Is anyone up for a game of 'I Spy?'

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.”


Deborah Zupancic
Deborah Zupancic of Bloomfield Hills is a freelance writer and blogger in the Metro-Detroit area. She is the wife of (16) years to Jeff and the mother of three boys, Jacob (15), Nicholas (12) and Andrew (8). Deborah is passionate about parenting and helping new mothers understand that it truly is the hardest job on earth and that they are not alone on their journey. She recently published her first gift book entitled "You're Going to be a Grandma," which celebrates the true essence of becoming a Grandma. http://bit.ly/TheGrandmaGiftBook