we are more often than not days behind in the dishes. And it’s not just laziness, although I’ll admit that that plays a part.
No, this is the real reason. This is what happens when I try to actually accomplish anything.
Here’s another shot, a little context.
While I attempted to wash the dishes, Littler pulled on the curtains on the right side. Hard enough to pull the curtain rod out of the little holder-doohickey and bend the rod in the middle. I used to swear that they would spill stuff in the living room just so I would have to vacuum and they could run to their bedroom and create mischief of one kind or another. Yes, I really do think that a 3 year old and his trusty little brother sidekick can really pull that off. And yes, this was one of those days.
So on days like this all I can do is sit there while one boy takes over my lap looking at a picture book of Excalibur and his brother sits between my feet on the foot stool, pretending to drive his car and getting handfuls of gas from his rocking chair. And I try to stay awake. Until the reader catches on to the driving game and takes over the driver’s seat while brother is refueling. And we’re off to the races again.
This also explains why I have trouble losing weight. They pull this stuff and after it’s cleaned up I go into the kitchen and have some Halloween candy. Today I topped the candy – I made extra rice for dinner so I could make rice pudding. I substituted cut up dried apricots and cardamom for the raisins and cinnamon. Yum! And I can admit to the other reason my weight and I don’t agree – yes, I ate almost half the pan standing at the kitchen counter. (And true to form, a large portion of that large portion was while the boys were pulling more stunts while I tried to, you guessed it, wash the dishes. They were taking the tops off their milk cups in the living room to give you an idea of some of our evening chaos.)
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