When I had my third son, I remember being met with comments such as, “Oh, you poor thing,” or “You are going to be one busy mom.”
I never really understood what they were talking about, but as the years have passed, I get it.
As the mother of three boys, I have been trained to clean the bathroom regularly. With my Clorox wipes stocked under the bathroom sink, it is not uncommon for me to wipe around the toilet several times a day.
However, my ever-evolving world has once again made a shift, and my time over the past several days, has been filled with more important things than cleaning a bathroom.
Earlier this morning, I was still lying in bed when I heard my husband yell out, “What the heck happened in here?”
I schlepped out of bed and made my way to the boys’ bathroom and I was just astonished by what I saw.
All I can say is that it looked like a game of “I Spy” threw up all over their bathroom counter.
Take a look at the pictures and try to follow along (you will need to flip back and forth between the two pictures to get the full effect). I couldn’t have staged this if I tried.
I spy something long and black: Yep, it’s the attachment to my vacuum cleaner for which I have been looking for over a week.
I spy something that you would wear in the pool: A pair of goggles. It’s funny how we couldn’t find these during swim season.
I spy something shiny: A bag of marbles! Yes, they are pretty, but my kids were told to get these out of the kitchen and put them away three days ago. The bathroom wasn’t what I had in mind.
I spy something that looks like it should be hanging on a wall instead of lying on a counter: That’s right! It’s a toilet paper holder. This could explain the roll of toilet paper sitting off to the side.
I spy something that would make a wonderful addition to any bathroom in your home: A geometry stencil. I don’t even have a kid taking geometry right now.
I spy something that concerns me greatly and I can’t figure out for the life of me why it would be in my bathroom: A chisel. Now this could be the hardest one to find because it is really intertwined with the toothbrush. Trust me, it’s there.
I spy something long and silver and it’s great to have in the bathroom just in case you get hungry: A silver spoon. And if by chance you have company in the bathroom, there is actually a white spoon too but you can’t see it very well because it’s hiding under the stencil.
I spy a piece of paper that contains important school information: It’s an announcement regarding a new Spanish website for my second grader. En serio?
I spy something that belongs to my husband and I’m not sure why it made its way to the boys’ bathroom: A Bloomberg Business magazine. Perhaps I have a budding entrepreneur on my hands.
I spy the perfect tool to hit your brother over the head with: A wooden hammer. I know three boys who are going to get clobbered with this when they get home!
I spy something every boy can relate to, even in the bathroom: Matchbox cars! At least there seems to be some attempt to have a cohesive display.
Is anyone up for sewing? Because I spy something that would be perfect for you: A cup of buttons. Yes, I said a cup of buttons.
Also on display, you’ll find Lego pieces, St. Patrick’s Day remnants, a broken Rubik’s cube piece, and Benadryl gel. Clearly, the list goes on and on.
Welcome to my life. If I don’t laugh, I’ll cry!
Next week’s agenda: “I Spy: Bedroom Edition.”