When left to their own devices

This was a long week for the family.  I had several late nights at work because of an event on Thursday.  Kim had long nights at home with the boys.  But the weather was amazing.  The boys got to take evening walks with Kim.  They played at the park.  And the pulled out the scooters and bicycles from last year.  Spring has sprung.  And to prove it, we’re going to an Ostara celebration complete with egg hunt this afternoon.  The boys reserved their best behavior for this week so everything ran smoothly.  We even had parents-teacher-student conference this week and we heard nothing but how much Riley is progressing – academically – maturity level-ability to manage his own body – activity level – mathematic ability.  It was amazing.  And while we sat with the teacher and learned all about Riley’s progress, Casey sat on the floor and played quietly with puzzles and blocks.  The teacher has no concept of how chaotic our house really is.  And we like it that way.  

Speaking of how chaotic our house really is.  Let me give you just a little glimpse into my morning so far.  It is now 9:20 AM.  And this is what our morning was like.

Because the boys were so helpful this week, we decided to treat them to a little surprise.  We pitched an 8 ft by 8 ft tent in Riley’s room and was able to put Riley’s mattress and Casey’s mat in it.  When we got home last night, the boys ran downstairs to see their surprise and were so excited.  “We get to go camping tonight.”  Granted it is in the bedroom not outside.  Granted there is running hot water and no wildlife, dirt, wind, or rain.  It may not REALLY be camping, but its what they’re going to get.  So they crawled inside their tents with the evening snack and we put a movie on their portable TV.  This freed up the evening for Kim and I to spend some time together.  So I promptly fell asleep and Kim watched a TV show by herself.  

We were awakened this morning to peals of laughter coming from the tent.  Their imaginations were running wild.  They were camping.  In the tent. With no adults anywhere.  Throwing Lammie back and forth to each other.  Apparently this was so fun and hilarious that they never got out of the tent.  After listening to about 15 minutes of their chatter and giggles, Kim decided to remind them that they had better get up to pee before resuming their play.  At this point tickling was involved, and an empty bladder seemed a reasonable request.

Kim brought them both upstairs and while Casey was do-de-do-ing (dawdling/ dilly-dallying), Riley crawled up on the potty.  We have 2 bathrooms in our house.  This shouldn’t have been a problem, but suddenly Casey shouted that he had to GO right that SECOND.  Riley was already sitting down – already utilizing the facilities shall I say.  So Riley scooted his butt all the way to the back of the seat and Casey stood at the front of the seat.  Riley announced, “Go ahead Casey.  We can both go at the same time.”   (Sharing, under some circumstances should really be encouraged.  In others, well….NOT SO MUCH.)  Anyone who had 6 ounces of sense (coffee) in them would see that this would end badly, but I was still waking up, and absolutely no help to Kim who was still trying to put her eyeballs in.  Casey, who really has only been potty-trained for a few months pushed up to the seat and promptly peed all over himself, the potty, and Riley who was such an easy target all pushed back against the back of the toilet, realizing his error, but too late, and he had nowhere to go.  

Obviously the next step was a bath.  Kim started the coffee and the bath, and I got down on all fours with bleach wipes and paper towels.  

They are both bathed now.  Laundry is done.  Casey is playing trains.  Riley is playing yo-yo.  And at 9:27 AM, I am just sitting down with a cup of coffee.


4 Responses to “When left to their own devices”

  1. Carrie Says:

    Hmmm, maybe I’ll quit trying to get my girls to share.

  2. the other Says:

    You might want to put the coffee pot right next to your bed with an automatic timed feature.

  3. Keri Says:

    This is hysterical! I can totally picture the whole thing. Even Yegs, not sharing a toilet, can’t seem to aim very accurately. I can’t imagine him trying to avoid a body!
    I hope the rest of your day is uneventful. 🙂

  4. J-kay Says:

    I’m not sure what to say, I’ve laughed at your blogs before but this one really got me. I was laughing so hard my students (who were working on character reports) all stopped and looked back at me. I felt compelled to share. They too thought this was funny and we “wasted” the rest of the hour sharing funny childhood stories. Thanks! CSAP starts tomorrow so we welcomed the lighthearted laughs.

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