My oldest is obsessed with making buildings, towers, castles, and cities. It doesn’t matter what they are made of…they can be a mixture of toys and furniture lining the living room, or a set of wooden building blocks taking over the kitchen. He does have a playroom in the basement, but that’s already full of another “city.” He does not want it destroyed. I know we should probably make him take it down and clean the playroom, but you have to pick your battles, and that’s not one I want to fight right now.
So, in addition to watching out for the “Tower of London” or the “Egypt City” in our kitchen, when you enter our living room it’s a whole other battlefield full of cereal explosions, Lego bombs, and that something sticky that I always manage to get on my clothes. I don’t think I even want to know what that is.
It’s not that we don’t clean up and vacuum every day (sometimes 2 or 3 times,) but it sometimes feels like we’re losing the war. We’ve got some crafty opponents that like to sweetly pass Kix to each other in their high chairs, then dump the rest on the floor, even when you’re staring right at them. Our pediatrician wants them to have sippy cups without stoppers, but does she realize they constantly turn them upside down just to trail milk everywhere? Plus, the twins love to take things out of boxes, containers, and toy chests, but put them back in? Um, no thank you. Let’s just shove them under the couch, or throw them over the gates so Mommy or Daddy can step on them when they are hurdling the gates to get you more milk that you didn’t drink
And just when you think you’ve put every toy back together, and did the final vacuum after the twins go to bed, there’s the laundry. Piles of baby clothes, toddler clothes, mommy clothes, and daddy clothes that show signs of the battle like syrup, juice, milk, and those darn Kix.
Now, I take part of the blame for the laundry because I LOVE to shop. Online, in the store, catalog…I really don’t have a favorite. I never buy anything at full price, and I can’t resist a really good bargin…even though I should. The boys have plenty of clothes, and even though they don’t need another long-sleeved shirt, how can I pass up something reduced from 19.99 to 7.99, then another 40% off?!
So, maybe we’ll come to a truce….someday.