Yes they do. Especially around here these days. I have been meaning to get this out on my blog ever since Little Boy, with his Hulkish strength opened a corner cupboard in an angry green fit and broke half the door off. Our corner cupboard now has cereal exposed to the kitchen air and it makes me a bit irritated every time I look at it. It is supposedly unfixable because the local hardware stores don't carry that kind of hinge. We needed new kitchen cupboards anyways. And while we are at it how about some new granite countertops? T promised when we bought this house 16 months ago that a re-do on the kitchen was in the near future. Our bank account just needs to catch up to our dream kitchen. So far we've invested in new appliances, so I am not complaining.
That same Hulk-like power was probably involved when my same aqua monster (Little Boy) broke the light fixture in his bedroom. I think there was a ball involved. I didn't look up to the ceiling fan and notice it until weeks after the incident. You gotta give the boys credit for some quick clean up and a lot of silence. That will be coming out of his allowance. Along with the cost to replace the ripped white shirts and split jeans that guy is going through...
The boring list goes on but not all of them can be blamed on Little Boy. I'm not sure who ruined our light switch downstairs. At least it's been fixed. Big Girl just ruined the stapler (after ripping apart her homework packet for the 2nd time in 10 minutes. Like a Big Girl she was trying to staple it back herself and somehow managed to jam it up requiring patience and a set of needle-nosed pliers from me to get it back in working order. I think six year olds are hard on staplers. Her teacher has several that are in the stapler hospital. Her comment, and this experience after school today has given me the perfect teacher gift idea this year. A gift card to staples with my 'reindeer food' this year. Never heard of reindeer food? In our home it's a combination of cereal, pretzels, nuts and M & M's covered in white chocolate, and it's actually for human consumption.
But back to the things. How could I leave out the kitchen chair that that Little Boy was "just touching" when one of the railings on the back just mysteriously broke in two?! The boy just doesn't know his own strength. Then there's the issue we now have with the dryer due to Big Boy's inattentive closing of sleeves in the door and leaving it to twist and twist until the pressure rips up the seal on the door in the drying/twisting process... ugh! We have also purchased multiple electric pencil sharpeners and more than our fair share of toasters and VCR/DVD players. It's like we have an unlucky cloud over our heads or something. Maybe for Christmas this year we should just buy each other things that are indestructible. Like bricks or anvils. But then I can see a lot of broken toes in our future and I just don't think I can take that.