Wednesday, March 7, 2012

18 Clues That You Live in a House Full of Boys

It's one of THOSE days. You know the kind--the kids are super hyped up after being down with colds for the past few days. The chaos of having chores fall by the wayside while everyone held down the couches has resulted in a crazy build up of mess. (How DO they make such messes while holding down the couches?!?!?) "Let's work together to get the house back in order" is met with blank looks as if you're speaking a foreign language.

On days like this I figure I can either throw up my hands in despair while sending everyone to their rooms for the rest of the day, or I can laugh and move on. I'm choosing to laugh! So here, in no particular order, are some of the things that I experience on a regular basis thanks to my house full of boys.

18 clues that you live in a house full of boys:

  • Dirty socks randomly appear in every room, and they are usually full of holes despite the fact that you Just. Replaced. Them. less than 2 months ago.

  • While you can certainly HEAR your children, usually all you can see is a blur as they run by.

  • Your family owns more toy guns, swords, and light sabers than silverware.

  • Part of the reason you have no silverware is because your spoons have become shovels, and your good forks get mysteriously thrown away with the paper plates when the boys clear the table.

  • You can call their names til you're blue in the face, and they can't hear you...until you walk out into the garage and turn on the 4-wheeler, then they show up from every corner of the house wanting to go for a ride. This holds true for any vehicle or power tool.

  • "Making their beds" is defined as picking up all pillows, sheets, blankets, and stuffed animals that were knocked onto the floor overnight and piling them on top of the mattress in one giant lump.

  • You have 4 bathrooms but the chances of finding a toilet that is both flushed AND has the seat down is slim to none.

  • You wash more clean clothes than dirty clothes because it is apparently easier to throw the clean clothes back in the hamper than to put them away.

  • It's not unusual to have at least one child dressed as a superhero at any given time.
  • Toothpaste is an acceptable medium for decorating the bathroom.

  • The kids' bathroom can be the site of more than a dozen showers/baths a week, yet the shampoo and soap never seem to run out...

  • ...unless it's the 3-year-old's nap time and he sneaks into the bathroom...then the shampoo is likely to be poured down the drain.

  • Spontaneous wrestling matches can occur at any time, usually without warning.

  • You can't keep enough food in the house, and no matter how "full" they are after a meal, someone will be complaining that they are starving within 15 minutes of finishing a meal.

  • Even the most mundane, harmless object will be used as a projectile of some sort. Stuff is flying constantly!

  • At any given time, there is at least one jar laying around that contains a living creature with 6 or 8 legs.

  • Checking pockets before doing laundry is a hazardous endeavor.

  • If it's quiet, you KNOW someone is up to something they shouldn't be!

You know, raising 6 boys is a loud, messy, CRAZY job...but when I really stop and think about it, I wouldn't have it any other way!!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go vacuum the playroom...assuming I can find the vacuum. And the playroom! ;)


Annalia said...

I am not surprised your boys are constantly hungry if they have your husband's metabolism!

...count your blessings on the shampoo. My girls PLOW through at least a bottle a week. :)

G. said...

I loved this, Jenny! So funny and true...even though I only have one boy at the moment. This put a smile on my face. I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing what you guys are up to!! :)

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