Help!

I have fallen into the deep, dark laundry abyss.  I can’t get out!!!  I cannot keep up with my laundry.  It seems like there is always some in the washer, some in the dryer, some to be folded, and more to be done.  Maybe someday I’ll find some trick…

Yesterday I had an appointment and afterwards the three little boys and I were walking out of the building to the car.  As we walked out the door a fire engine had just pulled into the parking lot.  The five firemen were coming towards the door.  They said “Hey, boys, do you guys want to see the fire engine?”  So one of the firemen stayed behind (there wasn’t a fire, I don’t know why they were there) to show the boys.  Russell and Trey got to get inside, pretend to drive, turn on lights and sounds, etc.  It was so sweet of him to do that!  They didn’t have to and probably didn’t have the time, but it sure made Russell and Trey’s day!

One more thing, yesterday in the car little Russell was singing christmas carols.  It came time for Frosty the snowman, and he sang… “Frosty the snowman was an early morning soul…”  I just laughed to myself.  Some things they say are so cute!

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2 Comments

  1. candyjavier said,

    November 30, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    I loved finding out that Frosty is an early morning soul! That was laugh out loud funny! I miss you guys.
    Candy

  2. Abby said,

    November 30, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    Okay. . . too cute to hear about those amazing firemen. What is it with you Jackie and nice Firemen? Didn’t you get your fill when you were in Utah. . . specifically your condo one late evening. . .? At least this time your pants were on. . ! As to the laundry, first, I had to work work work to get caught up and make myself actually put everything away once it was cleaned. That seems to be the biggest challenge for me. Putting it away. But I have discovered some solutions, and since you seem to know better than anyone my laundry problems, me actually finding a solution to it should bring a little bit of hope to you. Remember how during softball season I told you that I had finally gotten a hold on it? My streak is still going strong. Here’s what works for me. First collecting it. That’s Lose’s daily morning chore. I think it’s more of a chore getting her to focus on completing it, but she does manage to get it done each day. At least it gets the laundry into the laundry room sometime before 10:00. Then, I always have laundry to do in there. I make myself start one load when I first wake up in the morning, before I wake up the kids. I’m usually switching something from machine to machine, so I then take whatever’s in the dryer and fold into people’s piles on top of the dryer, which I also do with any laundry coming out of the dryer periodically throughout the day. Then, before breakfast is served as one of their morning chores they have to go down to the laundry room and get their laundry off of the dryer and put it away. I make sure that I always put their pile in the same place so they don’t have to search for it. Also, the first several times they do this you have to do it with them so that they understand how to sort it into jammies, underwear and socks, pants and shirts. I make sure Eli has enough hangers on her bed so she can put the shirts on them, and then she hangs the shirts on the side of her bed since she can’t reach her closet. I hang them later on, usually at nap time when I’m back in that room again. So, after I’ve started a load first thing in the morning, got all of their laundry put away, I make myself go swith the laundry again after I get back from taking the kids to school. The next time I make myself go down there to swith once more is right after I put the little ones down for a nap. By this point, if I’ve counted right, that’s about 3 loads through the washer. That’s usually the most loads I have in one day, baring no throw up or wet beds! After naps I may or may not make myself switch it once more, but if I don’t, I’m down there again first thing the next morning to switch it, and start the whole process again. After all the kids put their laundry away, the only things left are towels, kitchen rags, and Eva’s and Naki’s and My laundry, which I’ll admit, I let build up in a basket until it’s too full and then I go put all that away. But it’s much better than I’ve done before! Hope this helps. . . I tend to be long winded, but since it’s worked so well for me, thought I’d tell you all the details, in case leaving some out left you confused, or set up to fail.

    Love you all tons!


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