Monday, October 6, 2008

What Was I Thinking???

Obviously I was not thinking at all. I have a craft cupboard in the kitchen that I keep some stuff like markers, paper, coloring books, crayons, etc. in so they are right next to the table and easy to grab when there is a whim. It has been a big mess for a while now so I thought I'd organize it a bit today. I put Andrew and Desirae downstairs with the "little people" and a Dora cartoon. I figured that would give me the 20 minutes or so I needed to get the cupboard done. This is what I left them with...Innocent enough right? One type of toy available to play with and the rest of the room in tact.These are the two sections of our play room. Anyone who has ever been to our house knows that we have way too many toys. I have tried to organize them so that the kids can put them away in some sort of order. However, after finishing my one little cupboard I went down to play "little people" and this is what I found...My two little darlings dumped every single tote and then were just sitting on the couch like they had been there the whole time. I think they actually expected me to think that they had nothing to do with the mess. It must have been some naughty little mess fairies that snuck in, ransacked the place, then hopped out the window. What is the point? A few days ago I was so tired of the toys always being a mess that I told Spencer and Benji that I had hired a maid that will come and clean their room and toy room each day. However, anything she has to pick up off the floor she takes away and they won't get it back for at least a month. It has worked for the most part but how can I punish them if it is the two little monsters doing all the damage? I give up. There is no punishing them. It doesn't really phase them. Any suggestions???

7 comments:

Leah said...

I don't know Valerie, it doesn't look that bad to me. When I read the title of your post and the opening sentence, I envisioned marker on the walls, glue on the carpet, and glitter every where imaginable! Your toy room is so big and roomy, that's NICE! And I love the cute little colored totes, very cute. My only advice would be to laugh before you cry and try again tomorrow. I think it was President Monson who just said that tomorrows turn into yesterdays awefully fast and before we know it our children will be gone and we will miss the fingerprints on everything. So who knows, maybe one day YOU will go in your basement and dump out all of the totes just to recapture this time...you never know, it could happen:)

shellie said...

I agree with Leah's comment. I could see you doing just what she suggested. Dumping out all the totes when you are 50 something and missing your little ones. You are awesome when it comes to dealing with kids. Once you figure out all the secrets pass on the knowledge to me.
Love ya

Kandice said...

Hehe, that is about how my day went. I would plan for a mess free fun activity and come back to find chaos and havoc!!! You are such a good mom. Those Fall Pictures are so cute. Good job!

Nicki said...

I HATE toys! Really cute family pictures!!

Stephanie said...

You didn't need the tripod! Those pictures are perfect! Did you take them with our regular camera? Man, I am such a procrastinator, I need to get pictures of us before I can't!

Stephanie said...

Me again... you are seriously slacking...get to it, I want to see what you were doing last weekend, I had no one to vent to!

Stephanie said...

I copied the page pet idea myself! No worries, that's the benefit of the world wide web!