Sunday, May 18, 2008

Code Yellow!!

This weekend has been fun. We had some interesting things happen. Friday night the boys were playing in the backyard and I had just finished nursing when I had an impression to go check on Caleb...well, turns out I cannot find him anywhere! I'm searching high and low, under trees and bushes, calling out his name, and now starting to get a little worried. I'm not frantic yet because the back gate was still closed so I know he couldn't have gotten out to the front but I'm thinking, "where could he have gone"? Well, as I tear through the house again, frantically looking everywhere for my 5 year old, I come out the front door to see my nice neighbors walking him back home. THE KID CLIMBED OVER THE WALL! Can you believe this??? 


Against our cinder block wall we had an old dog kennel (chain-link fence) lying against the wall and he climbed up that baby and jumped over to see what the neighbors were doing! The funny thing my neighbor said was "Ah, hunny, we have a kid in our backyard, and he's not ours!" 

Our Caleb truly is a monkey! He loves to climb on top of our playground outside and sit on top of the roof or just hang from the swing set. It must be a boy thing!

Well, if you think that was the only action of our weekend, guess again! Saturday morning rolls around, SAME THING HAPPENS! Caleb is gone again and this time the neighbors weren't home so Justin jumped the fence and retrieved our little stinker pants! Only this time, moved the chain fence far far away from the wall! Duh! We should've done it the first time!

This is Caleb after the first escape, thinking he was pretty cool!
Well, our day continues as we make a family trip to Target. Justin is playing hide n seek with Caleb in the aisles and I'm off in a different section with the others. Well, I pass Justin frantically looking for something and he says "I lost Caleb" to which I reply, "What?" Turns out they were playing and Caleb bolted out of his sight in a matter of seconds! (I promise, we really are good parents!) Well, a few moments go by, I start looking around and Justin tells one of the Target employees. They instantly announce "Code Yellow, Code Yellow!" over all the walkie talkies and start "locking down" the store! In a matter of about 3 minutes they had found him running through the check out stands! How grateful I am to the sweet lady that had a good hold of Caleb by the time we got to him! I think from now on we'll be calling him our Houdini monkey!

All in all, the experience was reassuring. Aside from feeling really stupid for losing my child, it was good to know that there were employees all over the store looking around for my kid and that they wouldn't let anyone in or out until they found him. Thank you Target!



15 comments:

The Blakes said...

What an adventurous little boy! Thank goodness for promptings and people on the look out! I'm sure I'll have a similar situation before my parenting days are over.

The Gerard Family said...

He sounds like my Austyn...we better not get the 2 of them together. TROUBLE!! Glad you got to go to target though,,,,love that place.

dustin and amy said...

What a crazy weekend. I think I would be a little crazy by the end of that weekend. I love reading about your sweet kiddos!

Ashleigh & Zebb Shappell said...

Wow! Sounds like you've had your hands full!
I've been slacking on my blogging...but always good to see how things are going! Miss your cute family!

Justin said...

For the record when Caleb and I play "hide and seek" I almost always win. He got lucky this time. Bring it on little gangsta I want a rematch.

JakenDebbie said...

Wow! Thank goodness he went into your neighbor's yard and not wandering off down the street!! I HATE that feeling of not knowing where your kids are, even for a split second. And something about boys and wandering off...what is that? I'm glad it all turned our for the best. So, if that was a "code yellow," I wonder what "code red" would be?....

brownymama said...

Laughing out loud here! So glad I'm not the only parent that loses her children! (: So glad they are safe and there were no more broken legs! I know it was stressful and awful for those few minutes, but isn't it hilarious now?! (:

Addy said...

Too funny... we had the same thing happen on Saturday at Target. Who could figure that a 23 mo. old could move that quick. We're glad you found Caleb... he's a cutie!

Anna Macfarlane said...

Monkey is right! My boys are climbers, but I think you've got a burgeoning mountain climber on your hands! And Yeah for Target!

Family Journal said...

It makes me cringe to see him standing on that chain link fence in bare feet! I think my toes would just detach, if I were trying to clim that thing with out shoes!!

PS! You are such a great mommy! All the patience in the world!

Nuestra Familia said...

Crazy, I bet you were close to having a heart attack. I lost Gabby the other day at Costco, I was frantic. About the climbing the wall, it must be a Cook thing, your boys are so strong and ready to climb anything. After having my third I decided not to go anywhere for awhile, but your boys find a way to have some fun with mom.

Melody B. said...

That is the WORST feeling EVER! First your brain thinks, "okay, he/she has to be around here close...I just saw them..." Then about 5 seconds later you are having a heart attack imagining a kidnapper abducting them or a car running them over! He IS a stinker pants!:)

P.S. I'm calling CPS...HA HA HA!:P You guys are GREAT parents...it happens to EVERYONE!:)

Alisa Larson said...

Oh my gosh! What a little monkey! I can't believe he's so sneaky! He must get that from me! :-)

Dance Mama said...

I sneaked out of my backyard like that when I was about 3 years old and gave my mom a heart attack. That is scary but I am glad he is okay (on all 3 accounts!)

Melissa Bosen said...

I hope you did some YOGA (or something to destress) after that weekend!! Will we survive parenthood?? :)