It was a busy weekend in this household! On Saturday we all went from room to room and purged our lives of excess! Hooray. Admittedly, I still have to scrub the house down post purge and we didn’t make it to our bedroom (that will take a whole weekend in itself, I think) but all the kids’ rooms are done. I can see the floor in Lily’s room and there is actually some drawer space in Immy and Maddy’s wardrobe. The boys room is now free from a littering of pokemon cards and marbles and my bathroom no longer has a build up of hand creams and body butters. We have cleansed our home of too many pieces of unused linen, clothes that don’t fit anymore and hoarded toys that are broken, don’t work or we are too old to play with. By the end of our day I noticed that I had nine, yes, nine clothes baskets of (what the children consider) dirty laundry.
If I have to wash it, THEY have to sort it! This task became what the kids have lovingly tagged "the climbing of Clothes Mountain"! In true child fashion, the clothes were all dumped on the kitchen floor in one giant mound (Clothes Mountain), scaled and declared as property of the five mountaineers. *SIGH*
Eventually all clothes were sifted through and the mountain broken down to nine small managable hills to work through. Praying for sunny days for the next week, here.
Lately, the girls have been introducing Ivy and Noah to the joys of dressing up. As little ones, all three girls were avid lovers of dressing as fairies, pirates, Mary with the baby Jesus. Over the years they have dressed as doctors, midwives… when I told them that you didn’t need a doctor to birth babies (that were shoved underneath oversized t-shirts), characters from Harry Potter, characters from Saturday morning cartoon programs…anyway, you get the picture.
Immy and Maddy started Lily very early on the whole dressing up type of play. When she was barely six weeks old I found her dressed (by the twins) in a large white hat, gloves up to her arm pits and a sparkly white and silver shirt (one of Immy’s favourites), so I guess it doesn’t come as a big surprise to me to find the little twins now dressing up…or should I say being dressed up.
Noah has taken a particular liking to a wig and hat combination! He actually suits being dressed as a girl and the other kids all laugh and clap and call him ‘Norah’. Of course, Noah laps it up and I find him going to the dress up box more and more to extract the Norah wig and hat. I don’t know if it’s because of the feel of the hair and hat or if it has more to do with the high level of attention he achieves with said hat on his head…I’m thinking the latter. Although, he is currently wandering around the house with a handbag over his shoulder…
The end of the week and the weekend has seen Ivy the daredevil take her stunts to new levels. Examples of this include teetering on the arm of a loungechair, licking the frost off the windows in Noah’s room, while I have Noah buck naked on the change table and scaling the ladder of the new bunk beds in Imogen and Madeline’s room. I just want to add here that the girls were asked to close their door for that very reason. Also that the bunks were purchased so Ivy and Noah could have the singles…who am I kidding? Imagine the scary things Ivy could attempt if she were in a bed! I think she may just be the first child known to man who has remained in a cot until adulhood! I am NEVER going to be ready for that child to transition to a big bed! Other scary stunts include; standing up in the highchair, even though she has been strapped in - she’s worked out that if she pulls her arms out of her sleep suit, it also allows her to escape the highchair straps and running along the verandah full force, not seeing that it finishes very soon and making very convincing attempts to fly. Oh dear. She gets into everything…EVERYTHING!
My mum just laughs and makes statements like…’oh you are going to have your hands VERY full with that one’. What does she mean, going to? Aren’t they already full to overflowing?