Sunday, October 28, 2012

Unaccounted for Surprises just never know where life's unaccounted for surprises are going to turn up.  Yesterday, I had two:

Surprise #1
My toddler got into his big brother's cologne while I was occupied elsewhere in the house (that's not the surprise).  I knew I was in trouble when the smell started wafting through the house in an overwhelming dose that compelled me to turn off the heater and open all of the windows in the house, even though it was cold outside.  Upon investigation, it turned out he'd sprayed it on the door to the towel cabinet, on the towels, on the shower curtain, on the bathroom door, and well, you get the idea.  So it was time to give him a shower (in a different bathroom that didn't smell like a perfume factory).

I got his clothes, put them on my bed, and put him in my shower.

When I was done scrubbing him down, I went to open the door (didn't even realize I locked the door when we were in the bathroom if no one was home...I realize it now).

Surprise number one came in the form of the door not opening.  The lock on the handle spun, just like it's supposed to, to unlock the door...but the lock wouldn't budge from inside of the wall.  Uh oh.  I didn't have a phone in there, no one was home, and my son didn't have any clothes (I ended up putting the cologne-soaked ones back on him to keep him warm).  We tried to no avail, everything we knew to get out of that bathroom.  With no tools though, we were pretty much out of luck.

To top it off...hubby's car has been overheating, and he told me early that morning to be on alert in case it broke down, so we could come and get him (we're dropping it off to be fixed later today).  You have no idea how much I was hoping that every phone call that came in was NOT him calling to get a rescue.

We were in that bathroom for hours.

Surprise #2
After my son cried (just a little) and got over being a bit scared, we settled in.  Surprise #2 came in the form of us having a good time.  We practiced letter writing (in the air), talked about his school day, counted the lines on our feet (LOL!), and discussed just about everything we could think of...and it was fun.

What a super huge, awesome blessing to get to spend that amount of completely one-on-one time with my son. Who gets to do that, really?  And I loved it.

We were sure glad though, when dad got home and after retrieving a tool or two, got us out of that bathroom (thanks hubby!), and then found ourselves really, really wanting to get out of the house (despite it being time to make dinner). treat ourselves after our unusual dilemma, my son and I went out for subs (Jimi John's rocks our world), and did a bit of shopping.  I got the camera I have been needing, and he got a Darth Vader mask he's been eyeballing).

So...all is well that ends well, and the moral of the story?  You just never know where you're going to find your blessings.  Who knew we would find ours in the bathroom yesterday.  Three cheers (this time), for unaccounted for surprises.

Happy weekend everyone!


  1. I love that story. The happiest people I know are the ones who find the bright spot in a dreary situation. My best friend's parents always instructed their kids to "put on your happy face", and I have seen how that simple direction became a family habit and has seen them--and me, too--through hard times with a bit more comfort and cheer.

  2. that's great storey, I love that you turned it into a postive - I remember putting the kids to bed one night, while the hubs was out and locking myself in the laundry. I was crying then my phone which strangely I had put in my pocket before getting the laundry rang. Before I knew it Dad was around and had freed me.

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  4. LOL! What a day! I think it delight's God's heart when we find something good in whatever situation we are in. It's definitely something we all need to be more mindful of!

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  5. I absolutely love how you turned that into a positive! What a sweet story from a surprising event!

  6. I LOVE this story. I can't help but laugh because I've been locked out of my house a time or two and although you know you'll be OK, it is kind of embarrassing. So great that you turned lemons into lemonade.

  7. What a great story:) Thanks for dropping by today! Take care!

  8. If the door had opened you would have missed all of that special time together. That's a happy story ty! ♥

  9. Love! So cute. That sounds like something that would happen to me. It's awesome that it became a positive :)

    Thank you for linking up at Raising Imperfection!! :)


  10. I carry my phone around everywhere with me when I am alone with the baby. I am more afraid I am going to lock myself away from her. I am so glad you were able to turn this I to a positive! Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection'

  11. Love your post Rosey - talk about making lemonade out of lemons lol.
    I think I would have been crying right along side my kids!

  12. Oh my - that is the CUTEST Darth Vador I've ever seen!!

    Your story about the colorgne remided me of the time my sister drank my dad's cologne when we were little. She got drunk as a skunk......LOL.

  13. Love this blog post! Happy weekend, well I hope you had a happy weekend!

  14. I'm glad your husband was able to rescue you! YIKES! Did you have to give him another bath since his perfumed clothes were put back on? Or did you just decide to roll with the smell?

    1. We were in there so long I never even considered another shower, lol. We did change his outfit though.

  15. This makes me smile Rosey. I just love this post. And I'm so glad for this blessing that you will never forget! And glad that hubs came home.

    And you got your camera!!! :) Yay!

  16. What a story! It had a funny beginning, and ended happy :))
    And you gotta love that mask!

    Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!

  17. When it rains it pours! You poor things! So glad your hubby didn't break down:)

  18. I love it! Big grin on my face after reading your post. Great way to begin my Monday! I love happy endings!

  19. Totally agree! They come from the weirdest things. Happy Monday!

  20. I really enjoyed this story! I tend to get panicky when I get locked in places, so it's a good reminder to enjoy the ride :)

  21. What a great way to put a positive spin on a stressful situation! Love that Darth Vader mask and glad you got your new camera!

  22. what a story... yes this is a blessing in disguise. You both may have needed quality time together that you may have thought you hadn't needed. Also you both can both look back on a time you can laugh about and time you can say you "remembered" when you both had a heartfelt mother/child moment together... the memories you will have!!

  23. Those "surprises" always end up being blessings. SOme of our best memories are the things that we DID NOT plan. What a great story. And PEW on the cologne. At least you were not locked outside. LOL


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