Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Cleaning, playing, and pajamas

Yesterday ended up being a better day than I expected. After the morning spat between Zach and Kate, they got along pretty good the rest of the day. They had moments here and there, but it wasn't constant. Matt worked late yesterday, so it was a long day, but it was a good day.

I'm in the cleaning routine right now of focusing on one room a day, so yesterday I cleaned in our bedroom. I worked around Noah's nap since he sleeps in our room. I found the Wall-E head to Zach's toy and I found another Samurai manual that Matt is going to sell on e-bay. There are always treasures found when I clean...which reveals how often I clean around here! Actually, I clean/de-clutter all the time, but it never looks like it. This is one of the disadvantages of living in a small home with a big family. Matt and I were discussing a few weeks ago on our way to church how we have the biggest family in our branch and the smallest, crappiest home. I'm determined not to live in this condemned trailer forever, which is why some changes are taking place around here to help us pay off the debts that we owe.

Zach and I have gotten into a routine of playing a game of cat and cat everyday. Zach LOVES Zoe's webkinz cat and he plays with it often. I play with Emily's webkinz cat and we build a house out of legos for the cats. Then we go on adventures around the house and since Zach got a doctor's kit for his birthday, the cats visit the doctor often. Zach has so much fun playing this game and I love to see his big smile and hear him laugh as we play. Kate used Eleanor's webkinz cat yesterday and played with us. We spent a lot of time in their room yesterday bouncing on the bed with the cats. I have mentally prepared myself to take an hour out of every day to play cat and cat with Zach. That way if I am in the middle of cleaning, I know that there is a block of time to play and then I will get back to the cleaning. We usually play in the afternoon, so I get the majority or all of the cleaning done first.

Zoe made a comment last night after she asked me if I ever got dressed yesterday and my reply was no. She said, "You are just the opposite of Zach. He doesn't want to change out of his clothes at night, and you don't want to change into your clothes during the day." Very true, Zoe!


Dawn said...

Glad things are calmer today. I'm with you on not making an issue over which shirt Zach wears!

Kris said...

Wow, you are a nice mom to play cat and cat for an hour every day! I only last about 10 minutes with pretend play. Your kids are lucky to have you!

Kristy said...

Maybe I should have you come dejunk my house!!! It always feels good to get rid of stuff!!!

Janae said...

I agree with Kris...I couldn't make cat and cat go for a whole hour! wow, they are lucky kids:)
I have days where I don't get dressed till I know the girls are coming home from school, sometimes I get more done that way:)