So many kids, I don't know what to do.

Monday, August 9, 2010


Today I got the following text message from my big brother, Guns.

"How do you do it? I have ONE kid today, and I am trying to clean up the house and I can't keep up with her. Cleaning is NOT getting done. "

Ha! Of course this is also the brother that thought washing the dishes while a load of laundry was in the machine was multi-tasking.

My reply to him was. "Cleaning while there are kids in the house is like shoveling snow during a blizzard." ( I saw that embroidered on a pillow once. )

At that point he decided he would just play with his granddaughter and leave the cleaning for his wife, because she is Norwegian and used to blizzards. Somehow that made sense to him. ??

I went against my own advice the other day and tried to clean the floors while all five kids were home. They were filthy from moving and paint and the hairy dog. The floor, not the kids. Mostly.

While I was mopping the kitchen I came across this little scene in the dining room.

No biggie. Just Shaye Baby and Grizelda sharing a light snack.

Then I realized Shaye Baby had also dumped out the cat's water creating a soggy, mushy, messy mess.

Yum. While I attempted to clean that up Shaye baby escaped to the laundry room, leaving a trail a smooshy wet cat food across the freshly mopped floor. I skinned her of her Frisky encrusted pants and started mopping up the trail.

(She saved a bit for the walls.)

About the time I was done I heard hysterical laughing from the bathroom. Tayte and Shaye Baby were having a ball unrolling an entire roll of toilet paper and trailing it through the living room.

I didn't take a picture. I was exasperated. Tayte was very upset that I did not take a picture. I guess taking pictures of their poor behavior choices has sent a mixed message about parental expectations. Whoops.

It is possible that these children may need more supervision. (Don't I have teenager for that??)

In conclusion I think my advice to my brother was right on and he should just sit down and enjoy his granddaughter and make a mess. His wife will be home soon.

In conclusion number can see why I sometimes have mixed feelings about school starting back up. My students may not know what Hitler's last name is, but they rarely play with cat food.


  1. Those pictures? Are just so full of awesomeness! That scrumptious baby is just loving her kitty snack. I love the anxious cat, too.

    When my kids were little, I just pretty much gave up and stuck the toilet paper up on the back of the toilet, waded through the mess every day and just learned to deal.

    Man, I love those pictures.

  2. As funny as this should not be, I couldn't help but laugh the whole way through.

  3. This post was super cute!

  4. Cracks me up! We would have freaked out if our first child would have eaten kitty we'd said "So, was it yummy?" It is hard to get to the point of being able to laugh about it and relax...some days are better than others but the big scheme of things..It'll be clean one day!
    Hope your school year is off to a great start!
    We'll all be there soon.

  5. I'll have to use the blizzard/snowstorm comment (and I actually saw someone say that on Facebook today!). With four boys, I might as well have it made into a cute sign and stick it somewhere...

  6. My daughter likes to take the entire bowl of catfood and dump it in the water dish. She says they like it that way....and they do but for some reason that always brings ants. She's 3 and has been doing it ever since she could crawl so even though I would like to do without the baby gate in the kitchen, I feel like for my sanity it's gotta stay up awhile longer to keep her away from the cat food.

  7. I have a hard to cleaning up with one around! Cute pics though! Thanks for visiting my fitness blog!


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