I took the kids to CoCo Key, an indoor water park, yesterday. They were awesome! They were so totally, completely awesome the whole day! Not once did I have to tell them to knock it off on the car ride there. When we got there, they all helped carry the cooler and bags of snacks, towels, and swimsuits. All day long, Austin, Savannah, and Jackson helped watch the little kids. They took them on the lazy river and watched them in the baby area which was so helpful as it's hard to keep my eyes on six kids at once!
I met my friend Julie and her two boys there. I'd love to share pictures with you, but although I remembered my camera, I left my battery plugged into the wall in my kitchen. I hate when I do that! I guess it's not that bad considering I would've shot anyone who tried to take a picture of me in a bathing suit. Especially since I inadvertently packed the wrong swimshorts. I was supposed to pack the pair that fits. Instead, I packed the pair that's so short, my butt hangs out of it. Not a pretty sight. As soon as I realized I'd donned the wrong shorts, I quickly wrapped a towel around my waist and didn't remove it for fear of making people sick. I'm sure vomit in a pool would be pretty gross.
Anyway, we stayed there all day. It wasn't crowded at all (I guess no one around there is on spring break this week) so we had the place to ourselves. After everyone's hands were sufficiently wrinkly, we left and went to Cracker Barrel for dinner where the kids continued to be awesome. There was no name-calling, no nastiness, no attitudes. And then, they were totally awesome the entire way home.
Don't get me wrong, these guys still have their moments, but overall, they have been extra-terrific for the past month or so. Of course, the change in Jackson's medication has been a big part of it. Everyone's being much nicer to Jackson because he's not bugging the snot out of everyone every minute of every day. It's good. :)
But my day couldn't end on such a positive note, or it just wouldn't be right. So, we got home, walked in the door and realized the house smelled like poop.
"Oh, that's right. The toilet's clogged up, Mom."
"When were you planning on telling me this?"
"I just told you!"
"Sigh. When did it get clogged?"
"Fabulous. First off, you guys need more fiber in your diets. Secondly, you need to grab the plunger and try to unclog it because if I go in there and see poop floating around in the toilet, I'm liable to throw up and then there will be a poop/vomit mess to clean up."
OK, so Austin grabbed the plunger, unclogged it and all was well. Until I went to use the other bathroom. Guess what! That toilet was clogged too! I passed Fiber One bars out to everyone, then grabbed the plunger and went to work on that toilet. Thinking the plunging had done the trick, I flushed the toilet, but kept my hand on the water turn-off, just in case. The water in the bowl kept rising so I quickly turned it off to prevent the toilet from overflowing. I twisted the knob furiously to the left. Yep, I said "left". I turned and turned and the water kept rising. DUH! Your average kindergartner knows righty-tighty, lefty-losey! Ugh. As fast as I could, I turned the knob to the right, but it was too late. Poo water flooded my bathroom.
How do you even begin to clean something as disgusting as that?! I bent down to start sopping up the foul nastiness and out of nowhere BAM! barf happened. Lovely. In all fairness, I'd probably consumed 4 1/2 pounds of artichoke jalepeño dip at the pool and the whole barfness was bound to happen anyway, but cleaning up poop water was the catalyst.
I think I'll have a port-a-potty delivered to my driveway and the kids can use that while I enjoy a nice, clean, seat-always-down potty seat IN the house. Oh yeah, and I'll never eat artichoke jalepeño dip again.
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