Monday, May 19, 2008

our "security system"...





i had to laugh this morning as i stood in the middle of my den contemplating freshening up the white paint on the wood-work... as i looked around the room in an attempt to figure the amount of paint i would need, my eyes stopped at the top corner of door that leads to the deck. there it was... the security system i "installed" two years ago!!!

long story short...

katherine invited 23 girls to a sleep-over to kick off spring break when she was in the 7th grade. not knowing how i was going to keep them all safely in the house (it was a big thing to "sneak out" at that age; which terrified me), i went to our local hardware store and bought a stick-up door alarm... ONE!!!

so, i stuck it up really high on the facing of the door. i told all the girls once they arrived that i had set the "security system"; which was a laser beam that went in both directions around all the walls, windows, and doors in the house. further, i told them that if the laser beam were to be broken by opening a door that the police would be here immediately.

lol, i told them all that so that they would know that they were safe (reverse psychology!!!). it worked:D that $10 security system was worth its weight in gold in a pinch!!!

after realizing the real need, we have, since then, installed a security system... but, i hadn't taken down the little stick-up one because i figured the adhesive would mess up the paint underneath it.

well, it's coming down this week, as it is time to paint:b

love and blessings,
dani xx

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

When you pick up your paint, stop by and seeing me. I am in the office all day today!

Love you!
d

Kellan said...

Now, that was a good idea! We mothers sure on top of everything, aren't we!? You are so smart!

Have a good day - Kellan

dani said...

hey, anonymous...
i'm probably not going to get my paint until wednesday. it's supposed to rain the next couple of days, and i don't like to paint when it's humid...
but, if you are in on wednesday, i will run over... well, walk:D
love you,
d

dani said...

it worked, kellan:D they fell for it hook, line, and sinker... thank goodness!!!
you have a good day, too;)
love and hugs,
dani xx

Tabitha said...

Ha Ha, that is fantastic, I love that idea. It is amazing how you can convince children something is real!!
The security system on my old house used to go off in the middle of the night ~ for no reason ~ used to scare me to death lol!!
Have a good day,
Hugs, Tabitha XX

PS ~ I cannot wait for the next episode of Desperate Housewives....sunday can't come fast enough!! XX

dani said...

tabitha,
you noticed i said i placed it very high on the door. i was very lucky (as precocious as girls at that age are these days) that they bought it:]
l,
d xx

Amanda said...

Now that window alarm could come in handy to keep the boyfriends out!!!! (joke, he-he)
Well seen i don't have any girls, cause that is somthing hubby would do if we did:-)
I've been known to tell a few tall tales to my kids to make them stop misbehaving. We have alarm sensors around the house and a red light on the sensor flashes sometimes. I told the kids that they are cameras and the police were watching them! It worked a treat!!

Love Amanda x

Cheri and Jesse said...

I am totally going to have to remember that one. That is GREAT!!!! Love it!

Little Sweethearts said...

Isn't it great that reverse psychology can actually work!?!

Have fun painting! Glad you shared this memory before covering it with paint.

Hugs,
Tania

dani said...

amanda,
you crack me up with the cameras...
BIG BROTHER'S WATCHING YOU!!! HA!!
i don't have to worry about the windows in any of the rooms but ours (we added a master suite in 2000)... they have all long since been painted shut:D
l,
d xx

dani said...

hey, cheri...
between my "security system" and amanda's ^^^ "cameras" you could raise a housefull of soldiers!!! LOL!!!
l,
d xx

dani said...

tania,
i took part of it off and was right it wasn't good for the paint job beneath... only to say that not removing it at the time gave me a couple of years before having to paint:D
i totally dig when reverse psych works!!!
l,
d xx

Shannon said...

This is so true...I remember sneaking out one night with no where to go. It was short lived....we got scared. When you live out in the country and 13 miles from the nearest town it can get pretty boring. This has brought up a memory....my father hid behind a tree one day and made the sound of what my sister thought was a bear. She never got over it! Who needs a security system when you got no place to go!

dani said...

HA!!! shannon, "when you've got no place to go" and a daddy bear... right??? i am just really glad we don't live in a sub-division, as there is really nowhere to go here either;) but, i still want everyone "in" and safe!!!
l,
d xx

Tanya said...

What a fantastic idea!!! Might have to look into doing the same thing... only to keep the girls out!!!! LOL. I've just been informed that my little man, Samuel has been crowned "The Boy" in year three!! will explain more on my blog later!!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful stories!!
Have a great day...

Love Tanya xx

dani said...

tanya...
it's only a bluff. but, sometimes it's "whatever works"; right!?!?!!!
can't wait to read about your little man, sam:D
love,
dani

E and T said...

Hi Dani

What an ingenious mum you are. How funny that the girls believed your story. The main thing is that it worked and they all were safe.

Love
Elise

dani said...

elise,
i'm not sure how ingenious... but, IT WORKED!!!
love,
dani xx

The Adventures of Maverick & the Mrs. said...

HILARIOUS! That would've come in handy at my parents' house when one of my friends used to sneak out of it to visit her boyfriend--whose dad was my neighbor. I was too afraid to sneak out (and that much of a dork) that I would just lay there in my room with knots in my stomach waiting for her to return!

dani said...

i was too afraid, too, christina. and, katherine would be also. but, some (as you know) have NO FEAR!!! that's for whom the "security system" was installed, LOL!!!
l,
d

Purple Teacup said...

LOL Does that trick work on boys?

dani said...

pt... the product is only as good as your bluff, LOL!!!
l,
d

PhotoChick said...

LOVED this idea! I'm totally keeping it in mind for 10-15 years from now! Note to self: Don't let Liv read your blog or she'll know it's a hoax!

All my love,
Amanda

dani said...

i'll definitely keep it between us, amanda... liv will never suspect a thing, HA!!!
love,
dani