Every Day is an Adventure


Today was another crazy day in the Ribar house. I picked up the boys today, and soon after we were home, Simon came to me in the kitchen and said, “Mama? Der is a rock in my ear”.

Let’s back this up a couple of weeks. One Saturday morning in August, we were enjoying a relaxing morning at home. Suddenly Ezekiel comes upstairs from where he and Simon were playing to tattle on his little brother. He told me, “Mooo-ooom, Simon stuck a bead up his nose”. I came downstairs to a sheepish-looking Simon. I looked up his nose, and sure enough, there was a purple perler bead stuck up his nose. (Those beads you can melt to create cool shapes).

Dave and I tried everything we could think of to get the bead out of Simon’s nose – tweezers, blowing into a Kleenex. I even googled it, and found someone who had duct-taped the tube of a pen to the end of a vacuum hose. We gave it a try, but Simon wouldn’t stop moving and sobbing through that ordeal, plus with the hole in the bead, it wasn’t getting sucked out of there.

I took him into our local urgent care/ER, where the staff there were able to use a longer tweezers, positioned his head just right and pulled the bead out. The NP had a talk with him about not sticking objects in his nose or ears.

Rewind three more months. I got a call from daycare and had to leave work to pick up Simon. Why? He had stuck 4-5 tiny pebbles in his ear. During nap time. He brushed his hand along the floor, felt the pebbles and decided the best place for those rocks was in his ears. Thankfully, those came out on their own without having to go to the doctor.

Fast forward back to this afternoon. I sternly told him, “Simon Seul-gi, you better be kidding. There better not be a rock in your ear!” He started crying. I put my phone on flashlight mode, and sure enough, there was a tiny pebble stuck down in his ear.

I didn’t dare try to get it out with a tweezers or anything, for fear of pushing it in further. Thankfully, the handy dandy pen-tube-vacuum-hose contraption was still in the closet. I got it out and told Simon to stay still. After a nervous giggle and a stern reminder to stay still, I stuck the contraption over his ear hole. A minute later, I heard a clink, and the rock was out of his ear. Thank God. We did not need another bill for these kinds of shenanigans!

But wait. That wasn’t the end of our exciting day. Just a few minutes ago, I heard Ezekiel stumbling around downstairs. I went down to check on him and walked into his room. He wasn’t in his bed. I looked over and saw him with his shorts pulled down, peeing into one of his toy drawers. Fast asleep. I couldn’t stop laughing and groaning at the thought of having to clean the puddles out of that drawer.

Every day is an adventure.

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Goofball pretending to sleep at the Urgent Care

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The object sucker contraption. Duct taped on with Avengers duct tape. Boy house.

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Crazy Eze lost more teeth!

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