It’s summer and right now the sky is overcast, which is unusual for this time of year. Normally our hot mid-western summers are so humid that it is difficult to venture outside during the middle of the day. The kids are home right now and I am cleaning the oven with the automatic setting. Shamefully, this is the first time I have used it on this particular oven as I have been leery of the acrid smells that ovens emit on auto clean. I am catching up on about 5 loads of laundry that I have been delinquent in getting folded. We make laundry like it’s our business around here! Keeping up with it is like swimming in a deep ocean…you have to keep paddling to stay afloat otherwise you will soon be buried in a mountain of clothing. It’s the gift that keeps on giving when you have preschool aged fashionistas who change clothes like it’s their job.
I know this is a short phase in life and soon my young people will grow up enough to be able to do their own laundry. I think my own Mom had me start in the 4th grade. Some of them have a little way to go until that point. Until then, I will probably keep up with my routine of batch processing laundry. This year, I have been able to teach them to put it away in the correct drawers. This is a major improvement since part of the laundry bottleneck problem is what happens to the laundry after it is folded.
This past year, I went back to school and got my BSN nursing degree. It was a lot of hard work but fun to be back in the halls of education once again. Most of my classmates were really young but they put up with the “old lady” in the front of the classroom. There were several other people my age in class so it was fun to hear their perspectives on the entire experience. Being in school, tending to family life, and trying to allow my children to maintain a high level of involvement in extra curricular activities is probably what contributed to my laundry mountain problem and I need to work toward staying on top of the heap a little better.
So, let me tell you a little about my family. We have four children…two boys and two girls ranging in age from 5th grade to preschool age. I am sure you will see more of them in the future on this blog.
My husband has been in the Army, in fact, that is where we met. One bright sunny day in the summer, our group went to the rifle range. My friend, who I was shooting with, had to get out of line to use the “latrine” (that’s Army for restroom) and I ended up with this handsome guy who really knew how to shoot an M-16. He taught me a thing or two on the range and I was hooked. We have been together ever since and that was over fifteen years ago! Time sure flies when you are with those you love.
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