We had gotten off to a rough start. My kids were grumpy and bickering all through breakfast. I was so grateful to drop one of the worst offenders off at school this morning, though we did have to turn around and run back to the car and retrieve the backpack she'd forgotten. In her classroom, another student was passing out full treat bags to every student in honor of her birthday. Really, parents? Unnecessary.
Safely at home, one child happily playing with a visiting friend, the other "helping" me, I watered my garden. I got a little lost in my plants, breathing in the pungent smell of the tomato plants, excitedly finding my first few peppers. Then I realized that my smallest helper was no where in sight.
I walked into the house and wondered why I was hearing trickling water. And then I splashed into it. Droplets flew as I hurried down the hall to the bathroom to discover the toilet, merrily overflowing. So . . .
Good news! I now know a motivated toddler can clog our toilet with about half a roll of toilet paper!
Good news! I learned that water flowing out of my bathroom will go directly down the tile hall and out towards the front door, only dampening the first foot or so of carpet in my bedroom and the living room!
Good news! I just mopped my bathroom and hall!
Good news! I vacuumed behind the couch and shampooed part of the carpet!
Good news! All the towels in the house are washed/being washed! And some of the blankets, too!
Good news! I didn't swear out loud in front of a guest! Or my own children!
Good news! Though Rosie slipped and fell several times on the wet floor as I tried to be my own branch of FEMA, she didn't crack her head open, nor did she land hard enough on her bum to cause her incredibly smelly diaper to blow out its contents.
Good news! I hadn't had time to put on makeup yet, so I didn't sweat it all off as I frantically sopped up water!
Good news! I no longer feel any guilt about laying down for a nap this afternoon. I have earned it.