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Tuesday, July 31. 2007
Why is it that children seem to have this innate ability to know when your time is very limited and you need to have things accomplished quickly and appear to create more issues to tend to and create more mess that ends up taking more time that you had left to accomplish all the other things needing to be done???
This afternoon was one of those instances for me. We have two bunches of company coming for visits tomorrow and I needed to pick up some things that are still around from our trip and with all the activity I haven't had a chance to take care of things. We got a new kids table and chairs yesterday and the kids were busy creating works of art so I figured that R (our friend that is seventeen and staying with us for a visit) and I could tend to some of the other "pick up" tasks around the living room.
A-girl managed to find a non-washable marker in the plastic container of about 30 markers and scribble all over the table. AJ took a pair of scissors and cut out a chunk of his hair at the front. He thought it was totally hilarious. I wasn't 5 feet away from him and at first thought they were joking til I noticed the lovely patch of hair missing from the front of his head. He thought it was so funny til I wanted to take a picture of him and then he didn't want to show me his missing hair. He told me I had to delete the photo and not put it in my blog. I figure if he is silly enough to cut his hair when he knows better then he should expect it to show up on my blog!!!
I then tried to get them involved in the pick up of their strewn toys, clothing, books and everything else and after a few minutes decided that was even more painful than having to clean up additional messes so agreed to their pleas of letting them play in the sprinkler. I could see them through the window and figured it would be fine. Well, in no time flat they had filled pails with water from the sprinkler and used them to create a mud bog in a patch of non-growing grass turned mud on the lawn. A-girl was covered in mud head to toe and it was over her ankles.
I have resigned myself to the fact that my company will not have my house in the order I would prefer as I have run out of time and energy. I'm slowly learning that in the whole scheme of things it really isn't that important. Could it be that after all these years my perfection is starting to subside or is it just the demands of four active kids and fatigue that are keeping it curbed?!?