12 is the number of cans of pop the 3 boys emptied all over the twins bedroom. Yes, all over: walls, beds, floors, ceilings.
I was having such a great day. I had just made bread. The kids were all playing nicely (HA) downstairs. Although, they had all just come up, changed, and ran back downstairs. This should have tipped me off. Instead, I carried on. Cleaned up the kitchen and was heading downstairs to change the laundry over and get some items from the storage room to replenish those that I had just emptied while baking. On the way to the storage room, I noticed the 4 cans of pop laying on the floor of the twins bedroom. On inspection, the pop was everywhere. I attempted to remain calm and not scream at the kids whilst expressing my current level of disapproval. Ug.
I began to clean things up. I figured I should get it done before it dried in and had things begin to stick to it. The floor would have to be cleaned, so I called my mom to see if she had a carpet cleaner. She was kind enough to rent one for me as the baby was sleeping. I started in on the walls and moved my way around the room, working my way from top to bottom. Once I reached the kids beds and started cleaning them, I noticed the 8 cans of pop hidden in one of the shelves in their captains beds. Ug. 12. 12 cans of pop emptied all over their room.
When my mom came to deliver the floor cleaner and suggested she take the boys until dinner time, she could barely contain her smirk. In fact it frequently escaped her lips. There was probably a giggle as she walked out of the house towing my delinquent children with her.
On the brighter side, I had just been thinking it was time for a thorough cleaning of the twins room. I can't get anymore thorough than removing every piece of furniture, washing the walls, and cleaning the carpet. Oh yes, I could paint. I had planned to paint their room this winter, I guess the time line just moved up to - now.
Do I dare repeat it - 12. Feel my pain.
I am not sure that I described how the boys opened the 12 cans of pop. Usually this would be a difficult task; however, when you are as creative as my kids are then a solution is quickly found. Alas, they opened all 12 cans with a hammer. Yes, a hammer.
At a family dinner a week later, I was retelling this story to a room full of 15+ people. My mom was invovled in the retelling and it turns out the events did not end with the kids being shoed out the door with my mother giggling under her breath.
Upon arrival at my parents house, my dad sat the boys in a row on the couch and tried to discover the instigator. He asked each one who started the the "pop smash": twin1 and twin2 unanimously replied 'the toddler', the toddler quickly replied 'the baby'. On questioning him about the ability of the baby to even open the storage room door, the toddler started to rethink his accusation. My mother said, "You could see the wheels turning." After a few moments the toddler responded, "Nan!" That was the end of that. No instigator was discovered. They were all in cahoots.
A few days later, while my mother was telling my sister the story with the addition of the accusations, my sister pointed out that it was Nan who started it all. ??? The night before the "pop smash" we had our weekly family dinner at my parent's house. After dinner, my mom pulled out a bag of hazelnuts that she had unearthed from her freezer during a recent defrost session. She proceeded to get out a sturdy cutting board and a hammer and showed the three boys how to open the hazelnuts with the hammer. It turns out, my mother caused the entire incident. Hmmm.