Thursday, September 9, 2010

have you ever had a night like this?

I have had the craziest night ever. 

It involved . . .
  • a puddle the size of a small pond on my kitchen floor
  • an emptying of the linen closet to clean up the small pond on the floor
  • a freezer full of thawed out food
  • an emergency visit from an appliance repair person at 4:45 PM
  • a return visit by said person to deliver a new fridge at 5:45 PM
  • kitchen counters and kitchen floors filled with food from the fridge
  • a quick and very necessary cleaning of the floor underneath the fridge
  • a new fridge in place and plugged in
  • a quick dinner made from the unquestionable food on the counters and the floor
  • a painstaking process of evaluating all food on the floor and counter
  • a large garbage can filled with half the food that used to be in the fridge and the freezer
  • a somewhat empty new fridge
  • a sweeping and mopping of the entire kitchen floor where the food used to be
  • a thorough cleaning of the counters where the food used to be
  • a daughter who in the midst of all the chaos decided to turn over a full cup of milk . . . on purpose
  • another daughter who asked me at least 100 times in 1 1/2 hours why we have a new fridge
  • repurposing the towels used to clean up the pond to clean up the milk
  • me falling on the wet spot on the floor left over from cleaning up the milk
  • a full washing machine of towels
. . . and all of the happened before 7:30 PM.

Then at 8 PM, I tucked my sweet, question-asking Monkey and my lovable, milk-spilling Peanut into bed. 

We said our prayers. 

We kissed goodnight. 

And I looked at my Monkey and my Peanut, and I felt peace. 

In the midst of the chaos of the past three hours, I felt peace.

Why am I telling you all of this? 

Because I know at least one of you out there . . . probably more than one . . . knows exactly how I feel! 

And that's why I love the blogging community!

Craft on!


Mandy Beyeler said...

so you got a new fridge?! score!! :)

Debra Hawkins said...

I once had people from our church coming over and had put dinner in the oven only to realize when I went to pull it out that dinner was still ice cold because the oven was broken. I know how you feel. Glad you got a new fridge.

chris said...

Happy that you have new fridge, stinks to go through all of that...but hey, at least the washer still works!

Way to enjoy what really matters.

Rachel Sue said...

Wow. THat sounded much like my day. Except the puddle was in the upstairs bathroom, on the counter and in the cupboard and then in the bathroom below it coming from the ceiling.

So, yep. I know how you feel.

Unknown said...

Wowza, what excitement! I think my favorite bullet point to picture was the 100th "why do we have a new fridge?" conversation. Somedays, I'm glad my child can only babble. :)

EllensCreativePassage said...

Wow, that is quite an evening! Sorry you had all that to go through, but its good you have a working washer to clean up all the towels!

Tai Bender said...

Love this post! prayers with precious children - counting your blessings bring the most peace! Sorry about your evening though!

I LOVE reading your blog!! I just recently began my own creative blog. Stop by if you wish! I linked to you in my first post. Thanks for the inspiration!!


Ule said...

You brought tears to my eyes because yes, I know what you mean and I love how you said it!!!

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

oh dear, what a day! and you survived to tell us all about it.

When I moved into my first apartment and filled the fridge with food, the fridge gave out. I bought some ice and put all the food in the bath tub with the ice until I finally got a new three days later!

Well, at least your kitchen is clean and you won't have to worry about the fridge for a few years.

southerninspiration said...

Oh goodness, you DID have quite an adventure today....bless your heart. Pretty cool testimony that you felt go girl! I'm visiting from New Friend Friday! Take care....and enjoy those boring days! :D


Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

I feel that peace almost every night after the kids are in bed. ;) Sorry your day was so chaotic!

Julie said...

Ok. My night wasn't quite like that. In fact all was just fine until about 8:15...right I double checked to make sure our basement door was closed so the 11m old wouldn't take a dive down them, I sat down for a split second (or so it felt) only to hear "bumpbadabumpblumpbedadadadaba dabudump....waaaaaaaaaaah" I have NEVER moved so fast. Praising God she is ok. A couple of bumps on the head and she was up crawling again after 20 minutes.

Enjoy your new fridge! Getting a new one within an hour is amazing!!!

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

Oh what a night!!! I sure hope you've gotten over your cold!
And I'm glad it ended in a peaceful time with the kids - that just makes everything better doesn't it. :)

Danylle McLain said...

Oh, my goodness, I thought things like that only happened to me. Tuesday night after the long weekend, I went downstairs to my laundry/craft room to put another load of my teenage daughter's "Oh, no I have no clean pants for school" into the washer and realized that a pipe above where I have ALL of my craft supplies (in paper boxes, no less) had sprung a leak for what must have been several hours. I broke down and cried... Thank goodness my calm handyman husband came to the rescue, I don't know what I would have done without him.
Thanks so much for sharing!

Kim said...

Been there done that. Poor thing. I totally feel your pain. We had a first birthday party for my son and I was pregnant with my other son and due in a week. Our plumbing on the house decided to back up and go all the way down the hallway as guest were coming to the party. It was a nightmare!

Milica said...

I definitely relate! I seem to have one of those evenings (or afternoons, or mornings) every so often and that is what I look back on during those bad-but-not-terrible days so I can get myself to laugh at the ink pen drawings embellishing my sofa.

Anonymous said...

Yes indeed, been there done that! I feel for you!

Just found your blog via Holly.

Best wishes,

Kristin said...

The sad part Elizabeth is that I was impressed by how quickly you got your new fridge! I think you know what I mean! ;) Sorry for such a crazy evening though!

Sandi Linn Andersen said...

I used to write down these kind of days back in the 70's because later I could laugh about it. I would have loved the outlet of blogging back then. Thank goodness we have it now! A particularly crazy day was highlighted by an aforementioned subject on your blog....the neighbor boy stuck beans up his nose while at our house and there were about ten other crazy things that happened that day. :-)

Goings on at the Glenn's said...

such a cute a post! Crazy moments like that make life exciting don't they? I have a story sort of like that that happened this past Monday involving a two year old, nap time, painting projects, and probably the most disgusting mess I've ever had to deal with which did not involve paint.

Melissa said...

Yes I have.

You know, you are fortunate to get a new fridge so quickly. We realized our fridge was dying the Monday before Labor Day weekend and bought a new one and are waiting until next weekend to receive our new one.

We our being very creative and are fortunate that it is not completely dead - we have it running non-stop and I hate to think what our electric bill will be but at least it is not dead.

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

So, I was just wondering... Why did you get a new frige? :)

I know this comment is late but WOW! Crazy night! I hope that your new fridge works out great! :)

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