When my alarm went off this morning, I did the unthinkable. I turned off the alarm and I got out of bed. I know! No, no, please, hold your applause. Seriously, I got up, showered, dressed and got going immediately. "We are SO going to make it to church on time today," I thought. Then I remembered that I had volunteered to bring in some Play-Doh toys for the kids in the nursery.
"Jackson, run out to the garage and grab the box of Play Doh stuff please."
"Because I said so."
"Ugh. whine whine whine"
A few minutes passed and Jackson came in from the garage empty-handed.
"Where are the Play Doh things?" I inquired, not the least bit surprised that Jackson had gotten distracted and returned empty-handed.
"In the garage. duh"
"Bring them inside! We have to get going."
"But they're not in the Play Doh box. They're at the bottom of the refrigerator box."
"Why??? Oh, never mind. I don't want to know why they're in there. Just go get them please!"
"Why are you making me get them?" grumble grumble grumble
"Because I'm mean."
"Yes, you are!" Jackson replied as he stomped off to the garage.
Another few minutes passed and he returned empty-handed yet again.
"I can't get them," Jackson complained.
"Ugh. Fine!" I brushed past him and went to retrieve the toys myself.
I walked into the garage and saw that the kids had set up some kind of fort in there. They had every pillow and blanket from every bed in the house, save mine, piled up in the garage. There was a container of crayons artistically distributed over every square inch of floor; there were containers of pretzels and cereal left out to get stale; there were books, flashlights, dolls, stuffed animals, and toys strewn about.
"What the...??? Did you guys really think that was a good idea? Why did you guys put all this stuff out here?"
"It's our clubhouse, Mom. Isn't it cool?"
"Yeah, it's lovely. And the best part is that now I can spend all day washing all this bedding so it doesn't smell like gasoline, grass, and garagey stuff. Delightful."
By the time I'd picked up some of the blankets, pillows, and towels from the garage, it was time to leave. In fact, it was a little past time to leave.
"Come on. Let's go guys. Everyone get in the car. Someone put the PlayDoh stuff in the car too."
I poured myself a cup of coffee to go and went out to the car. Five blocks later, Austin pipes up with, "I don't have my shoes."
"Seriously? You don't have shoes on? Why not? Where did you think we were going? How can you forget your shoes? How? How?? HOW???"
I hung a u-turn and went back so my THIRTEEN year old could get his shoes. So much for being on time today.
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