If you have seen my Flickr pictures (and I think most of you have now!), you have seen the proud painting of my two little monsters. I was here in the computer room yesterday, trying to solve a riddle with Laural, thinking the boys were happily watching their favorite video du jour, when Aiden came in and proudly announced, “Mom! We were painting! We painted the walls and the doors!” I looked at Aiden’s hands, covered in marker, and almost had a heart attack. I’m not even kidding.
I went to the living room and family room, and saw all that you see in the pictures. I had a panic attack. I haven’t had one of those in a while. Once I recovered, I sent the boys to their room, grounded them from any TV for the rest of the day, and got to work. The markers are the washable kind, and I guess highlighter comes off pretty well, too. The purple left marks, but everything else seems to come off easily. I guess the owners of the house may have used that paint that lets you wash it easily? I don’t remember what it is. I’ve just seen commercials or something for paint that if your kids draw on it, you can wash it easily without stipping any of the paint (which is what happened in our first apartment in Nevada. Seriously, wipe it once, and the paint was totally gone!).
Today I am going to get some new Magic Erasers (man, I sure love those things!! They really are a little miracle, aren’t they? Oh, and don’t try to buy some cheap imitation or another brand. We tried, and they totally don’t work.) then I will get the rest off.
The boys are still alive, Mom. Barely. The good thing is, I was able to get them to bed really early last night, and since Ches was gone to do a recording, I got to relax and cool off all on my own. I bought a Sudoku puzzle book at Target for 50 cents. Between Sudoku, Survivor, and left over Easter candy, I went to bed in a pretty good mood.
Now, back to the riddle I was trying to solve.