6.29.2008

"Please just let me sit for a second"










I am worn out!  This is my mom's house where we're living until we move to Korea.  The house was built with a tiny kitchen and little storage.  Therefore putting things in any spot they can find.  Although it's a clean house, you can see it's not childproof at all!  This is no fault of my mom's.  She and her husband are busy and I understand when you get a free minute you just want to rest, but I'm constantly following Brody and Drew around putting things back where they got them and cleaning up the messes they leave behind.  I feel so bad because I'll sit them in front of the tv hoping they watch for more than a minute so I can take a break.  In our old apartment I'd have to turn off the tv but here, it's a new place and so much to see and explore.  Please don't get me wrong.  I love and appreciate my mom more than she knows.  I just don't know what to do.  We try to get out as much as possible but I never realized how much you have to stay home to schedule around nap and meal time.  Slowly but surely I'm childproofing as we go, like putting locks on cabinets and putting things away as opposed to up where they can still climb to reach.  I just feel like I'm intruding because we're not going to be here for long but then again we are here for long enough.  If anybody has any suggestions to get their kids' attentions away from clutter without having to move it please let me know.

6 comments:

Taylor & Leah Stimmel said...

Wow, you poor thing! your arms are full! Keep it up, your a great mama and I know you're doing better than you think you are! I sure miss you... A LOT!!! I'm waiting for my computer to arrive and than I can start blogging again. I'm having withdrawals big time. I know you can empathize!!

lyle & julia said...

I wish I had suggestions but I don't have any...but good luck :)

Kathryn said...

I'm always following Kayla around the house cuz she can get into trouble so fast climbing on anything in sight. :P My best suggestion is to spend tons of time at the beach so they are worn out and sleep when you are home!!! :)

Keiko said...

You are hard working mom, Noel! Just looking at the pictures, that makes me nervous. Especially the first and third pic. I think . . . distract them with creative activities, and clean after them often (when they are not watching TV) takes same amount of energy . . . hopefully, they discover everything in a few more days, right? Hanging there!

Andrea Tyler said...

Straight jackets. They work like a charm...oh no I am starting to sound like Ben!

The Chaparro Family said...

I know the feeling! I think the only thing to do is put safety latches on the cupboards and put everything breakable up high, hopefully your mom won't mind. I would say wait it out and they'll get over it, but that doesn't seem to work with my kids. I've been in my apart. for two and a half months now and my kids are still obsessed with opening the cupboards and pulling everything out. It's just that age!

 
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