on...the TOILET? Where do kids think these things up?! FYI Harry goes down a whole lot smoother then a pencil with a star eraser...might wanna let your kids know. :)

Stella said...

The stories my dad could tell! My sister once tried to flush a hair brush and deodorant down the toilet...needless to say that didn't quite work out!

Anonymous said...

Been there, done that with the whole tree root situation. Chances are the roots were doing most of the blocking but the pencil didn't help much. When we moved into our house 30+ years ago, we were told NEVER to put anything but TP into the toilet and never did...the tree roots did all the blocking. My husband got really good at plumbing until we got rid of the tar paper pipes and got REAL ones. Tell your husband we feel his pain!! Chris

Karen said...

Ouch! All that work, all that time, just to find out it was the kids doing something they shouldn't. Thankfully that hasn't happened here, but our youngest insists his cowboy Woody doll likes to scuba dive in there frequently.

But looking on the bright side, you've got one cleaned system that should flush many objects for years to come.

The Gang's All Here! said...

OMIGOSH! That makes me think of the day that our toddler boys (only 15 months apart and just old enough to lure each other into all kinds of odd and interesting choices) stuffed sports socks into our ancient toilet and thus into our even more ancient septic system. The stench of backed up fumes was unbearable and the contortions required by first The Boss and then The Plumber(!) were worthy of circus auditions.

That night, The Boss and the little gang members had a big talk about what belongs in a potty and what does not. That weekend, The Boss replaced the toilet. That spring, we replaced the septic system - seems it was providential, the stuffing of the socks. Allowed The Plumber to share (in great, gross detail!) with The Boss just how old and how full our septic tank was.

Hope the rest of the hubby's night at home was more restful than the start! And hope he got is quiet bathroom time finally. :)

Michelle said...

Yeah for hubby who cleaned out the tree roots!!! This means he won't have to do it for a long while!!!

Just out of curiosity, are you putting all these itms in shadow boxes and displaying them in your home (the pokemon cards, the baseball, the petrified hot dog, etc.). They may be valuable one day. Then again, they may just make interesting conversation pieces.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow! Thats a good one! Puts a little perspective on the day. lol

Anonymous said...

Your toilet looks so clean! There are no stains or dust - I'm very impressed. Mine hasn't looked like that since the day it was installed.

Angela72181 said...

Wow...the first to comment today. That reminds me of the time I went into the restroom to find something odd looking in the toilet. Luckily nobody had flushed yet....and to my surprise to pull out an extension to our clipper set. Guess our 2 year old was afraid we were going to cut his hair for him....

Danielle Kolaxis said...

Been There - Done That 2x's!!!!! My 3yr old flushed his passies down the toilet TWICE!!! We unfortunately had to replace the toilet because the whole thing broke when my husband tried to retrieve the passy the second time. Talk about FRUSTRATION and what a Huge Mess!!!

Tara said...

My son once tried to flush a juice box down the toilet. That resulted in pulling out the toilet and buying a new one. And while we were at it we painted the bathroom. And since the toilet was already pulled out and we were painting we were a little less stringent with putting cleaning products away. My 4 year old (the one who tried to flush the juice box) got the clorox clean up and was spraying his baby brother with it. So, a juice box resulted in a new toilet, a new paint job in the bathroom, a ruined baby outfit and chair and a trip to the ER. (Baby was fine.) There. The troubles we go to as Mommies!

Jenny said...

We found that q-tips can create the same havoc. Who would have thought something so small could be the source of hours of frustration.

Venita said...

Oh my!

The Hotfessional said...

Ackk! Poor Hubby!

And did Notme do this as well?

maggiebsmocks said...

Yes, typical response from a man, tear the whole thing apart. So, did he get the throne back in place before nightfall?

this should go on the list of:
things that make you go HHHMMMMMM

Enjoy the day!
maggieb!

Tiffany said...

LOL, your kids never cease to amaze me!!

Slacker Mom said...

That's awesome! What a sweet surprise for hubby. ;) I hope today brings you even more adventure!

Shell said...

If I hadn't been through it myself, I would have been stunned at the outcome!

We "enjoyed" a similar funfilled evening when my oldest was about 3.

One night, we heard 'Bye, bye!' followed by an ominous flushing noise. The only thing missing was the creepy organ music.

Needless to say, one nasty hour later, my hubby pulled a tiny dump truck and a sock from the toilet, much to the amazement of the 3 year old miscreant who wanted to try the experiment again.

And people wonder why moms go gray and dads go bald. . .

Anonymous said...

Multiple toothbrushes and balls that are exactly the same diameter as the trap aren't good for toilets either... Jennifer

Lisa said...

OMG that is toooo funny! On the bright side, your toilet is now REALLY, REALLY clean!

happybell said...

I know I wouldn't be laughing if it were my toilet, but I can't help it!!! Feel sorry for your hubby though.

Anonymous said...

The wads of paper down a toilet, reasonable? No. The long pencil with a star eraser to get the jammed up paper out of the toilet so Mom doesnt see it, reasonable? Absolutely!

Deb F said...

Dawn,
Did any of your kids own up to it? That must have been SOMEONE'S "special" pencil! I enjoy reading your blog and can identify with your family. I only have 2, but they've done their share of chaos production.
Hope the toilet is back in the house and working properly now.
All the best,
Deb

Amy S. said...

poor hubby, not a days rest for either of you in your house. But that sounds like something that would come out of my toliet!

Anonymous said...

Funny! It's too bad hubby didn't get a chance to relax. Reminds me of the time the same thing happened in our first home (Rolling Meadows). The toilet clogged up a two hours before we were going to a fancy work-related dinner dance. Not fun, especially since wastewater from the sink also was backing up. Not only did we have mega tree roots, and a broken sewer line, but the former owners' darling children had been dropping everything you can imagine into the toilet bowl for years. Out came a number of Hot Wheels cars, three Barbie doll heads, dozens of bobbie pins, Q-tips, and pencils. It's a wonder the toilet didn't revolt sooner.
Your husband sounds like a gem - I hope you keep him.

Anonymous said...

Not how I would want to spend the evening either. As my sister and BIL discovered, it's not good to leave their toddler alone with the diaper pail in the bathroom. They had to replace the toilet because their son got their daughter's diaper stuck in the bend part. And they only had 1 working toilet.

Isaiah5513 said...

LOL!!!I'm not laughing at you, I'm laughing with you. A few years ago, my dh had the exact same response to a non-flushing toilet. What emerged was a hot wheels car that had been there for a long time. It was apparently the reason the, then two year old who was potty training was afraid to flush the toilet!

I Was Just Thinking.... said...

Two weeks ago we had the plumber over (not for a nice chat and coffee). He removed the toilet from the wall and snaked away searching for 4 toothbrush heads, a toddler toothbrush, large lego block and the drain stop to the sink. Maybe you can solve our mystery, How did they get there???

Anonymous said...

It must run in the family. Myah, Daniel's daughter shoved 3 toothbrushes down their toilet...
Oh well, new toilets are always nice!

Gina

The Father of Five said...

Oh - you are not alone on that one! Our "First of five" used to flush toys down the toilet trying to figure out where they go. After three times removing the toilet from the floor and cleaning it out - I finally got the good notion to show him in detail how a toilet works, and when the "business" is done, how it gets through the toilet and into the sewers...

We also have issues with "Four of Five" doing the same thing...

All total - I have had to remove the toilet and clean it out four different times...

Recently, I had to track back why a bathroom sink started draining slowly...

Have fun!
- - - - - - - - - - -

David - the "Father of Five"

annie mouse lee said...

Large cans of spices dont go down the toilet well either.
Years ago we came home from a night out to find that our daughter had put cans of spices(can and all) down our toilet and then flushed. At first we didnt know that was the offending blockage but after trying every other possible solution, my hubby took out the toilet ad did some cleaning of the curvy passages (technical name ) of the toilet what he found at that point was the spice cans!
We never hired that babysitter again!

Meghan said...

Oh my!! Looks like your husband knows what he is doing! What I am wondering is how in the heck did that pencil even get flushed?

I love your Blog Dawn! I get so giddy every time I see a new post it up. Keep em coming, and I can't wait for your book!!!

monica said...

Classic

hippiewitchie said...

Your poor Husband!

As an FYI: we have found that "Little People" from Fisher Price are not good to flush, but can at least be seen before needing to take the toilet outside. Clumping cat litter, however, is a whole other story! I'd rather have had the pencil and paper!

carrie said...

Dawn, you are so lucky to have a handy DH at home...mine would have flushed and flushed and we would have been swimming outside!! I love your new blog design, it did take some getting used to and I am so happy to see your baby covered in chocolate again!! what a doll!! Thanks for the daily laugh!!

:) Carrie

Anonymous said...

Hey, your toilet looks very clean!! Go hubby!!

Andrea said...

Wow I can not believe he yanked out the toilet!! I would have been really nervous!! Did he get it all put back together? So who was missing their homework? LOl!!!

Michelle said...

Hehe. Gotta love kids!!

Heath said...

How is your toilet so clean? We are a family of 8- 5 boys, 3 girls-and my toilet is never that white! And my husband did not think this was a funny post, as we have had a similar incident only with wipes and hot wheels. I on the other hand laughed until I almost peed my pants. It's always nice to find out your kids aren't the only ones that do unexplainable things and might possibly be normal! Thanks for the laughs!

Anonymous said...

What is it with kids and toilets? My dad once helped a friend pull a whole raw potato out of their toilet.

Janet said...

And here I was ready to complain because my 2-year-old took off his diaper and pooped on the floor this morning. Knock on wood we haven't had plastic in the toilet yet, but EVERYBODY else I know has, so it's only a matter of time. Well, there was the toothbrush incident, but it didn't get flushed. Immediately disposed of, yes, but not flushed. I'm afraid to ask, but is that your only bathroom?

Sandie Reese said...

I am laughing so hard right now. Been there done that ourselves. My husband yanked the toilet out as well, only to find a couple Thomas the Tank Engine's had been deposited "to get washed", according to our then 2 year old. A couple weeks later, we had the same problem and once again more toys found. At that point my dh got fed up and went to Lowe's and bought a toilet that claims to be able to suck down 15 golf balls in a single flush. We haven't tested it out (at least not to my knowledge...lol) but since then no more problems!
Thanks for the laugh!

healthymomof2 said...

Oh my stars! (couldn't resist that one) It certainly is amazing what finds its way into the toilet with children present.

Common Mom said...

Toothbrushes don't flush so well, either :-)
http://commonmom.com/humor/whats-in-your-toilet/

Tricia said...

EWWW!
Just an FYI, It's also imperative that you explain to your newly potty trained child that if they have an accident in their underwear, it is only the POOP that gets flushed, not the entire pair of underware!

DH spent a similar weekend digging up our backyard to get to the cleanouts after my first son flushed his undies.

He made our son help too, mean guy that he is! :o)

Brenda said...

Nor are 15 baby wipes good for potties. I know because the last time my toilet was pulled, that's how many we snaked out.

And here I thought she was throwing them away.

Sis Sarah said...

Makes you want to fingerprint the pencil eh??

Anonymous said...

yeah I'm FINALLY first! Love ya:)

Faith said...

OMG! My husband and I were missionaries for the first 7 years of our marriage and I remember when we first arrived in South Africa we lived with another missionary family and they had 2 boys. Our toilet (yes we had indoor plumbing in our rondoval) became stopped up one day and when cleaned out we discoverd a small composition notebook from one of the boys school work had been torn apart and stuffed down the toilet! That was only the first of a long list of things that those 2 boys found to get into. I can only imagine you with 6.

I follow your blog daily and am loving keeping up with your adventures in parenting. You are great and always put a smile on my face and thanksgiving in my heart that my boys are now grown. It does get better and they are all the greatest joy (and entertainment) in the world.

Blessings to you and your hubby! Keep up the great work and don't ever lose your sense of humor at life!

Mich said...

Poor hubby. Never a dull moment!

Anonymous said...

I work for a housing complex. One day our maintenance guy came back from a call with a picture of the 10 toys he pulled from the toilet.

Melissa said...

Ouch!! So much for quality bathroom time. It must be the week for things not to work in your house. Here's hoping the weekend goes a little smoother!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, your toilet looks really clean. Truthfully, did you have to wipe off any residue before that picture was taken? I would have had to!!

Nat said...

lmao!! thanks for the laughs and the great quotes!!

Loves2Sew said...

Might I add to your list? Plastic toy fish from the movie "Finding Nemo" don't work either. Nemo will not get back to the ocean that way, particularly when he's only slightly smaller than a baseball!!

Brenda said...

LOL. Thanks for showing us what was in your toilet. I am sure glad that is what it was! : )

Paulette said...

Oh no!! HAHAHAHAHA!!! Aren't hubby's great for doing that kind of nasty stuff?

Anonymous said...

When my son was little he shoved a whole apple down the toilet.

We couldn't figure out what was going on and why it wouldn't flush.

Being the brave Mom that I am I stuck my hand in the toilet and felt something there.
After a few minutes tugging and pulling what comes out but a nice red delicious apple.
My son is now 14 and we still remind him of his apple flushing days.

Sharlyn said...

My sister in law found out the hard way that Lava soap doesn't "flush" either ;-)

Robyn said...

Wow! Your husband is a real MAN! My husband would have called the plummer in two seconds flat.

kimmerkc said...

Removing the toilet is often what my husband does as well. Looks like it did the trick :)

Anonymous said...

YIKES! I totally understand. Currently, one of the kids, I have six, has been dropping coins into the toilet as a joke. Whoever it is, no confessions yet, must want to hear about someone "fishing" them out. It's been going on for months. Tell your husband we're sorry. The straw that broke my husband's back was a few years ago when one son was mad at his brother and decided to flush some of his prized Matchbox cars! It was an absolute nightmare to unclog. My man said, "It just might be time to put a tin can in the backyard and call it good!"

Anonymous said...

Wow! I'm the first to comment! Such an honor :) Your husband sounds just like mine! Of course you should pull up the whole toilet - it makes perfect sense! Thanks for all your laughs and glimpses into your life!

Anonymous said...

That is the funniest thing I have ever seen!!! Complete with star eraser. lol

Amy said...

OMG that was really funny... poor guy your husband!! I can so realte to the "Murphy's Law" of it all tho I can't say we have had weird objects in the toilet as of yet. Thanks for the chuckle. A sense of humor is so important nowadays and I keep forgetting that I have a funny bone!! LOL

Anonymous said...

Spoons dont flush real well either....

Waitingonyou2 said...

Oh, my!

Any clue as to who was the culprit? Oh, wait, I forgot. It was your illegitimate child: Notme.

Shannon said...

Ha ha ha! ROFL This happened to my sister one time. They could not get it cleared out. So my dad ripped out the toilet, and lo and behold, there was a my mom's comb. A comb that not only had been missing for months, but had caused many fights over "who lost mom's comb?"

mandolin said...

If only I had a penny for everytime I wanted to flush a pencil with a star shaped eraser down my toilet. But thanks to your kids, I now know better ;) haha The things kids come up with

Lisa Noel said...

Well the upside is that he's capable enough to resolve it and it didn't cost you a zillion dollars to make this discovery. If left up to my husband we'd probably end up neeind a new toilet, among other things...

Leslie said...

I'm just amazed at how clean your toilet is...and with boys in the house. Especially that space where you bolt the toilet to the floor. Nice.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Your toilet is clean! FWI an entire coloring book down the toilet....also causes many problems.

The conversation in our house?

Me:Why did you keep flushing?
T:It just wouldn't go down.
ME:Why did you lock the bathroom door?
T:So the water wouldn't get out of the bathroom!

I feel your pain sister!
Oblivious suburbanite

Kandy Seaton Smith said...

I hate to laugh but that really is sooooo typical when you finally catch a break and then Murphy strikes. Any clue who the culprit was? lol

evanna said...

Well, there go my afternoon plans! Guess I'll have to go find somewhere else to stash my pencil and extra paper towels. :-) Goodness! Never a dull moment, huh?

Mom of 5 said...

My husband is a plumber. He agrees and preaches that there are certain things that just don't flush well. Too bad our kids didn't get the message. Other things besides pencils and paper towels that don't flush well include and are not limited to.... diapers, remotes, keys, duplo blocks, elmo, and siblings. (speaking from experience)

Trish Berg said...

Dawn-

OK, this is weird. Our toilet broke this week as well. Though there were no pencils or wads of paper towels.

And the only one who needed to cofess was me.

I broke the flushing-thing-a-ma-bob handle right off.

And, hug your hubby tonight. I adore mine, but between the 2 of us, we couldn;t figure out hwo to put a simple new tank contraption in.

Called the plumbmer, since we are helping finance his kids college education, he LOVES us.

Think positively - you could have found something WORSE in there....

Hugs-

Trish Berg
www.TrishBerg.com

Carla said...

Let me just say,.. been there done that :)

We went through this several years ago when my now 7 year old flushed a set of baby teether keys down the toilet. Requiring the toilet be completely removed.

And just a few months ago, our 3 year old did this to BOTH toilets in our home. BOTH! At the same time!
One toilet removal revealed a pencil and some dental floss.
The other was blocked by the "gun" from a large Transformers Starscream.
The worst part of our story though? The husband let the toilet slip out of his hand on our patio as we were trying to remove the blockage and it crashed and shattered all over, recap here: http://www.mylittletribe.com/2007/05/drive_by_post.html

thank you for bringing up that bad but yet hilarious memory :)

Anonymous said...

Poor Man!!! At what point during this process did he get to use the bathroom? He's a keeper, Dawn!!!

Cat-a-holic, Lilly and Laila said...

Oh my gosh! You could fill a library with books written about your kids! Love it!

Peggy

MarshmallowMom said...

OH NO!!! You are so lucky to have a handy toilet. That problem would have cost us $300+. We have never had toys in the toilet - YET. But I'm knocking on wood - it's bound to happen. Especially with boys. Do girls ever flush things? :-)

Anonymous said...

OMG...you have a husband who can actually FIX stuff???? Without a PLUMBER?

Just lately, in addition to paying a plumber, it's been my unfortunate experience to ALSO have to call in a floor contractor to replace the water-logged sub-floor and tile after my DH arbitrarily decided that the toilet's wax ring needed to be replaced.

Along with a PLETHERA of other unfortunate handy-hubby events (including a 2-wk medical leave of absence from work involving an at-home table saw injury) I visibly CRINGE whenever I see him approach the house with even as little as a SCREWDRIVER!

Unbeknownst to us (and a baffling mystery to the 2 separate plumbing agencies we employed) our daughter, at age two, flushed a clear, plastic bologna cover into the potty.

As it made it's way through our plumbing system, it subsequently lodged itself in the sewer pipe, creating a FLAP. Plumbing auger/snakes merely PUSHED the flap aside, but sooner or later, the problem reappeared.

Solution: Roto-Rooter with their scary Sentinel-type (The Matrix) cut and grind, search and destroy implement bought the nearly unrecognizable culprit to the "surface."

Since then, I can't even LOOK at, nor have I purchased, a single slice of bologna!

You are RICHLY BLESSED to have a handy husband, Dawn! KUDOS to him!

Sincerely,
Nancy Binky

Nicki said...

The same thing happened at my house when my youngest flushed a four inch bristle block down the toilet. I feel your husband's pain and frustration.

Heidi said...

Oh how funny and horrible!

Jordan Quinley said...

I found your blog via your Ebay posting for the Pokemon cards. I'm surprised you find any time to blog, but we're all happy that you do.

Sherri P said...

My first born, now a 40 year old mother of two teenage sons, didn't like her baby shoes....so naturally the best way to get rid of them was to flush them....and my electric shaver at the same time.

Her little brother (a couple of years later) loved to watch the water swirl when he flushed the toilet. I heard continuous flushing one day. Walked into the bathroom to see him flushing with one hand while rolling the toilet paper into the toilet with his right. That kid had great hand-eye coordination.

Rachel said...

My hubby wound up having to yank our toilet on Valentines Day after my 2 yr old flushed what we later found out to be 2 mega bloks people. It was not the valentines day evening he had been imagining. I feel your pain :)

Rene said...

OMG! Been there, done that! My 4 year old flushed a bar of soap last year. After it flooded the bathroom, we ended up having to replace the toilet completely, rip up the carpeting and replace the flooring. What a nightmare!


Rene
www.sectorsgirl.blogspot.com

Lori said...

45 years ago, when my sister was 4, she put the kitten, a flip-flop and a doll dish in the toilet and tried to plunge them down. My mom rescued the kitten and the flip-flop, but didn't know about the doll dish, which acted like a valve: the toilet would back up, we'd plunge and it would clear. Except when a quantity of solid matter was introduced...My dad pulled our toilet when he got home, too--and my mom made the three of us stand in the front yard until he finished, so we wouldn't hear him swearing.
Did your popularity come with the Pokemon sale? You are very good: you remind me of Jean Kerr (Please Don't Eat the Daisies) or Erma Bombeck. Every mother can probably relate--including sister with the plunger, who sent me to the Pokemon post. I think you probably will get a book contract, and will be successful, if you can only find the time to write. (Do local papers still run this kind of thing as a regular feature? Most successful domestic humor writers got their starts that way.)

Mom said...

Well its unfortunate that obviously all parents go through the same thing.
Now ofcourse while my dear husband is fishing the 'object' out ,he is swearing no other family goes through this ! So I will have to save this one and yeah sometime next week when we are attempting to figure out whats stuffed down the toliet this time,I will have to pull your blog up and show him we are truely not the only ones !
And my lovely friend who has not experinced children yet, she thinks your blog is very gross.
I can't help but to link her to say LOOK this is ME ! My kids do these things to !She hates me today !HEHE!
She now has decided to skip having children .
This blog is something we should send out to schools for all the teens to see... maybe they would rethink and wait a few years before doing the deed !


Im really staring at your spotless non pee stained toliet.
How did you do it? Did you scrub it before he took the picture?

Ally Brown said...

You HAVE to see this mom song on youtube! It's hilarious. Not only did it remind me of myself, my mom, but also of YOU! It's a hoot!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anSpBUxsgAU&mode=related&search=

Enjoy. It should be every mother's theme song.

twocans said...

Poor hubby! I think there is going to be a special jewel in his crown! Lol Although I'm sure not funny at the time, I still had a good laugh and shared it with my own hubby...

Kristi Sauer said...

My in-laws had to tear up their entire yard after I flushed a few tampons down the toilet. they got stopped on tree roots and effed up the entire system. I am not sure they ever forgave me for that and it happened over 7 years ago!

Kristina said...

Oh yes, we've been there! It always seems to happen when hubby is tired and grumpy and just wants to relax, too! Last time we found the lid off a container...but not until after hubby used the plunger, a snake, and then - finally - took the toilet apart. Toilet locks just don't work, do they!

Kristina

Hilary said...

LOL!!!

At least your toilet was clean!!!

Veggiemomof2 said...

You should see how badly a box of q-tips clogs up a toilet! I never knew they were SO absorbant! ROFL

AZMom said...

OH MY GOSH! It was toilet days for BOTH of us today! You have to go and read my blog to read about our toilet escapades!

What a mess!

http://familylifeinthedesert.blogspot.com

Jenn loves Derek said...

Isn't it great to be married to amazing men who can just rip out a toilet! I have to say I think it is amazing what good men can do.

Amy said...

So funny!! A couple months ago we had a plastic fish in our potty!! Apparantly my 2 year old felt that fish go in water. It was a really round squeaky fish and when we took the toilet off, it was there, perfectly settled in the round drain at the bottom of the toilet! UGH!!

Margaret said...

Your poor husband. Seriously, pulling out the toilet was above and beyond. And then he still has to go to the hardware store for one of those rings to re-install the toilet. The real question, of course, is who flushed the pencil down the toilet. I know what you'll hear, but Not Me doesn't actually live in your house.

Amber Miller said...

Poor guy! But what a champ for fixing it.

Anonymous said...

did you know that gala apples are just the right size to block the drain in the toilet and NOT go in so far that you need the help of a plumber? you just get the honor of stick your arm in toilet water to your elbow.... (i'm still having extra hot showers over that one).

lawnajo said...

I'll bet "NOTME" did it. If you find out who did it, you have to tell us.

peach said...

I was sitting here reading the comments and decided to ask my 15 year old daughter just exactly WHAT items she has flushed as I could not recall them all and she says "do you mean the time we had to replace the toilet?" oh dear... so I say yes ... she says oh mom that time was an apple! we replaced the toilet just a couple years ago!!!!!!! then she says oh yeah I flushed air fresheners ya know the car kind! and the list goes on... hair bows, dominos, and GI joes oh my! we are becoming poets! actually I was the GI joe flusher when I was about 5 I recall my uncle having to go to the pipe in the yard with the HUGE snake and retrieve JOE... memoriessssss

womandriver said...

What a riot. When my daughter was two she came down the stairs (she was supposed to be in bed) to tell us the potty was broke... up we go to find toys in there... she had put all of her foam bath toys in, an apparently flushed, hubby pulled them out one by one, letters and numbers began to pile up. The whole time he was "what in the WORLD made you think you could flush your toys!!" When he thought he was done she looked sweetly at dear, ole frustrated dad and said, ever so innocently... "you forgot my green frog."
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The joy of children.

peach said...

after i posted my story my DD reminded me of our trip to Missouri on sept 20 1997, for my fathers wedding...we stayed at a BRAND NEW hotel just off of Lindburg near the airport, and within 20 minutes we had a FLOOD coming from our bathroom, DD had flushed SOMETHING... shes thinking it may have been a towel!!

VanDerHoekArt said...

I am so impressed that your husband not only has the tools needed to get tree roots out of the sewer line, but actually know how to use them! In our house there would be a lot of plunging, cursing and shaking of heads followed by a call to a plumber.

qofd said...

Wimp. In my house a toilet bowl brimming with water would be considered a spa treatment!

aberjaber said...

Hello Dawn!!!
I am so pleased to have found you out there in cyberspace. One of my girlfriends found your pokemon card page on ebay and actually thought that it was me until the very end when you said you were shipping from Illinois. We share a similar sense of humor and a way with words. I too, have 6 kids- 3 boys and 3 girls- under the age of 8. I laughed until I cried about your shopping trip- mostly because I could relate to every single detail you included; particularly the part about "you have your hands full." I swear, I hear that so often that I actually use it as a password. Anyway- I feel we're kindred and I just wanted to say thanks for the laughs. I had begun to believe I was the only person in the world dealing with these things. I blog at aberjaber.blogspot.com Stop by sometime.

Anonymous said...

I understand! My little brother once flushed a rather large plastic boat down the toilet! We couldn't figure out why it would flush some times and not others... Until Dad finnaly did the same. I gotta laugh now. [Or until mine does it!]

Joanell said...

Wow, my first response was your toilet is so CLEAN!!! Did you clean it just for that picture or is it usually that way? I'm so impressed!!

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

Oh no, your poor husband! At least he knew what to do. It brings back scary memories and massive amounts of shuddering of when we had to pull our toilet out of the bathroom. Serious "ugh" factor.

Anonymous said...

My dad used to do this frequently and always said, "It's a crappy job, but somebody's gotta do it!" He always thought he was quite funny.

Chris said...

been there done that! In my case that I blogged about at end of August, my culprit was the foam bath tub letters J & Y.

Pam @ Beyond The Red Door said...

hahahahahahahaha - the pencil is cracking me up!! Never a dull moment....

Pam

Bas~Melech said...

Aw, poor hubby... :(

Balancing Act said...

So much for getting home early. Love your blog!!

Mishel said...

I am SO going to bookmark this entry so that when this happens to me, should my son and any other child I have do this, I can reference this and know what to do:)

Jill said...

I've been plunging my kid's toilet for three days...today was a HUGE victory-I dislodged whatever was down there..I think it was an entire pack of baby wipes!

Anonymous said...

I remember the time i had to rip a toilet out of the floor. For two days i was trying to unclog the sucker with a $5 snake3 from walmart, telling the wife that the kids had to have flushed a toy or something. she boldly denied such a charge, she had been keeping an eye on them all morning. so finally i got a wax ring and pulled it up. sure enough...a 3"x1" wooden domino. to this day i still like to point out that she was wrong, and i was right. then she reminds me that even a blind squirrel can find an acorn

Jewel said...

I am an ebay recruit. I wanted to say that I have 2 Houdinis who escape the cart seatbelts and I have bought apples bruised by my very own son on the grocery store floor.
We also once had to take our toilet onto the lawn because of slow flushing and...we found a pen.
Craziness sometimes being a Mom huh. And I am only at 3!!
Sounds like you are a good one though.

Connie said...

My good friend and neighbor came over and told me her darling daughter had flushed an apple down the toilet-whole. This plugged it up good (no water of any kind was going through). The 2 of us (and 8 kids) tried to use a plumbers snake to dislodge the apple but only succeeded in coring the darn thing. Our next try was to take out the toilet and run a hose backwards up the gooseneck, which worked finally. Then we had to figure out how to reinstall the toilet. This was the first plumbing job for either of us. I guess we did fairly well as the toilet worked after we were done.
Kids, gotta love um.

Whizzed said...

Thank goodness those problems are not mine or my late wife's anymore I understand the feeling only too well lol, good luck with it all

Anonymous said...

Small world, by good friend and neighbor was just over today and saying her children's bathroom toilet has to be plunged after every flush. She knows the problem, her son dropped her teenage daughters' tube of lipgloss in the toliet and flushed it. This has been going on for months. Her in-laws are arriving in three days and will be using that bathroom. So the dilemma is does she call a plumber, do the job herself( I have knicked named her Handy Andy, she is able to do any fix up jobs around a house) or let her in-laws plunge after every flush!! I sent her the blog and she just laughed, she is not the only one in this dilemma.

Miss Hannah said...

Well hey, on the bright side, your toilet is really white and clean looking! =D

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