Sunday, February 8, 2009

Joy In Mudville

We are in the midst of a heat wave. Yesterday reached 51°F here in Weaselville. The sun shone and the angels sang. We saw the glimmering light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Heading outdoors was not a painful experience for the first time in months. We actually wanted to be outside. Days like this are entirely uplifting for the soul.

With the extra vitamin D coursing through my veins I headed out to clear the last remnants of ice from the sidewalk and driveway while the kids pulled their bikes out of the garage and broke free from the chains of cabin fever. The snow that had been piled up everywhere was melting quickly and we could actually see the ground and the brown death that will transform back to lawn in the spring.

I went for a 1 mile run that almost killed me and just enjoyed being free of below freezing temps. I actually worked up a sweat that didn't form icicles on my eyebrows or leg hair.

Boy Weasel asked if he could take his younger sisters to the park down the street. No problem. That would give me opportunity to get some chores done and a nice hot shower without interruption. I love when I can send them outside to play! And they love not being imprisoned in the house.

With the washing machine going and the dishwasher running I headed upstairs for a glorious, unrushed, relaxing shower to soothe my aching muscles. Mr. Weasel took to the solitude of the bedroom to answer some emails and hack out some code for a potential job.

And then it happened.

While wearing a robe and towel drying my hair, an unrecognizable mud ball came tearing into my bedroom. Voice recognition told me that it was Monkey Weasel. She looked as if she had gone swimming in elephant dung and was speaking in a rushed and panicked tone something about needing help. Following quickly behind her was a slightly larger pile of mud that we identified as Middle Weasel from the tell tale tag line of "don't worry, I'm okay" (that usually follows behind a loud crashing sound). "Smallest Weasel and Boy Weasel are in the garage and need help cleaning themselves up before they can come in". The thought crosses my mind that if these two Weasels thought is prudent to traipse through the house in this condition, what must the others look like.

I followed the thickly laid trail of mud from the bedroom, down the hall and the stairs, through the living room and the kitchen and into the garage, height was the the only identifying feature left to tell these two Weasels apart.

One by one, we started stripping the Weasels in the kitchen and wrapping them in towels to send them for showers. We started with Monkey Weasel and Middle Weasel to stop the amount of destruction they were leaving in their wake. There was a lack of hot water remaining due to my shower, the washer and the dish washer all having been run. Great.

Smallest Weasel started to cry "They made me pee my pants!" as we peeled the layers of what used to be clothing from her. What do you mean, 'they made you pee'? Boy Weasel pipes up "She was stuck in the mud and said she had to go. I knew we would never get her out of the mud and home in time, so I told her she would have to pee in her pants". The Mr. and I couldn't hold back our laughter. In Boy Weasel's defense, a little extra pee didn't add anything much to her soiled state.

As we continued cleaning up the gang and the trails left behind them, we really just had to laugh. The whole story of how this debacle happened came out slowly in segments from all 4 sources. We could piece this much together. They decided to run across the baseball field, that has damn near turned to quicksand in the thaw. They all managed to fall numerous times and would get stuck if they stayed stationary for more the 5 seconds. Smallest Weasel got stuck while trying to escape to a bathroom. After she wet her pants ~from inside, they were already wet from the outside~ Boy Weasel thought it prudent to try and clean her up using a still pristine snow pile and water from the mud puddles.

I asked them "Was it at least a lot of fun? Please tell me you at least had fun". Three out of four Weasels answered "Yeah! It was great!". Smallest Weasel whimpered "no". I asked her "was it fun before you peed your pants?", "yeah, it was bunches of fun then".

Socks and underwear ~ total loss ~ $15.00
Extra use of laundry detergent and water ~ $7.00
Clean up time ~ 4 hours (rinsing clothes in sink, removing mud from carpeting and flooring, showers and laundry.
Thinking of their smiling faces while relating their tale of adventure to me ~ Priceless.

My only regret is that in name of damage control, I didn't stop to take a picture.

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Tom said...

The best childhood memories almost always involve mud, wet, running and pee. You've got yourself a great one there! Tomorrow, just in case, have the camera out and ready.

Train Wreck said...

hahaha yes it would have been a great photo. However the wayyou explained it, having children myself...I can totallly picture it!! How funny. I am glad they all had so much fun BP (before the Pee) Thanks for sharing your memorable moment!!

Tara R. said...

You painted a great picture and I'm still laughing.

Melisa with one S said...

You are a much better mother than I. It would have taken me days to laugh about that, after I cleaned everything up. :)

RhondaLue said...

You didn't take a picture?? AHHH MAN!

Great story though...lots of fun. But sorry about all that cleanup time. ugh-so much for your restful time while they romp on dry land and come home pristine.

Mrs4444 said...

What a great story (sorry). Just loved the play-by-play. And yes, I'm disappointed that there are no photos!!

Bad Momma said...

Oh my gosh, I'm not sure I'd be laughing. I surely would have taken photos on the off-chance that Tide would have come calling with a 6-figure endorsement deal.

Next time keep the video camera running and follow behind from a safe distance. You might make it to "America's Funniest Home Videos"!

Michelle said...

Wow. I'm just impressed that you were able to take a shower at ALL with the dishwasher and laundry going. I wouldn't even dream of that. Lucky!

Gotta love the mud. And the child-logic!

Oh, and if it makes you feel any better, on the way to church today, we saw a car that had ummm skidded off the road and into the snowbank. On a 25mph stretch. No curves. No rhyme or reason. Can you imagine the frustration that woman must have been feeling?

terri said...

You have the patience of a saint. I'm not sure I could have laughed at the sight of that much mud! Well, at least if it happened at my house. It is much easier to laugh about this whole thing happening at YOUR house!

Sue said...

Mud is so fun! At least when it is outside!

Laura said...

Better you than me Momma!! Ours played out in 65+ degrees today (wasn't there just an ice storm about 10 days ago??) & had a blast, I took a few pictures (the little ones are growing so fast) but I didn't have, nor did I WANT my camera this evening when the littlest one made a "muddy" mess for me to clean up in the tub...yuck! It was much easier than all of your mud, but yuck!

Glad to hear that the weasels had such a great time! Still praying for Mr. Weasel on the job front!!

OhCaptain said...

I might have been tempted to have the show me how much fun that was and try it for myself. Mud is fun.

nonna said...

i am very disappointed in you. i thought you were a professional blogger. a professional blogger would never, ever deny us the actual photographic evidence of tale. without evidence..that's all it can be. a tale.

such a shame

but, you've got a great tale, at least. ;)

seashore subjects said...

You are absolutely is priceless!

The Microblogologist said...

Poor traumatized Smallest Weasel, hehehe! Loving this heat wave, so sad that the weather channel says it won't last and has snow in my forecast. Can't wait for summer!

Oscar said...

It is funny..... for a minute! LOL

God bless you!

I have 4 dogs at my house right now and chase them with a rag!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Michelle, it's a miracle that you got to shower at all with the dishwasher AND the washer running! That should be a blogpost in and of itself!

I can't wait to have kids so I can have moments like this too! Cats don't get into too much mischief when they are old.

Otter Thomas said...

I am sure my son will be a mudder if he is anything like me. Me and my buddy liked playing in the mud so much that one dry summer we dug a hole in the back yard, filled it with water, and went to town.

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