So, a few weeks ago I had some extra time home with Speedracer. Naturally, any extra time I have at my house includes chores. (Seriously, I’m beginning to see that our life revolves around chores.) So I started teaching my ‘baby” some essential life skills.
Since he was the only one home this was special one-on-one time with Momma, so he had a really good attitude about it. By the way, I’m not a big “sorter” when it comes to laundry. Besides office clothes, dry cleaning, and brand new colors that will bleed, my theory is clean is better than dirty. (I hope Grandma’s not reading this. I’m sure she’d be appalled.)
I’m really not a fan of laundry. I’ve tried every technique I’ve ever read about to be more efficient, more positive, and simply more productive in getting it done. Nothing much makes a difference. Granted, praying over the family member whose clothing I’m handling makes my heart feel better–but it doesn’t make me want to do laundry. I can pray for them just as easily while scrapbooking, driving to work, or cleaning the chicken house. (I can’t believe I actually enjoy cleaning the chicken house more than doing laundry. But I definitely do.)
I was really proud of him, though. He finished the whole load without complaining! Well, until the folding part anyway. That’s a skill that eludes everyone in the household but me. The Ladybug is good at helping put clothes away. And the Cowboy is in charge of putting dish towels away. And our cat is rather skilled at laying down and leaving huge piles of itchy white cat hair on anything qualifying as “darks.”
By the way, except for this kid-friendly aspect, I’m not a big fan of front loading washers anymore. It seemed like a good idea at the time. But the washer gasket constantly holds water and gets yu-cky and smells like mildew if I don’t wipe and bleach it regularly. And the installation guy told us that actually stacking them was a terrible idea because the washer would shake the dryer to pieces long before we could afford to buy another one, so I didn’t get any of the space saving benefits we originally expected either.
But lemonade from lemons…It’s a large capacity, high efficiency machine…And I can get more help since my crew can operate the whole machine without me.
Ok, maybe that’s a little wishful thinking. Being able to reach and being able to operate are two totally different concepts. But at least I can get some help with something besides making the mess. Sometimes.
I’m linking up with Boys in Motion over at Home with the Boys today. And besides co-founding the MOB Society and hosting a link-up that’s near and dear to my heart (I mean, have you ever seen a picture of my boys being still?) Erin’s also a Packer’s fan! How cool is that?! Be sure to stop by over there and see all the other great pictures!