Monday, August 31, 2009

Locked Out!

For my daughter's first day of pre-K today, I thought it would be cute to get a few pics. with the front door in the background even though we were leaving through the backdoor, so she and I stepped outside for about 45 seconds to snap some pictures.
While we were outside, my 2 year old, who was inside by himself for 45 seconds (and boy did I learn my lesson about that), LOCKED THE DOOR!

When I tried to open the door and found it locked, I just thought, "No way am I locked outside with only my camera and my 4 year old, with my 2 year old alone inside!" It was surreal!

I flipped open the mail slot and told my toddler to unlock the door. I wasn't sure if he could, but he had locked it, so I figured maybe he could unlock it.

He tried and couldn't.

Remember my post yesterday about the "Dragging a chair" phase? I told him to drag a chair over, hoping being taller would help him work the lock.

Didn't work.

I had another idea. Maybe he could get the key out and pass it to me through the mail slot and then I could unlock it from the outside. So, I told him to take the key out and give it to me.

Didn't work. He couldn't get the key out.

My daughter, outside with me, began crying, "I'm going to be late for school!"

I began to think I needed to head to a neighbor's house to call my husband to come home from work to rescue us.

Then I had another idea. Surely the 2 year old could get my car keys (also with a house key on the same ring) off the hook in the kitchen and pass those through the mail slot!

I told him to take the chair and get Mommy's car keys and bring them to me.

He was gone for a few minutes.

Minutes where I could be found barking orders into the mail slot.

He returned and said, "I don't see 'em."

I had one last idea up my sleeve. I remembered my husband and 6 year old had been locked out in the backyard when someone (Hmm, could it have been me?) left for errands and accidentally locked the backdoor. But they were able to get in when my 6 year old went through the doogie door.

However, the side gate into our backyard was locked, so I was forced to climb the fence.

In a dress.

With my daughter standing below saying, "But Mommy, you might get hurt!"

I made it over and unlocked the gate to let her into the backyard. We ran around to the backdoor and she went in through the doggie door and once inside she unlocked the door to the house to let me in.
My 4 year old breaking and entering into her own house!

When I got inside I saw my purse on the floor. My toddler had gone through it looking for the car keys, so at least he had looked, but they were hanging right on the hook where I'd told him they were. What is it about males and not being able to find things?!!

I am exceedingly grateful for that doogie door that our dog doesn't use, and for my daughter who saved the day and wasn't even late for school!

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29 comments:

  1. LOVE it! This is too funny!!!! :) BTW...cute pictures!

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  2. OK, this is such a funny story...sorry I'm giggling at your expense, but glad everything worked out so well and your daughter wasn't late for her first day of school!

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  3. this post made me smile. Sounds like it could've been at our house! love the picture of your daughter going through the doogie door.:) too cute.

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  4. That's funny. I always say the boys in my life are missing the gene to locate missing objects! Glad it all worked out!

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  5. What a story. Hope you scrapbook and even if you do not I would definetly develop that last photo.

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  6. I've totally been locked out before too. I was just checking the mail. Now I take my keys with me any time I step outside for just a second. You just never know!

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  7. Wow, what a morning! Glad you got back in without further incident. I feel you on males not being able to find things!!

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  8. I'm thankful that you had your camera there to capture that great shot of her going through the door! Glad she wasn't late for school and she has a FAB story to tell about her first day!!

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  9. I have had that happen...very interesting 30 minutes of my life as I waited for gramps to break into the trailer so I could get to my screaming kid. Yay for not being late for school on top of everything else.

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  10. oh gosh...i would love to say things like that never happen to me but the truth is they always do. My oldest used to lock the sliders and then with me on the other side yelling to please unlock the door for mommy he would sit there giggling hysterically. It happened so often that we nailed a key up outsside. (can you tell how far out in the country we really live?)
    Steff

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  11. Cute photos! Glad you were able to get into the house and to school on time. :)

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  12. Oh have mercy! Too funny! What a morning huh? Good thing that doesn't happen on a daily basis! LOL
    Blessings,
    Kim

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  13. What a memory you will have with your daughter! Too funny!

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  14. At least you had your camera!! I just took "front door" pictures for my daughter's first day of preschool and we use the back door too! I should post hem a little later.

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  15. What a stressful first day of pre-k! Thank goodness for the doggie door. I haven't had to climb over a fence in a dress, but I did once have to "rescue" my daughter from the indoor playground at Chick-Fil-A while wearing a straight knee-length skirt. And I was six months pregnant.

    Yeah, that was fun.

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  16. Oh my WORD! What a morning!!!! I'd have been freaking out, but it did make for good blog fodder. ;-)

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  17. LOLOL. now THAT's a story for the scrapbook!

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  18. Wow...that's quite a memory for the first day of school! One for the books, for sure! Happy WW!

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  19. Through the doggy door...that is hilarious. So glad I stopped by. Thanks for the laugh out loud!

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  20. Aww!! What a trooper your daughter is to go through the doggie door in her cute little dress!!

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  21. I love this story and the solution. To this day I do not step outdoors without my keys and my kids are teens!

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  22. Oh my goodness!!! This is hilarious!

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  23. Your daughter saved the day! My 15 month old locked me out one day too. I had to call the homeowner's association and they came right out and removed a window pane of glass to reach in and unlock the door.

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  24. Oh, thanks so much for literally making me laugh out loud before heading off to work. The pic of your daughter rescuing you by going through the doggy door was priceless. I'm sure this is a story that you will repeat for years and years.

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  25. That is very funny, but I agree that the picture of her in the doggie door is perfect! LOL I think I need to start keeping a key at my neighbors house or something before this happens to me!

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  26. Very funny story of course I am sure it wasn't funny to you at the time!!! I LOVE the last picture! Great for a first day of school page!!

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  27. That is the best back to school story I have read all week!! It's better than my kindergartener getting put on the wrong bus coming home. Panic!!

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  28. So funny and yet not! LOL! I've had to use the "old doggie door" trick a time or two as well but it left me thinking "so wouldn't the ROBBERS do this as well"?!
    Needless to say, we've fixed THAT problem and now we just hide an extra key----pssst it's in the fake key rock to the left of the doormat. (((JUST KIDDING!!)))

    Anyway...love the picture of your daughter squeezing thru the doggie door!Priceless!

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  29. Things like this are never funny in the moment, but do make for great blog fodder. Glad you were able to get back in - and that last picture is priceless!

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