Ooooh! I was so mad!
This is where I suspect being able to hear would have come in handy::
I would have heard them dropping a heavy brick onto glass and hear it shattering.
They were grounded for 3 days and they are not allowed in the pole barn until I say so.
It's all Karma come back to bite me in the butt.
When I was about 6, my mom had some canning jars in the basement and I wanted to poke a few holes in the lid of one to catch fireflies in. I didn't think to take the lid off the jar first, so every time I brought the hammer down on the nail, the jar shattered. I think I went through 8 or 9 jars before my mom caught me. She was so mad! At the time, I didn't understand why she was so mad, they were just jars. Now, 30 years later, I understand:: they were canning jars; they were blue canning jars; they were my Grandma's blue canning jars. Oops.
Grounding the kids is harder on me than the kids, I suspect. I was tempted several times to shoo them outside when they started driving me up the wall. When I threatened to send them to their individual rooms for the rest of the day, that settled them down for a bit. Maybe next time I ground them (hopefully there won't be a next time!), I'll make sure Andrew is home to help me play referee!