I'm so very tired tonight. My day started when I woke up around 5 am after a short night, because that's when it gets light around here. At about half past eight, Solomon and I headed out to his piano lesson, which kept me out until mid-morning. I was already starting to get tired at this point, and tried lying down for a quick nap. The kids were being very boisterous, though, which seems to have been a pattern this week. Not sure if it has to do with them going camping last week, but I'll blame it on that and chalk it up as another reason why I don't like camping.
I did what I always do when they won't be content to play nicely - I proceeded to assign chores. Only, when I took one look inside their bedrooms, I became so upset at the condition they were in that I gave up the idea of napping, and instead armed myself with lots of garbage bags and the vacuum. The boys helped me all the rest of the morning and the whole afternoon, and by the end of it both boys' bedrooms were spotlessly clean, closets and all, but I had moved about 95% of their toys out.
Basically, all I left in Isaac and John's room was a bookshelf with some books, their bunk bed, and the hutch where they keep their jammies. Solomon was allowed to keep a little bit of extra stuff in his room, just because he is pretty good about keeping it nice as long as I keep reminding him. The rest of their stuff is being stored in the shed (to be pulled out individually as a treat, i.e. "You may play with the train set today"), or being sold or donated.
Because dealing with all this left me with no time or inclination to cook, the kids ate cereal for lunch, and I bought some pizza at Whole Foods on the way to church for dinner.
Of course, the girls made sure to trash every other room in the house during the time that I was working on their brothers' rooms. I wonder what mess they will get into while I am cleaning those other rooms tomorrow. It can be frustrating sometimes. Trying to keep a house with 5 children in it tidy, I often feel like I am trying to carry water in a sieve.
We stayed at church late, and now that everyone is tucked in for the night, I still have so much to get done. Falling asleep at the computer is not one of those things.