Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Our Pink Porch!

Having boys is always an adventure....some more welcome than others!  On this particular night, our adventure started at about sundown...the boys were sent outside to play and occupy themselves for awhile before dinner.  

I was alerted to a problem when I heard a rather large WHOOSH which sounded like liquid being dumped and the scurrying sounds of children running to hide.  As I came to the porch door I was HORRIFIED to find PINK PRIMER DUMPED ALL OVER THE PORCH STEP!

I didn't even know what to do or where to start!  The boys were completely covered in paint...there was even evidence that they had 'driven' their tractors and trucks in it!  I couldn't even get OUT without stepping in it...I rolled up my pants put on my shoes and hauled the two vandals into the house...stripped them down and sent them to the tub while I cleaned up the mess outside!  I didn't want to leave the paint too long because it was KILZ Primer tinted with RED!  

Now you may be asking where they got the can of paint...well, I have to admit it was sitting on the porch with about 4 other gallons of paint waiting for the project in which it was to be used...these gallons of paint were tucked away under the coat box and they children were told MANY times to leave it alone.  As to how it got OPENED...is another question...I was told that Jonny threw the can of paint and it popped open...but SOMEONE had to have POURED it in order for me to hear the WHOOSH sound and I didn't hear a THUD like it was thrown or dropped!  And though I didn't get a picture of what it looked like BEFORE I cleaned the step...it was CLEARLY spread EVERYWHERE!

Well, after I got the villains in the house, I went to trying to get the water hose and wash off as much as I could...but when I got to the hydrant...one of the villains...probably the youngest had taken the washer and nut off the hydrant and lost them in the grass so I had to go find ANOTHER set that fit...by the time I did that and got the hose drug over to the house...the sun was setting and the paint was drying!

I let the water just run full bore on the step while I went to scrubbing with hot water and soap on the house...it was splattered all over the WHITE siding...After all my scrubbing...this is what was left:

notice the paint can to the left...and the NOW decorated pumpkins

Here you can see the 'tire' tracks from the trucks being driven
through the paint and ground into the sidewalk. (the sidewalk not only had rocks, pumpkins,
and regular 'dirt' but the boys had dumped SAND all over to mix with the paint)

Here are the villains' clothes which were totally RUINED!
No getting Pink Primer out of them!

This is what the porch looked like the next morning...
I had no clue it had gotten so painted

And the porch step the next morning!  Beautiful isn't it!


Fortunately I was able to get most of the paint off the siding even though I was doing it in the dark the night before!

Updated:  Three months later...and we STILL have pink residue under the snow!

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