28 August 2008
Here are a few helpful hints I've picked up during the last little while:
1. If you try to take a family picture with more than one child involved and want everyone to be smiling, you will have to take 5 to 10 shots for each child. Of the forty shots for 4 children, only one will work for each. The four shots will be mutually exclusive, which will necessitate multiple head replacements in photo shop. And one of your brothers' collars might look a little seventies-ish as a result. And your daughter might appear to be smiling and plugging her ears at the same time. So Awesome with a capital A.
2. Linen or linen-look clothing does not mix well with children under five. Linen especially hates nursing babies who grab shirts and deviously wrinkle with their cute dimpled little fists. It does not matter how much starch or ironing-time the linen gets. There will be wrinkles. You will look like you took a nap on a pile of wrinkly grocery bags by, oh, about 10:00 a.m.
3. Crayon comes off of hard surfaces best with a dry rag. Water inhibits the scrubbing process. "Hard surfaces" include laminate flooring, hard furniture, and walls. Probably a few more surfaces than that, but I have quarantined all crayons in our house to the top of the microwave where they will be staying for oh, about a week. So hopefully we won't be discovering more surfaces any time soon.
This quarantine will be extended to all of the crayons which Grace has sneakily hidden in sundry places throughout the house, including under her bed, in the couch cushions, in her potty chair, and any other place I discover one of the nasty little strays.
Hope these help.
PS. My ten year reunion is this weekend. Why do so many people act like they would rather be caught dead than attend? Was it really that bad? I mean, it wasn't even the eighties, people!