Saturday, December 22, 2012

On the Subject of Bathrooms and Children

Very short post today. I just was thinking of bathrooms and the small things I've learned about them from raising my kids.

1. Three words: Toilet Paper Stand. The toilet paper dispensers that attach to the wall closely resemble rock climbing toe holds. You can see the problem.

2. Towel hooks, not rods. I lovingly refer to them as chin-up bars. Self-explanatory.

3. Buy a shower curtain that is easily washable. Mine is actually a flat sheet. Boys use it as a hand towel after "washing" their hands; girls use it to finish removing eye makeup. Annoying.

4. Never stack extra rolls of toilet paper anywhere near the toilet. Especially if you have boys. Ew.

5. Get over your aversion to hair clogs. Oh, and random, unexplained holes in the wall.

6. Teach your children to use a plunger at an early age. Period.

7. Paint every few years. It's the only way to make it actually FEEL clean again.

8. Buy a large painting. It gives visitors something else to look at besides the random socks, toothpaste sprinkles and hairballs.

9. The number of towels and washcloths you need will exponentially increase as your daughters' age. They tend to need one for their hair and one for their bodies and one to stand on and then "accidentally" take them into their rooms and "forget" to put them in the hamper - until there are no towels left for everyone else. At all. Not even beach towels.

10. MAKE THEM CLEAN IT EVERY DAY! Then once a week, you can follow them and actually clean it. And even then it will skirt the chasm of disgusting most of the time.

You're welcome.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Hobbit

It does not bode well that I'm sleepy right now. Does not bode well.

I'm taking the three olders to the midnight show of The Hobbit. Tonight. In like four hours. Did I mention that we have co-op tomorrow? Or that I also have to buy groceries? What the what?

But you should see my kiddos. They're so excited. And truth be told, the kid in me is excited too. The thrill of being one of the first to see something. Being out late, lining up with hundreds of like-minded people- it's just so FUN!

So here I go, off to attempt a nap before the time to leave. Wish me luck!