So this evening -- yep, not half an hour ago -- we were going through the bedtime routine and we LOCKED ourselves in the kids' room. AGAIN. Gee whiz... They're big-time door openers now, so we've put those simple little latch locks on the top of the doors, the ones that catch when you shut the door. These ones...which, if you actually go look at them with that link, you might notice they only got 1.5/5 star rating. Seems people had issues installing them, but Zachariah had no problems. He's just a genius, I guess.
Anyway, we especially put one on their bedroom door because ever since we got back from the States, the tykes have been jumping out of bed and enthusiastically running into our room at the horrendous hour of sometime-before-7. Did I mention, it's done enthusiastically? At sometime-before-7? It doesn't matter HOW cute you are, that is just a big "Ooooh, no you don't!" Then, Bran stopped climbing out (I think he had a couple of semi-painful experiences), but every morning we hear him at 6-ish, waking Nuala up: "Noo-na!" (long pause...) "NOO-NA!" (lots of babble talk...) "NOO-NA!!" You get the idea. Then she climbs into his bed, and from there, out to roam...So, locking the child in her room = a little more sleep for Mom and Dad.
But, when Mom and Dad forget about the lock and close the door to contain the rascals during nighttime scriptures and prayer, then that equals one of us going out on the balcony, climbing down to the first floor burglar bars, hopping into the front yard, going in the front door OR getting in the van and opening the garage door and going in that way. Much to the amusement of Pocho, our street's security guard who is stationed smack across the road from our house. We are especially cool looking in our bare feet and short sleeves since it's the middle of winter.
Three times now! Though I got to do the rescuing for the first time tonight, and it was fun. Which goes to show that it's definitely time to go do some real rock climbing again, before we get desperate enough to start scaling our walls for no reason. Well, at least we know the locks work splendidly...that's it...we were just testing them...over and over.