Friday, September 14, 2007

Saturday morning musings

Oh, heavens to betsy, I should be cleaning my house right now and checking things off my to-do list. Tyler comes home tonight, hal-le-feaking-lu-jah. I miss having him home for many reasons, but a big one is I haven't been able to check out of mom-hood at all for a week. I think, when Tyler is at home, there are periods where I can know he's the go-to parent, even if it's the middle of the night and I have warned him at bedtime, with a kick to the leg, "It's you're turn for the kids tonight." Which means he gets to put Brock, Caylee, or Brevin back to bed when they wander in, have to go potty, have a bad dream, or are sick. Or, like today, if Tyler were home this morning I could barricade myself in my room to clean and dust and scrub my bathroom. Oh well. Tomorrow, just in time for church he'll be on duty. That'll do.

I was talking with my friend, ElRae, the other day and she told me of the 2/3 theory for moms. She said she and Donna talk about how the day is a success if they can get two out of three things accomplished in a day: take a shower, do your hair, and your make-up. I thought, tru dat. I'm a firm believer in a shower every day, but REALLY?! I am SO impressed with the moms who get their daily shower in the morning. Sometimes it happens at the end of the day BUT if I have my hair done and (new) make-up, according to the 2/3 rule, it's a success. The mornings I do get to shower, I usually end up running around getting the kids ready and by the time it's time for carpool I have to make a choice of make-up or hair. Nowadays the make-up wins out since, if I don't, people are giving me their condolences because I look so haggard, tired, sick, whatever. A couple years ago, when people kept asking me if I was tired, I decided make-up was becoming more of a neccessity, SOOO my hair ends up in some pony/bun concoction.

So on my to-do list will be 3 for 3 (by the end of the day), to really get my house clean, to clear off the Swiss Days stuff from my dining table (yeah, I know it's been weeks), reorganize my closet, get some baby gifts and packaging stuff to send to Branneke (my cousin and his wife, cute moniker, huh?! Thank, Julie) and Nancee [both having their first babies last week, how fun?!], have Kenzie practice her violin song with Erin and Syd for church tomorrow, eat lunch (probably gonna get that checked off FOR SURE!), and run back to JoAnne's Fabrics for more dance festival stuff before my coupons expire.

Before I get busy, I thought I'd share these photos I took last week:
Dirty Laundry - 4 kids, 2 adults, 10 days since the last laundry was done (dishtowels, sheets, pool towels, and another load of whites already in the washer not shown), a high capacity washer (thankfully) = 10 loads total

Clean Laundry - 4 kids, 2 adults, 1 entire day of trading in and out the loads, about 8:30pm (4 loads not shown in this pile, NOR any baby burpies, blankets, or clothes. I kept thinking on Monday how it will be way worse when there's a baby making all sorts of extra laundry - Woo hoo!)

Folded laundry - 4 kids, 2 adults, all but 2 loads folded (some already put away), 2 1/2 hours of me folding clothes and Tyler folding towels, socks, and underwear (I'm too anal to let him fold the clothes), and 25 hangars later it is all done. Well, actually, two days later, by Wednesday, I finally had it all put away. Have I mentioned how much I love my life? Have a great productive day!



8 comments:

Stac said...

whoa. thats a big pile of laundry! (Not to make you feel bad) The pictures gave me a good laugh. Funny post.

Beth said...

Well, not to make you feel bad...but I kind of like folding laundry. You should call me sometime.

THE GARYSON FAMILY said...

Well, I am SO glad that my laundry room is not the only one to look that bad every once in awhile. With my 5, I think that I could do 3 loads a day and still not be caught up. Good thing my older 2 are now helping out. They know how to everything, so if I don't feel like it, I can ask them to do it. Just wait for that moment, it's great!!

chris jenkins said...

yup. been there. done that.

i feel ya.

Jen Rose said...

That was a great post! Thanks for sharing and I'm so glad you got all that laundry done!

Kourtney said...

Dirty laundry, the gift that keeps on giving and giving and giving...

slave said...

I really feel bad for you boo hoo. lol 4 kids 2 adults. lol try 9 kids 2 adults and see a laundry room. lol

chanel said...

whoa! that is some serious laundry!
so are you and erin in the same ward? how fun would that be?