I like to think of my life in terms of episodes in a sitcom. Not because they are “Haha” funny, but because they are “that’s so sad it’s funny” funny. It is much more entertaining that way. For example:
Episode 1: The week with all the moving
So the landlord called on Monday (last week) to say they were selling the house. Ok. That’s their right as the homeowner. Except that meant I had to move 9 people.
So, I did what any mother would do and I started packing. We found another house, not as conducive to a large family as the home we are in, but it would suffice. Then we told the kids.
Then I had a
major miniature meltdown because we have a lot of stuff. I mean there are 9 of us!
And then I started packing again.
Then Friday morning, the landlord called and said, “Just kidding. I just wanted to see if you were paying attention.” Ok, so he didn’t say that. But he did tell me they changed their minds. They AREN’T selling and would we like to resign our lease.
Ummm, yes please.
See what I mean? Not really funny, but funny in a “that’s so sad it’s funny” kind of way. So then we had to untell people we were moving. People were confused. In all honesty so was I. I still haven’t unpacked what I started packing. I think I’m still in shock.
Episode 2: The one with all the puking
The title pretty much says it all. In short, we have the plague. Again.
And since there are
4 million 7 children in our home, we pass it around fairly quickly. You may be asking yourself what is so funny about all this.
The funny part is when the kids are racing to the main floor bathroom trying to beat the other one so they don’t have to run downstairs to puke. It’s like WWE puke-style. There’s often crying, shoving and “Awww, crap!” and a mad dash for another bathroom involved.
That’s one way you know you have a big family.
The other way you know you have a big family is when 3 out of your 4 bathrooms are being utilized by pukers and you are just hoping that the one left will suffice for two children.
Episode 3: Tormenting your teenage son is fun AND easy
This one is so easy, it’s sad.
#1 Don’t let him eat cold cereal as often.
#2 Don’t let him become permanently adhered to electronics.
#3 The end of Lacrosse season.
#4 Mention that the lawn needs a good mowing.
See, it’s fun AND easy. It’s a good thing he’s cute. And good. He’s a good kid. He also thinks he gets his permit this summer. I’m afraid. Very afraid.
That will be fodder for Episode 4
So you see, if you think about life in episodes, it’s much easier to laugh at yourself. Or your children. And if you wonder why I’m not blogging much, you can see that all these episodes have been more than a little time consuming. You know, that week with all the moving and then NOT moving was a bit taxing.