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Turquoise Exterior Paint and Carpet…a BAD Combination

Hi readers of Crafty Meggy!  My name is Amy, and I am excited to be featured here!  I’d love for you to come check out my place: Swag on, Momma!  It’s an online hang out for ladies to talk about the things that are important to them…families, homes, hobbies, talents, and most of all connecting with other ladies!  (I know husbands are great, but we all need a girl’s night out!)  Swag on Momma is a night out that conveniently fits into a nap time.  We laugh our bums off, tell stories, share tips, and sometimes even cry a little.  It’s basically a party, so come check it out and follow along!  We’d love to have you. 🙂

Now, I know as women and as moms, we can be so dang hard on ourselves and expect perfection.  Well, I believe in being real…So, here’s my very real-life story to make you feel a little better about yourself!  Haha!  I can laugh about it now, but that day…I sure wasn’t laughing.  Here’s my post:

My Son Spilled A HALF GALLON OF EXTERIOR PAINT All Over My Living Room Yesterday.

Therefore, I didn’t post anything for my normal Thursday post.  Cause I was too busy bawling, scrubbing babies and carpet, and bawling some more…I said the s-word, too. (I don’t usually swear, but seeing all that blue paint made me want. to. die.  It came out like the guttural shriek of a dying beast.)

Here’s my Facebook status and some pics.  I hope this never happens to you.

“Today was not a good day. Why? Because my son spilled a half gallon of exterior paint all over my living room. I was in the kitchen with my son and a little girl I was babysitting. They were following each other around, like they always do, then they walked into the living room. After a few minutes, I thought, “They are sure quiet. I should check them.” As I went towards the living room, Hayden walked around the corner…and he was BLUE. From head to toe. I had forgotten to put away a can of paint from a mural for a play I was working on the night before. WHAT A NIGHTMARE. (I said a bad word really loud…I hope Hayden doesn’t make that his next new word!) I was scrubbing two babes in a tub–we were all bawling–when Patrick miraculously came home early from school. (He never comes home during the day…God sent him to answer my desperate, freaking-out prayer) My neighbor, Amanda took the kids while Patrick and I tried to clean the horrible, freakin mess! (Sorry Amanda, that you had to see me ugly-crying) My husband didn’t even yell or point fingers; he just said, “Well that sucks.” and helped me clean. Not the best day ever. BUT, we drowned our sorrows in Papa Murphy’s Hawaiian pizza for dinner, so the day wasn’t a complete bust! Thank your Shane and Amber, for lending us your carpet steam cleaner…it was worth a try!”



Trying to wash out little baby footprints.


AFTER using a carpet steam-cleaner.  Like 7 times.


My fav t-shirt is ruined.  🙁
Ha!  He doesn’t even feel bad. (This is after scrubbing him good…ain’t no way I’m stopping to take pics when babies are covered in paint, spreading little hand prints on my walls and couches!

But, in the end, neither baby drank paint.  And, they could have finger painted a lot more!  So it’s ok.  (Deep breath…)

Next time you feel like the only mom whose life isn’t Blog/Pinterst worthy, don’t worry…I have spotted blue carpet!  Ha!  Life isn’t perfect; it’s a package deal and catastrophes are included–everybody has them.  (I’m telling myself things like this so I chillll out about the mess in my living room.)

Well, I guess I’ve officially been initiated into the “Mom of a Toddler” club.  What kind of messes have your toddlers made?  Let’s commiserate–I’m sure it will make me feel better!  🙂

Update: After trying lots of cleaning (failure, failure, failure…) it cost $700 to replace the living room and hall carpet (*sob).  Well, at least we have posh, brand new carpet! 🙂

Don’t forget to come check out Swag on, Momma for more stories and to share stories of your own! 🙂

5 thoughts on “Turquoise Exterior Paint and Carpet…a BAD Combination

  1. Oh Amy its that quiet sound that we have to be aware of. When my 8 year old was 4 years old I had a lie down on my bed for 5 minutes while my baby was asleep (I was also pregnant with baby number 3). We’d just purchased a new T.V a few months earlier and the room had just been painted to freshened up when he got a permanent marker and drew on the television and walls.
    The painter was coming the next day to collect a few things he’d left behind. He fixed up the painted wall but the television was a different story.
    I’m happy to say we still have the television and the marker has burnt off the screen. Motherhood likes to surprise you sometimes.

  2. A much easier clean for us, but one time we found our youngest who was about 3 at the time, in our bathroom with baby powder ALL over the floor, sliding around on it. I asked her what she was doing and she said, “I was ice skating!” At least that was a better option than my nephew who lives in a warm climate and decided to bring the hose into their kitchen so that he could ice skate. Mighty Ducks was his favorite movie. I don’t know how he was going to freeze it all, but he had the first part figured out.
    He’s now serving a mission in Finland, so I hope he gets to ice skate while he’s there. He might even pull off freezing his kitchen. It sure as heck wouldn’t have happened in the desert.

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