8:20...time for the bedtime battle. I go to call the kids in from playing in the backyard, meaning to say, "Come get on your jamas," but instead I yell out, "Yipers, clean up the yard." Around the swingset I see a cut up cardboard box, a mount of various leaves pulled from trees and flowers, church shoes, bathroom rugs, spoons, bowls, baby dolls, purses, a squirt bottle, brush, comb, etc, etc., etc. At least today there are no dirty diapers. 2-yr-old Sophia has entered the I-know-how-to-take-off-my-diaper phase...she's especially fond of performing her new trick when the diaper is fully loaded.
8:30...After assisting them in a quick run around clean up I go into the bathroom and find my hairspray bottle--empty. It was full this morning. Turns out Elisa couldn't find a water bottle so she emptied this one. She emptied the Windex bottle for the same reason earlier today. I probably shouldn't have gotten mad at her for that one...innocent mistake.
8:45...a few of the children have gotten in their jamas!! The others have decided it's time for a snack. Mom is busy on the computer so maybe she won't notice that we are all getting out graham crackers and milk. I'm thinking, "Should I push them in the get-ready-for-bed bit or should I join them...someone's crying, be right back...
8:48...back from a quick rescue. A picture frame bounced off Rebakah's head in it's attack of her milk cup. Nothing a kiss and a towel couldn't fix.
I like writing about these things. It helps me realize the humor behind them. Otherwise, I just get overwhelmed by the constant demands and just want to join in the screaming........sometimes I do.
9:00...Anna just reported that Sarah and Sophia (4 & 2) are eating ice cream in the living room...guess I better go.