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Monday, July 12, 2010

I would have preferred flowers... {Answer to Giveaway}

There have been some really great guesses with this little guessing game. I really didn't think anyone would guess what I found in our coat closet, but I was surprised that a couple of you guessed correctly after I gave the hint that my husband was in the Marine Corps.

Before I tell you what exactly it was that I found, I want to share the story leading up to finding it. You all will get a great laugh at my expense, but it's just way to funny not to share with you.

I was really deep cleaning the house when I got the brilliant idea to clean out the closet by our front door. It's been f-o-r-e-v-e-r since that closet has been cleaned out and since we keep the kids toy bin in there it was in desperate need of a good cleaning.

As I was getting everything out, I pulled out a grocery bag that had a few of Joseph's military items in it. No big deal. I'm always finding his military gear everywhere! I pull out one of his tan belts, a toothbrush, a couple of canteens, and a pair of his green socks before my hand hits something cold. I grab it, pull it out of the bag, and scream out loud "OHHhhh My Gosh" as my heart nearly leaps out of my chest. I screamed so loudly as a matter of fact, that Ansley hears me from the other end of the house and yells "Mommy, are you okay?". "Sure honey", I replied, but I was far from okay. I think you would have been ready to have a full blown heart attack too if you'd pulled this out of your coat closet...

Did I mention the kids toy bin was in this same closet?

Anyways, I just wanted that thing out of my house and away from kids! I tip toed to the front door, down the front steps, and out into our yard to where our truck was parked. I very carefully set the grenade in the floor board of the truck before closing the door as softly as I could. As soon as the truck door was closed I ran as fast as I could into the house, grabbed the kids and my phone, and we all sat at the end of the house farthest away from the grenade.

I {may} have sent Joseph a not so nice text demanding that he explain why the heck I found a grenade in our house next to the kids toy bin.

He called me when he was able to take a break and I told him the story of me finding it and how I'd put it in the truck and sat at the other end of the house because I was scared the heat might make it blow up. Joseph was practically in tears by the time I finished telling him the story which was upsetting me. I was hacked off. Here he was laughing at me and I'm imagining scenarios of the thing blowing up in the middle of the night and killing us all. Or the kids thinking it was a toy and... well, I don't even want to think about that now!

Turns out the thing was a dud that had no explosives in it at all. Apparently, you can tell a grenade is a dud if it has a hole in the bottom like this...

Forgive me for not seeing the hole in the grenade Joseph and for bringing disgrace among Marine Corps wives,... finding a grenade in our coat closet got me a little shaken up!

And congratulations to Ann at Momma and her Soapbox. You were the first person to guess correctly. Please e-mail me at with your address so I can get your prize out to you! Thanks for playing along everyone. Hope you had a good laugh!

Oh, and honey, if your reading this...Next time you want to surprise me, I'd prefer jewelry or flowers!



Kristi said...

OOOO My!!! Thats crazy! I am always finding crazy things in my house but that one tops them all! Glad it was a dud!

Sarita Boyette said...

Well, I missed all the fun of guessing, but I can imagine how SCARED you were when you found the grenade! What a shock! Hope hubby isn't in the doghouse for very long. Maybe he WILL send flowers!

Franchesca said...

way too funny!!! I wouldn't have known it was a dud either ;)

I read your update on fb and my eyes almost popped out of my head, lol... a grenade!!! I would have never guessed it, lol

belle said...


my hubby was army, can't say i've ever found a grenade, but i've got some pretty weird stuff floating around my house!!!

so glad it was a dud and you are now seeing the humor :D (((hugs)))
(he DID come home with flowers? right?)

Ann @ Momma's Soapbox said...

Wow, I won! The ONLY reason I guessed it was because I found a similar items once when I was cleaning out the hubs things (after serving in the military). I will email. =)

KK said...

Well, I'd never have known how to tell either!

Sharlyn said...

Oh DEE DEE that was the best story I Have read today. Thanks for sharing with such humor!

Lisette said...

I would have freaked out too!!! I am glad you were all safe.

Holly said...

My goodness! I wouldn't have thought to look at the bottom of it! I think I would've gotten it out quickly too!