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I have a love/hate relationship with today’s post. You see, we decided to have an ornament exchange for our co-op’s Christmas party and I was excited to try these DIY Painted Ornaments I had seen floating around Pinterest. The clear globes were so popular this year, and there are so many things you can do with them, like I did with this snowflake ornament. So what’s the problem?
I made this one with some epsom salt and decorated it with vinyl “snowflakes.”
Here’s the “hate” part of this relationship: While going to Hobby Lobby to pick up the supplies to make these ornaments, I LEFT MY FIVE YEAR OLD SON AT HOME. Alone. I sent the boys to the van to get loaded up to leave. Henry was in the van when I went into the garage and started to buckle up Charlie. Somewhere in there, he darted back inside because he forgot his shoes. I was distracted with Charlie and handed him my phone to play with in the car. I also wasn’t feeling well and was just in a hurry to get to the store and back again. As we drove in silence, I heard Charlie chattering to himself and thought about what we needed to buy and how I felt like I had a fever. It was a 10 minute drive at least. We pulled into the parking lot and I opened the van door and saw an empty car seat.
I felt like I’d been punched in the stomach. For a moment I thought maybe he was hiding in the car somewhere, but that’s ridiculous, since he can buckle himself in, but can’t get out. I slammed the doors and peeled out of the parking lot like a crazy woman. I couldn’t stop shaking. We don’t have a home phone, so I couldn’t call him to say I was on the way. I don’t know any of our neighbors very well and didn’t have anyone to call. There is a lady from our church that lives just down the street, but my addled mind didn’t even think of her. I was just trying to get home as fast as I could. And BOY was I breaking traffic laws to do it!
I finally pulled around the corner of our street and saw a group of people out in our front yard. Henry had come out to the garage to get in the van and discovered it empty, so he opened the garage door looking for me. When I wasn’t out there, he stood out in the yard screaming, “MOM…MOM!” until the neighbors all heard him and came out of their houses. They went inside my house (which was a mess) to check to see if I was hurt or lying on the floor somewhere. Henry told them we were going to the store to get ornaments, so they waited outside with him until I got home. I pulled up and jumped out of the van and just hugged him and told him how sorry I was. He was teary-eyed, but holding it together.
I don’t know too much of what was going on while I was gone, because it upsets Henry if we talk about it. I still feel awful. I’m so glad there were so many other moms in the neighborhood to stay with him and help him feel safe. BUT, every time I see these ornaments, I get that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. So you can make these and have a great time doing it, but I never want to see them again.
DIY Painted Christmas Ornaments
What you’ll need:
- Clear glass ornaments
- Acrylic craft paint in desired colors
- Vinyl (optional)
What to do:
Take the top off the ornament and pour paint inside. Swirl it around to cover the surface. I kept adding paint and ended up with too much inside and it was still dripping over 24 hours later, so don’t overdo it. Add paint, swirl, shake. If you need more, then do it little by little. Turn the ornament over in a paper cup to drain and dry.
Then add the face using paint or vinyl. I didn’t have black paint, so I used a Sharpie to do the eyes and mouth. Check out this blog post for super cute Minions and Mike from Monsters, Inc. They are so cute and pretty easy, too! (Just don’t expect me to ever do these again.)
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Christina @ Juggling Real Food and Real Life says
I have to say that I don’t think my kids would notice that I was gone. I know my youngest would have just shrugged his shoulders and then gone back to watching Power Rangers. How completely scary that must have been for you and him. The important thing to remember is that he is safe.This sounds silly, but all the time………I have my kids count off in birth order so I can make sure I’ve got everybody. My oldest is 20 and I still make him count off when he is home from college. I am also a Sunday school teacher and Girl Scout leader. I always have kids with me and different kids. I’ve never forgotten a kid, but I sure have come close quite a few times.
Nicole Burkholder says
I only have three kids- you’d think I could keep track of them 🙂 I’m just glad he’s OK and not too traumatized 🙂
Chrystal M. says
I am really enjoying the snowflake. Very pretty!
Awwww! I’m so sorry that your experience surrounding the ornaments was so bad! For what it’s worth, I love the little Elmo! :-/
Thank you so much for opening up and sharing this with us today on the DBB! And I’m so glad your son (AND YOU) are okay!!!
– Brooke –
Nicole Burkholder says
Poor little Elmo. It’s not his fault I never want to see him again. 🙂 As I was writing the post, I kept thinking, I hope this doesn’t get me into trouble. I’m just trying to be honest- sometimes we get too busy and wrapped up in ourselves! I’m glad it all worked out OK.
Tammy Doiel @creativekkids.com says
I can imagine how easy it would be to do! Praise the Lord he was okay, and that you had kind neighbors! The ornaments are adorable!
Nicole Burkholder says
I threw up one of those “Oh, God, please help!” prayers and raced home like a mad woman. I’m so glad He heard my less-than-flowery prayer 🙂
Oh my! I can only imagine how scary it must have been for both of you! If it makes you feel any better some of the women at church (this group was in their 30s and 40s) were talking a few weeks ago about being left home alone in similar situations and almost ALL of them got left or forgotten at some point. One lady shared that her mother left her very quiet sister behind in various places FOUR times! She said, “There were five of us and she was so quiet no one noticed she wasn’t there. She would just find a spot to sit and watch for our car to come racing back down the street and come out and climb in and mom would be crying and saying I’m sorry and my sister was like, ‘oh, I knew you’d come.'” I can’t even imagine how bad that poor mom must have felt! I think it’s more traumatic for us moms than it is for the kids.
Nicole Burkholder says
I think it’s so funny that no one talks about doing something like this until it happens to someone else, and then 75% of the people in conversation admit to doing the same thing at some point! 🙂 Makes me feel a little better, but I’m certain I’ll never do it again. And he won’t let me!