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Paige’s Pacifiers

Maybe you’ve gathered a few things in your mind by the picture posted above. As you can see, the 8 pacifiers I was sterilizing this morning didn’t make it. Rather than sterilize them, I incinerated them. Don’t worry, it was much worse than it looks. I’m not at home now typing on my computer. Instead, I’m at my in law’s house where I will spend the next several days while our rental house is fumigated from the smoke. Here’s how it all started…
It was an average Thursday morning at our house. I was bribing Morgan to go to school today so I could get some things done. Paiger was scooting about the house and a bit fussy. I was a little frantic because I had wasted half the morning searching on the internet about how to add a song to my blog (which I never did figure out– Lenzie can you please help me?) and as a result I forgot that I put 8 pacis on the stove on high to “sterilize”. I loaded up the girls and took Morgan to Mother’s Morning Out and the Raiger and I headed over to the new house to see Daddy’s progress. An hour and half after I put the pacifiers on the stove I remembered that they were still on. I flew like a bat out of hell from the new house to the rental house. The whole way I prayed that the house wouldn’t be on fire. I knew had set them on HIGH but only half of the heating element on our stove works so I prayed for a miracle. I could smell the smoke and hear the smoke detector as I jumped out of the car. The smoke was so thick I could hardly see in the house. It was the most awful smell I’ve ever smelled… burnt rubber and burnt plastic… and the smoke had permeated every corner of the house. I threw the pot out the door and frantically ran through the house trying to get all those dadgum window treatments out the way so I could open the windows and doors. I probably shouldn’t have even been in the house. I kept thinking “stop, drop, & roll” but that would have taken too long so I stupidly ducked low endured the smoke until I set up fans and opened everything that would open.
Of course, I couldn’t get Justin on his cell phone and I didn’t know what to do. I guess I could have called the fire department but there was no fire so I wasn’t sure what they could have done for me. Thankfully we have renter’s insurance and the “Fire Restoration” company came out this afternoon. They’ve placed two ‘ozone’ machines in the house that actually fill the house with ozone (as in O3) and hopefully deplete the house of all toxic, burnt plastic fumes. So, for now we wait and hope these machines get all the nasty smell out of our clothes and furniture. I guess the miracle was that the house didn’t burn down and hopefully everything will be okay. From now on I will just wash the paci’s with some antibacterial soap and pour some hot water on them.
Just thankful to be alive and still have some stuff… which thankfully is just “stuff” after all!

Please keep praying for Conor and Boothe as they hold onto Copeland. What a blessing her life has been so far! I kept reminding myself of what they face as I dealt with stupid stuff that doesn’t matter like burnt pacifiers and smoke. All my problems seem so small in comparison.

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  • The Lane Family
    September 20, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    Okay, Okay, don’t go burning your house down…I will tell you how to put a song on the blog!!!! Just kidding, Darby. I am sooo thankful that your house is okay…if you ever need anything you can just run up to the bank and Clay will help you! You will have to look on the Chio website and get my cell and give me a call. I am also available for a private lesson or two!

  • The Lane Family
    September 20, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    Oh, Sarah, you need to tell Darby about that bag thing that you put in the microwave to sterilize bottles and stuff….Darby, you might want to pick one of these up at Target with Paige’s new pacifiers!

  • erika
    September 20, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    you should go buy an electric tea kettle. don’t put the pacis in the tea kettle, but rather… heat up the water, then when boiling pour it over the pacis (in something like a pyrex measuring cup). okay? i am soooo glad you were okay. also glad you remembered the stop-drop-roll routine from elementary school. love you sister, enjoy your days OUT of the “rental house”.
    xoxo mommasis’

  • The Martin Family
    September 20, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    Oh my goodness…what a mess! You poor thing. I have actually done the same thing, but I was home when the smoke alarm started going off. When you’ve got 1000 things that you’re trying to do at the same time, it’s very easy to let something slip! You need to get the microwave bags – they’re in Target by the pump stuff in the baby section – and they steam sterilize everything! Thank the dear Lord for renter’s insurance!!

  • L.A.
    September 20, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    You are a HOT MESS!!!!

    Love you!

    🙂 L.A.

  • lindsay
    September 20, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    That is HILARIOUS!! Glad you’re all ok!

  • Jennie-Marie
    September 21, 2007 at 3:53 am

    ok, we know you are not a huge fan of the rental house…just joking I’m so glad everything is
    ok. Enjoy the extra hands at you in-laws!!!

  • Hannah Fields
    September 21, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    Don’t worry darby you are not the only one. My mom did the same thing last month while she was cooking beans. It is a pain to get the smell out of the house, fortunately you are moving:)I am glad you guys are ok.

  • alston wise
    September 21, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    hi darby!
    thanks for your comment on my blog…we have one of the boys, too (not sure what comes up under my profile)…think they are around the same age as your girls, who are adorable, by the way.

    and i could totally see something like this pacifier fire story happening to me!! i always forget about those darn things on the stove. hopefully, things will be back to normal soon!

  • The Allen Clan
    September 22, 2007 at 5:13 am

    the things we will do to make sure we have those pacis!! ha ha the thought isn’t..”maybe i should give up the stupid pacis since this happened” it is oh no guess i need to go buy some more.. ha ha they are my lifesavors!

  • Laura
    September 24, 2007 at 7:59 am

    What an adventure! Days like that make life fun, don’t they? I’m so glad you didn’t burn down the house. I just throw AP’s paci’s in the dishwasher. Anyway, let me know if you ever figure out how to add music to your blog. I was trying to figure that out last night, but was unsuccessful.