In the never-ending battle to get PDD to keep her room clean, I have unknowingly created a weekly treasure hunt known to the rest of the world as laundry day. On the way to the bottom of her hamper just now, I found (and I kid you not) the following items, in addition to her dirty laundry:
- 3 folded t-shirts, clearly not worn since they were returned to her last week
- 4 crayons
- 1 pr craft scissors
- 1 cereal bowl, complete with corn flakes stuck to the interior of the bowl
- 1 spoon, also with a corn flake stuck to the back
- 1 newspaper
- 2 WebKinz animals she’s been looking for all week
- 1 of my socks ???
- 2 pr of Second Son’s underwear (presumably added unknowingly when she was told to get her own clothing off the bathroom floor)
- 1 Happy Meal toy
- 13 scraps of construction paper of various sizes and shapes
- 1 empty ZipLock sandwich bag
- 2 hangers
The 3 folded t-shirts are no surprise. I always find clean laundry in the hamper. I’ve given up trying to solve that one. This week’s prize MUST go to the cereal bowl and spoon, however. That’s a first.
It occurs to me that I don’t EVER want to know what Frosted Flakes are REALLY made of. Whatever it is, when combined with 2% milk, it creates a glue stronger than Krazy Glue. I assure you, a jackhammer would not be able to remove those flakes from that bowl or spoon. They are currently soaking in the kitchen sink.
And there’s the irony folks: a simple soak in water will remove something that I would otherwise break the bowl trying to remove by any other means. A great observation about life, eh? Simplicity and patience do what force can’t.
And still I wonder why people tell me I need to get a life…
Wow, what a revelation and very poetic. I love finding life lessons in simple things.
Chrystal, thanks. My friends tell me I’m ‘too cerebral’, but I think it’s that part of me that notices what others sometimes miss.
Oh my God! How could cereal bowl got into laundry? I remember that I was pretty surprised when I found my camera in the laundry after 5 days of intensive search but a bowl of cereal? That’s funny
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Cookie – I’ve learned not to ask those ‘how could…’ questions around here. LOL The answers just make me shake my head.
It is amazing to see all the things your kids get into and the ways you end up finding out about it. Sounds like you are having fun with it though.
haha! You’ve got to be grateful for small mercies. At least you find things inside the laundry basket. I can leave them in my son’s room and at the end of the week you’d find NOTHING in them. He’ll try sometime and will manage to get a sock dangling off the edge of the basket.
My most successful laundry round up happened after I put the landry basket on his bed so he couldn’t get in until he moved it.
At least you didn’t find any “neglected” snacks rotting awy in that hamper.
haha I love that you found a cereal bowl in your laundry! That's so great! I run a lingerie blog http://www.fortheloveoflingerie.com so I've been longtime obsessed with lingerie but I also live with two 6 year olds…Laundry day is always interesting. Among my most precious bras I also find toys and all this other completely random things. ONce i found one our potplants from the garden… HOW!!!!!!! hahaa
Love your blog btw great work!